No Tiger No Phil - No Electricity

By George WhiteJanuary 6, 2003, 5:00 pm
The 2003 golf season is here, but Tiger isnt. He wont be around for another month. Phil Mickelson wont be around for the first couple of tournaments, but is he ever? Anyway, the Mercedes Championships all of a sudden doesnt seem so special.
Its the tournament, youll remember, that matches all the winners of the 2002 events - except Woods, who won five, and Mickelson, who won twice. There are some guys who should be here who failed to get a victory in 2002, and others who got in on the basis of one hot week and a bunch of mediocre ones. Craig Perks? Spike McRoy? Kevin Sutherland? Phil Tataurangi? They all won last year, so you shouldnt snicker. Hey, Davis Love didnt make it, David Duval didnt make it, and Ill bet both could find some use for the $45,000 guaranteed last-place money.
The Mercedes, though, does carry a certain amount of worldwide prestige. A couple of South Africans are playing ' Ernie Els and Retief Goosen ' at the same time as their national Open is being held. The South African Airways Open is being contested this weekend, a regular stop on the European Tour, while Els and Goosen are in Hawaii. Retief won the BellSouth Open in Atlanta last year after being the U.S. Open champ the year before. Els took home the British Open, which, in case youve been away the last few years, is now a stop on the U.S. tour.
But no Woods, and no Mickelson. Woods chose this time to have knee surgery, and it is expected to keep him out another month. He could have had it anytime in the offseason, but his own tournament prevented him from doing it before.
And Mickelson? Well, he didnt play here last year, remember. The prevailing winds are tough on a left-hander. Wife Amy will soon be delivering a third child. In reality, well, he just isnt doesn't seem interested.
Am I? Well, yes, but without those two, this jusrt doesn't seem like the Mercedes. Maybe Perks will step up and deliver an uppercut to the field like he did at the Players Championship. Maybe Sutherland will beat the best in the world like he did during the Accenture World Match Play. Maybe Rich Beem ... well, you get the picture.
But no Woods, no Mickelson, no Love or Duval - no drama? That's still better than the LPGA - there it's no tournaments, not until March. We've got the Mercedes, but it would sure have been more fun with Woods and Mickelson.

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

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: