Colsaerts Takes Over In Scotland

By Sports NetworkAugust 6, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourGLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Nicolas Colsaerts fired a 5-under 67 Saturday to take the lead after three rounds of the Johnnie Walker Championship. Colsaerts stands at 8-under-par 208 and is leading going into the final round for the first time in his European Tour career.
 
Richard Bland and Emanuele Canonica are two strokes off the pace at 6-under- par 210 after rounds of 68 and 69, respectively. Bradley Dredge and Damien McGrane share fourth place one stroke further back, while co-overnight leader Steve Webster is tied with a group in sixth place at 4-under-par 212.
 
Mark Foster, who shared the overnight lead with Webster, fell into a tie for 19th place at 1-under-par 215 after a disappointing 5-over 77 in his round.
 
Colsaerts, who collected six birdies to go along with one bogey, was in the lead for much of the round and is in good position to claim his maiden European Tour victory.
 
'I went fine because I was just playing well,' said Colsaerts of the emotions involved in leading the field. 'The shots were just coming off and I really never thought about it at all.'
 
Colsaerts' best finish so far this season was a tie for 21st at the Jazztel Open de Espaa en Andaluca. He's not having a particularly good year, but likes his chances at The Gleneagles Hotel's PGA Centenary Course.
 
'I kind of always liked this place. It's a really pure track and if you hit good shots you are rewarded,' said Colsaerts, who then joked that the cool and rainy weather 'so far has been really good for Scotland.'
 
Colsaerts, who entered the round in a sixth-place tie at 3 under, got off to a scorching start with birdies on three of his first five holes, including the 516-yard par-5 second.
 
That moved the 22-year-old Belgian to 6 under par, where he would remain around the turn and until a birdie at the par-5 12th gave him a score of minus-7.
 
Colsaerts dropped a shot with a bogey at No. 15, but then rebounded with a birdie at the 16th and another at the 18th to finish off his round. He has only hit 22-of-39 fairways so far in the tournament, but a good approach game and a little luck has him in the lead.
 
'I got a lot of good lies, so that always helps,' Colsaerts said. 'I got quite lucky in the rough, actually.'
 
Bland, who is also seeking his first European Tour victory, opened his round by three-putting from 4 feet for a bogey at the first. But the Briton recovered with five birdies and an eagle at the par-5 12th and finished with a 4-under round.
 
Italian Canonica also opened his round with a bogey at No. 1, but that was his only misstep in a minus-3 round.
 
Dredge and McGrane both shot 69s to stay close, while Wade Ormsby and Barry Lane had the rounds of the day with 6-under 66s. Ormsby shares sixth place with Webster and Ian Garbutt. Lane is tied with three others one stroke further back.
 
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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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