They Might Be Giants

By January 23, 2003, 5:00 pm
PGA Merchandise Show LogoOrlando, Fla. -- The start of the 2003 PGA Merchandise Show got underway Thursday in Orlando, Fla., and there they stood, the unquestionable giants of the show - Callaway Golf, TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Nike Golf.
 
Theirs are not merely booths, like many of the 1,000 or so other company's in attendance smallish digs, but colossal, elaborate sets that dwarf those that are stationed around them.
 
Yes, there are a number of other manufacturers - Mizuno, Cleveland, Wilson and MacGregor, to name a few - whose presence is definitely felt, but none bring the juice quite like those big three.
 
Some might cry overkill, but all three do indeed bring to the table great and good-looking products year after year.
 
And it certainly doesn't hurt to have names like Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and
Colin Montgomerie on board to not only give credibility, but also give them the sizzle that the golfers of the world want to go along with the equipment and accessories that they fork down their hard earned money to buy.
 
A sample of what the giants have rolled out for 2003:
 
TaylorMade-adidas Golf is introducing into it's series of RAC wedges the RAC FE203 which is an unfinished, chrome-less version designed to rust.
 
With the same design as the original RAC (relative amplitude coefficient), the new rust model will create several performance advantages. For example, the untouched grooves remain in a clean, perfectly milled state, resulting in sharper edges that grip and 'hold' the ball more effectively.
 
The company says that the rust acts as a micro-abrasive coating that improves the groove's gripping power, producing more spin.
 
Carrying a suggested retail price of $140 per club, the RAC FE2O3 wedges will be available in a wide variety of lofts and bounce angles, including right-handed 48.06 (loft/bounce angle), 50.06, 52.08, 54.10, 54.12, 56.12, 56.14, 58.08, 58.12, 60.07 and 60.12; and left-handed 48.06, 50.06, 52.08, 54.10, 54.12, 56.12, 56.14, 58.08, 58.12, 60.07 and 60.12.
 
Callaway Golf has rolled out two more models to go along with their wildly popular Odyssey 2-Ball Putter line. The new Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Center-Shafted Putter is a redesigned version of the original 2-Ball design, while the new Odyssey DFX 2-Ball Putter is the first putter in the 2-Ball family to feature the companys patented Stronomic insert technology.
 
Known for their large mallet head with two golf ball-sized alignment aids positioned directly behind the center of the face on the top of the putter, its purpose being to help ensure the putter is square to the target, according to Callaway, and also helps golfers to better see the line his ball will travel after impact.
 
The company is hoping more and more golfers will find them to be not a fad in the always competitive putter world, but a putter with real staying power.
 
The company has said that shipments to retailers will begin in May.
 
Nike Golf, which is very new to the show as a major player in the equipment category, has wasted little time in fitting right in.
 
Along with a new 450cc driver, the largest they have produced, they also caught the eyes of many with a new series of clubs called CPR - Clubs for Prevention and Recovery - that they say 'lends hope for heart-stopping situations by making tough shots play easy.' Nothing like having no shame in comparing tough shots on the golf course with actual Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
 
The 450cc driver, meanwhile, also has the largest COR sweet spot in their line of drivers and will be set at a suggested retail price of $369. The driver should be available May 1.

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.