Magee Makes Mayhem in the Desert

By Rich LernerJanuary 26, 2001, 5:00 pm
Tiger Woods' 1997, roof raising hole-in-one is now the second greatest shot in the wacky history of the Phoenix Open. Andrew Magee moves to the very top of the charts. And Omar Uresti's older brother, Rusty, quite strangely, has been eyewitness to both.
Magee stepped to the 333-yard 17th hole in a bit of a funk. Two holes earlier he'd doubled the easiest hole on the course, the par-5 15th. He bounced back with birdie at 16.
'I had that double and I'm thinking, 'Great, another good start' (Magee teed off on number 10). I had had a double in Tuscon and a triple in Hawaii. Then when I birdied 16, I was like, 'Whoopie. Big deal.''
Now Magee has the honor. Ahead, Gary Nicklaus, Steve Pate and Tom Byrum were on the green at 17.

'I had never bounced a ball up on that green,' said Magee. Keep in mind Magee's a Scottsdale area resident who's played the TPC course many times.

So Magee swung away.
'I just killed it,' he said.
Meanwhile on the green, Byrum,to the left of and below the cup, was lining up an eight footer for par. Magee's ball hit on the first cut of the green, 11 paces short of the cup, bounced once and began to roll.
This is where Rusty Uresti enters the picture. Caddying for Nicklaus, he saw the ball.
'I said, 'Look out,' but instead of moving out of the way, Tom just kinda turned in that direction,' Uresti recounted to The Phoenix Tribune. 'The ball goes right at his putter and his putter just happened to be at just the right angle. It bounced off and goes straight into the hole.'
Cracked the Tour's top one-liner artist, Steve Pate, 'It was the best putt Tom hit all day.'
Byrum, who finished with an even par 71, didn't seem quite as amused.
'(Magee) just hit into us and (the ball) hit my putter and went into the hole,' he said. 'What else is there to say?'
What else is there to say? Lighten up Tom.
What did Magee see from his vantage point on 17 tee?
'I see a ball rolling toward the cup,' he said. 'I don't know if it's my ball or if it's someody's putt. Then I hear the crowd and I say,'That sounds like a hole-in-one.''
Magee wasn't sure what to record on his card. He consulted with an official, who gave him the good news. He'd made what is believed to be the only double eagle on a par 4 in the history of the PGA Tour. According to rule 19-1, hitting your ball off an outside agency, in this case the other player's putter, is simply the rub of the green. No penalty. Just so you know, had the ball hypothetically caromed off the putter, down a cart path and out of bounds, that would also be rub of the green, and too bad for Magee.
'The first thing I said to my caddie when I got to the 18th tee box was give me the ball before I snap hook it in the water,' said Magee, who like Pate is a scratch handicap wise cracker. 'It's in my pocket.'
Magee finished with five under 66. 'We were all in shock,' he said.
And now back to Rusty Uresti. He was caddying for his brother, Omar, in 1997. Paired with Woods, Omar staked his tee shot on 16 to within three feet. Tiger then jarred his and the place went bonkers.
Four years later, Uresti witnessed the unthinkable yet again, the Magee Miracle, as it's been dubbed.
The analysis from Uresti?
'Crazy,' he mused.
Par for the course at The Phoenix Open.
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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.

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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.