Friday - March 11 2011

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 11, 2011, 4:43 pm

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TODAY TOPICS
- Stormy Start: Devastating winds delayed the start of Round 1 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Gusts toppled trees and even a TV tower. First round scheduled to resume at 8:30AM Eastern
- Chasing the Hunter: Hunter Mahan is 7 under thru 11 holes to lead by 2. Tiger is 1 under thru 15 holes...Phil is one shot better at 2 under
- Driscoll Denied: 11 under thru 14 holes, two late first round bogeys denied James Driscoll a shot at 59. Instead, he shot 9 under to lead the Puerto Rico Open by 2
- Toshiba Today: Ian Baker-Finch makes his Champions Tour debut today at the Toshiba Classic. Fred Couples is the defending champion

CNBC Business Headlines
- Stock Market Slump
- Obama on Soaring Oil Prices
- Wal-Mart Pushing the Web
- Escalante Golf Buys Black Diamond Ranch

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12 a.m. - Nicole Lapin, CNBC Business Update
7:15 a.m. - Andy Odenbach, VP Sports Ventures for Tavistock IN STUDIO
7:30 a.m. - Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel analyst IN STUDIO
8:15 a.m. - Steve Sands, Golf Channel insider LIVE FROM DORAL
8:30 a.m. - Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated Golf Writer LIVE FROM DORAL
8:45 a.m. - Jerry Foltz, Golf Channel insider LIVE FROM PUERTO RICO

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Andy Odenbach Interview > Listen Now
Brandel Chamblee Analysis > Listen Now
Steve Sands Analysis > Listen Now
Damon Hack Interview > Listen Now
Best of March 11, 2011 > Listen Now

TODAY'S MUSIC
If interested in the music you heard today on 'Morning Drive', download it on iTunes.

One Day - 'One Day' by Matisyahu
The Word - Rubber Soul 'The Word' by the Beatles
Crossroads (Live At Winterland) - The Very Best of Cream 'Crossroads' by Cream

WHO'S ON NEXT WEEK
Tune-in or stream the show live on GolfChannel.com weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET.

Monday, March 14
Tim Rosaforte IN STUDIO
*Additional Live Show at Tavistock Cup from 11a to 12PM ET*

Tuesday, March 15
Kenny Perry
Dottie Pepper IN STUDIO
John Smoltz IN STUDIO
*Additional Live Show at Tavistock Cup from 11a to 12PM ET*

Wednesday, March 16
Jay Bilas
Matt Kuchar

Thursday, March 17
Annika Sorenstam IN STUDIO
Tiger Woods
The SHOWDOWN Gary vs. Tiger on EA Sports Tiger Woods 2012

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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.


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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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

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.