DeCorso Leads on Nwide

By Sports NetworkMay 3, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 South Georgia ClassicVALDOSTA, Ga. -- Bryan DeCorso carded a 3-under 69 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the South Georgia Classic.
 
DeCordso completed 36 holes at 7-under-par 137 at Kinderlou Forest.
 
Marco Dawson (68) and David Miller (70) share second place at 5-under-par 139. Jeff Brehaut, Scott Parel, Vance Veazey, David Mathis, Ben Bates and Bryce Molder are one stroke further back at minus-4.
 
DeCorso got off to a flying start with birdies on the first and second to move to six-under. He gave one stroke back as he bogeyed the par-5 fourth.
 
The 37-year-old atoned for that mistake with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. He parred three straight around the turn.
 
DeCorso traded a birdie for a bogey from the 11th. He birdied the par-5 14th to get to 7-under, then parred the final four to lead by two after two rounds.
 
'I'm actually happier with my round today than I was with yesterday's round, even though it was one stroke higher,' DeCorso stated. 'There were some tough pins. If you short-sided yourself, you could be in some big trouble.'
 
DeCorso has recently been revamping his swing and it has paid off this week. He has hit 27-of-36 greens in regulation and 19-of-28 fairways.
 
'I am learning to hit the golf ball a completely different way,' DeCorso admitted. 'I had developed so many bad habits. Now I'm hitting more fairways and greens, and my scoring average speaks for itself.'
 
Dawson carded a bogey-free round. He played the back nine first and birdied the 14th and 15th. After three pars, Dawson connected on back-to-back birdies from the first to get within two. He parred his final seven holes to end there.
 
Miller also played the back first. He posted birdies on 11 and 14, but those strokes were erased by bogeys at 16 and 18.
 
Around the turn, Miller parred the first five holes. He birdied the sixth and followed with a birdie at the seventh.
 
First-round leader Garth Mulroy stumbled to a 2-over 74. He was joined in 10th place by Ronnie Black, Grant Waite, B.J. Staten, Bill Lunde, Greg Owen, Andrew Buckle and Daniel Summerhays.
 
The cut line fell at 1-over-par 145 with 68 players moving on to the weekend. Among those who missed the cut was 2007 winner John Kimbell. That means there still has never been a player that has successfully defended his title on the Nationwide Tour.
 
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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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    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

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    ''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.''

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    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

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    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.