Hughes Wins Wichita Playoff

By Sports NetworkAugust 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
WICHITA, Kan.-- Bradley Hughes birdied the first hole of a playoff on Sunday to capture the Wichita Open for his first career victory on the Nationwide Tour.
 
'I played with a good feeling all day today,' said Hughes. 'I've been playing well all year and knew it was just a matter of time before I won.'
 
Hughes used an eagle at the last in regulation to complete a round of 65 and join Hunter Haas, Erik Compton and Scott Harrington in a tie for first at 14-under-par 270.
 
Back on the par-5 18th to begin the playoff, Hughes split the fairway off the tee and left his second shot in the rough in front of the putting surface. Hughes then chipped his third within 3 feet of the hole.
 
Compton, Haas and Harrington all found the green in three but none of them were able to convert for birdie. Hughes then drained his short birdie try for the win.
 
Hughes was tied for 16th to start the day at Crestview Country Club and made an early run with a birdie at the par-5 second and a remarkable eagle at the par-4 third.
 
The Australian bogeyed the par-3 fifth and coasted with eight straight pars before picking up a birdie at the 14th. Hughes followed that up with a birdie at the very next hole and closed with an eagle at the 18th to join the playoff.
 
Haas vaulted out of the gate on Sunday with birdies on each of his first four holes. He added a birdie at the eighth and picked up another birdie at the 14th to complete a 65 of his own.
 
'I should have worked on my putting and not on the practice range,' said Haas, who won the Knoxville Open in a playoff in June. 'I three-putted No. 18 twice today. But I will learn from it. It was good having the opportunity to win again and I'm proud of that.'
 
Harrington also fired a 65 to earn a spot in the extra session.
 
Compton birdied each of his last two holes to complete a round of 68.
 
Brad Elder, who held a three-shot lead heading into the final round, struggled to a 72 to join Dave Christensen in a tie for fifth at 13-under-par 271.
 
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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.