Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Season's best T11 finish by Matt Dalrymple

King University, Tennessee freshman student Matt Dalrymple, from Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, and a member of Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, finished in a tie for 11th place, a season's best, in a field of 45 at the Conference Carolina's Men's Championship at the 7,190 yard, par 72, Cutters Creek GC, Snow Hill in North Carolina this week.

Matt, pictured, shot a two-over-par 74 to add to his first-round 75. Heavy rain and thunderstorms disrupted Round 2 and cancelled Round 3.
In the worst of the conditions on Monday Matt fell back to +3 after seven holes. When play resumed on Tuesday he rallied to finish with a two-over-par 74 which included birdies at the second, third and 11th with bogeys at the eighth, 10th, 12th, 13th and 17th in halves of 35-39.
King Tornado finished tied in third place of the nine competing teams.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Franco, Vijay Singh shoot course record

 to win Legends of Golf tournament

RIDGEDALE, Missouri -- Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh teamed to shoot a course-record 12-under par on Sunday to rally from seven shots behind and win the US PGA Champions' Tour's Legends of Golf tournament at Big Cedar Lodge.
Franco and Singh finished at 15 under overall over the rain-shortened 36-hole tournament at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, holding off a trio of teams that finished a stroke back.
The win is the first on the US PGA Champions Tour for Singh, and it's the second for Franco.
Among those who finished at 14 under were first-round leaders Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk, the winners of the tournament in 2014. The duo opened the tournament with a then-course record 10 under on Saturday and finished tied for second with the teams of Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland, and Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldorf.
After heavy rain washed out Friday's opening round and cold and misty conditions plagued Saturday's play, the weather cleared on Sunday -- much to the delight of Franco and Singh.
Playing nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball, the two began the day seven shots behind Sluman and Funk. However, they opened with seven birdies on their opening nine and finished the course-record 42 with birdies on four of their final five holes, including the 18th.
"I love playing with Carlos," Singh said. "I've known him for a long time; and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here, so I'd like to thank Carlos."
Pavin had a 15-foot putt on the 18th that would have tied for the lead, but it stayed left of the hole.
Sluman birdied the 17th for a fifth birdie in a row for him and Funk to close within a shot of the lead. However, Funk narrowly missed a lengthy birdie putt on the 18th, and Sluman's shot from just off the green came up well short to secure the victory for Franco and Singh.
"I [came] in unprepared this week, because I know my partner is a strong player," Franco said. "He gave me big help this week, and I gave him a bit of help too, and I'm so happy."




 The RandA and the USGA have issued a new Decision on the Rules of Golf to limit the use of video evidence in the game which takes effect immediately. 

The two organisations have also established a working group of LPGA, PGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America representatives to begin immediately a comprehensive review of broader video issues that arise in televised competitions, including viewer call-ins. 
New Decision 34-3/10 implements two standards for Rules committees to limit the use of video:

1) when video reveals evidence that could not reasonably be seen with the “naked eye” and

 2) when players use their reasonable judgment to determine a specific location when applying the Rules.

The full language of the Decision can be found here

The first standard states “the use of video technology can make it possible to identify things that could not be seen with the naked eye.”

An example includes a player who unknowingly touches a few grains of sand in taking a backswing with a club in a bunker when making a stroke.

If the committee concludes that such facts could not reasonably have been seen with the naked eye and the player was not otherwise aware of the potential breach, the player will be deemed not to have breached the Rules, even when video technology shows otherwise.

This extends the provision from ball at rest moved cases, which was introduced in 2014 (Decision 18/4).

The second standard applies when a player determines a spot, point, position, line, area, distance or other location in applying the Rules and recognises that a player should not be held to the degree of precision that can sometimes be provided by video technology.

Examples include determining the nearest point of relief, or replacing a lifted ball.

So long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be wrong by the use of video evidence.

Both these standards have been extensively discussed as part of the Rules modernisation initiative and The R and A and the USGA have decided to enact this Decision immediately because of the many difficult issues arising from video review in televised golf.

The standards in the Decision do not change any of the current requirements in the Rules, as the player must still act with care, report all known breaches of the Rules and try to do what is reasonably expected in making an accurate determination when applying the Rules.

Video-related topics that require a deeper evaluation by the working group include the use of information from sources other than participants such as phone calls, email or social media and the application of penalties after a score card has been returned.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R and A, said, “We have been considering the impact of video review on the game and feel it is important to introduce a Decision to give greater clarity in this area.

"Golf has always been a game of integrity and we want to ensure that the emphasis remains as much as possible on the reasonable judgment of the player rather than on what video technology can show.”

USGA Executive Director/CEO Mike Davis said, “This important first step provides officials with tools that can have a direct and positive impact on the game. We recognise there is more work to be done.

"Advancements In video technology are enhancing the viewing experience for fans but can also significantly affect the competition.

"We need to balance those advances with what is fair for all players when applying the Rules.”

The R and A and the USGA will consider additional modifications recommended by the working group for implementation in advance of 1 January 2019, when the new code resulting from the collaborative work to modernise golf’s Rules takes effect.


Red-hot Owen within touching distance of first MENA Tour win


RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE — Red-hot Daniel Owen fired back-to-back six-under 66s to move within touching distance of an elusive breakthrough victory on the MENA Tour going into the final round of the Ras Al Khaimah Classic at Tower Links Golf Club, United Arab Emirates. 

The Bahrain-based Englishman kept it clean, rolling in six birdies, three in each half, to reach 12-under for the tournament, five shots ahead of a five-man group which includes European Tour veteran Stephen Dodd, who carded a second-round 67.

Overnight joint leader Max Williams, along with fellow Englishmen Jordan Garnish and Jamie Elson and Australia’s Peter Stojanovski joined Dodd, a three-time winner on the MENA Tour, for a share of second.

Spain’s Francisco Perez and England’s Paul Dwyer, who were among a four-way tie for the lead overnight, left themselves with some work to do, though, after carding respective rounds of 73 and 72.

On a steamy day, it was Owen who took charge of the proceedings with a near-impeccable all-round game. “Played pretty solid and drove the ball very well,” the 27-year-old Englishman.

“I have been coming here since 2011 and know the course pretty well. It suits my eye. I did miss a couple of greens, but never really got into much trouble. I gave myself good opportunities and made a few putts. 
“Obviously, it’s hard to ignore where I am, but at the same time the game plan doesn’t change. Will try and make some early birdies to kind of settle the nerves and, hopefully, get the job done this time around,” said Owen who boasts a string of top five finishes on the tour.

A three-time European Tour winner, Dodd, who mixed six birdies with a lone bogey on the third in his second-round 67, could pose a significant threat to the leader if he manages to keep the momentum rolling all the way through.

1Daniel Owen -126666-132
2Stephen Dodd -77067-137
2Max Williams -76671-137
2Peter Stojanovski -76869-137
2Jordan Garnish -76869-137
2Jamie Elson -77166-137
7Stuart Archibald -66870-138
7Fredrik Lindblom -67266-138
7Paul Dwyer -66672-138
10Lindsay Renolds -57069-139
10Lee Corfield -56871-139
10Francisco Perez -56673-139
13Craig Hinton -46971-140
13James Ashman -47169-140
13Jack Doherty -47169-140
13Henric Sturehed -46971-140
17Todd Clements [Am] -37269-141
17Andrew Marshall -37170-141
17Leo Lilja -36972-141
20Simon Payne -27270-142
20Max Smith -27072-142
20Tyler Hogarty -26874-142
20Josh Walsh -27270-142
20Jesper Alm -26775-142
20Liam Crawford -27270-142
20Tim Gornik -27171-142
27Clarke Lutton -17172-143
27Wayne Stroebel -17073-143
27Adam Sagar -17172-143
27Mariano Ochoa -17370-143
27Henry Featherstone -16875-143
27Georg Schultes -17667-143
33Elliott Oxlade L6975-144
33David Anderson L7569-144
33Eddy Holland L6975-144
33Matt Killen L7371-144
33Toby Hunt L6975-144
33Ben Amor L7371-144
39Michael Harradine [Am] 17174-145
39Jake Shepherd 17669-145
39MG Keyser 17075-145
39Benjamin David 16877-145
39Joe Heraty 17174-145
39Robbie Busher 17174-145
39Salvador Paya Vila 17273-145
39Matt Carroll 16976-145
47Ryan Hunter [Am] 27670-146
47Cyril Suk 27373-146
47Edward Barry-Walsh 27274-146
47Tiago Lobo [Am] 27373-146
47Jean-Luc Burnier 27274-146
47Andi Dill 27472-146
47Christofer Rahm [Am] 27472-146
47Davide Albertini 27472-146
55Sam Hobday [Am] 37869-147
56Taylor Carter [Am] 47276-148
57Robert Horridge [Am] 57277-149
57Saleh Al Kaabi [Am] 57277-149
59Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Mansour [Am] 78170-151
Missed Cut
917Jonathan Porteous37671-
147 (*)
1859Adam Ward47771-
148 (*)
1139Tom Boys57574-
149 (*)
2531Jordan Loft57772-
149 (*)
2559Charlie George57772-
149 (*)
1047Manish Goyal67476-
150 (*)
1610Petr Dedek67674-
150 (*)
1734Abdulrahman Sihag67575-
150 (*)
1970Oscar Hertzberg67575-
150 (*)
2103Rafa Culla67773-
150 (*)
2499Elliot Bradley67773-
150 (*)
889Mark Chamberlain77774-
151 (*)
1154Ahmed Almusharrekh77675-
151 (*)
2028Daniel Suchan77972-
151 (*)
2022Othman Almulla [Am]87379-
152 (*)
2115Louis Campbell 87874-
152 (*)
2474Ben Cain981--
81 (*)
1111Jonathan Fransson97578-
153 (*)
1798Daniel Kay97677-
153 (*)
2111Sam Towler97875-
153 (*)
2130Kevin Rhoderick 117778-
155 (*)
2521Ronan McGuirk118372-
155 (*)
1289Ganeev Giddie 137780-
157 (*)
2139Kevin Esteve137879-
157 (*)
2335Heino Havenga147979-
158 (*)
2471Aryavir Kumar147979-
158 (*)
1171Rachid Akl [Am]157881-
159 (*)
1995Arkesh Bhatia [Am]157782-
159 (*)
2204Saud Al Sharif [Am]158376-
159 (*)
2065Rocco Sanjust168179-
160 (*)
1994Kenny Benoit188082-
162 (*)
2520Scott Newell [Am]188082-
162 (*)
2501Sujan Shah208282-
164 (*)




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