Jeff Maggert - Go Figure

By Brian HewittMay 29, 2006, 4:00 pm
If you belong to one of those fantasy golf leagues, and you picked Jeff Maggert to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic last week, you might want to take your luck or your uncommon skill at spotting unlikely winners to the stock market.
 
It was hard to see this one coming. Maggert showed up at the TPC at Southwind having missed his last three cuts. This is a guy whose last PGA TOUR victory in a stroke play event was at Disney way back in 1993.
 
And there he was bashing an iron almost 260 yards on the 16th hole Sunday. The ball didnt stop until it had reached the back of the green. And his subsequent cross country putt didnt stop until it had found the bottom of the hole.
 
Eagle.
 
Maggert, not a bomber by trade, then smashed his next drive down the 17th fairway. The ball rolled and rolled and rolled as if it had landed on a tarmac. After finding the green with his second, he drained another lengthy putt and the drama was done for the day.
 
At his best, Maggert was a top 10 machine. That ability was good enough to get him a spot on three different Ryder Cup teams. Six times he finished in the top five at a major championship.
 
But Maggert is 42 now. And until Sunday it looked like he was closer to becoming a human ATM machine on the Champions Tour one day rather than the next 2006 winner on the regular TOUR.
 
One of the hoariest chestnuts in sport is on any given Sunday. How about any given week?
 
Maggert led the field in putting at Memphis and he led the field in driving accuracy at 80 percent. He is only the fourth player on the PGA TOUR to come from behind and win an event this year.
 
If you have an explanation for that latter trend, Im all ears.
 
Meanwhile Tim Herron, a winner last week at Fort Worth and the 54-hole co-leader at Southwind, ballooned to four over par on his first 10 holes Sunday. He never threatened after that and this could wind up costing him a Ryder Cup berth.
 
Its easy to suggest that Herrons physical stature, the one that got him a nickname he doesnt even protest - Lumpy - might have been the reason he faded in the fourth round.
 
But his putter started deserting him early on the back nine Saturday afternoon.
 
As for John Cook, who hasnt won on TOUR since 2001, he turns 49 in October. A top 10 on the PGA TOUR means he is just one more player who will earn a lot of money on the Champions Tour at 50 if he stays healthy and continues to work on his game.
 
Its been a strange year on the PGA TOUR. We are now told that Tiger Woods is leaning towards playing the U.S. Open next month at Winged Foot in New York. In his absence there has been something of a lull on the games top TOUR.
 
Sunday the guy that filled the vacuum was Jeff Maggert.
 
If you picked him, youre very good.
 
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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 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: