Eger Wins in Washington

By Sports NetworkAugust 21, 2005, 4:00 pm
Boeing Greater Seattle Champions ClassicSNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- David Eger cruised to a three-stroke win on Sunday at the inaugural Greater Seattle Classic thanks to a final-round, 5-under 67.
 
Eger completed the tournament at 17-under-par 199. Tom Kite, a seven-time winner on the Champions Tour, also posted a Sunday 67 to take second place at 14-under-par 202.
 
David Eger
David Eger held off Tom Kite to win his second career Champions Tour title.
'I played and putted well,' said Eger, who picked up $240,000 for the win. 'The putt on No. 3 got me back tied for the lead and then the birdie on four gave me the lead.'
 
Brad Bryant and John Harris posted matching rounds of 3-under 69 to share third place at 13-under-par 203. Morris Hatalsky, who shared the second-round lead with Eger and Craig Stadler, closed with an even-par 72 to end alone in fifth at minus-12.
 
Eger ran home a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 third and made it two straight as he birdied the fourth from 15 feet away to get to minus-14 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge.
 
The 2003 MasterCard Classic winner padded his lead with a birdie on the par-3 sixth. Eger came back two holes later to birdie No. 8 from 6 feet out to move to 16 under, four shots clear of the field.
 
Eger notched his lone back nine birdie on the 11th and the 53-year-old cruised home with seven straight pars.
 
'Kite made a semi-charge, but neither Morris Hatalsky or Craig Stadler did,' Eger said. 'I just tried to avoid trouble on the back nine. I'm surprised no one made a run, I thought someone would throw in a 64 or so.'
 
Kite started his round with a birdie at the first, but tripped to a bogey at the next. The 55-year-old parred his next four holes before a birdie on the seventh.
 
The Texan parred five in a row around the turn before catching fire. He birdied the 13th and made it two straight as his birdie try on the par-4 14th found the bottom of the cup.
 
Kite then birdied the par-5 15th to cap a run of three straight birdies. After a pair of pars, he birdied the last to end alone in second.
 
'It's neat when you're 55 and you can still enjoy playing,' Kite said. 'I didn't get off to a good start. We needed a quick start and didn't get it.'
 
Stadler struggled with his swing all day long and his score reflected those troubles. He stumbled to a 1-over 73 to end alone in sixth at 11-under-par 205. Bruce Summerhays and Hale Irwin, the Champions Tours all-time wins leader, shared seventh at minus-10.
 
Don Pooley, two-time winner this season Dana Quigley, Senior PGA Champion Mike Reid and Dave Stockton tied for ninth at 8-under-par 208.
 
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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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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    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.