Monday - June 6, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamJune 6, 2011, 10:24 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS

- Steve Survives: Steve Stricker wins the Memorial by a single shot. His first win of 2011 moves him to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
- Steve Sizzles: Steve Wheatcroft wins the Nationwide Tour's Melwood Prince George's County Open by a tour record 12 shots. He also set the record for lowest 72-hole score with 255.
- Back to Back: Augusta State wins back-to-back national championships. The Jaguars won 3 of 5 final matches against Georgia. It's the final event for all five players and coach Josh Gregory at Augusta State.
- Boom Boom: Brittany Lincicome birdies the 18th hole to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic by a shot over Cristie Kerr and Jiyai Shin.

CNBC Business Headlines
- Rising Suit Prices
- Nintendo Network Hacked
- Bidding for lunch with Warren Buffett

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12a ET: Bertha Coombs, CNBC Business Report
7:15a ET: John Peterson, NCAA Division I Medalist
7:30a ET: Jay Townsend, Golf Channel insider
7:45a ET: Tim Rosaforte, Golf Channel insider
8:15a ET: Ron Sirak, Executive Editor, Golf World, http://www.golfworldmonday.com/
8:30a ET: Lauren Thompson, Host of Golf Now & Top 10
8:50a ET: Tim Rosaforte, Golf Channel insider

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TODAY'S MUSIC

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Manhattan - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version) 'Manhattan' by Kings of Leon
Blue On Black - Trouble Is... 'Blue on Black' by Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Midwest Main Street - Compass Rose Bouquet 'Midwest Main Street' by Great Lakes Myth Society

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Tuesday, June 7
Champions Tuesday
Steve Wheatcroft

Wednesday, June 8
David Toms LIVE FROM MEMPHIS

Thursday, June 9
Annika Sorenstam IN STUDIO

Friday, June 10
Stewart Cink

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GOLFNOW DAILY HOOK UP
Previous day's winner:

Patrick Tadley of Somerdale, NJ
Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ

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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
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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

Johnson becomes world No. 1, starts season with three straight wins

Article: Johnson officially ascends to No. 1 for first time with Riviera win

DJ on reaching No. 1: 'It's been a long journey'

View from the top: How long will DJ stay at No. 1?

Article: DJ's star once again shines brightest at WGC-Mexico

DJ on win: 'Means a lot' with the pressure of No. 1

DJ breaks it down: How No. 1 won WGC-Mexico

Video: DJ withstands Rahm's rally to win WGC-Match Play final

DJ on beating Rahm: 'I didn't give him anything'

Johnson: 'I definitely didn't play my best today'


Johnson enters Masters as odds-on favorite, withdraws after falling down stairs

Article: After uneasy warmup, DJ withdraws from Masters

Article: Johnson installed as Masters betting favorite

Article: DJ injures back in fall, hopes to play Masters

DJ on Masters WD: 'Want to play ... it sucks'

DJ: 'I was playing the best golf of my career'


DJ welcomes second child with fiancée Paulina Gretzky

DJ, Paulina welcome baby boy before U.S. Open

It's a(nother) boy! DJ-Paulina's gender reveal


This and that: DJ and Paulina in 2017

DJ, Paulina make new music video on ski vacation

DJ, Paulina unwind with Bahamas vacay

DJ: 'Absolutely' no input on Paulina's social media

Watch: Paulina shows off pretty swing at TopGolf


Johnson adds fourth win of season, blows chance at fifth

As good as it gets: DJ-Outduels Spieth at Northern Trust

Johnson's HSBC collapse surprising, but not major

DJ beats Spieth in playoff to earn fourth win of year

Burr: 'For a great win there is an epic collapse'