Notes Case of Beer Gets Better of Parnevik

By Associated PressMay 30, 2007, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- If Jesper Parnevik wins this week's Memorial Tournament, maybe TOUR players everywhere will begin running barefoot in the dark.
 
'It was one of those stupid things,' Parnevik said Wednesday while tuning up for Thursday's opening round. 'I was on my boat in the Bahamas and we were docking and I was running inside the boat to do something and I ran a little bit too fast and didn't see a case of beer in the middle of the room and jammed my toe into it.'
 
He went to a doctor, but was told that there wasn't much that could be done anyway. So Parnevik had to make some adjustments.
 
Besides his bicycle-style hat with a turned-up bill and pastel, formfitting clothes, Parnevik is also wearing shoes that he sliced with a kitchen knife to give his aching left little toe more room.
 
At least now he's able to walk the course.
 
Who knows? It may even improve his game.
 
'I hope so,' he said. 'One thing I noticed is I hit it a lot higher because I'm hanging back on my right foot.'
 
TIGER ROAR:
The loudest cheers of the day accompanied an otherwise meaningless pro-am shot by Tiger Woods.
 
Woods' drive ended up in the middle of the fairway on the difficult, par-4 finishing hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club. He pulled out a 7 iron from 160 yards -- and holed it.
 
'That went the right distance,' he said with a wide grin.
 
HOMECOMING:
Ben Curtis grew up barely 10 minutes from the front gate at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The place has become almost a second home.
 
So it's not surprising that when Curtis returns each May for the Memorial, he's in demand. Relatives, high school classmates, family friends and neighbors regard the tournament as a reunion of sorts.
 
'It's good. This is the course I grew up watching the pros play on. It's where I wanted to play every year,' he said Wednesday. 'Now that I'm here, it's a dream come true, obviously. I've tried to treat it like any other week, but it's hard to do.'
 
There's a crowd at his parents' house. When he gets to the course, he greets a steady stream of people as he gets to the driving range. On the range, acquaintances stop by to offer encouragement. He signs more autographs than the sport's biggest names.
 
'I've been out here six hours and I don't think I've done three hours of work,' he said with a grin. 'But it's fine. It's just one of those deals where you have to put it in your preparation time. You've got to expect it. It's like a major for me.'
 
Curtis, whose actual hometown is Ostrander (pop. 405), has the Reebok contract to wear NFL logo shirts and hats. A huge Cleveland Browns fan, Curtis was wearing the orange and brown of his favorite team on Wednesday while practicing his putting.
 
NFL fans in the Columbus area are roughly divided between the Browns and Cincinnati Bengals.
 
'I'm pretty sure it's mostly Browns here,' he said. 'It could be more kids are leaning toward Cincinnati now because they've been better the past few years. At least when I was growing up, people my generation and older, are probably more Browns fans.'
 
Then he nodded to some boys on the other side of the gallery rope and said, 'These kids over here, you think they know Bernie Kosar?'
 
NO LUCKY CHARMS:
Lots of PGA TOUR players have their own superstitions. Some carry pictures of their kids, or mark their balls with coins given to them by their parents or spouses.
 
Stuart Appleby doesn't go for any of that stuff.
 
He used to have a special coin that he used for a marker. But then he lost it.
 
'I was a bit worried. 'Where's my coin? I've lost it! What am I going to do?' But I replaced it and -- what am I going to do? I still have to play golf tomorrow. Let's get on with it,' he said. 'I really don't want to get that way. I'm not a guy who has four tees in his pocket and only marks his ball with a 1997 coin or something like that. I just don't want to get paranoid.'
 
DIVOTS:
The 107-player Memorial field includes the top six players in the world golf rankings and eight of the top 10. ... The tournament annually recognizes those who have made major contributions to the game. This year's Memorial honorees are former TOUR player Dow Finsterwald Sr. and one of the original 13 founders of the LPGA, Louise Suggs. ... The team led by tournament founder Jack Nicklaus won the pro-am. ... Curtis has hit the longest putt on tour this year -- 100 feet, 1 inch -- on the 14th hole of THE PLAYERS Championship. ... A chance of showers is predicted for three of the four days of the tournament, which yearly seems hit by inclement weather.
 
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  • Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

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

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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:

    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:

    Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

    HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

    Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

    ''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


    Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


    Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

    ''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

    Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

    ''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

    Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

    Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.