Canadian Mills Wins Canadian PGA

By Sports NetworkJuly 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourCAMBRIDGE, Ontario -- Jon Mills played well through two weather delays and shot a 1-under 71 Sunday, hanging on to his overnight lead to win the Canadian PGA Championship in his native province of Ontario. He finished at 19-under-par 269 and won by three strokes at Whistle Bear Golf Club.
 
Mills had matched course record with a 9-under-par 63 on Saturday, and his 54-hole score of 18-under 198 broke the tournament record by three strokes.
 
That put the 27-year-old in position for his first Nationwide Tour win, which he secured in style with just one bogey over his final 46 holes.
 
Ken Duke emerged as the only threat to Mills, but he finished alone in second place at 16-under-par 272 after shooting a 4-under 68 in the final round.
 
Nick Cassini and Erik Compton were one stroke further back at 14-under 274, while Kevin Johnson ended alone in fifth place at minus-12 after stumbling to a round of 2-over Sunday.
 
Mills fell to 17 under with a bogey at the par-4 fourth, snapping a streak of 31 holes without a bogey since he dropped a shot at No. 17 on Friday -- his eighth hole of the second round.
 
But after three consecutive pars, Mills dropped in a birdie at the par-3 eighth to get back to 18 under.
 
Johnson, who stood alone in second place after round three, birdied No. 1 to get to 15 under before dropping a pair of shots with bogeys at the par-3 fifth and the par-4 seventh.
 
That allowed Duke to emerge as Mills' closest challenger. Duke, who entered Sunday alone in third place at minus-12, collected three birdies on the front-nine to get to 15 under and added another birdie on No. 10 to pull within two of Mills.
 
That's where the two golfers stood heading into the second of two weather delays, which halted play from just after 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. ET.
 
When he returned to the course, Mills promptly birdied the par-5 12th to get to 19 under. Unable to keep pace, Duke parred No. 12 to fall three strokes off the lead with six holes to play.
 
Duke then stumbled to his first bogey of the day at the par-3 14th. That dropped him four strokes off the pace and all but sealed the win for Mills, who parred his final six holes while Duke collected one more birdie at No. 16.
 
Jerry Smith and Doug LaBelle II finished in a tie for sixth place at 11-under-par 277. Kenneth Staton, Carl Desjardins and Tom Scherrer ended one stroke further back to share eighth place.
 
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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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    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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    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

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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.

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