After Further Review: Don't count Phil out

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 9, 2017, 12:58 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Phil Mickelson's future in team matches:

When Phil Mickelson completed his week at the Presidents Cup it was hard not to consider that the 2017 matches may have been Lefty’s last team event as a player.

At 47, Mickelson needed a captain’s pick to play his 12th Presidents Cup and his record last season didn’t exactly suggest he was the same explosive player that he once was. Although he played the role of elder statesman perfectly at Liberty National, a start at next year’s Ryder Cup seemed like a long shot.

A week later, however, and it seems Mickelson isn’t ready for a captain’s cart just yet following his tie for third at the Safeway Open, his best finish on the PGA Tour since July 2016. - Rex Hoggard

On Mickelson's Ryder Cup points shutout:

Phil Mickelson’s T-3 finish at the Safeway Open was his best result in more than a year. It also earned him exactly zero Ryder Cup points because of a rule championed by…Phil Mickelson.

Lefty was the key proponent back in 2015 that the non-WGC events in the fall portion of the wraparound season shouldn’t count for Ryder Cup point purposes during a Ryder Cup year. It was adopted for the 2016 standings, impacting the chances of Kevin Na and Kevin Kisner making the team in hindsight, and it’s again in place for Jim Furyk’s squad next year.

Mickelson’s argument at the time was that offering points for fall events puts top players at an unfair disadvantage should they take a few weeks off and effectively start their season in January. After he needed a captain’s pick to play last week’s Presidents Cup, it’ll be interesting to see if his candidacy for Paris is at all impacted by a rule he fought so hard to create. - Will Gray

On Cristie Kerr's admirable career - on and off the course:

Cristie Kerr’s consistency and longevity are something to marvel over. So is her work in the fight against breast cancer. Kerr added to her reputation as a champion on both fronts with her victory Sunday at the LaCoste Ladies Open in France. That is 20 worldwide titles on major tours now for Kerr. Her Birdies for Breast Cancer foundation has helped fund a women’s health center in Jersey City that is devoted to breast cancer screening and treatment. That made her the perfect player to win in France, where the event was dedicated to fighting cancer, and to the memory of Cassandra Kirkland, an LET player who died of lung cancer this year. Kerr, who turns 40 next week, played for the mother of her friend, Kelli Kuehne, in France. Peggy “Pam” Kuehne died last week from cancer. Kerr knows the scourge of the disease. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.

Kerr has already met qualifications for the World Golf Hall of Fame. She only needs to turn 50 or be inactive for five years to be eligible for induction. She’s proving a Hall of Fame champion in the fight against cancer, too. - Randall Mell

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: