Power Rankings: 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic

By Will GrayJune 7, 2017, 3:38 pm

The PGA Tour heads south this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. A field of 156 players will tackle TPC Southwind in the final tournament before the focus shifts to Erin Hills for the U.S. Open.

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.

Daniel Berger won this event last year by three shots over a trio of players. Here are 10 names to watch in Memphis:

1. Brooks Koepka: Koepka has feasted on TPC Southwind in his brief history, with a T-3 finish in 2015 and a runner-up last year. His advantage off the tee is accentuated this week and Koepka has top-20 finishes in five of his last seven starts overall, including a runner-up at the Valero Texas Open.

2. Rickie Fowler: Fowler has barely slowed down since capturing the Honda Classic in February, with top-16 results in seven of his last eight individual starts. Fowler hasn't played this event since 2014, but he tied for 13th that year and he continues to lead the Tour in total strokes gained this season.

3. Billy Horschel: Horschel has a handful of tracks on Tour where he regularly contends, and this is certainly one of them. Buoyed by his recent win at Las Colinas, Horschel now returns to TPC Southwind where he has cracked the top 10 in each of his last three trips, including a T-6 finish back in 2014.

4. Francesco Molinari: Molinari's ball-striking prowess is well-established, and it has translated into success in each of his last two starts. The Italian tied for sixth at TPC Sawgrass and was a runner-up at Wentworth, extending his run of four straight worldwide top-25 finishes. He tied for 34th in Memphis last year.

5. Phil Mickelson: Lefty likely won't make an appearance next week at Erin Hills, but he's still teeing it up in Memphis on a course where he has finished runner-up twice in the last four years. Mickelson also added a third-place showing in 2015 and hasn't finished worse than T-11 since making this stop a regular part of his schedule in 2013.

6. Daniel Berger: Berger turned his Memphis debut into a maiden Tour victory last year, leading by three shots after each of the final three rounds. While his results have largely dried up in recent weeks, he finished fifth at the Shell Houston Open and last year hit 75 percent of the greens in regulation en route to victory.

7. Adam Scott: The Aussie is making a rare trip to Beale Street, as he last played TPC Southwind when he tied for seventh in 2007. But Scott has opted to play his way into majors this year, and his recent record includes top-10 finishes at both Augusta National and TPC Sawgrass. Scott could thrive this week amid a relatively weak field.

8. Ryan Palmer: Palmer will have to wait to see if he'll make the U.S. Open as a sectional alternate, but he returns this week to a course where he cracked the top five in both 2013 and 2014. Palmer has been somewhat inconsistent this season, but he did chase a T-11 finish at the RBC Heritage with a T-6 showing in San Antonio in April.

9. Russell Henley: Henley got back into the winner's circle earlier this year in Houston, and he finished T-7 at this event one year ago. Henley followed that win in April with a pair of top-30 finishes at the Masters and RBC Heritage, and he currently ranks ninth on Tour in strokes gained putting and 11th in total strokes gained.

10. Peter Uihlein: Uihlein qualified for Erin Hills on Monday, the latest in a long line of solid results this season. The former U.S. Amateur champ is making his Memphis debut but is also riding a streak of eight straight finishes of T-33 or better across the PGA Tour and European Tour and dating back to the Tshwane Open in March.

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:

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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.