Team Nelson Leads at FatherSon Challenge

By Sports NetworkDecember 9, 2000, 5:00 pm
Paradise Island, Bahamas (Sports Network) - Larry Nelson and his son Drew combined for a 13-under 59 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the first day of the Father/Son Challenge. The Nelsons had 11 birdies and an eagle on Saturday and sit two ahead of Dave and Ron Stockton and Hubert and Myatt Green.
 
The Father/Son Challenge is a two-day event and combines members of the Senior or PGA Tour with their sons. Play is contested in a scramble format where both players hit from the same location after teeing off. The team takes the best positioning and shortest putts.
 
The Nelsons started with seven birdies in as many holes. At the first, Drew hit a wedge six feet from the hole, where he rolled home the birdie putt. At the next hole, it was father Larry playing the wedge shot inside of 10 feet, but Drew knocked in the putt for birdie.
 
Drew converted the birdie putts from holes 3-6. No putt was longer than 10 feet. At seven, Drew played a wedge on to the green where Larry rolled home the 12-footer for birdie.
 
The duo combined for a 7-under-par 29 on the front.
 
The back nine started well for the Nelsons as Drew holed an eight-footer for birdie at the 11th. At the par-5 13th, Drew hit a six-iron 15 feet from the cup. Larry sank the putt to get to 10-under.
 
Larry hit a four-iron at the next hole, a 194-yard par-three. His ball landed five feet from the hole where son Drew holed the putt. The 15th belonged to dad as he hit wedge to four feet and then drilled the putt to move to minus-12. The pair added a birdie at 18 when Drew made a 15-footer.
 
'It's good to see Drew playing well,' said Nelson, a six-time winner on this year's Senior Tour. 'It certainly adds to whatever I can do.'
 
The Stocktons collected two birdies in their first three holes, with Ron tapping-in after Dave played an eight-iron inside of two feet at the second.
 
The team added a birdie at number-six when Ron two-putted from 25 feet. At the seventh, Ron holed another birdie putt, this time from 12 feet. The Stocktons added a birdie at nine to go out at 5-under 31.
 
The Stocktons tallied six birdies on the back side. All putts were closer than 20 feet from the hole.
 
'We have room for improvement,' said the elder Stockton. 'I am looking forward to tomorrow. We will be a factor tomorrow.'
 
The Greens scored birdies at three and four after a pair of 15- footers. The tandem added birdies at six and seven after Myatt played wedge-shots to four feet and one foot, respectively.
 
The duo had five birdies and an eagle on the back nine. Hubert made all of the putts on those holes, including an 18-footer for eagle at the par-5 13th.
 
'Myatt drove the ball great,' said Hubert, who along with Myatt finished 11 shots out of the lead in last year's event. 'He really carried me a little bit. It was fun.'
 
Jerry and Wesley Pate join last year's runner-ups, Ray and Robert Floyd, in a tie for fourth. The pair is knotted at 10-under 62.
 
Bob and David Charles, winners of this event in 1998, shot a nine-under 63 on Saturday and are tied with Johnny and Scott Miller and Craig and Kevin Stadler.
 
The Nicklaus family, Jack and Jack II, are tied with Lee and Rick Trevino and Tom and Michael Watson for ninth at 8-under 64.
 
Hale and Steve Irwin carded a 7-under 65 at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Saturday. That mark is good for a tie for 12th with Gary and Wayne Player and Tom and David Kite.
 
Billy and Bobby Casper posted a 5-under 67 while Tom and Eric Weiskopf round out the teams with a 4-under 68.
 
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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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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.