The Netherlands Takes World Am Lead
The Netherlands stands at 15-under-par 417 heading into the final round of this biennial event, a 72-hole competition between teams of amateur golfers from 70 different countries.
In each of the four stroke-play rounds, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for that round. The four-day total is the team's score for the championship.
With Besseling and Luiten leading the way, Netherlands teammate Tim Sluiter had his 3-over 75 dropped from the team score Saturday.
'We tried to move on moving day,' said Netherlands captain Gordon Machielson. 'We waited and stayed patient and played solid.'
The Dutch own a two-shot lead over the three-time defending champion United States team, first- and second-round leader Canada and a surging Wales contingent.
'It's great but it's probably not expected,' Sluiter said of the lead.
The Americans -- who won in 2004 with Ryan Moore, Spencer Levin and Lee Williams -- posted a 4-under 144 on Saturday, led again by surprising alternate Chris Kirk.
Kirk, who fired a 66 on Friday, joined teammate Trip Kuehne at 2-under 70 on Saturday. Jonathan Moore posted a third consecutive 72 and had his score dropped for the second day in a row.
Kuehne -- the most experienced American with two Walker Cup appearances, and best-known for losing the 1994 U.S. Amateur final to Tiger Woods -- continues to rebound from an opening-round 78.
After holding the lead following the first two rounds, Canada took a step back with a 3-under 141 on Day 3. James Love shot a 70 and Richard Scott had a 71 for the Canadians' counting scores.
'You just can't get a little lazy and give shots back,' disappointed Canadian captain Doug Roxburgh said.
Wales, meanwhile, tied a record for the lowest single-day team score in World Amateur history with a 12-under 132 -- one day after Sweden also matched the mark set by the winning U.S. team in 2004.
Rhys Davies fired the best round of the tournament, an 8-under 64, to lead the Welsh. He was one stroke off the individual tournament record -- this after opening with rounds of 73 and 76.
'The first two days I was nothing short of terrible and a little lost,' Davies admitted. 'I just wanted to be relaxed and ride off the enthusiasm of my caddie. For each putt I made, he reacted like I did and we got into the round.'
Korea stands fifth at 11-under 421, with Sweden and Scotland two shots further back at 423.
PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes
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:
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.
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.
Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open
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.
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
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.