Thursday - June 9, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamJune 9, 2011, 10:30 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS

- Walking in Memphis: St. Jude Classic gets underway today from TPC Southwind with defending champion Lee Westwood headlining the field along with two-time champ David Toms, NCAA champ Patrick Reed, & Brian Gay's Caddy Kip Henley who recieved a sponsor's exemption.
- G-Mac on Tiger: 'A Massive blow' to the game, Those are the words of Graeme McDowell speaking from his home in Northern Ireland when asked about Tiger not playing at Congressional, he added 'He has been Golf for the last 15 years.'
- Stars are Out: The LPGA State Farm Classic gets underway from Springfield, Ill., today with LPGA stars Cristie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis, Britanny Lincicome and world No. 1 Yani Tseng leading the way.
- All Tied Up: Bruins win back to back home games to even up Stanley Cup Final at two games a piece, one game left in Boston then back and forth for remainder of series.


CNBC Business Headlines
- Citigroup Hacked
- UPS Slimming Down
- Twitter Sneak Peek at Movie 'Super 8'


GUEST SCHEDULE

7:12a ET: Bertha Coombs, CNBC Business Report
7:15a ET: Gary Williams, LIVE FROM Congressional
7:45a ET: Annika Sorenstam, Golf Channel insider IN STUDIO
8:30a ET: Davis Love III, PGA Tour Pro www.caddieforlove.com


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*WEB EXCLUSIVE* G-Mac Talks Tiger > Watch Now


TODAY'S MUSIC

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Given to Fly - Rearviewmirror - Greatest Hits 1991-2003 'Given to Fly' by Pearl Jam
Whip It - Greatest Hits 'Whip it' by Devo
Spoonman - Superunknown 'Spoonman' by Soundgarden


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Terry Hopper of Norman, OK
Coffee Creek Golf Club in Oklahoma City, OK

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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
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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.