Wednesday - January 26 2011
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- Rory Out: McIlroy reveals on Twitter, he's skipping The Players. He has 2 missed cuts there in 2 tries
- Rules Debate: Tim Finchem says he will discuss Rules of Golf at a USGA meeting next week to in light of players signing scorecards before penalties are enforced
- Tiger's Debut: World No. 3 Tiger Woods addresses media for first time in 2011 at 12:30PM ET
-State of the Union: President Obama promises to slash budget deficit by $400 billion over next decade and to double current American exports by 2014
- Toyota Recalls
- Nicklaus Course offers hope
- State of the Union
7:05 a.m. - Alistair Tait, Senior Writer for Golfweek
7:15 a.m. - Allen Wronowski, President PGA of America (IN STUDIO)
7:30 a.m. - Alex Miceli, Golf Channel insider (IN STUDIO)
8:00 a.m. - Kraig Kann & John Hawkins, Co Hosts of Grey Goose 19th Hole (IN STUDIO)
8:30 a.m. - Lorena Ochoa, LPGA legend
8:45 a.m. - Ryan Moore, PGA Tour veteran (IN STUDIO)
Standout tweets today from around the world of golf.
@McIlroyRory - @WestwoodLee I've decided no holes at sawgrass is better than my usual 36! Do you want to have a few holes that week somewhere?
@McIlroyRory - the reason I'm not playing TPC this year is because I've never thought the golf course has set up that well for me...
@McIlroyRory - ...I have no sort of vendetta against Tim Finchem or the PGA Tour, I love playing in the US.
WATCH & LISTEN TO TODAY'S ACTION
Alistair Tate Interview > Listen Now
Allen Wronowski Interview > Listen Now
Fantasy Picks with Alex Miceli > Listen Now
Grey Goose 19th Hole Discussion > Listen Now
Lorena Ochoa Interview > Listen Now
Ryan Moore Interview > Listen Now
Best of January 26, 2011 > Listen Now
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'Tighten Up' by The Black Keys
'Here comes the Sun' by The Beatles
'Pump it Up' by Elvis Costello
'Dynamite' by Taio Cruz
WHO'S ON THIS WEEK
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Matt Kuchar IN STUDIO
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Kristi McPherson IN STUDIO
PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes
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:
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.
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.
Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open
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.
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
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.