Notes Wild Journey for Swede Weather Beaters

By Associated PressJune 5, 2006, 4:00 pm
It has been a wild and wonderful journey that brought Carl Pettersson to the 18th green at the Memorial on Sunday.
His two-shot victory, his second on the PGA Tour, disappointed many who were rooting for the only known quantity near the top of the leaderboard, the ever-smiling Phil Mickelson.
Pettersson, dubbed 'The Swedish Redneck' by Stockholm native Jesper Parnevik, was a victor for those who sip tea and speak proper English and also eat grits and watch NASCAR.
'I'm a mutt,' Pettersson said after accepting the crystal championship trophy from host Jack Nicklaus.
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, the 28-year-old Pettersson lived in England for five years after his father, Lars, an executive in Volvo's trucks division, was transferred.
When his father was transferred again to Greensboro, N.C., his burly 5-foot-11, 195-pound son tagged along. Carl had already shown a propensity for golf, learning from Lars, who was a low-handicapper.
Carl spent his last two years of high school in North Carolina and, after winning the state championship for Grimsley High, he went to school at Central Alabama Community College and then North Carolina State.
Pettersson has spent most of his four full years as a pro on the PGA Tour, although he also plays in Europe.
'I watched a lot of Ryder Cups over the years,' Pettersson said. 'I always pull for Europe. I've lived here for a lot of years but deep down I am European.'
Pettersson still lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his wife, DeAnna, whom he met shortly before he embarked on his pro career, and their 21-month old daughter, Carlie.
He said he retains 'some of those interesting habits' from living in the South.
'I like country music,' he said. 'I guess I'm not your typical Swede, you know. I'm about 30 pounds overweight and I don't wear crazy clothes.'
For the players out of contention, the final round became a race against a storm front.
'They told us before we teed off that we were probably going to get showers and all that stuff,' Billy Mayfair said.
The threat of yet another delay in the rain-delayed final round was enough incentive.
'You could see it coming, so I wanted to get through,' Bubba Watson said.
As they played, the players kept their eyes on the skies.
'I was thinking about it, believe me,' Mark Calcavecchia said after closing with a 71 that left him at 292. 'I've got an outing tomorrow in New York that I did not want to have trouble getting to and/or miss. I'm going to make twice as much for the outing as I made here, so if there would have been a delay, I would have just WD'd and left and got out of here. So I'm glad we got in and I didn't have to do that.'
Sindelar putted out for a 72 and then dashed for the airport to catch a flight to a U.S. Open qualifier on Monday at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.
'Earlier is better,' he said of his departure time as he left the course.
A half-hour delay held up the action late in the day, after most of the field had completed play.
Long-but-frequently-wild Bubba Watson, told that one course at his U.S. Open qualifier on Monday was open and the other had narrow fairways: 'I'll probably play that open one a lot better.'
Louise Suggs, one of the founders of the LPGA, and 1958 PGA Championship winner Dow Finsterwald are the Memorial honorees for 2007.
Each year the tournament recognizes the contributions to the game of former players, innovators and administrators.
Suggs, who won the 1949 U.S. Women's Open by a then-record 14 strokes, was among the 13 people who helped create the LPGA and later served three terms as the association's president. She won 58 tour titles and 11 major championships, including three as an amateur.
An Ohio native, Finsterwald won 12 PGA Tour events between 1955 and 1963 and placed in the top five more than 50 times in his career. He still owns the fifth-longest cut streak, finishing in the money in 72 consecutive tournaments.
Finsterwald and Gary Player lost in a playoff to Arnold Palmer at the 1962 Masters.
They will be honored during ceremonies preceding next year's Memorial, which runs from May 31-June 3.
Paul Azinger shot a 67, bettered only by Mark Brooks' 66, in the final round to finish 10th.
He hadn't had a top 10 since the Shell Houston Open in 2004.
'It's been a while,' Azinger said after finishing five shots behind winner Carl Pettersson. 'I have had this streak of leaving the course irritated -- that streak's a couple of years (long). And I'm not going to be irritated today.'
Trevor Immelman, who tied for seventh, has three top-10s in a row. ... Brooks and Sergio Garcia each hit 17 of 18 greens on Sunday. ... After he was disqualified for leaving the course early after the second round, and then was reinstated, Justin Rose had rounds of 67 and 71 and tied for 14th while earning $100,625.
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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

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 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.