Fact Pack: HP Byron Nelson Championship

By Will GrayMay 15, 2012, 8:30 pm

This week the PGA Tour returns to Texas once again as Keegan Bradley defends his maiden victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas plays host this week, a par-70 layout that is among the more difficult courses tee-to-green that players will see this year. Although many of the world's best are in Europe for the Volvo Match Play, the Nelson field still boasts former champions Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, as well as Matt Kuchar who is fresh off his win at TPC Sawgrass. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

Few courses on the Tour schedule can fluctuate in difficulty as much as TPC Four Seasons. Consider that in 2009, Rory Sabbatini won with a -19 total and each of the top five players shot in the 60s each round; in contrast, -3 was enough to get into a playoff last year for Keegan Bradley and Ryan Moore as strong winds took their toll on the players. The forecast this week shows some wind, but not the 30+ MPH gusts that were seen a year ago.

D.A. Points will look to bounce back from a back injury that cost him a spot in the field at TPC Sawgrass on another TPC course that certainly fits his eye. Points, who withdrew just before teeing off last Thursday due to back spasms, has two top-10 finishes in his last three starts here and was runner-up to Rickie Fowler in the Wells Fargo playoff two weeks ago.

• What Adam Scott lacks in quantity on the PGA Tour in 2012 he has made up for in quality thus far. Having made only four stroke play starts in the U.S. this year, he has finished no worse than T-17 in each event. Since winning this tournament in 2008, though, Scott has only made one appearance here - missing the cut in 2009.

Brian Gay is still looking to get his season on the right track despite typically stellar short game statistics. Gay ranks in the top 10 on Tour in scrambling, sand save percentage and strokes gained putting, but has only one finish inside the top 40 in his last eight starts. Three top-14 finishes here in the last four years though, including a runner-up performance in 2010, indicate that he may find his footing this week.

• Several in the field will look to follow in the footsteps of Keegan Bradley and Jason Day, winning in their first start at TPC Four Seasons. The group of first-timers includes Seung-Yul Noh, who has a T-9 finish at Quail Hollow and a T-13 showing at Zurich among his last three Tour starts.

• On a course that emphasizes solid ball striking, Roberto Castro may be a name to consider in Group 3. The Texas native ranks in the top 10 on Tour in both driving accuracy and greens in regulation; in his last start at Quail Hollow, Castro hit 15/18 green in three of his four rounds.

Last year Ryan Palmer defied the notion that past event performance is any indicator of success. Prior to his runner-up finish in 2011, Palmer had played in this event seven times - finishing T-73 in 2006 and missing the cut six times. Always one of the longer hitters on Tour, this year Palmer has improved on the greens, moving from 95th in total putting to 21st thus far this season.

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

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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:

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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: