Notes Sergio Likes Label

By Associated PressJanuary 7, 2005, 5:00 pm
04 Mercedes ChampionshipsKAPALUA, Hawaii -- Sergio Garcia has won only five times on the PGA Tour, and he won't celebrate his 25th birthday until Sunday. But with no other legitimate candidates to inherit Phil Mickelson's label, the Spaniard might have to settle for being the best player without a major.
 
And that's OK with him.
 
Sergio Garcia'I find it a bit funny ... because they're putting me on the list already,' Garcia said. 'If you just got on tour - and some people just got on tour who are 24 or 25 - you can't just put them on that. But it's also a good thing, because they consider you a good golfer.'
 
Garcia's five victories came in good tournaments - twice at the Buick Classic, Colonial, the Byron Nelson Championship and the winners-only Mercedes Championships.
 
And unlike other players, he has contended in majors.
 
Garcia first broke onto the scene as a 19-year-old at the PGA Championship, when he gouged that shot out of the tree on the 16th hole at Medinah and finished one shot behind Tiger Woods. He was paired with Woods in the final round of the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and finished fourth, and he closed with a 66 to tie for fourth at the Masters last year, although he never had a chance to win.
 
Garcia has had top 10s in all four majors.
 
'I'm working hard to try to get my majors soon,' he said. 'But it's something you can't rush. You have to keep giving yourself chances. There's some guys that are a bit more fortunate. They get one chance and they get through. And there's some other guys that it takes them a bit longer.'
 
TSUNAMI SINGH
Vijay Singh continues to give his PGA Tour perks to charity.
 
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF said the world's No. 1 player will help the smallest survivors of the tsunami in South Asia by donating proceeds of an auction on eBay that include the 2005 Buick Rainer he got for winning the Buick Open.
 
Last year, Singh earmarked $150,000 from a charity program for 54-hole leaders to hurricane victims in Florida.
 
'My wife thought it was a great idea to do that, and I didn't really need a car at this moment,' Singh said. 'But it's for a very good cause. There's a lot of people out there that need help. This is just a little thing that I can help, and I hope if you guys are looking for a car ... it's on eBay.'
 
His wife, Ardena, is from Malaysia.
 
The 41-year-old Fijian said he was in Phuket, Thailand, in November, walking down the street where the tsunami hit.
 
'I'm from Asia,' Singh said. 'My heart is from there, so I feel for the people there.'
 
Also part of the auction is a set of Cleveland clubs Singh used and tickets to 14 tour events, including all nine that Singh won last year. The PGA Tour will provide matching funds.
 
LEFTY'S BOOK
Everyone can read all about Phil Mickelson's victory at Augusta National the week of the Masters. Warner Books has acquired a book he wrote with Donald T. Phillips that is scheduled to be published on April 4.
 
The book is called 'One Magical Sunday: But Winning Isn't Everything.'
 
As it goes through every hole in the final round, Mickelson reflects on his journey to a green jacket - how he got started, developed his analytical approach as an amateur, and how his marriage and children keep his professional game in harmony with his needs.
 
'This book shows that no matter how many majors he wins, he'll always be at the top of the leaderboard in family values,' said Time Warner Book Group chairman Laurence Kirschbaum.
 
EURO SHOT OF THE YEAR
David Howell of England has won the Shot of the Year Award on the European tour for his 6-iron into the 17th green during a best-ball match at the Ryder Cup.
 
Along with a trophy from The Royal Bank of Scotland, Howell received a check for about $3,500 that he donated to the Tsunami Disaster Fund Appeal.
 
Europe was 1 down in its Saturday morning match, with momentum on the American side. Howell's 6-iron from 203 yards stopped 5 feet from the hole and he made the putt to square the match. Europe went on to win on the 18th hole, and eventually routed the Americans at Oakland Hills to capture the cup for the seventh time in 10 tries.
 
Turns out the shot of the year wasn't all that great.
 
'In all honesty, it wasn't the purest strike of my life,' Howell said. 'However, it went dead straight and released nicely to 5 feet. It was a great feeling to see the ball so close to the hole, and even better to make the putt.'
 
SENIOR MOMENT
The Sony Open will feature three old men and a baby.
 
Along with 15-year-old Michelle Wie playing next week at Waialae Country Club, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler and Peter Jacobsen from the Champions Tour are in the field.
 
Kite, 55, decided to use a one-time exemption from the money list to play a final year on the PGA Tour.
 
Stadler is still exempt from his victory in the 2003 B.C. Open. He might not have played the Sony Open, except that his 24-year-old son, Kevin, is making his debut as a PGA Tour rookie.
 
Seven players from the Mercedes Championships will not be playing next week on Oahu - Stephen Ames, Joey Sindelar, John Daly, Stuart Appleby, Sergio Garcia, Mike Weir and Tiger Woods, who has never played the Sony Open.
 
Appleby's wife is expecting their first child next week.
 
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  • 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.’’


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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.

    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:

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    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: