Hooks Cuts from the Masters

By Rich LernerApril 9, 2007, 4:00 pm
  • No red on the leaderboard at Augusta and Zach Johnson outplays Tiger down the stretch. Saw it coming all the way.
  • Sunday more than salvaged a Masters that up until then was not garnering too many favorable reviews.
  • Johnson plays the par-5s in 11 under without going for a single one in two. Saw it coming all the way.
  • Johnson now owns as many majors as Lanny, Freddie, Davis and Tom Kite.
  • Theres no more sociable major in golf than the Masters; families and friends returning each year to favorite spots.
  • At the risk of sounding like a name dropper, I spent a few minutes with Will Ferrell at Amen Corner. We practiced our golf clap together.
  • Nice to see a humble kid -- and even though Zachs 31 he still has some kid in him -- grab such a big moment, reminding us that sport doesnt belong to the superstars.
  • Ernie and Sergio sadly couldnt find any answers this week, one insider telling me Sergios a bit psyched out by Augusta National at this point.
  • At the risk of sounding like a name dropper, former Suns sharpshooter Dan Majerle walked by our set and said hello. Majerles sports bar in Scottsdale is supposed to be very strong.
  • Zachs caddie, Damon Green, is a legitimate player whos known as 'Chicken Man.' A former Nationwide Tour pro, hed occasionally break into a wing-flapping chicken strut when he made a big putt. He didnt need any prodding to cut loose with a chicken dance after brining home the new Masters champ.
  • At the risk of sounding like a name dropper, Nick Faldos Saturday Masters party featured Huey Lewis and the News with David Kamens on the bongos.
  • Word is Oakmont could be one of the toughest major venues ever, the greens absolutely sinister.
  • At the risk of sounding like a name dropper, tennis legend Boris Becker was on the grounds of Augusta working for German television.
  • Didnt see much red on the board this week, but did catch Doug Sanders in a bright yellow slack.
  • Admit it, youd like 100 balls to make one where Sabbatini snaked that crazy putt at eight.
  • Hilton Heads next and most will drive. Zachs flying.
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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.


    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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    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.