Dottie Pepper - February 24, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 24, 2012, 2:23 pm

Golf Channel on NBC Analyst Dottie Pepper is in Marana, Arizona for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. She followed the Nick Watney-Tiger Woods from the 1st tee to the 18th green and she said that the last putt that Tiger missed is the one that most people will remember but Tiger also three-putted the 7th hole to lose the hole and lose momentum in the match. Tiger drove the ball very well with the exception of the 10th hole and hit the shots he needed to hit when he needed to hit them but in the end lost 1 Down.

All players have bad habits and Tiger’s bad habit right now is not releasing the toe of the putter and he had that bad bad habit all day long. But this is worthy of a small and not a large fix. If Tiger starts making putts regularly, he will regain some of the instincts that he developed as a young kid with his father. But there are a lot more things that are worthy of worrying about than Tiger’s putting struggles.

Nick Watney was struggling with moving his head on his putts and his caddie Chad Reynolds gave him a quick fix on the course. Watney listened and his putting improved and in the end he was able to pull off a 1UP win despite clearly not having his best game on Thursday.

Altitude is not as much of a factor as you would think. Seeing players hit 7 irons between 220 and 230 yards seems like a lot but when you factor in the mountains and the desert, it is actually pretty understandable.

If she could pick a match to watch, she would pick the Kaymer-Kuchar match in the Ben Hogan Bracket. Both players have very good records in this event and are both flatliners when it comes to composure. That match will come down to who makes the mistakes first and most often.

When it comes to Rory and Lee and the possibility of becoming World #1, she gives a slight nod to Westwood this week because he has a bit more experience but we are still far away from having serious thoughts about a replacement at World #1. Rory is the player that the most people are following this week behind Tiger Woods and it is interesting to see how he can get into a bubble of his own and just play his game.

She is the co-author of “Bogey Tees Off” and everything has gone very well so far. It has been great to see so many kids relate to this book and relate to this character. Bogey will be a part of numerous junior clinics but it especially wonderful to see how the success of this book is impacting various junior golf initiatives. 

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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.


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.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

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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Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.