Wednesday - August 31, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamAugust 31, 2011, 10:04 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Rory's Right Arm: Rory McIlroy says he still feels a bit of pain in his right arm in the aftermath of his daring shot off a tree root at the PGA Championship. He will tee it up in the Omega European Masters this week.
- No Host? Tiger Woods may not be eligible to play in the event he hosts. The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking are exempt to the Chevron Challenge. Tiger is currently 38th and won't play before the Sept. 20th qualifying cut-off.
- Boston Defense: Charley Hoffman returns to the site of his biggest PGA TOUR win. The defending Deutsche Bank Champion is 33rd in the FedExCup Points Standings.
- Weather Watch: The Deustche Bank Championship is ready after Irene...but a 40-percent chance of rain is already forecasted for Sunday and Monday.

CNBC Business Headlines
- Banks Respond to Irene Aftermath
- AT&T Promises More Jobs
- Sony Working On 3D Helmet

GUEST SCHEDULE
7:12a ET:  Courtney Reagan, CNBC Business Report
7:30a ET:  John Hawkins, Golf Channel Contributor
7:45a ET:  Natalie Gulbis, NB3 Challenge
8:15a ET:  Hunter Mahan & Rickie Fowler, NB3 Challenge
8:30a ET:  Tiger Woods & Notah Begay III, NB3 Challenge

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

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles (White Album) “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by The Beatles
Steady As She Goes - Broken Boy Soldiers “Steady As She Goes” by The Raconteurs
I “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band)' by The Moody Blues

UPCOMING GUESTS
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Annika Sorenstam
John Feinstein
Alan Shipnuck

Friday, September 2
Robert Duvall
Allen Wronowski
Brad Keselowski
Major Dan Rooney

GOLFNOW DAILY HOOK UP
Previous day's winner:
 
David Martinez of Burbank, CA
Industry Hills in Los Angeles, CA
 
Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms is perhaps best known for its long, gracious fairways. The course counts itself as one of the oldest and most prestigious public courses on the West Coast.

Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

“Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

“I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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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