Power Rankings: BMW Championship

By Will GraySeptember 4, 2012, 5:00 pm

The FedEx Cup playoffs reach their third leg, as the PGA Tour heads to the state of Indiana for the first time since the 1991 PGA Championship. The top 70 golfers in the standings will tee it up at Crooked Stick, but only the top 30 after this week will make the season-ending Tour Championship.

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Justin Rose enters as the defending champion, having won last year's event at Cog Hill outside Chicago. Here are 10 players to watch this week:

1. Rory McIlroy: Top-ranked player in the world, hottest golfer on the planet and entering with a pair of wins in his last three starts. His is the top name to watch until otherwise noted.

2. Dustin Johnson: His recent good play was rewarded Tuesday with a Ryder Cup selection. Johnson has three top-10 finishes in his last five starts, and his length off the tee will be an asset on a course that can be stretched to more than 7,500 yards.

3. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African came up just short at TPC Boston, but now has three top-5 finishes in his last four events. Oosthuizen has led the field in GIR percentage each of the last two weeks.

4. Jason Dufner: Still one of the most consistent fantasy options available. Six top-20 finishes in his last eight starts dating back to May for Dufner, who is currently second on Tour in ball striking and third in scoring average.

5. Tiger Woods: Carded four rounds in the 60s last week for the first time in three years. With four top-11 finishes in his last five starts, Tiger's recent good form is well-documented; so too is his underwhelming record on Pete Dye-designed courses.

6. Brandt Snedeker: Perhaps the hottest putter on Tour, Snedeker has now punched a ticket to his first Ryder Cup on the heels of top-10 finishes in each of the first two playoff events. His name should remain near the top of the leaderboard as long as the putts continue to drop.

7. Sergio Garcia: Garcia has a win and a T-3 finish in his last two starts, and should be fresh after skipping the Deutsche Bank last week. Although at different courses, the Spaniard has thrived in the third leg of the playoffs; a T-20 showing at Bellerive in 2008 is his worst finish in four career BMW starts.

8. Lee Westwood: Followed up a T-5 finish at Bethpage with a T-13 showing in Boston. One of the most consistent players tee-to-green, Westwood now leads the Tour in GIR percentage.

9. Jeff Overton: Overton is playing a home game this week. Born in Evansville and still living in nearby Bloomington where he went to college at Indiana, Overton is coming off a T-7 finish in Boston and will have the crowds behind him all week long.

10. Phil Mickelson: Did a new putting grip help Lefty find his game last week? His T-4 finish was his best result since The Masters and first top 10 since May. Mickelson had a good week on the greens in Boston, finishing fourth in both putts per GIR and strokes gained putting.

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: