Notes Injured Hand Big Heart for Cayeux

By Associated PressAugust 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
AKRON, Ohio -- Marc Cayeux wanted to play all 18 holes Thursday at the NEC Invitational, although he fully expected to quit midway through the round whenever his injured left hand began bleeding.
 
It turned into a dream day at Firestone.
 
The 27-year-old golfer from Zimbabwe overcame nerves at the start, an embarrassing moment on his 16th hole and a painful wound on the spot he grips the club to post a 1-over 71.
 
Marc Cayeux
Despite a serious injury to one of his hands, Marc Cayeux was able to play all 18 holes with playing partner Tiger Woods on Thursday.
Cayeux not only played with Tiger Woods, he had the world's No. 1 player as a caddie.
 
He finished his round by nearly chipping in from behind the ninth green. Woods walked over and tended the flag as Cayeux tapped in.
 
``If you had said I would be 3 or 4 over par, I would have taken it,'' Cayeux said.
 
Woods sounded more impressed with Cayeux's round than his own 66 that gave him a share of the lead.
 
``Incredible. Absolutely incredible,'' Woods said. ``The fact that he went out there and played, and grinded it out like he did was absolutely fantastic. It was fun to watch. He had a hard time hanging onto the club, but he gutted it out.''
 
Cayeux, who qualified by winning the Vodacom Tour Championship on the South African tour, burned his hand last week lighting a barbecue grill and played with an open wound the size of a nickel.
 
He wore a glove that baseball catchers typically have under their mitts, with extra padding at the base of the fingers, and his bandage was changed after he had played four holes.
 
And then there was the nerves playing with Woods.
 
Cayeux watched the world's No. 1 player rip his opening tee shot 305 yards down the middle of the 10th fairway. He could barely contain a grin, then turned to his caddie and whispered.
 
``That was an eye-opener,'' he said. ``The main thing is not to try to imitate him.''
 
Cayeux saved himself with par-saving putts on eight of nine holes, and a sand wedge into 6 feet for birdie on his 10th hole. He seemed to settle down, but had a jarring moment on the par-3 seventh.
 
When he went to mark his ball on the green, he noticed the words ``PRACTICE'' written on the side.
 
A ball from the driving range somehow wound up in his bag. Cayeux summoned Woods and Niclas Fasth, then a rules official. Because it was the same ball he had been playing, there was no penalty.
 
He pulled out a regular ball on the next tee, marked it with two yellow dots, then turned to Woods with a smile and said, ``This one is not a practice ball,'' as both players broke down in laughter.
 
Cayeux's score left him in a tie for 23rd in the 72-man field.
 
McDOWELL OUT:
Graeme McDowell injured muscles around his spine when he was in a car accident last month, and he nearly withdrew from the PGA Championship last week.
 
He tried to play again at the NEC Invitational, and lasted 13 holes before he pulled out.
 
``I'm certainly on the road to recovery, but I'm just not quite on top of my body right now,'' McDowell said. I just need a rest, and it needs a bit of work.''
 
McDowell still gets last-place money of $30,000 that counts toward the European tour money list.
 
VIJAY'S BACK:
Vijay Singh looked uncomfortable at times Thursday, for good reason.
 
``Just a little stiff in the lower back, but nothing that a good night's rest won't sort out,'' Singh said through a PGA Tour media official. ``I've been stiff for a whole week, but it's getting better.''
 
Singh's knee was sore at the Canadian Open last year, and he went on to beat Mike Weir in a playoff.
 
The Fijian, angered by stories about him last week at the PGA Championship, declined to meet with the media after his round and spoke only to ESPN.
 
PGA REGRETS:
Davis Love III is trying to put last week behind him, but it wasn't easy. He shot 74 in the final round of the PGA Championship to finish two shots behind Phil Mickelson, missing birdie chances on the last four holes.
 
``What frustrates me about the whole thing is I never hit the 18th fairway,'' Love said of the 554-yard par 5, the easiest hole at Baltusrol. ``That's what kills me. You've got the easiest hole on the golf course, and I put it in the bunker every day.''
 
Thomas Bjorn finished one shot behind Mickelson when his 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole rimmed out of the cup, leaving the Dane temporarily stunned.
 
But he got over it quickly.
 
``I take a lot of positives from that, but I also realize that we've got to go on from there,'' Bjorn said after a 70. ``Last week is over with and it didn't turn out the way we wanted, but it turned out in a good way. So we'll go from here and try and win some golf tournaments.''
 
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    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:

    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.