Tones of home: Australians failing to perform

By Associated PressNovember 19, 2011, 2:18 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – The Australian contingent at this year’s Presidents Cup isn’t showing any signs of having a home-course advantage.

There are five Australians on the International team, including Greg Norman’s captain’s picks Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby. That local knowledge was supposed to help the home side – Baddeley, Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy are all from Melbourne.

But while that concept worked in 1998, when the Internationals with four Australians won the trophy for the first and only time, the formula has not been so successful this time around.

This year at Royal Melbourne, Jason DayAdam Scott, Allenby, Ogilvy and Baddeley have a mediocre combined total of five wins, 11 losses and three halved matches.

Those performances are part of the reason the Americans lead 13-9 going into the 12 singles matches on Sunday.

In 1998, Norman, Craig Parry and Steve Elkington combined to win three matches each and Stuart Appleby two as the Down Under players finished with 11 wins, three losses and four halved results.

Allenby has been the worst performer 13 years later, as the only player among 24 on either team who has not accrued a point. Allenby is winless in three matches, but sat out Saturday afternoon’s fourball matches.

Baddeley has one win, two losses and a halve, Ogilvy is 2-1-1, Day 1-2-1 and Scott 1-3-0.

American Hunter Mahan, who combined with Bill Haas in Saturday afternoon’s fourballs to beat Day and Baddeley, 2 and 1, said he enjoyed winning in front of the partial crowd.

“This is an Australian team we were playing here,” Mahan said. “You heard the crowd, so to win like that, it feels good. And the crowd is just so for them. I’m going to do my hardest to get that silence back.”

The Australians have a chance to counter that on Sunday in singles. Ogilvy plays Haas in the fourth group, with Day taking on Mahan in the next match. That is followed by Phil Mickelson against Scott, Allenby vs. David Toms and Baddeley against Tiger Woods.

If Allenby loses against Toms, he will join American John Huston as the captain’s picks who didn’t gain a point. Huston was part of the American team that lost in 1998 at Royal Melbourne

With just 1 1/2 points scored between them, Allenby and Baddeley are in danger of setting a record for fewest cumulative points scored by a team’s captain’s picks - although Haas (1-2-1) and Woods (1-3-0) haven’t done much better, earning 2-1/2 points.

“It’s going to have to be a remarkable day tomorrow,” Scott said. “But we have a shot. That’s all we can ask for. It’s not over.”

Watch wall-to-wall coverage of the Presidents Cup live on Golf Channel. Tournament air times: Golf Channel Saturday 6:30PM-12:30AM. NBC coverage Saturday at 8AM and Sunday at noon. (Note: all times are ET)

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.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

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:

Golf Channel:

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

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: