Friday - August 19, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamAugust 19, 2011, 10:22 am

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- Two on Top: Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey & Jeff Quinney share the Opening Round lead at the Wyndham Championship after posting 7 under par 63's on Thursday.
- Pressure Cooker: The final week of the regular season is underway at the Wyndham Championship, and the bubble boys stepped up to the challenge on Thursday as they make a last attempt to qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
- Ice, Ice Baby: Amateur Olafur Lofttson, the first player from Iceland to play in a PGA TOUR Event, opened with a 2 under par 68 on Thursday at the Wyndham despite a double bogey on his first hole.
- Season's Final Major: Jeff Sluman posted a 6 under par 65 to grab the 18 hole lead at the Constellation Energy Senior PLAYERS Championship, Corey Pavin, Fred Couples, and Defending Champion Mark O'Meara are all within 3 shots of Sluman

CNBC Business Headlines
- HP Leaving PC Business
- Bank of America Job Cuts
- Mortgage Rates Dropping

7:12a ET:   Jackie DeAngelis, CNBC Business Report
7:15a ET:   Todd Lewis, Golf Channel Reporter
7:45a ET:   Randall Mell, Senior Writer
8:15a ET:   John Mahaffey, Golf Channel Analyst
8:45a ET:   Peter Oosterhuis, Golf Channel Analyst

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The Word - Rubber Soul “The Word” by The Beatles
Sweet Child O “Sweet Child O’Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
Viva la Vida - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

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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.