Pate Poised for First Victory

By Sports NetworkJuly 3, 2004, 4:00 pm
Commerce Bank Long Island ClassicLONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Jerry Pate posted a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take the 36-hole lead of the Long Island Classic. He stands at 10-under-par 130 with one round to play at the Red Course at Eisenhower Park.
 
Pate joined the Champions Tour this year and will be in search of win No. 1 on the elder circuit. His last PGA Tour victory came at the 1982 Players Championship as the 1976 U.S. Open champion has struggled with injuries in past years.
 
'This is exciting for me,' said Pate, whose last lead with one round left in a tournament came at the 1981 Pensacola Open, an event he won. 'The hardest thing for me is to be patient. You have to stay balanced and calm.'
 
Bobby Wadkins, who shared the overnight lead with Pate and Peter Jacobsen, shot a 2-under 68 and is alone in second place at minus-8. Tom Jenkins (66) and Mike Hill (67) are tied for third place at 7-under-par 133.
 
Pate ran home a 6-foot par save at the first hole but found himself looking up at Wadkins through most of the round. Pate collected a 5-foot birdie putt at the fifth and added an 18-footer for birdie at the very next hole.
 
Pate dropped a shot at the 10th when he drove into the left rough and Wadkins made a 12-foot birdie putt at the 11th to go one ahead. Pate holed a gutsy 5-foot par save at No. 12 and both players birdied the par-3 16th.
 
At the par-5 17th, Pate ran home a 4-foot birdie putt to tie Wadkins in first. Wadkins hit a terrible drive into the left rough at No. 18 and missed the green with a 7-iron. He double bogeyed the hole to fall two back of Pate.
 
'After that last hole, I need something,' said Wadkins, who has one win on the elder circuit. 'It will be fun tomorrow. It'll be a long day. The player that drives it the best will probably win the tournament.'
 
For Pate, being in this position after four shoulder operations is amazing enough.
 
'I have been blessed to be able to do this again,' said Pate, who has finished second and eighth in his last two starts. 'My love is hitting a golf ball. I wasn't sure a year ago if I would play. I feel like if I drive the ball well tomorrow, I feel like I can score.'
 
Defending champion Jim Thorpe is in the hunt again this year. He shot a 1-under 69 and is tied for fifth with Wayne Levi, who carded his second 67 in as many days. The duo is knotted at 6-under-par 134.
 
Andy Bean (65), Hale Irwin (66) and Bobby Lincoln (67) share seventh at minus- 5.
 
Jacobsen struggled on Saturday. This is his first tournament since hip surgery in April and he limped more in the second round. He shot a 4-over 74 and is part of a group tied for 18th at 2-under-par 138.
 
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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.