Wednesday - April 11, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamApril 11, 2012, 8:41 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Texas 2-Step
Golfweek reports the PGA TOUR will change its schedule leading into The Masters next year. The Shell Houston Open will be two weeks before The Masters and then followed by the Valero Texas Open.
- No Love
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will not tee it up this week in the RBC Heritage as he tries to recover from a rib injury. He says he's awaiting a diagnosis on whether it’s a cracked rib or a pulled muscle in his rib cage.
- Heritage Heroes
Defending RBC Heritage Champion Brandt Snedeker is grouped with two men he beat in playoffs -- Luke Donald and Kyle Stanley. They tee it up on 10 tomorrow at 8:20am Eastern.
- Ryo's Princess
20-year-old Ryo Ishikawa is known as 'The Bashful Prince' in Japan and he's found his princess. Ishikawa announced he is engaged to his childhood sweetheart. Congratulations Ryo!
 
CNBC Business Headlines
- Gas Prices Expected to Peak at $4.01/Gallon
- Apple Accused of Price Fixing eBooks
- Best Buy CEO Resigns
 
GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12a ET:     Jackie DeAngelis, CNBC Business Report
7:15a ET:     Win McMurry, Fantasy Insider
7:30a ET:     Bubba Watson, 2012 Masters Champion (Tuesday Interview)
8:15a ET:     Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Quarterback
8:30a ET:     Arthur Blank, First Tee Trustee
 
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TODAY'S MUSIC
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Eight Days a Week - Beatles For Sale “Eight Days a Week” by The Beatles
Dog Days Are Over - Lungs (Deluxe Edition) “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
Do It Again - Friends / 20/20 “Do It Again” by The Beach Boys
 
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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.