Monday - March 21 2011

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 21, 2011, 11:30 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Woodland Wins: 23 putts in the final round propels Gary Woodland to his first PGA Tour win at the Transitions Championship
- Webb Wins: Hall of Famer Karrie Webb shines the brightest in front of LPGA Founders. It's her second win of 2011 and 38th overall
- Monday Finish: Bad weekend weather forces the Sicilian Open to a Monday finish
- Sweet 16: The sweet 16 is set in the NCAA Tournament. No. 1 seed Pitt, No. 2 seed Notre Dame and No. 3 seed Syracuse all eliminated  

CNBC Business Headlines
- Positive Open from Futures
- AT&T Buying T-Mobile
- CKE adds Fast Food Turkey Burger
- Golfers Giving for Japan Relief  

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12 a.m. - Nicole Lapin, CNBC Business Update
7:15 a.m. - Rex Hoggard, Golf Channel insider
7:30 a.m. - Jay Townsend, Golf Channel insider
7:45 a.m. - Tim Rosaforte, Golf Channel insider
8:30 a.m. - Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer IN STUDIO  

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Shotgun Start: Masters Champion > Listen Now
Hoggard's Notes: Woodland Wins > Listen Now
Jay Townsend Analysis > Listen Now
Rosie's Notes: Els for Autism > Listen Now
Doug Ferguson Interview > Listen Now
Best of March 21, 2011 > Listen Now

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

Inside Job - Pearl Jam 'Inside Job' by Pearl Jam
Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray (Deluxe) 'Magic' by B.O.B.
Pawn Shop - Sublime 'Pawn Shop' by Sublime  

WHO'S ON THIS WEEK
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Tuesday, March 22
Kay Cockerill IN STUDIO
Sean Foley IN STUDIO
Johnny Miller IN STUDIO  

Wednesday, March 23
Sam Saunders IN STUDIO
Rickie Fowler IN STUDIO
Warrick Dunn IN STUDIO  

Thursday, March 24
Annika Sorenstam IN STUDIO
John Feinstein  

Friday, March 25
Brandel Chamblee IN STUDIO

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GOLFNOW DAILY HOOK UP
Previous day's winner:

Jennifer Irsay of Loxahatchee, FL
Stay & Play at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, FL

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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.

Rules changes include no more viewer call-ins

By Rex HoggardDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

Although the Rules of Golf modernization is still a year away, officials continue to refine parts of the rulebook including an overhaul of the video review protocols.

A “working group” led by the USGA and R&A announced on Monday the new protocols, which include assigning a rule official to a tournament broadcast to resolve rules issues.

The group – which includes the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA tour and PGA of America – also voted to stop considering viewer call-ins when processing potential rule violations.

In addition, a new local rule was announced that will discontinue the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard when the player was unaware of the violation.

In April, Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes during the final round when officials at the ANA Inspiration learned via e-mail from a viewer of an infraction that occurred during the third round. Thompson was penalized two strokes for incorrectly marking her golf ball and two for signing an incorrect scorecard.

“The message is, as a fan, enjoy watching the game and the best players in the world, but also have the confidence that the committee in charge of the competition have the rules handled,” Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of the Rules of Golf, said on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" on Monday. “Let’s leave the rules and the administration of the event to the players and to those responsible for running the tournament.”

The working group was created in April to review the use of video in applying the rules and the role of viewer call-ins, and initially issued a decision to limit the use of video through the introduction of the “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standard.

According to that decision, which was not a rule, “so long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be inaccurate by the use of video evidence.”

The new protocols will be implemented starting on Jan. 1.

A comprehensive overhaul of the Rules of Golf is currently underway by the USGA and R&A that will begin on Jan. 1, 2019.