Leftys partners Tiger and Steves magic

By Doug FergusonOctober 10, 2009, 6:28 am
Presidents Cup

SAN FRANCISCO – Despite playing in all seven President Cups, Phil Mickelson came to Harding Park with only nine partners.

By Saturday morning, he already will have had three different players at his side.

Mickelson went from Anthony Kim to Justin Leonard, and next gets Sean O’Hair in a foursomes match.

“Phil has wanted to play with Sean and we wanted Sean to feel comfortable, of all the guys, which doesn’t mean he’s playing poorly, it just means it’s his first time,” Couples said.

Lefty appeared to be cautious with his back after his victory Friday, and it would not be surprising if he sat out Saturday afternoon.



OGILVY SITS: Geoff Ogilvy is the only International player among the top 10 in the world ranking, and he came to Harding Park with a career 18-3 record in match play, including two World Golf Championship titles.

Just his luck, he ran into Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker the first two matches, neither one reaching the 16th tee.

International captain Greg Norman spoke with his fellow Australian and decided to sit him out Saturday morning during foursomes.

“Geoff’s played a lot of golf of late,” Norman said. “Quite honestly, he was beaten up a lot, too. He was against Tiger and Stricker for two straight days. He just got into a buzz saw. You don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, but you want to get rid of the bath water so the baby can swim the next couple of days and be OK.

“I think it was just a good move for him to say that it was time for him to take a rest.”

Norman also chose to sat out Masters champion Angel Cabrera, who asked for a rest to be ready for Sunday.

U.S. captain Fred Couples chose to sit out Anthony Kim and Lucas Glover.



PRETTY IN PINK: Most of the U.S. players, Tiger Woods included, wore a pink ribbon in their hats on Friday to commemorate breast cancer awareness this month.

It takes on a special meaning at the Presidents Cup.

Missing this week is Phil Mickelson’s wife, Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. She has not been out on tour since then, although Mickelson said her recovery is going well and the prospects are good.

It’s possible she could come up to San Francisco for the weekend, though doubtful she would come to the course.

“Obviously, Amy Mickelson is going through that, so we are just doing our part, a little sign to her that we miss her and we wish she was here,” Hunter Mahan said.



TALE OF THE TIGER TAPE: Tiger Woods has never looked better in a uniform.

Playing with Steve Stricker for two rounds, they have yet to play beyond the 15th hole. They have yet to make a bogey. And they have yet to trail in any match, losing only one hole out of 29.

Perhaps even more peculiar is that Woods is 2-0 for the first time in either the Ryder Cup or the Presidents Cup.

He will get Stricker again on Saturday. If they play all four matches together, it would mark only the fourth time in a cup competition that Woods stuck with the same partner all four team sessions.

He went 2-2 with Notah Begay in the 2000 Presidents Cup and 2-2 with Charles Howell in the 2003 Presidents Cup. Woods and Jim Furyk also went 2-2 in the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland.

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: