Power Rankings: 2017 Dell Technologies Champ.

By Will GrayAugust 30, 2017, 2:12 pm

The PGA Tour heads north to Massachusetts this week for the Dell Technologies Championship. A field of 96 players will tackle TPC Boston, with the top 70 in the points race advancing to next month's BMW Championship.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Rory McIlroy won this event last year by two shots over Paul Casey. Here are 10 names to watch in Norton:

1. Dustin Johnson: Might as well start with the world No. 1, who appears to be firing on all cylinders after his overtime victory in the postseason opener. Johnson has three top-10 finishes at TPC Boston since 2009, including a T-8 finish last year, and could still make a late push for Player of the Year consideration.

2. Jordan Spieth: The rankings begin as last week's leaderboard ended, with Spieth eclipsed only by Johnson. The Champion Golfer of the Year tied for fourth here back in 2013 en route to snagging a Presidents Cup spot, and while he hasn't been in the top 10 since, he only has one finish worse than T-13 since mid-June.

3. Jason Day: The Aussie hasn't won here, but he's still amassed an impressive resume at this particular venue. Day was a runner-up in 2010 and has finished T-15 or better each of the last four years and six of the last seven. He appears to have found his footing after a T-9 finish at the PGA and T-6 finish last week.

4. Rory McIlroy: The defending champ thrives at TPC Boston, having won here in a shootout in 2012 and also having tied for fifth in 2014. McIlroy appeared to be searching for his game last week at Glen Oaks, but he still managed a T-34 showing and should do a little better this week on a course that is more receptive to misses off the tee and around the greens.

5. Jon Rahm: Rahm had seemingly cooled off following his romp at the Irish Open earlier this summer, but he again flashed some impressive form last week en route to a T-3 finish. He'll again be making his debut on a course many of the world's best have seen several times before, but that hasn't exactly slowed him down through the first eight months of the year.

6. Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese phenom is always a threat, but this is a course where he has had surprisingly little success. Matsuyama has yet to crack the top 10 at TPC Boston, although his results have gotten progressively better in his three prior trips, peaking with last year's T-15 finish. His missed cut last week was his first since February.

7. Adam Scott: Scott was a surprise addition to this week's field, but he's another veteran with some fond memories in Norton. This is where the Aussie earned his first PGA Tour win back in 2003, and has finished T-8 or better in four of his last six appearances. He might need a similar result this week if he's going to keep alive his chances of making the Tour Championship.

8. Rickie Fowler: Fowler edged Henrik Stenson to win here two years ago, but that's surprisingly his lone top-20 finish in seven trips to TPC Boston. Fowler seems poised to add a second strong result this week given his run of consistency this year, with six top-10 finishes over his last nine worldwide starts.

9. Justin Thomas: Thomas hasn't fared well at this event, missing the cut last year and finishing T-56 in 2015, but he returns to New England a much different player than he was even last year. In his first start since lifting the Wanamaker Trophy, Thomas tied for sixth at Glen Oaks and could challenge for win No. 5 of the season this week.

10. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar was a hard-luck runner-up at Royal Birkdale, but he hasn't slowed down since being denied the claret jug. In four starts since, he has finished outside the top 20 just once, and last week tied for 10th despite a sluggish final round. His record at TPC Boston includes four top-15 finishes since 2009, highlighted by a T-4 finish in 2013.

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: