Walrus Gets Emotional Over Baby Walrus

By George WhiteDecember 8, 2003, 5:00 pm
Craig Stadler was being tender, as tender as a Walrus can be. At his side was the Baby Walrus ' 23-year-old Kevin, who is the spitting image of his dad. Both were at the Father/Son tournament in Orlando, and when the conversation turned to the dynamics between the two, Craig got a little ' well, sentimental.
Kevin, too, plays golf. Plays it pretty well, too. He played at the University of Southern California, the same place his dad spent his college days. The Walrus joked a little about junior, but obviously there was a lot of truth in between the punch lines. The question ' how much advice had dad given over the years ' advice about golf and Kevins possible attempt at golf as a career?
Theres been a lot probably given I dont know how much has been heard, said poppa with a belly laugh. Pretty much in one ear and out the other. Then I just kind of bagged it for three years. Everything I said kind of set him off a little bit ' which was fine.
Kevin, you see, was going through the stage that kids the world over go through - that stage where parents ' um, dont seem to know too much. In the Stadler household, this was business as usual, and mom and pop have waited patiently for Kevin to come out of this particular stage of maturation.
The last three years, Walrus said, I havent said a whole lot. If he asks me, then Ill chime in. But hes got his own people he works with. I dont know a damn thing about the golf swing and Ill be the first person to admit it.
Kevin is not an uppity kid, not a mouthy kid, not a cocky kid. Around the older set, he seems quite polite. All the while, as dad was talking, Kevin sat still. But Father Stadler wasnt yet finished.
Ive pretty much left both the kids alone their entire life, said Stadler. They pretty much can do what they want to do, go about their own pace about it - I never pushed them with anything.
I think the younger one, Chris, is still deciding what to do. I think my buddy here next to me is at a time in his life where he needs some pushing. Hes facing decisions on what hes going to do ' whether to improve his golf game and work at it. He plays great at times, and not very good at times.
The Walrus was sincere now. Gone was the joking demeanor. He addressed the questioner ' but the answer was directed at Kevin.
Ive told him over the years, I think its one of the toughest things to learn ' to convince yourself that you have the ability, you have the talent, and subconsciously, you know, you think about it
Stadler mixed his thoughts somewhat. He was talking now about what a good player does . When you go out and play good, you shoot 65, 66, 67. When you play poorly, you shoot 71 or 72. Thats the only way in pro golf youre going to make it. Theres a lot of guys who dont hit the ball very good, but they always score well.
Has Kevin learned that ' that some days you hit it well, some days you hit it lousy ' but you always find a way to score?
Kevin was a bit somber now. I thought Id done a pretty good job of it. but theres not as many low scores as there should be on days when I hit it well enough for it to be there. I dont know exactly where it is that that comes from, but Ive got to figure that out, he said.
The Old Man quickly realized he had been a bit tough. Kevin had been a good kid, Craig remembered. Even now, he is a good kid. Poppa quickly cut junior some slack.
I didnt mean you hadnt learned that ' youve gotten a lot better at it than five years ago, dad said hastily. Youve done a creditable job at it, but theres still berries there to fix. Theres a lot of areas in my golf game to fix, and there always will be. If you ever get perfect at it ' keep working!
Across the way, Bernhard Langer was talking about his son, 13-year-old Stefan, who was playing the 18th hole with his pro-am partners. Langer hasnt yet had to deal with the phenomena, of kids who know more than their parents. Stefan will eventually grow up and begin to question everything thats told him, as kids have done throughout history. For now, hes just a youngster who does as hes told and has a great father to teach him.
I would tell him that it is going to be very tough out here. You want to be really good. Its not a great job if youre just average or below-average - its a grind, said Langer.
So I want him to be aware of that. Hell see that as he matures ' hell see that in me, too.
Two different fathers, two different sons ' and the fathers love each with all the emotion that is within them. Its the intense struggle to get their offspring over that great hump that concerns both of them.
The Father/Son, you see, is so much more than just a golf game. Sometimes, its the game of life.
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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: