Wednesday - April 13 2011

By Morning Drive TeamApril 13, 2011, 2:54 pm

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Event Moved: The South Africa Open is moved back a week to not coincide with the Presidents Cup in Australia
- Master Group: Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Angel Cabrera all finished in the top 7 at The Masters...and they'll play together for the first two rounds of the Valero Texas Open
- Star Attractions: The European Tour groups Rory McIlroy with Martin Kaymer and Charl Schwartzel with Louis Oosthuizen at the Maybank Malaysia Classic
- Thorpe's Return: Jim Thorpe is in the field at the Champions Tour Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. It's his first event since being released from prison on tax evasion charges

CNBC Business Headlines
- Futures Higher
- Expect Higher Gas Prices
- Strong Sales for Tiger's EA Game

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12 a.m. - Nicole Lapin, CNBC Business Update
7:30 a.m. - Jack Nicklaus II, President of Nicklaus Design
7:45 a.m. - Alex Miceli, Golf Channel insider
8:15 a.m. - Larry Nelson, PGA Distinguished Service Award Winner
8:30 a.m. - Jerry Rice, NFL Hall of Fame Receiver
8:45 a.m. - Sir Nick Faldo, 3-Time Masters Champion

WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Jack Nicklaus II Interview > Listen Now
Fantasy Picks with Alex Miceli > Listen Now
Larry Nelson Interview > Listen Now
Jerry Rice Interview > Listen Now
Sir Nick Faldo Interview > Listen Now
Best of April 13, 2011 > Listen Now

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

The Impression That I Get - Let 'Impression that I Get' by Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Sunny Daze - Change In the Weather 'Sunny Daze' by Eric Lindell
Pump It Up - The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years 'Pump it Up' by Elvis Costello

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

Thursday, April 14
Judy Rankin
Annika Sorenstam IN STUDIO
Jeff Gordon
Tiger Woods FROM SOUTH KOREA

Friday, April 15
Rick Smith IN STUDIO
Jim Furyk

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GOLFNOW DAILY HOOK UP
Previous day's winner:
 
Larry Brenner of Jupiter, FL
The Links at Madison Green in West Palm Beach, FL

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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.