Late Bogey Keeps Monty from Pulling Away

By Sports NetworkOctober 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourSOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Colin Montgomerie three-putted for bogey on the 18th hole Friday to close a round of 5-under 66. He leads the Volvo Masters by two strokes as he completed 36 holes at 9-under-par 133.
 
Defending champion Ian Poulter played with Montgomerie and posted a 3-under 68. He stands alongside Sergio Garcia at 7-under-par 135.
 
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Bradley Dredge also carded a 68 to move into fourth place at 4-under-par 138, while Nick O'Hern and Henrik Stenson are one stroke back at minus-3.
 
Montgomerie is trying to win his eighth Order of Merit title this week at Valderrama Golf Club. He is battling U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell for the Order of Merit crown and leads Campbell by eight shots entering the weekend.
 
'Michael is a world (class) player and is capable of scoring two good scores over the weekend,' said Montgomerie. 'I've got to counteract that and that is my job this weekend. I've just got to keep doing the same thing. It is a stress, a huge stress and I'll be glad when Sunday evening arrives whether I win this thing or not.'
 
The Scotsman shared the lead entering the round with Poulter. Before they teed off, Garcia had birdied the third to join them at 4 under.
 
Montgomerie, however, quickly took the lead by himself. He knocked his approach to the first within 2 feet to set up birdie. After Poulter birdied the second, Montgomerie sank a 7-foot birdie putt on the third to get to 6 under.
 
The 42-year-old moved two strokes clear of the field with a 10-foot birdie putt on the fourth. Montgomerie, who holed out for eagle on the par-4 eighth on Thursday, dropped his second shot 2 feet from the cup on the same hole for his fourth birdie of the day.
 
'Well to almost hole your second shot on the first, I'd say that was almost a perfect start,' Montgomerie said. 'I birdied one, three, four and eight and was 4 under after eight, so yeah, that was a good round of golf.'
 
Around the turn, there were two big swings on the 10th and 11th. Poulter played the front nine in 2 under to turn at 6 under. His approach to the 10th stopped 25 feet from the cup.
 
Poulter ran home that putt for birdie to get to 7 under. Meanwhile, Montgomerie's second shot spun off the green and back down the fairway. He chipped to the front edge of the green, then two-putted for bogey to fall into a share of the lead at minus-7 with Poulter.
 
Montgomerie sank a 6-foot birdie putt on the next to reclaim the lead. It became a two-stroke swing as Poulter three-putted for bogey from the front edge to drop back to 6 under. Montgomerie ran home an 18-foot birdie putt on the 13th to grab a three-stroke lead.
 
He made it two in a row as his 17-foot birdie effort found the bottom of the cup at the next. Montgomerie parred his next three holes before a three-putt bogey at the last dropped his lead to two strokes.
 
'This is a very, very difficult course,' said Montgomerie. 'Our most difficult course in Europe to score on and I'm delighted to be 9 under par. Experience counts here.'
 
Poulter meanwhile, birdied the 14th for the second round in a row to get back to 7 under. He parred out from there.
 
After his birdie on the third, Garcia didn't post another birdie until the 10th. He then birdied 11 to move to 6 under. The Spaniard birdied 16 and 17 to put pressure on Montgomerie, but he bogeyed the last to end two back.
 
Lee Westwood and Paul Broadhurst each carded rounds of 2-under 69 to move into a tie for seventh at 2-under-par 140. They were joined there by Niclas Fasth and Jose Maria Olazabal.
 
Campbell shot 69 to get into red figures at minus-1. He was joined there by Luke Donald and Nick Dougherty.
 
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    By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

    David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

    “Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

    Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

    “I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

    Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

    The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

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    Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

    1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

    2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

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    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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    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

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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.

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