Tuesday February 22 2011

By Morning Drive TeamFebruary 22, 2011, 4:47 pm

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Match Madness: WGC-Accenture Match Play tees off tomorrow with 64 of top 65 players in the world. Tiger faces Thomas Bjorn, who won in Qatar this year
- Trip to Mexico: PGA Tour also in Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Aaron Baddeley looks for back to back wins
- Singapore Stars: Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer headilne the field at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore
- Melo Moved: After months of speculation, Carmelo Anthony traded to New York Knicks in 12 player deal with Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves

CNBC Business Headlines
- House Prepares for March 4 Deadline
- Rising Oil Prices
- Domino's Chicken Focus

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12 a.m. - Nicole Lapin, CNBC Business Update
7:15 a.m. - Arron Oberholser, PGA Tour Pro IN STUDIO
7:45 a.m. - Kendra Graham, Golf Channel Rules insider IN STUDIO
8:15 a.m. - John Hawkins, Golf Channel insider IN STUDIO
8:30 a.m. - D.A. Points, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Winner IN STUDIO

TODAY'S TWEETS
Standout tweets today from around the world of golf.

@natalie_gulbis - I am making my match play picks on golfweek.com...Yes I pick all of team Butch Harmon players to win of course!!

@ANNIKA59 - Congrats to Celine Boutier from France. Winning the ANNIKA Invitational. Check out all scores and summary at www.ajga.org

@IanJamesPoulter - Teeing off at 7:25a on Wednesday not sure why its that early but anyway, i will be wrapped up warm, Mitts, skins undergarment, beanie!

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Kendra Graham Interview > Listen Now
Hawk Talk: Match Play > Listen Now
Arron Oberholser Interview > Listen Now   
D.A. Points Interview > Listen Now
Best of February 22, 2011 > Listen Now

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

I Like It (feat. Pitbull) - Euphoria 'I Like It' by Enrique Iglesias
Bullet and a Target (Radio Edit) - Bullet and a Target - Single 'Bullet And A Target' by Citizen Cope
I Wish - Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection 'I Wish' by Stevie Wonder

WHO'S ON THIS WEEK
Tune-in or stream the show live on GolfChannel.com weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET.

Wednesday, February 23
Kris Blanks IN STUDIO
*Additional LIVE Show 10a to 11a EST*

Thursday, February 24
Annika Sorenstam IN STUDIO
Darius Rucker IN STUDIO
*Additional LIVE Show 1p to 1:30p EST*

Friday, February 25
Kelly Tilghman
*Additional LIVE Show 1p to 1:30p EST*

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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

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.