Power Rankings: CIMB Classic

By Will GrayOctober 23, 2012, 5:02 pm

The Fall Series takes a break this week, but many of the game's best will head to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic. A field of 48 players will tee it up Thursday in an event co-sanctioned by the PGA and Asian Tours.

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Bo Van Pelt returns to Kuala Lumpur as the defending champion in this event. Here are 10 players to keep an eye on this week:

1. Jason Dufner: A runner-up last week in Australia, Dufner has had one of the most consistent seasons on Tour with 14 top-25 finishes in 22 starts. Currently ranks third in total driving, fourth in scoring average and fifth in birdie average.

2. Tiger Woods: Playing in Malaysia for the first time since 1999, Woods will take part in his first official event since ending the FedEx Cup playoffs with three straight top-10 finishes. His 68.9 stroke average ranks second on Tour.

3. Bo Van Pelt: The defending champ this week is coming off a win over Dufner in Perth last week. Van Pelt had top-10 showings last month at both Crooked Stick and East Lake, and ranks fourth on Tour in the all-around category.

4. Brendon de Jonge: Followed his runner-up finish in Vegas with a T-4 showing last week in Georgia. The Zimbabwean has missed only one cut since March and leads the Tour in total birdies.

5. Jeff Overton: A runner-up here last year, Overton set the course record with a second-round 62. He ranks second behind de Jonge in total birdies and has shot 70 or better in each of his last 12 competitive rounds.

6. Ben Crane: Followed up his 2010 CIMB win with a T-20 showing last year. Crane played his way from the cut line into contention last week with a Saturday 62 at Sea Island.

7. Scott Piercy: Playing for the first time since a final-round 64 vaulted him to a T-6 finish in Las Vegas. Among the longest hitters in the field, his aggressive style should benefit him this week.

8. Jimmy Walker: In the midst of a career year, Walker heads to Malaysia after a pair of top-10 finishes in Fall Series events. Finished in a tie for 13th in this event last year.

9. Marcus Fraser: Twice a runner-up this year in Europe, the Australian leads the European Tour in putts per GIR and ranks second in putts per round.

10. Chris Kirk: Made the cut in 10 consecutive starts, recording four top-25 finishes in the process. Currently ranks ninth on Tour in par-4 performance and carded a bogey-free 65 here last year en route to a T-13 finish.

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:

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.