Like Father Like Son Geiberger Wins Greensboro

By Sports NetworkOctober 17, 2004, 4:00 pm
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Brent Geiberger shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Geiberger finished at 18-under-par 270 for his second career victory on the PGA Tour.
 
Michael Allen carded a 67 to finish alone in second place at 16-under-par 272. Chris Smith took third place at 15-under-par 273 while David Toms and Tom Lehman shared fourth place at 14-under-par 274.
 
Geiberger began the day knotted with Lehman at 12 under, but quickly made his claim for the tournament his father, Al, won 28 years ago with birdies on each of his first two holes.
 
'I didn't want to put pressure on myself to try and get a bunch of birdies right off the bat,' said Geiberger. 'I was trying to hit the fairways, hit the greens and give myself as many birdie chances as I could, just stick with my routine.'
 
Geiberger then birdied the par-3 fourth and moved to 16 under with a birdie at the par-4 seventh. He kept on rolling with a birdie at the par-5 ninth to go out in 31.
 
The 36-year-old, who was ranked 144th on the PGA Tour money list coming into this event, put his game on cruise control on the inward half at Forest Oaks with pars on each of his next five holes.
 
Geiberger, who has struggled with injuries, then sealed the deal with a birdie at the par-5 15th to complete a bogey-free round for his first victory since the Greater Hartford Open in 1999.
 
'I definitely felt like today I said to myself that I belong out here and I felt like, especially in the past couple months, I feel like I belonged out here,' said Geiberger. 'For a while there it does get discouraging. Just flirting with the cut number, week in and week out. So it gets a little tough at times.'
 
Allen was also looking for a good finish this week to help secure his playing card for 2005, and the runner-up finish will prove valuable for the 45-year-old.
 
'I was able to go out and make five or six birdies and, hey, Brent beat me,' said Allen. 'More power to him. It was great playing by him. I'm actually thrilled with my round and being where I'm at.'
 
Allen tallied three birdies over his first nine holes and moved to 15 under with a birdie at the par-3 12th. He put some pressure on Geiberger with a birdie at the par-5 15th, but a bogey at the par-3 17th squandered his chances at a comeback.
 
He closed with a birdie at the 18th to secure sole possession of second place.
 
'I'm definitely relieved. I can tell you that,' said Allen. 'I think in an hour I'm going to be really excited.'
 
Arjun Atwal fired a 66 to take sixth place at 13-under-par 275. Tom Pernice, Jr. followed at 12-under-par 276.
 
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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.