Power Rankings: 2017 Wyndham Championship

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2017, 6:14 pm

The PGA Tour remains in the Tar Heel State this week for the Wyndham Championship. A field of 156 players will tackle Sedgefield Country Club in the final event of the 2016-17 regular season.

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.

Si Woo Kim won this event last year by five shots over Luke Donald. Here are 10 names to watch in Greensboro:

1. Webb Simpson: Simpson earned his maiden win here back in 2011 and he named his daughter after the tournament's title sponsor. He'll be a fan favorite playing close to home for the second straight week, and after top-40 finishes in each of his last five starts he heads to a course where he has finished T-6 or better twice in the last three years.

2. Kevin Kisner: Kisner could suffer a major letdown after his close call at Quail Hollow, but it's more likely that the Bermuda grass specialist thrives once again. Kisner finished T-8 at Sedgefield in 2014 and T-10 last year, and his win earlier this year at Colonial demonstrated his ability to play well amid cozy confines.

3. Bill Haas: Haas is a staple at this event, having played in college at nearby Wake Forest, and he boasts a record that includes five straight finishes of T-22 or better. He nearly won this event in 2014 before an errant tee shot on the final hole doomed his chances, and he's a good bet to be on the leaderboard again come Sunday.

4. Ryan Moore: Moore missed part of the summer with an injury, but now he returns to the site of his first PGA Tour win back in 2009. He also tied for 10th at Sedgefield two years ago, and his T-13 finish last week at the PGA shows that the injury that led to his withdrawal from the U.S. Open is officially a thing of the past.

5. Henrik Stenson: The Swede was a late addition to this event, and he'll return to a course where he has one withdrawal and a pair of missed cuts in three prior appearances. But Stenson should improve on that record considerably this week given the strength of the field and the fact that he has four top-10 finishes in his last five worldwide starts.

6. Bud Cauley: Cauley stuck around at Quail Hollow to see his friend and former teammate Justin Thomas lift the trophy, and he'll hope to follow in his footsteps this week. Cauley has two top-10 finishes this year, including a T-3 finish back in 2012, and after battling injury issues he is now playing some of the best golf of his career, including three top-35 finishes over his last four starts.

7. Byeong-Hun An: An let one get away earlier this year in Phoenix, but he continues to create chances as he looks for his first win on the PGA Tour. That included a brief stay on the early leaderboard at Quail Hollow, where he finished T-28, and An has six top-30 finishes in his last 10 starts. He also finished T-18 in 2015 in his Sedgefield debut.

8. Jason Dufner: Dufner's ball-striking prowess is well-established, and it was on full display earlier this year when he won the Memorial. He has added a T-14 finish at The Open since, and Dufner has finished inside the top 25 twice in his last three trips to Greensboro, including a T-22 finish last year.

9. Chad Campbell: Campbell has been one of the Tour's best this season at finding fairways and greens, which should bode well for the cozy confines of Sedgefield. He tied for fourth here back in 2012 and has notched five top-20 finishes over his last eight starts dating back to May.

10. Chris Stroud: After breaking through for his first career win, Stroud held a share of the lead heading into the final nine holes of the PGA Championship before finishing T-9. The veteran is playing loose and playing well, and now he heads to a course with which he's familiar at an event that gave him one of his first starts as a pro.

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: