Thatcher Regains Reno Lead

By Sports NetworkAugust 21, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Reno Tahoe OpenRENO, Nev. -- Roland Thatcher shot a 4-under 68 Saturday to move back into the lead after the third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open. Thatcher finished at 14-under-par 202 with a one-shot edge over Vaughn Taylor.
 
Hunter Mahan holed out for an eagle on the 18th at Montreux Golf and Country Club to complete a 68 and join Steve Allan in a tie for third at 12-under-par 204. Bill Haas, whose father Jay was recently chosen as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, was two shots further back at 10-under-par 206.
 
After the second round was completed early on Saturday, Thatcher began the third round trailing Corey Pavin but jumped out of the gate with birdies on each of his first three holes.
 
Thatcher, who held the opening-round lead, added a birdie at the par-4 fifth but bogeyed the eighth to fall behind Taylor, who had a quick start of his own.
 
Taylor birdied the third and followed that up with an eagle at the very next hole. He then birdied the sixth and tallied a birdie at the eighth to move to 15 under, two shots clear of Thatcher.
 
Taylor, who had yet to drop a shot this week, found trouble at the par-4 15th after a bad drive. He hit his second shot out to the rough and chipped his third shot past the hole.
 
The 28-year-old struggled on the green and three-putted for a double bogey to fall back to the pack.
 
Thatcher had his own problems on the 15th with a bogey, but the 27-year-old took advantage of Taylor's mistake and began a charge starting with a birdie at the 16th.
 
Thatcher then pitched his third shot to 7 feet for a birdie at the 17th and blasted his tee shot down the fairway at the closing hole. He had a wedge left to the green and landed his second shot within a foot of the hole for a tap-in birdie.
 
'Today's round was a real test,' said Thatcher, who will be in search of his first career victory on the PGA Tour. 'All day. The course was not playing easy.'
 
Taylor had a short par putt at the last but was unable to convert to fall one shot off the lead after a round of 69.
 
Scott McCarron carded a 1-under 71 to join Mark Wilson in a tie for sixth place at 9-under-par 207. Joe Ogilvie and Woody Austin followed at 8-under-par 208.
 
Pavin managed a 76 in the third round to fall seven shots off the pace at 7-under-par 209. He was joined by Scott Simpson in a tie for 10th.
 
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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.