Big Break Ireland: Nina Rodriguez's Final Words

By Big BreakNovember 3, 2011, 2:43 pm

I came into the Big Break with every intention of winning and knowing that even though I was probably the least experienced player on the cast, I still felt like I could win! I have worked very hard in the short amount of time that I have played golf so I just kept telling myself you can hang with these players!

From what I saw this is the best golf Big Break has ever seen and I feel so blessed to have been part of such a great cast!! The Big Break is not about 18 holes of golf, it is about performing when the cameras are rolling! Going into the show I thought the cameras would be very intimidating, but as soon as competition started it felt as if the cameras weren't even there!

I loved the team format because I haven't felt that in so long, but at the same time it was still very individual. We could all feel it and as each show passed emotions ran higher and the tension kept building. As teammates we wanted each other to do well because it meant our immunity on the show, but when someone on the team wasn't playing their best golf they stood out, and unfortunately, I was that player for a few shows. I wasn't doing my part and everyone saw it.  You can't have a bad day on the Big Break because that will most likely be the end of the road.

I am a very competitive person and I will go out fighting. In the last episode I gave it my all and this time it didn't work out in my favor. But I learned so much about myself. I look forward to being in that situation many more times and coming out on top. I had a few bad days on this season, but for the most part I felt very confident and comfortable in the pressure situations I was put in. When something needs to be done I can dig deep and give it my all and that's what I did on this season of Big Break. Unfortunately it wasn't enough for me to win, but I am happy I fought until the end!

Golf is such a long demanding road so I know that I have to work even harder to be great and just because I was lucky enough to compete on the Big Break, the hard work doesn't end here. It is only the beginning. The Big Break has challenged me physically, mentally, and emotionally and I loved every minute of it! From the 4AM wake up calls to the long days in the wind, it was worth every second. I love being tested and I love that I was given this chance to prove to myself and to others that I was born to play golf!!

The show has become a party once a week bringing my family even closer together and giving them the opportunity to see what I do and what I love. It has been an amazing experience and I wouldn't change any of it! Even though the show is such a very small piece of the bigger picture, I can’t thank Golf Channel enough for giving me this opportunity. I am going to continue to stay positive and hope that things continue to work out for me in the future. Thank you for watching and supporting the show it wouldn't be as great without all of you!

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: