Tripp Isenhour - April 8, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamApril 8, 2012, 12:08 pm

When asked about Phil Mickelson’s flop shot at 15 in the third round, Isenhour called it the best flop shot in the history of golf when you consider the moment, surroundings, and result. He loves that Phil Mickelson is someone who will try the difficult shot and loves that he adds so much excitement to the game.

He was very impressed with Peter Hanson on Saturday and his second shot to 18 to three feet was the best shot in his opinion. The key to success for Hanson in the final round is being able to just go out and play his own game. Because of the patron support for Phil and the pressure of the final round, Hanson will be tempted to elevate his game to keep up but if he does that, he will fall apart.

He would want to be with Phil in the final pairing because 19 of the last 21 champions have come from the last pairing but he would want to be with Phil anyway because if Hanson is able to win while staring down Mickelson, it would be a historic accomplishment.

He loves that Bubba Watson is a throwback player who is an artist on the golf course in the way he is able to move the ball. But that movement could be what hurts Bubba in the final round but if he is able to continue hitting the ball well, it will all come down to the putter.

He would take Phil and Bubba over the right-handed players in contention in the final round today. The only thing predictable about Phil Mickelson is his unpredictability but he still thinks that Phil is the favorite to win although he thinks Bubba has a good chance as well.

It was shocking to see Rory McIlroy shoot 77 in the third round yesterday. He thought that Rory was over the 2011 Masters when he won the U.S. Open and even picked him to win this week. But that round is more proof that Augusta National is about gaining experience and he is looking forward to watching Rory gain more experience and knowledge of The Masters over the next few years.

He thinks Phil Mickelson is under the most pressure while Peter Hanson is not under any pressure because he has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Mickelson will go for broke as he always does and it will be interesting to see what happens. If Mickelson were able to win today, he will equal Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer with 4 Masters wins and when you add his win over Tiger at Pebble Beach this year, it will be a very satisfying two months for Phil.

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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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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.