Huston holds off Wiebe for Dick's victory

By Associated PressJune 26, 2011, 10:03 pm

ENDICOTT, N.Y. – John Huston shot a 7-under 65 to win his first Champions Tour event Sunday, taking advantage of three straight bogeys by Mark Wiebe to capture the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.

Huston finished at 16-under 200 in his third Champions Tour start since turning 50 on June 1, earning a three-shot victory over Nick Price, who had a 66. Wiebe was another shot back after a 71.

Wiebe won two weeks ago at Rock Barn and began the day with a two-shot lead over Huston, but his string of bogey-free holes stopped at 75 when he bogeyed Nos. 12-14 to drop out of the lead.

Wiebe rallied with two straight birdies and almost had another at 17.

Huston also birdied No. 16 and sealed the victory after hitting his tee shot at the par-3 17th to within a foot of the pin.

An errant drive at the par-4 closing hole brought a smile to Huston’s face after it bounced just past the water hazard that lines the left side of the fairway and left him with a nice lie.

Local favorite Joey Sindelar (68) finished at 11 under tied with Jim Gallagher Jr. (65). Peter Senior (67), Ted Schulz (68), Jay Don Blake (70) and Peter Jacobsen (68) finished at 10 under and tied for sixth.

The bogey at 12, statistically the easiest hole at the short, tree-lined En-Joie Golf Club course, was devastating for Wiebe.

Huston birdied two of the three holes that Wiebe bogeyed to vault from a two-shot deficit to a two-shot lead over the hard-charging Price, who closed to within one with a short birdie putt at the difficult 15th.

Huston nearly gave it away when his drive at 15 sailed right next to a cart path. But he saved par with a long two putt after his second shot barely made the green, coming perilously close to the massive water hazard that guards the hole.

Seconds later, Wiebe sank a 30-foot birdie putt that broke 4 feet on its way to the hole and continued a late rally with a 12-foot birdie at the par-4 16th hole. Huston, who caught a break at 16 when his drive hit a spectator standing next to the green, responded with a 5-foot birdie to hold his two-shot lead.

Sindelar, who won twice at En-Joie in the 1980s when it played host to the old B.C. Open on the PGA Tour, missed a terrific chance to move closer to the lead. He hit his second shot inside 5 feet at 16 but pulled his birdie try just right.

Somebody had to go real low to have a chance to overtake Wiebe, who took a stretch of 64 holes without a bogey into the round, and Jim Rutledge quickly showed the course would be very giving on a calm, overcast day. Rutledge reeled off five birdies on his first five holes to reach 9 under before Wiebe even teed off.

Wiebe leads the Champions Tour in putting average, but he didn’t work any magic with it on the front nine where he had just one birdie – a putt inside 2 feet at No. 2 – as he tried to protect his two-shot lead.

Huston consistently outdrove the 53-year-old Wiebe, and Huston’s aggressiveness paid off with four birdies on the front side, including two at the three par-5s. He hit his second shot at the 553-yard eighth hole to the back fringe of the green, watched his eagle chip stop well short of the hole but still made birdie.

That offset a bad bogey at the par-3 seventh hole, when Huston three-putted from the far right corner, and he tied Wiebe at 12 under with a 9-foot birdie putt at No. 9.

The final threesome made the turn with Senior, Jacobsen, Sindelar, and Price lurking just one shot behind.

Unfazed, Wiebe rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 10 and a 12-foot birdie at the 11th hole to regain that two-shot cushion over Huston, then gave it right back at 12. Huston then rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt to tie Wiebe at 13 under.

Price also birdied No. 12 to extend his birdie streak to four and move within a shot of the lead, and Sindelar missed a chance to tie for the lead when his eagle putt at the hole lipped out.

Rutledge stayed within striking distance until a bogey at No. 14 and a double bogey at the difficult par-4 15th hole dropped him to 6 under.

Back surgery limited Jacobsen to only 14 events last year, rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder in 2009 relegated him to a spectator until June, and the previous year he had his right knee replaced. Still, he found some of that old magic on Sunday, making six birdies for his first top 10 since 2007 at Pebble Beach.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

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.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


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.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

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:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

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: