Annika Shopping for Repeat Win

By Associated PressJune 1, 2006, 4:00 pm
GALLOWAY TWP., N.J. ' If fond memories can lead to good results, Annika Sorenstam might return to form this week.
 
Winless in her last six starts, the Swedish superstar heads into the ShopRite LPGA Classic hoping to find the game that helped her win the tournament three times but has eluded her recently.
 
'I have some great memories from this place,' Sorenstam said Thursday. 'It's been very good to me.'
 
The 54-hole tournament begins Friday at the Seaview Resort & Spa, where Sorenstam capped a memorable comeback last year with a 38-foot eagle putt on the final hole to beat Juli Inkster.
 
She isn't the only one to watch in the 140-woman field. Former winner Cristie Kerr is here, too, along with veteran Karrie Webb, Lorena Ochoa and perennial contender Inkster, all of them shooting for a piece of the $1.5 million purse.
 
To beat them, the 35-year-old Sorenstam will have to step up a game her peers might consider enviable but Sorenstam feels is flawed right now.
 
'I'm not driving it accurate. I don't think I'm hitting as many greens. It's just a little bit of everything, to be honest. I'm playing well. I'm just not scoring,' she said.
 
Once nearly unbeatable, Sorenstam hasn't won on tour since the MasterCard Classic in March, and missed the cut -- for the first time since 2002 -- at last month's Michelob Ultra Open.
 
'Everybody's talking about Annika's slump,' Inkster said. 'Slump? Whatever. She's third or fourth on the money list and she's still playing great golf. She's just not winning every week and that comes down to small things like making a putt for par.'
 
Last year, Sorenstam rallied down the stretch, finishing with a birdie and an eagle for a tournament record-tying 17-under 196, good for a four-stroke victory over Inkster.
 
Inkster has good memories here, too, though.
 
A two-time champion, the 45-year-old always seems to shine on the Donald Ross-designed course just outside Atlantic City, where she has cultivated an appreciative group of fans who follow her no matter how she's playing.
 
Nine times in the 10 years the tournament has been held at Seaview, she has finished in the top four.
 
'I don't know what it is, but I seem to play well,' Inkster said.
 
Ochoa, a 24-year-old Mexican, comes in with a hot hand. In her last six starts, she's won twice and finished second the other four times.
 
Webb, meanwhile, is playing some of the best golf of her career, still riding high from her victory in the season's first major -- the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
 
Conspicuously absent this time is 16-year-old Michelle Wie. She bypassed the Classic in favor of playing in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier, up the road at Canoe Brook in Summit, N.J.
 
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    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

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    Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

    By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

    Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

    Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

    Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

    “Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

    Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

    “When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

    Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

    “Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

    In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

    “Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

    Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

    “The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

    Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

    “Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

    Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

    Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

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    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: