Update on Big Break Alumni

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 24, 2011, 1:12 pm

Several Big Break alumni are finally getting the big break they hoped for when auditions for their seasons were first held…

This past Sunday, Rosie Jones, U.S. Solheim Cup team captain, surprised everyone when she picked rookie, Ryann O’Toole, former Big Break Sandals Resorts player, as one of her 2011 captain’s picks.  O’Toole joins a team of seasoned professionals that include Cristie Kerr; Christina Kim; Morgan Pressel;  Stacy Lewis;  Angela Stanford;  Paula Creamer;  Michelle Wie; Brittany Lincicome;  Brittany Lang; Juli Inkster, and Vicky Hurst, Jones’ second captain’s pick, to represent the United States at the Solheim Cup next month in Ireland. 

O’Toole’s spunk, drive and determination to make it as an LPGA professional really played a hand in her landing a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup team.  Read Randall Mell’s article here on how O’Toole made sure Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis knew who she was so they could tell Rosie Jones about her.

James Nitties, alumnus of Big Break Mesquite, is on his way toward playing on the PGA TOUR.  This past weekend, Nitties won his first Nationwide Tour event, the Midwest Classic.  Not only is it a proud moment for him to win his first Tour event, but he is now currently No. 12 on the money list.  The Top 25 at the end of the season earn playing privileges on the PGA TOUR the following season.

Finally, the PGA TOUR Playoffs start this week with The Barclays.  Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, a player on Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe and winner of Big Break VII: Reunion, will be among the players in this season’s Top 125 field. Last weekend, Gainey finished third in the Wyndham Championship, placing him 30th on the FedExCup points list.

All of these recent updates are just a taste of what past Big Break players are up to…now, get a chance to get to know the players participating in the upcoming Big Break Ireland premiering Sept 20 9PM ET.  Plus, follow us on Facebook to get the latest tune in updates, player news, behind-the-scenes video and photos.  So you can keep track of the Big Break contenders all season long.

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:

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:

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.