Thursday April 28 2011

By Morning Drive TeamApril 28, 2011, 2:18 pm

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- Lee's Even: Lee Westwood double bogeyed his last hole to finish Even Par after the 1st round of the Ballantine's Championship
- Cajun Golf: The Zurich Classic is scheduled to start at 8AM Eastern. Jason Bohn defends ... Luke Donald has another chance at #1 and Rich Beem will be mic'd up for the 1st Round
- Smoltz' Start: John Smoltz makes his 2011 Nationwide Tour debut at the South Georgia Classic
- Lexi's Debut: 16 year old Lexi Thompson makes her 2011 debut today at the Avnet LPGA Classic

CNBC Business Headlines
- Apple Can Track its iPhones
- Rising Costs Cut Starbucks Profits
- Simple Colors Sell Cars

7:30a EST: Tim Tebow, NFL Quarterback
7:45a EST: Annika Sorenstam, LPGA Hall of Famer IN STUDIO
8:15a EST: Jen Carfagno, Meteorologist WEATHER CHANNEL UPDATE
8:30a EST: John Feinstein, Golf Channel insider
8:40a EST: Charlie Rymer, Golf Channel insider LIVE FROM ZURICH CLASSIC
8:50a EST: Todd Lewis, Golf Channel insider LIVE FROM ZURICH CLASSIC

Tim Tebow Interview > Listen Now
Annika Thursdays > Listen Now
John Feinstein Analysis > Listen Now
Charlie Rymer Analysis > Listen Now
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Best of April 28, 2011 > Watch Recap Now
*WEB-EXCLUSIVE* Zurich Classic Preview > Watch Now

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

Oh, My Nola - Oh, My Nola 'Oh My Nola' by Harry Connick Jr.
Born in Louisiana - Standing My Ground 'Born in Louisiana' by Clarence Brown w/ Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Down to New Orleans - High Lonesome Sound 'Down to New Orleans' by Vince Gill

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Friday, April 29
Deane Beman IN STUDIO
Notah Begay III
Jeremy Roenick


Previous day's winner:

Bill Robertson of Minneapolis, MN
Legends Golf Club in Prior Lake, MN

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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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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.