Hoch rides Perry to lead in Shootout

By Associated PressDecember 13, 2008, 5:00 pm
NAPLES, Fla. ' Kenny Perry had eight birdies and an eagle and he and partner Scott Hoch finished with a 12-under 60 in the better-ball format at the second round of the Merrill Lynch Shootout on Saturday.
 
They hold a four-shot lead over J.B. Holmes and Boo Weekley at the Tiburon Golf Club.
 
I dont think Ive ridden a horse that hard in a long time, and he just kept on galloping, said Hoch, who admitted his left wrist has been bothering him.
 
If I have to drag him across the finish line, I will, Perry said.
 
The two teams were tied until Perry and Hoch birdied No. 16, Perry made an 8-footer for eagle on No. 17, and 10-footer for birdie on No. 18. Perry hit a 5-iron from 220 yards on No. 17, and a gap wedge from 115 yards on No. 18.
 
Its fun to watch Kenny play right now, Hoch said. Hes really playing well. I just feel fortunate enough to help him on a few holes.
 
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger and Rocco Mediate, the U.S. Open runner-up, tied the second-best round of the day with a 62, and are at 135.
 
Holmes and Weekley, who both played with Perry on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, made one birdie and four pars in the last five holes.
 
First-round leaders Nick Price and Jeff Sluman are third at 14-under 130 after a 66.
 
Prices approach on No. 18 hit the flagstick, bounced back and rolled down to the front of the green.
 
Sundays format is a scramble. The 12 two-man teams played modified alternate shot on Friday.
 
Only one team has come back from a four-shot deficit in the tournaments 19-year history. In 2003, Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman were four back of Perry and Hoch, and came back to win a three-way playoff.
 
I dont think the lead is ever safe enough in this format, the scramble format, Perry said. Its really not.
 
Well have to play great, obviously, Holmes said. If Kenny and Scott go out there and play really well, then I dont know if well be able to do it then.
 
Holmes and Weekley birdied four of their first six holes, then made birdies on Nos. 9, 10, 12 and 13 before leveling off for a 62.
 
We still cant get the putts to fall, Weekley said. If we get those putts to fall, we got them.
 
Zach Johnson and Scott Verplank are fourth at 132. Tournament founder and host Greg Norman and Camilo Villegas, Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, and Stewart Cink and Fred Couples are 10 under.
 
Sundays winners split $730,000 from the $2.9 million purse.
 
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    “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.’’

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    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.”

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    “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.”

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    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: