Thursday - September 13, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamSeptember 13, 2012, 8:56 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Final Major
The final major championship of 2012 is underway in the RICOH Women's British Open. World #1 Yani Tseng is seeking her third consecutive title in this Championship.
- Cup Countdown
The European Tour grouped Ryder Cup teammates Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari together in the 1st round of the BMW Italian Open. Full coverage begins immediately after Morning Drive.
- Boise Boys
Oregon Men’s Golf Coach Casey Martin is teeing it up in the Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour today alongside rookie Patrick Cantlay and long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski.
- Rory Rips
Rory McIlroy is taking advantage of the bye week as he made his first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. McIlroy talked about becoming #1, the FedExCup, and playing Tiger Woods.
 
CNBC Business Headlines
- Bigger TVs at Smaller Prices
- Fewer Home Foreclosures in 2012
- U.S. City Revenue Falling for 6th Straight Year
 
GUEST SCHEDULE
7:05a ET:     Tom Abbott, Golf Channel Reporter
7:12a ET:     Seema Mody, CNBC Business Report
7:15a ET:     Jim Brown, Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
7:25a ET:     Jen Carfagno, Weather Channel Report
7:45a ET:     Jay Townsend, European Tour Analyst
8:10a ET:     John Feinstein, Golf Channel Contributor
 
TODAY'S MUSIC
If interested in the music you heard today on 'Morning Drive', download it on iTunes.
Eight Days a Week - Beatles For Sale “Eight Days a Week” by The Beatles
Times Like These - One By One “Times Like These” by Foo Fighters
Beautiful Day - All That You Can “Beautiful Day” by U2
 
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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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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.