Hee-Won Wins Safeway

By Sports NetworkSeptember 19, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Safeway Classic Presented by Pepsi PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hee-Won Han birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to win the Safeway Classic. Han posted a final-round 5-under 67 to join Lorie Kane at 9-under-par 207.
 
Kane closed with a 2-under 70. However it was Han who came through with the clutch shot. On the 18th, which was the playoff hole, the Korean dropped her second shot within 5 feet of the cup and drained that putt for birdie and the win.
 
'I had exactly the same yardage as when I played 18 the first time around,' said Han threw an interpreter. 'I hit it five feet from the pin and had a straight putt.'
 
Grace Park nearly got into the playoff as she closed with a 4-under 68 to end one shot shy of the playoff at minus-8. Annika Sorenstam, who won here in both 2002 and 2003, managed a final-round 70 to share fourth place with Candie Kung and Kristal Parker-Manzo at 7-under-par 209.
 
Han got her round going with back-to-back birdies from the second. She moved to 7 under with a birdie at the par-5 seventh. The 2001 LPGA Tour rookie of the year, then cruised to four straight pars around the turn.
 
The two-time winner last year posted her fourth birdie of the round at the 12th. Han stumbled to her lone bogey on the par-4 14th at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
 
Han fought back with a birdie on 15 to get to 8 under. She closed with a birdie at the last to get into the clubhouse at minus-9.
 
'I missed a couple of birdie putts, but 5 under is pretty good,' Han said. 'I looked at the leaderboard on 15 and then on 17. I knew I had to birdie 18.'
 
Kane, who was bogey-free over her first two rounds, birdied the second for the third straight round. She then faltered to her lone bogey of the event at the par-4 third.
 
The four-time winner on the LPGA Tour picked up her second birdie on No. 7. Kane climbed to minus-9 with a birdie at the par-5 10th. She parred her final eight holes to force the playoff.
 
'I just didn't make a good swing,' said Kane of her second shot in the playoff which landed 50 feet from the hole. 'But you know, I'm going to take a lot of good things away from this week. It's been a while since I contended in the last two days, and I was very nervous, but yet comfortable that I've made my way back to where I should be all the time.'
 
Kung was in position to make it a three-person playoff after three birdies and a bogey over her opening nine holes. After parring the first eight holes of the back nine, Kung faltered to a double bogey at the last to fall out of the playoff.
 
Janice Moodie finished alone in seventh place at 6-under-par 210 after closing with a 71. Brandie Burton and Gloria Park were one stroke further back at minus-5.
 
Karrie Webb, Nanci Bowen, Natalie Gulbis, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Lorena Ochoa shared 10th place at 4-under-par 212.
 
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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.

    Rules changes include no more viewer call-ins

    By Rex HoggardDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Although the Rules of Golf modernization is still a year away, officials continue to refine parts of the rulebook including an overhaul of the video review protocols.

    A “working group” led by the USGA and R&A announced on Monday the new protocols, which include assigning a rule official to a tournament broadcast to resolve rules issues.

    The group – which includes the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA tour and PGA of America – also voted to stop considering viewer call-ins when processing potential rule violations.

    In addition, a new local rule was announced that will discontinue the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard when the player was unaware of the violation.

    In April, Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes during the final round when officials at the ANA Inspiration learned via e-mail from a viewer of an infraction that occurred during the third round. Thompson was penalized two strokes for incorrectly marking her golf ball and two for signing an incorrect scorecard.

    “The message is, as a fan, enjoy watching the game and the best players in the world, but also have the confidence that the committee in charge of the competition have the rules handled,” Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of the Rules of Golf, said on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" on Monday. “Let’s leave the rules and the administration of the event to the players and to those responsible for running the tournament.”

    The working group was created in April to review the use of video in applying the rules and the role of viewer call-ins, and initially issued a decision to limit the use of video through the introduction of the “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standard.

    According to that decision, which was not a rule, “so long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be inaccurate by the use of video evidence.”

    The new protocols will be implemented starting on Jan. 1.

    A comprehensive overhaul of the Rules of Golf is currently underway by the USGA and R&A that will begin on Jan. 1, 2019.