Notes Youthful Floyd in Contention at Laurel Valley

By Associated PressMay 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
LIGONIER, Pa. -- Raymond Floyd supposedly was too old to win the U.S. Open at 43 in 1986, but he did. Because of an aching back and sporadic tournament play, he's also supposed to be too old at 62 to win the Senior PGA.
 
He hasn't yet, but he thinks he has a chance.
 
``I think if I can get in it and get myself close enough, yeah, there's a chance,'' he said Saturday.
 
Floyd hasn't finished higher than a 21st-place tie in six Champions Tour events this year, yet is two shots off the Senior PGA lead midway through the rain-delayed third round. The third round finishes up Sunday morning after being halted Saturday, with the fourth round to follow immediately afterward.
 
``It would be pretty special (to win),'' said Floyd, whose last Champions Tour victory came in 2000. ``I feel 31 today.''
 
That's a lot younger than the 22-time PGA Tour winner feels most days, due to a persistent back problem that doesn't allow him to practice. All he does is play.
 
``I don't play golf for a living any more,'' Floyd said. ``I play because I enjoy being in the ropes, but I don't practice. I don't work on my game. Those things hurt ... (but) I can't. My back won't allow it.''
 
Jock Hutchinson also was 62 when he won the Senior PGA in 1947, but that was long before the current-day senior tour started.
 
FAVORABLE LIE
This Senior PGA is special for The Golf Channel's Dave Marr III, whose father won his only major title -- the 1965 PGA Championship -- at Laurel Valley Golf Club.
 
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of that victory, the younger Marr scattered some of his father's ashes on Laurel Valley's 11th, 17th and 18th holes -- key holes that helped the elder Marr outlast Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper and win the PGA.
 
Previously, Marr's ashes also were placed on some top U.S. courses and two English courses -- Walton Heath, where Marr played in the Ryder Cup, and Royal Birkdale, where Marr was the captain of the 1981 Ryder Cup team that defeated Europe 18 1/2 -9 1/2 . Among the U.S. courses were Augusta, Pebble Beach and Shinnecock, plus Memorial Park in Houston, where Marr learned to play golf.
 
``We didn't exactly get permission from some of these places,'' Dave Marr III said.
 
There won't be any more ashes scatter -- the younger Marr said the last were spread at Laurel Valley.
 
The elder Marr, an ABC golf analyst after ending his playing career, died of stomach cancer at age 63 on Oct, 5, 1997. He was the PGA player of the year in 1965.
 
DON'T LET THE RAIN COME DOWN
A hard rain fell Saturday from the time the early starters teed off just after 9 a.m. until play was stopped for 1 hour, 45 minutes at 11:41 a.m. The unfavorable playing conditions certainly affected some golfers' games.
 
Bob Charles, who shot a 2-under 70 Friday, was 8 over for his round through eight holes before play was stopped. He had three consecutive bogeys from Nos. 3-4 then took a quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-3 eight en route to his third-round 82.
 
Charles, at 69 one of the oldest in the field, has rounds of 80 and 82 around Friday's where-did-that-come-from 70, which saw him miss shooting his age by just one stroke.
 
Others also struggled in the rain, which was so heavy at times than some greens -- especially No. 6 -- finally became too waterlogged to play. Play resumed later in the day, only to be stopped for the second and final time late in the afternoon.
 
Curtis Strange, near the top of the leaderboard after the first round but now near the bottom, had two double bogeys and three bogeys in his first nine holes and finished with a 77. Dave Stockton had four bogeys and a double bogey in his first eight holes en route to his 77.
 
``You just got to try not to get going bad and lose any ground,'' said Darrell Kestner, a club pro from Glen Cove, N.Y., who had a 71. ``If you put up a decent round, you might pass some good players.''
 
NOTES
About a half-dozen Pitt football players are working as security guards. ... Those who finished the third round Saturday before rain suspended play will tee off starting at 6:55 a.m. Sunday. The 33 still on the course will start teeing off at 8:15 a.m., then go immediately into the fourth round, with all 33 off the tee for the final round by 10:55 a.m. ... Jerry Pate, who is tied with Mike Reid and Dana Quigley for the lead, hasn't won a tournament since the 1982 Players Championship -- a span of 23 years, 2 months. Reid's last win came in the 1988 World Series of Golf, a span of 16 years, 9 months.
 
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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: