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Dominic Bozzelli had his rookie season cut short due to injury and he didn't peg it during the fall schedule. He is hopeful for a strong return in 2018.

Bozzelli finished 115th in the FedExCup standings, despite shutting it down after the RBC Canadian Open in late July. He reappeared in late August to provide the following message to his fans via Twitter, "Disappointed to end my PGA TOUR season with an injury & have to miss the playoffs... I'm looking forward to coming back stronger in 2017-18." There is no timeline for his return but gamers should certainly circle the inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in mid-March since Bozzelli won this event back in 2016 when it was still on the Web.com Tour schedule.
Dec 11 - 12:00 PM

Kevin Stadler will enter 2018 with 26 starts on a Major Medical Extension, needing $454.42 FedExCup Points or $717,890 to retain his status.

Stadler's latest start on the big stage came at the 2015 John Deere Classic. He shut it down after that, and he's been dealing with bone fractures in his hand. After a lot of mystery regarding his status, Stadler finally popped back up at this year's Digital Ally Open (Web.com Tour event). That tournament took place at the end of July and Stadler opened with a 1-over 72 before withdrawing mid-tournament. Despite the WD, it is still a promising sign that we may see a return to the PGA TOUR in 2018.
Dec 11 - 11:51 AM

Marcus Armitage earned a first European Tour top five finish with a final lap of 2-under-par 36-34=70 at Randpark Golf Club, good for a total of 15-under 272 in the Joburg Open.

The Englishman was never in the hunt for the title after Shubhankar Sharma's sublime skills set him free of the field, but after a rookie season which saw him lose his card at 152nd on the Race to Dubai he needed a solid start to the new campaign and he's got it. He was T15 in the Australian PGA Championship and this result improves on his T10 in the 2017 Open de Portugal as his ET best. On Sunday his only move away from par was a birdie-bogey exchange at 4 and 5. Returning Monday morning he ticked 13 and 16 to earn a result which should give him hope for 2018. That said his category will allow him very limited opportunities, but he's started as well as he could have hoped.
Dec 11 - 4:49 AM

Tapio Pulkkanen ended a successful 2017 with T3 in the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club, completing a 4-under-par 35-33=68 for a 72-hole total of 17-under 270, six swings back of winner Shubhankar Sharma.

The Finnish winner of the 2017 Challenge Tour has got his main tour rookie campaign off to a bright starts after the blip of a missed cut in Hong Kong. On Sunday he made birdies at 3 and 5 with a bogey in the middle. Returning Monday morning he needed something special on the back nine to disrupt the exceptional Sharma and although he ticked a hat-trick at 14, 15 and 16 it was not enough. Most cruelly he was tied third and the unlucky man to miss out on the three Open Championship spots.
Dec 11 - 4:42 AM

Shaun Norris collected a European Tour career best tie for third in the Joburg Open, earned with a final round of 7-under-par 33-32=65 for a total of 17-under 270, six back of winner Shubhankar Sharma at Randpark Golf Club.

The 35-year-old has made just three top tens in 72 ET starts and improves on T8 which he managed in the 2011 Africa Open and 2014 Alfred Dunhill Championship. It's not a surprise on form however. He won on the Japan Tour in June (Tour Championship), was second there last week (Nippon Series JT Cup) and this is his fifth top six finish in seven starts. He played ten holes on Sunday, ticking 3 and 4, then 7 and 8, with a cross against No. 6 in-between. On Monday morning he was one of the few to get the ball rolling. He made four birdies at 12, 14, 17 and 18 for his lowest lap since a 64 confirmed the win in Japan. He also earned a spot in the 2018 Open (he was T62 at Royal Birkdale including a R3 66).
Dec 11 - 4:28 AM

Erik Van Rooyen can holiday with a smile on his face after his final round of 6-under-par 31-35=66 confirmed solo second in the Joburg Open on 20-under 267 at Randpark Golf Club, three back of winner Shubhankar Sharma.

The South African was at an advantage all week as a Johannesburg resident and as a European Tour rookie he needs to make the most of every edge he can gain. With that in mind he opted out of the Mauritius Open after missing the cut in Hong Kong, specifically to get his game set for the Randpark challenge. The decision paid off as he was superb all week and in the interrupted final round he was the only chaser who got close to the superb Sharma. On Sunday he ticked 3, 4, 5 and 7 before playing a wonderful wedge to kick-in range seconds ahead of the hooter sounding. On Monday morning he converted the par breaker only to see Sharma do the same. Van Rooyen managed one birdie on the back nine, but it was not enough. The consolation was a spot in the 2018 Open Championship. He finished three shots clear of Shaun Norris and Tapio Pulkkanen in a share of third.
Dec 11 - 4:17 AM

Shubhankar Sharma completed a sensational victory in the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club, his interrupted final round of 3-under-par 33-36=69 leaving him three shots clear of second placed Erik Van Rooyen on 23-under 264 for a maiden European Tour title.

It was a five day masterclass from the unheralded 21-year-old Indian who had eight Asian Tour top tens in his log book, but only one in his last 15 starts. Apparently un-fazed he played the final 54 holes without one bogey, burst clear of the field with a middle 36 holes of 17-under, played eight solid holes on Sunday in 2-under (birdies at 2 and 6), was subjected to five hours of weather disruption and an extra night of contemplation, before he returned to the course Monday morning knowing nearest challenger Van Rooyen had a kick-in birdie waiting which would bring him within three. Sharma's response? He made birdie there himself, on his first hole of the day, and followed with nine back nine pars to seal the seal as Van Rooyen added only one more birdie. There was an extra prize up for grabs in the form of one of three Open Championship spots. A five-time winner on the Indian Tour, this was some way to announce himself to the rest of the world.
Dec 11 - 4:08 AM

Lee McCoy finished his week strong at the Final Stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School by posting a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 to rack up a four-day tally of 28-under 260, good for the top spot on the leaderboard, two clear of runner-up finisher Sung-jae Im who fired a 12-under 60 in round three.

The Georgia Bulldog racked up 29 birdies to offset a lone bogey this week, down in the desert. Playing two rounds at Devil's Claw and two rounds at The Cattail, he didn't seem to mind which course he was facing, posting scores of 14-under-par at both tracks. McCoy made waves as an amateur on the PGA TOUR (solo 4th at 2016 Valspar) but missed the cut in his first six starts after turning pro. With this win he is fully exempt for the 2018 Web.com Tour season, giving him a good opportunity to play his way onto the PGA TOUR by year's end. Other notables to crack the top 45 include: 266- Curtis Luck; 270- Maverick McNealy, Sam Burns; 271- Cameron Champ 272- Wyndham Clark; 274- Michael Weaver. Those that finished inside the top 10 will be subject to the third reshuffle (after 12th event) and those finishing in the 11th-to-45th range will have to get to work quickly as they will be subject to the second reshuffle which takes place after 8 events.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Dec 10 - 6:08 PM

With over five hours lost to the weather Shubhankar Sharma's quest for a maiden European Tour title stretched into a fifth day; the Indian was 2-under through seven holes of the final round in the Joburg Open at Randpark GC, 22-under for the week and four clear of Erik Van Rooyen.

Play was initially called off for the threat of thunder and lightning, but the storm progressed into heavy rain and hail which submerged much of the course. In the end it was decided to return to the course for a restart at 7:30 a.m. local time Monday. Sharma had been assured in making two birdies and five pars, but his title bid will be tested by Van Rooyen who is 4-under through eight and has a 3'0" birdie opportunity awaiting him on the ninth green. Tapio Pulkkanen (thru 8) and James Morrison (8) are a further four shots back.
Dec 10 - 11:05 AM

Tapio Pulkkanen put it in reverse in round three of the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club, a 1-over-par 37-36=73 dropping him from one-shot leader to tied fifth and seven strokes behind Shubhankar Sharma.

After starting the day at 14-under following bogey-free rounds of 65-64, the Finn would have expected to kick on at a Firethorn Course softened by rain, leading to preferred lies. Instead, he ended at 13-under 202 after swallowing two bogeys and a double. To put his round into context, only two other players who ended the day inside the top 35 on the leaderboard shot over-par scores. Pulkkanen's difficult lap opened with two pars before he dropped shots at 3 and 5. He did slowly get back into red figures for the day after circles at 7, 12 and 14 but at 16 he suffered the bitter pill of a double bogey-6. He'll have to hope today was his one bad round and he can find a groove again in Sunday's closer.
Dec 9 - 10:09 AM

Local man Erik Van Rooyen had to settle for a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in his third round at the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club but, in T3 on 14-under 201, he remains the highest-placed South African with 18 to play.

Whilst holding his position in the top three, his rather subdued lap of the Firethorn Course means the Joburg resident will start the final round six shots behind Shubhankar Sharma of India. If the youngster slips though, Van Rooyen is just one shot behind second-placed Christofer Blomstrand. The University of Minnesota grad got off on the wrong foot today with a bogey-birdie-bogey start. There was still time to cash in on the rain-softened layout but he could only dig out three more birdies (9, 12 and 15) over his final 15 holes.
Dec 9 - 9:53 AM

James Morrison signed for a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round three of the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club, nudging five spots up the leaderboard to T3 on 14-under 201.

That's a strong day's work for the Englishman, who boasts an excellent record in South Africa, but he now finds himself six off the pace after Indian youngster Shubhankar Sharma kicked five shots clear with a 65. Morrison made the ideal start on the Firethorn Course today after making birdie-3 at the opening hole but followed it with a frustrating bogey-6. He got the shot back on the par 72's next long hole (No. 4) and then made a real surge around the turn with red circles at 7, 8, 10 and 11. Morrison swallowed a second bogey of the day at 16 but responded with a walk-off birdie to end the day in a tie for third. He'll be chasing a third European Tour title Sunday.
Dec 9 - 9:43 AM

Shubhankar Sharma followed his Friday 61 with a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-34=65 in Saturday's third round to move five clear of the field at the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club in South Africa.

The Indian, who sits at 20-under 195, has now played his last 36 holes in an eye-popping 17-under and has clear daylight over the chasing pack. It's led by Swedish Q-school grad Christofer Blomstrand, with James Morrison and Erik Van Rooyen a further stroke back on 14-under. They say it's hard to follow a super-low lap with another but Sharma made light of perceived wisdom by making splashing five birdies on his front nine, the first four coming in a burst at 2, 3, 4 and 5. After the turn, he settled a little but hit 20-under thanks to further gains at 14 and 15. The 21-year-old is clearly oozing confidence and his top 10 at the Hong Kong Open two starts ago shows that his performance so far hasn't come from nowhere.
Dec 9 - 9:36 AM

Christofer Blomstrand fired two eagles in a sizzling third-round 10-under-par 29-33=62 at the Joburg Open in South Africa on Saturday to jump 35 spots up the leaderboard to solo second with 18 to play.

The Q-School grad from Sweden had been just one shot inside the cut line after rounds of 70-68 but burst through the field to finish at 15-under 200. However, that's five shots back from runaway leader Shubhankar Sharma of India. Blomstrand raced to the turn in just 29 blows after an eagle-3 at 4 along with birdies at 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9. He gave one back at 10 but connected three red numbers from 10-12 before draining a 20-footer for his second eagle of the round at 14. That meant he needed to play the final four holes in 2-under to record a 59 although it wouldn't have been official due to preferred lies being in play at the rain-softened Firethorn Course. In the end, he ran out of gas and followed pars at 15, 16 and 17 with a bogey at the last. He has a lot of work to do to reel in Sharma but Blomstrand will have a chance Sunday to win on just his 10th European Tour start.
Dec 9 - 9:26 AM

Charlie Ford signed for two eagles in three holes on the way to an 8-under-par 31-33=64 in round two of the Joburg Open at Randpark Open, that burst of scoring catapulting the Englishman 72 spots up the leaderboard to T8.

At one point, the rookie threatened to go ridiculously low on the harder Firethorn Course after playing his first 14 holes in 10-under but a pair of late bogeys at 16 and 17 meant he reached the midpoint five shots behind leader Tapio Pulkkanen. His surge to 9-under 134 from below the cut line started with an opening birdie and then three more at 4, 5 and 6. Ford added another red number at 9 and then went 3-3-3 from 12 thru 14, the first and third of those representing eagles. The good news for Ford is that he now has two more rounds on the Firethorn and he knows he can go low there.
Dec 8 - 11:25 AM


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