Fans Thrilled By Dalys Return

By Brian HewittFebruary 18, 2004, 5:00 pm
More people than you might ever imagine had been waiting for John Dalys next win on the PGA Tour. Now that it has happened, it is as if a giant floodgate has opened.
For better or worse, John Daly is the peoples player. For better or worse, he represents a kind of one-man ministry. For better or worse, todays column is a small but representative sampling of how the people are reacting, via E-mail here, to Dalys wondrous sudden death victory Sunday at the Buick Invitational:
We all have imperfections. Most people shy away from discussing them. John has been very upfront with all of us, I like people like that. Can millions of fans be wrong?
Daly and the Ryder CupThats the topic of the water cooler crowd We want to see it.
Now get him elected president of the USGA and watch the game grow.
Is John Daly the Seabiscuit of modern golf?
I am having my own battles, and through the ups and downs have never given up hope, and that is what is so inspiring about John.
Tin Cup with a better ending. God Bless John Daly.
I even had my wife rooting for him yesterdayI hope that John recognizes that this was bigger than him.
We have Tiger showing up when he wants and Mr. Singh sometimes talking. This is new era of golf and watching John Daly work the gallery it was great.
Like the Shark and Phil there is no lay up in this guy. Very exciting to watch.
Hooray for Big John--may his many indiscretions live on in infamy.
In a time where the pros are not accessible to the spectators by their choice, it is heart warming to see someone like John come out on top. Why do we forgive him? Because he lets us into his world and bares his soul to us during the good and bad.
As a recovering alcoholic myself, it brought tears to my eyes to see him win again. There are no guarantees for any of us, whether in recovery or notOnly a greater power than ourselves will determine what happens from here.
His victory was magical. It was as if time stood still while this lion of the past charged into the future. We havent heard the last of Long John.
Cool! Reminds me of the question: What are you going to do today, with the gift?
John Daly and Tiger Woods, back nine Sunday at Augusta, now that would be a wild ride.
However, he has to get rid of his bad habits if he is to maintain the standard of play which he had before.
This win by John Daly is larger than life. As a psychologist, I can assure you that there are very many people out there battling inner wounds and personal demons. To witness JD overcome his very public ones--even if only (but hopefully not) momentarily--still engenders a deep hope and growing encouragement to a collectively wearied America and to those individuals fighting deeper personal bunkers. John Daly is to be commended for his effort, heart and inspiration.
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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.’’

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: