Driscoll Wins Virginia Beach

By Sports NetworkSeptember 12, 2004, 4:00 pm
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- James Driscoll posted a 4-under 68 Sunday to come from behind and win the Virginia Beach Open. He finished at 15-under-par 273 to win by four strokes at the TPC of Virginia Beach.
 
'It feels awesome,' said Driscoll, who climbs to ninth on the Nationwide Tour money list with the $81,000 he earned for the win. 'This is such a weird game. Nothing is guaranteed. There are no contracts. You never know when you'll get it going.'
 
Overnight leader Tim Simpson struggled to a 2-over 74 in the final round and tied for second place with Jason Buha and two-time winner this season Jimmy Walker, both of whom shot 68s on Sunday. The trio was knotted at 11-under-par 277.
 
Driscoll started the final round two shots behind Thompson, but erased the gap quickly with two birdies in a three-hole span from the third. He dropped a stroke to par at the par-3 seventh, but atoned for the miscue with an eagle at the par-5 eighth.
 
'The first nine holes I didn't know where the ball was going. It was all over the place,' said Driscoll. 'The front nine I don't think I hit one really decent shot.'
 
Driscoll bogeyed the 10th hole, but Thompson helped Driscoll's rise to the top of the leaderboard. Thompson bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes and Driscoll birdied 12 and 15 to take a commanding lead.
 
Thompson clawed to within two thanks to birdies at 14 and 16. The margin was two strokes when the pair played 18. Thompson made double bogey and Driscoll took a par for the four-stroke victory.
 
'Those two holes were huge,' said Driscoll referring to the 12th and 13th. 'Kyle had some terrible luck and got an awful lie on 12 and made bogey and then made another one on the next hole where I made a ridiculous sand save.'
 
This was Driscoll's first victory on the Nationwide Tour. His best finish was a second at this year's Northeast Pennsylvania Classic when D.A. Points beat him in a playoff.
 
Most golf fans remember Driscoll as the player who was runner-up to Jeff Quinney at the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship.
 
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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 Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    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.