John Hawkins - April 18, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamApril 18, 2012, 11:38 am

The Valero Texas Open will precede The Masters in 2013 and Hawkins thinks that this will help the event next year. This year, it has possibly the weakest field of the season although it is more due to the schedule than the work of the tournament organizers. When looking at the schedule, many players consider San Antonio a good week to take off.

The AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio is over 7,500 yards and all par 5s are 567 yards or more. It played as one of the most difficult courses of 2011 and Hawkins thinks that a player like Matt Kuchar will contend this week because he can hit the ball long and he is playing well right now.

When asked if there were any holes on the PGA TOUR that he would like to take a chainsaw to, he mentioned the 18th at TPC Sawgrass not because it is a bad hole but because there is so much trouble off the tee.

Michelle Wie is returning to Hawaii for the LPGA LOTTE Championship. Hawkins spent time with Michelle and her family a number of years ago when she was around 13 years old. Even then, he got the impression that Michelle played the game of golf because that is what she did, not because she loved it. He felt that golf has always been about business to Michelle and her family and not about fun or achieving dreams. She has a long way to go to get her game back and putting is not her main problem. Problems of the head and the heart are much more damaging to her game.

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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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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.