Carl Pettersson - April 17, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamApril 17, 2012, 12:53 pm

Carl Pettersson earned his 5th career PGA TOUR win on Sunday in the RBC Heritage. The interview began with Annika Sorenstam conducting the interview in Swedish with Carl answering the questions in Swedish. Gary then asked in English who Carl’s inspirations were growing up and he said that Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo were his inspirations although he has always admired professional athletes and what they are able to do.

He knew he had a 5 shot lead going into the back nine on Sunday and that knowledge added pressure to the final round because he knew that he was being chased and he did not want to lose the lead. Carl said that he played well and felt comfortable on a course that he loves so much.

When asked about his fat guy in a little coat comment, Pettersson said that after 2008 he lost 30 pounds and because he lost the weight too quickly, the loss had a negative impact on his golf swing and as a result he struggled in 2009. So after 2009 he decided to gain the weight back and he has been able to play a lot better since.

Jesper Parnevik gave him the nickname of Swedish Redneck and when asked about what makes him a redneck, he said that he grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, went to junior college in Alabama before going to N.C. State, and still lives in North Carolina. He admitted that he certainly had an interesting upbringing as he started in Sweden, moved to England, and then moved to the United States as a kid.

He is really looking forward to going back to Augusta National in 2013 as he has played The Masters a few times and feels that it is truly a great and special tournament. He came up short in Houston when he was trying to earn a 2012 Masters invitation and he thought a lot about Houston while sitting at home during Masters Week.

It is going to be very difficult to make the European Ryder Cup team not only because he is not a European Tour member but also because the team right now is so strong. He has come close in the past but at this moment, it is too early to even think about being on the team so he is just going to try to continue to play well and win more tournaments.

Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

“Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

“I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

LPGA:

We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm