Fact Pack: FedEx St. Jude Classic

By Will GrayJune 5, 2012, 8:30 pm

This week the PGA Tour heads to Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, as players have one final opportunity to test their game before many will head to Olympic next week for the U.S. Open. A playoff has been required to crown a winner each of the past two years, and players will need to go low along TPC Southwind to have a chance at the title. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title(s) and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

Undoubtedly the hottest player in this week's field is Zach Johnson. Coming off a win at Colonial, the former Masters champion also has runner-up finishes this year at The Players and RBC Heritage. Johnson has finished no worse than T-32 in three career starts at TPC Southwind, including a T-5 finish in 2006. He will look to rely on the putter as he did in his last start, leading the field in putts per round en route to his victory in Fort Worth.

• Few players in this week's field have as much experience at TPC Southwind as Bob Estes. Estes is making his 24th start in this tournament, boasting six top-10 finishes here in addition to his victory in 2001. Carrying a bit of momentum having survived his U.S. Open sectional qualifier on Monday, Estes may be a veteran to keep an eye on. He currently ranks eighth on Tour in three-putt avoidance and 15th in scrambling. 

Robert Karlsson will look to get his 2012 season on track at a venue where he has had a pair of near-misses. A playoff runner-up here in both 2010 and 2011, Karlsson has shot in the 60s in each of eight competitive rounds here. He will need to straighten out his game to continue that streak though - the Swede has only one stroke play finish inside the top 40 this year and currently ranks outside the top 150 on Tour in driving accuracy, greens in regulation percentage and strokes gained putting.

• Like Karlsson, Camilo Villegas enters this week struggling a bit with his game, but has found recent success at TPC Southwind. Villegas has top-10 finishes here each of the last two years, and four top-20 finishes in six career starts in Memphis. He has five missed cuts on the season, though, and his T-18 finish in New Orleans marks his best showing this year.

• With one exception, Robert Allenby has put together an impressive run recently at TPC Southwind. Outside of his W/D in 2010, Allenby has finished in the top 13 each year since 2007 including a runner-up finish in 2008. In last year's event, the Aussie ranked in the top 15 in the field in driving distance, driving accuracy and greens in regulation.

**Don't forget to join Fantasy Expert Rob Bolton for a live golf chat Wednesday at 12:00p ET at www.rotoworld.com** 

Tune in to Golf Channel Thursday-Friday from 3-6PM ET for live coverage of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

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.