Bowie Captures Corning Classic Playoff

By Sports NetworkJuly 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning ClassicSYLVANIA, Ohio -- Heather Bowie two-putted for par on the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Bowie was tied with Gloria Park at 10-under-par 274 at the end of regulation.
 
Bowie closed with a 4-under 67, while Park notched a 66 in the final round.
 
In the playoff, Bowie two-putted for par on the first extra hole, No. 18. Park, meanwhile, ran in a 15-footer to save par and keep the playoff going.
 
The duo shifted to the par-5 17th at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Bowie pitched her third within one foot of the cup to set up a kick-in birdie. Park on the other hand rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt.
 
Back to the 18th they went and Park fell apart. Bowie safely found the fairway off the tee before Park's landed in the right rough.
 
The Korean dumped her second shot into a creek crossing the fairway. Bowie advanced her ball down the fairway safely with her second shot. Park, after taking a drop, lost her fourth shot right off the green.
 
She took a drop after the ball bounced out of the grandstands and onto a spectator's towel.
 
Bowie kept her focus while this was happening and dropped her third on the putting surface.
 
Park pitched her fifth shot over the green. After chipping on, she two-putted for triple-bogey.
 
Bowie calmly stepped up to her birdie try. She left that putt short, but tapped in for par and her first LPGA Tour title.
 
Sung Ah Yim fired a 3-under 68 to move into a tie for third at 9-under- par 275. She was joined there by third-round leader Hee-Won Han, who struggled to a 73.
 
Paula Creamer closed with the round of the day as she shot a 7-under 64 to share fifth place with Jeong Jang at 8-under-par 276. Pat Hurst, Leta Lindley and 2004 champion Meg Mallon were one stroke further back at minus-7.
 
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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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    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.


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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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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm