Expert Picks: 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 2, 2016, 3:53 pm

This week the 2016 fantasy golf season remains Florida, as 66 players tee it up at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Rory McIlroyForget last week’s missed cut at the Honda Classic, Doral is a bomber’s paradise and when he’s on no one plays long ball better than the Northern Irishman.

Group 2: Justin Rose: This is all about trending in the right direction and the Englishman’s play of late suggests he’s closing in on a big week. He tied for sixth at Pebble Beach, 16th at Riviera and won the Seminole Pro-Member on Monday after recording 10 birdies.

Group 3: J.B. Holmes: He led after the first three rounds last year at Doral before being clipped on Sunday by Dustin Johnson and hasn’t finished worse than 11th in his last four starts.

Group 4: Harris English: He has the power to compete at Doral and has shown flashes of stellar play this year (third at the Waste Management Phoenix Open).


Will Gray

Group 1: Bubba Watson: The southpaw clearly has the game for the new-and-improved Doral, finishing second and third each of the last two years. Fresh off a win at Riviera, there's no reason to expect a letdown.

Group 2: Henrik Stenson: The Swede has been somewhat overlooked among the early-season storylines, but he played well during the European Tour's Desert Swing and has posted two solid results at this event since the course's renovation.

Group 3: Shane Lowry: It's hard to pass up Holmes in this spot, but I'll take my chances with the Irishman who clearly thrives on some of the game's more difficult courses (Torrey Pines, Chambers Bay, Firestone).

Group 4: Graeme McDowell: The Ulsterman appears to be finding his form once again, as his accurate tee-to-green game yielded a top-5 finish last week at Honda. He tied for ninth at Doral just two years ago and can play well here even with a lack of distance off the tee.


Randall Mell

Group 1: Bubba Watson: Confidence and mojo working big time for Bubba, coming off a victory in Los Angeles and going to a golf course where he has finished top three in all but one of the last four WGCs at Trump Doral.

Group 2: Henrik Stenson: Will never forget Henrik stripping down to his underwear to hit a shot at Doral. That’s how comfortable he is at this place. Showing good form in limited starts this year, too.

Group 3: J.B. Holmes: Off to a good start this year, nearly won at Doral last year, a good fantasy combination. Hasn’t finished worse than 11th in four PGA Tour starts this year. Was second at Doral last year.

Group 4: Graeme McDowell: Liked the finish at Honda, and thinking Gil Hanse’s tweaks at Doral might benefit McDowell.

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.