Boli Double-Eagles Way to Lead

By Sports NetworkSeptember 23, 2004, 4:00 pm
BOISE, Idaho -- Justin Bolli recorded a double-eagle on the par-5 16th Thursday en route to an 8-under-par 63 and the first-round lead of the Boise Open.
 
Kevin Stadler, a two-time winner this season and son of Champions Tour player Craig Stadler, and Tyler Williamson share second place after opening rounds of 6-under 65 at Hillcrest Country Club.
 
Bolli had 230 yards at the par-5 16th and hit a 4-iron. His ball rolled in the cup for the first double-eagle in tournament history and the fifth of the season on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'That 4-iron was supposed to go to the middle of the green, but I pulled it a bit,' said Bolli, who won this year's Chattanooga Classic. 'The hole was way back left and no one would have aimed at that pin with a 4-iron.'
 
Bolli started well on Thursday with a tap-in birdie at the par-5 second hole. He added a 4-footer for birdie at the next, also a par-5, and made it three in a row with a 15-footer at the fourth.
 
He missed a 10-footer for par at the seventh to momentarily fall down the leaderboard, but a series of par saves around the turn kept him close to the top spot.
 
Bolli birdied the driveable, par-4 15th, but without a driver. He laid up short of the putting surface with a 6-iron, then hit a lob-wedge to 10 feet and drained the putt.
 
Bolli kept it going with birdies after the double-eagle. He knocked a pitching-wedge to 3 feet to set up birdie at the 17th, then ran home a 6-footer for birdie at the last for the first-round lead.
 
'I was trying not to think about what I was doing,' said Bolli, who is eighth on the tour's money list and is in good shape to earn his way on to the PGA Tour. 'I was just trying to hit good shots. Six under on the last four holes is silly. That was pretty ridiculous.'
 
Kyle Thompson and Scott Gump are tied for fourth place at 5-under-par 66. Jimmy Walker, also a two-time winner this year on tour, Steve Haskins, Robert Garrigus, Vance Veazey, Tom Scherrer, Andrew Morse, Andy Doeden, John Merrick, Rick Fehr and Carl Paulson are knotted in sixth place. They stand at 4-under-par 67.
 
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  • 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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    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.


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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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