Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2012, 7:00 pm

'I think it's unprofessional and very disappointing, especially because it's someone I worked with and trusted as a friend.” – Tiger Woods, on his distaste for Hank Haney and his decision to write a book about the six years they spent working together.

'I got a phone call I could never say no to, and there’s no question about that.' – Greg Norman, on the fact that former President Bill Clinton called him to ask if he would participate in the Humana Challenge.

'They’re the best part of my game.' – Former President Bill Clinton, joking with the crowd on the first tee on Saturday, referring to his golf shoes. The shoes were white with red and blue stripes and a small American flag on the side.

'It’s really bad. They’ve got a lot of trees down. It’s a real mess. … We knew (the wind) was going to be bad, but we thought it would be something we could play with, and then the bottom fell out.' – Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president of rules and competitions, on the dangerous winds that caused suspension of play during the third round of the Humana Challenge.

'Standing on the tee with Ernie and Retief in the playoff was unbelievable ... It’s one of those awesome things to know I’ve beaten two of my idols in a playoff.' – Branden Grace, after winning in back-to-back weeks on the European Tour, the second win coming against Els and Goosen in a playoff.

'I've kind of lost my sense of humor, you know. When you don’t putt well your sense of humor doesn’t work very well ... I’d like to get my sense of humor back.' – Ernie Els, lamenting his frame of mind over the last couple of seasons.

'I made that point very clear last year in December. There is no way. Even if I make the Ryder Cup, I will not play. I've answered that question.' – Jose Maria Olazabal, after getting into contention at the Volvo Golf Champions, on his prospects of being a playing captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup at Medinah.

'It’s going to bring more people out, and having President Clinton a part of this event is drawing way more attention than it’s ever had.' – Anthony Kim, on the extra attention the former President is having on the Humana Challenge.

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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.