Poulter Leads Countryman Donald in Japan

By Associated PressNovember 17, 2007, 5:00 pm
MIYAZAKI, Japan --Britain's Ian Poulter shot a 3-under-par 67 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Dunlop Phoenix golf tournament.
Poulter offset a lone bogey with four birdies at the par-70, 6,919-yard Phoenix Country Club for a 10-under 200.
Luke Donald was two strokes back after a 66 put him at 8 under. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Daisuke Maruyama are a further two strokes back at 6-under.
Defending champion and overnight co-leader Padraig Harrington struggled Saturday and was tied for seventh after a 73.
Harrington beat Tiger Woods with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff last year. Woods, who won in 2004 and 2005, is not taking part this year.
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    Pepperell likely sews up Masters invite via OWGR

    By Will GrayOctober 15, 2018, 2:13 pm

    Eddie Pepperell received a trophy for his win Sunday at the British Masters, but another prize will be coming in the mail at the end of the year.

    Pepperell held on to win by two shots at rainy Walton Heath, giving him his second win of the year to go along with a pair of runner-ups. The Englishman started the year ranked No. 133 in the world and was as low as 513th in May 2017. But with the win, Pepperell jumped 17 spots to a career-best 33rd in the latest world rankings.

    It means that Pepperell, who finished T-6 at The Open while fighting a hangover in the final round, is in line to make his Masters debut next spring, as the top 50 in the world rankings at the end of the calendar year become exempt into the season's first major.

    Updated Official World Golf Ranking

    Another player now in the mix for that top-50 exemption is Emiliano Grillo, who went from 62nd to 49th with a T-2 finish at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic. Grillo has played in two Masters but missed this year's event. Marc Leishman moved up eight spots to No. 16 with his win in Malaysia, while T-2s result moved Chesson Hadley from 75th to 60th and Bronson Burgoon from 162nd to 102nd.

    There were no changes among the top 10 in the latest rankings, with Dustin Johnson still ahead of Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Francesco Molinari remains in sixth, with Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth rounding out the top 10.

    Both Koepka and Thomas are in the field at this week's CJ Cup in South Korea, where they will have an opportunity to overtake Johnson for world No. 1.

    With his next competitive start unknown, Tiger Woods stayed at No. 13 for another week.

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    USGA, R&A unveil new limits on green books

    By Rex HoggardOctober 15, 2018, 1:53 pm

    Following a six-week feedback period, the USGA and R&A unveiled a new interpretation of the Rules of Golf and the use of green-reading materials on Monday.

    The interpretation limits the size and scale of putting green books and any electronic or digital materials that a player may use to assist with green reading.

    “We’re thankful for everyone’s willingness to provide feedback as we worked through the process of identifying a clear interpretation that protects the essential skill of reading a green, while still allowing for information that helps golfers enjoy the game,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior managing director of governance.

    Players will be allowed to continue to use green-reading books beginning in 2019, but the new interpretation will limit images of greens to a scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480), and books can be no larger than 4 1/4 inches by 7 inches (pocket-sized). The interpretation also bans the use of magnification devices beyond normal prescription glasses.

    The USGA and R&A will allow for hand-drawn notes in green books as long as those notes are written by the player or their caddie. The rule makers also dropped a proposal that would have limited the minimum slope to four percent in green-reading material.

    “These latest modifications provide very practical changes that make the interpretation easier to understand and apply in the field,” Pagel said.

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    CIMB purse payout: Leishman earns $1.26 million

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 15, 2018, 1:34 pm

    Marc Leishman never let off the gas pedal and cruised to a five-stroke victory at the CIMB Classic. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

    1 Marc Leishman -26 $1,260,000
    T2 Emiliano Grillo -21 $522,667
    T2 Chesson Hadley -21 $522,667
    T2 Bronson Burgoon -21 $522,667
    T5 Justin Thomas -20 $237,300
    T5 Abraham Ancer -20 $237,300
    T5 Charles Howell III -20 $237,300
    T5 Louis Oosthuizen -20 $237,300
    T5 Gary Woodland -20 $237,300
    T10 Kevin Chappell -19 $175,000
    T10 Si Woo Kim -19 $175,000
    T10 Shubhankar Sharma -19 $175,000
    T13 Kyle Stanley -18 $122,640
    T13 Byeong Hun An -18 $122,640
    T13 Paul Casey -18 $122,640
    T13 J.B. Holmes -18 $122,640
    T13 Stewart Cink -18 $122,640
    T13 Austin Cook -18 $122,640
    T19 Keegan Bradley -17 $89,320
    T19 Kevin Na -17 $89,320
    T19 Nick Watney -17 $89,320
    T22 Keith Mitchell -16 $71,120
    T22 John Catlin -16 $71,120
    T22 Cameron Smith -16 $71,120
    25 Xander Schauffele -15 $59,920
    26 Joel Dahmen -14 $54,320
    T27 Kevin Tway -13 $50,120
    T27 Gaganjeet Bhullar -13 $50,120
    T27 Scott Piercy -13 $50,120
    T30 C.T. Pan -12 $43,820
    T30 Thomas Pieters -12 $43,820
    T30 Beau Hossler -12 $43,820
    T33 Billy Horschel -11 $35,303
    T33 Ryan Palmer -11 $35,303
    T33 Ryan Armour -11 $35,303
    T33 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -11 $35,303
    T33 Danny Lee -11 $35,303
    T33 Kelly Kraft -11 $35,303
    T39 Brice Garnett -10 $27,720
    T39 Jamie Lovemark -10 $27,720
    T39 Brian Stuard -10 $27,720
    T39 Jimmy Walker -10 $27,720
    T43 Jason Dufner -9 $20,160
    T43 Satoshi Kodaira -9 $20,160
    T43 Chez Reavie -9 $20,160
    T43 Justin Harding -9 $20,160
    T43 Ernie Els -9 $20,160
    T43 Jason Kokrak -9 $20,160
    T43 Sam Ryder -9 $20,160
    T50 Branden Grace -8 $15,365
    T50 Sanghyun Park -8 $15,365
    T50 Andrew Putnam -8 $15,365
    T50 Rafael Cabrera Bello -8 $15,365
    T54 Ted Potter Jr. -7 $14,280
    T54 Ben Leong -7 $14,280
    T54 Brendan Steele -7 $14,280
    T54 Sihwan Kim -7 $14,280
    T54 Troy Merritt -7 $14,280
    T59 Whee Kim -6 $13,720
    T59 Davis Love III -6 $13,720
    T59 James Hahn -6 $13,720
    62 Michael Kim -5 $13,440
    T63 Pat Perez -4 $13,160
    T63 Tom Hoge -4 $13,160
    T63 Anirban Lahiri -4 $13,160
    T66 Scott Vincent -3 $12,740
    T66 Brandt Snedeker -3 $12,740
    T66 Ryan Moore -3 $12,740
    T69 Peter Uihlein -2 $12,390
    T69 Brian Gay -2 $12,390
    71 Minchel Choi -1 $12,180
    T72 J.J. Spaun E $11,970
    T72 Berry Henson E $11,970
    74 Ollie Schniederjans 3 $11,760
    T75 Scott Stallings 5 $11,480
    T75 Jon Curran 5 $11,480
    T75 Rahil Gangjee 5 $11,480
    78 Leun-Kwang Kim 13 $11,200
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    Congressional cited for improper tree removal

    By Will GrayOctober 15, 2018, 1:30 pm

    With preparations underway for a significant renovation, future Ryder Cup host Congressional Country Club has been cited by Montgomery County (Md.) officials for improper tree removal.

    According to a report from the Washington Post, the club near the nation's capital has cut down more than 20,000 square feet of tree canopy in recent months. That's more than four times the maximum removal allowed without obtaining a "sediment control permit," which the club did not procure.

    The county's department of permitting services reportedly e-mailed the violation to the club on Sept. 26, and a Congressional spokesperson indicated the paperwork for the permit is "in process."

    "Congressional has selectively removed trees for the conditioning of our golf courses," wrote general manager Jeffrey Kreafle. "We have not received a stop work order from Montgomery County. Rather, they notified the club that we need to obtain a sediment control permit for work being done on the golf course."

    In an interesting twist, the investigation reportedly started when an anonymous Congressional member tipped off a local environmental group over the removal of what they estimated to be 1,000 trees.

    "I am (upset) because they're ruining my club," the member said.

    Congressional's Blue Course, which has hosted three U.S. Opens and most recently held a PGA Tour event in 2016, is scheduled for a renovation in 2019. Last month the PGA of America announced that it would be bringing several marquee tournaments to Congressional over the next two decades, including the 2031 PGA Championship and the 2036 Ryder Cup.