Mickelson Wont Give Up Colonial Trophy

By George WhiteMay 17, 2001, 4:00 pm
Phil Mickelson came to the MasterCard Colonial in no mood to give up the trophy. The defending champion shot an opening-round 65, giving him another chance to wear the red plaid jacket at Sundays victory ceremony.
The 5-under-par round on the par-70 course tied him with Jim Furyk for the opening-day lead Thursday. For Mickelson, a win here would be a stroll through the history books ' again, he says.
Winning this tournament was a very special feeling because not only was it winning a prestigious event, but I also felt like I became a part of the history of this tournament, with the likes of Ben Hogan and Craig Wood, said Mickelson.
Furyk bogeyed the fourth and fifth holes, but birdied two of the final four to also get to 5-under. Those are two tough holes, he said. Theyre just tough golf holes and I didnt hit the best of shots.
But I hit some good shots and I might have missed some decent putts out there. But I may have gotten away with some, too.
It was putting that placed Mickelson at the top. He rolled in a couple of 35-footers and a 20-footer, mixed in with a couple in the 10-foot range. He didnt miss any from short range, which he has shown a frustrating ability to do the last couple of years.
Im reading the greens well, Mickelson agreed. I made a couple of nice putts out there. I felt confident and I made some long ones to put me in this position.
Mickelson was surprised that the greens staff watered heavily Wednesday night. The course was much faster for the practice rounds.
The scoring was not as low as I thought it would be under these conditions, he said. But it is always difficult to light it up here. This is not a golf course you can go out and overpower.
Brain Gay shot 4-under 66 and said he's playing just like he always has. Only Thursday, the result was much improved.
I havent changed anything, Gay said. Im using the same equipment. But its funny ' last week at the Byron Nelson, I thought I was hitting my irons well and I finished 46th. Im a lot more confident now, and Ive made eight cuts in row.
An interesting sidelight was the play of 51-year-old Tom Kite. Kite rarely plays a regular-tour event nowadays but has always played Colonial. But starting on the front, Kite had it all the way to 4-under, one off the lead, through 11 holes.
Then he, like Furyk and so many others, came to the brutal fourth and fifth holes. And he, like Furyk, bogeyed both. Kite finished at 70.
Full-field scores from the MasterCard Colonial

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: