Horschel tops Day in deflating Nelson playoff

By Nick MentaMay 21, 2017, 11:17 pm

Billy Horschel made par on the first extra hole Sunday to defeat Jason Day in a playoff and win the AT&T Byron Nelson. Here’s what went down in Las Colinas’ sendoff:

Leaderboard: Horschel (-12), Day (-12), James Hahn (-11), Jason Kokrak (-10), Danny Lee (-8), Sean O’Hair (-8), Ben An (-8), Bud Cauley (-8)

What it means: This is Horschel’s fourth PGA Tour win and his first since taking the Tour Championship and the FedExCup at East Lake in 2014. One back to start the day, Horschel carded five birdies against four bogeys for a 1-under 69 and a 72-hole total of 12-under 268, good enough for a playoff after he and Day both missed birdie putts on the final hole of regulation. On the first extra hole, Horschel left his birdie putt inches short and appeared headed for more free golf before Day pulled his 4-footer for par, handing Horschel the trophy. With the win, Horschel improves to 1-1 in PGA Tour playoffs after losing out on a five-way, Monday morning showdown at the RSM Classic earlier this season. Horschel, who did not compete in this year’s Masters, is now qualified for the U.S. Open (OWGR top 60), The Open (OWGR top 50), and the PGA Championship.

Best of the rest: Two back to the start the day, Day made three birdies against a lone bogey for a round of 2-under 68 and a spot in the playoff. After failing to find the fairway with an iron off the tee on the first playoff hole, he played to the safe side of the green with his approach, leaving himself 50 feet for birdie. The 10-time PGA Tour champion ran his first putt by the hole and then missed the comebacker for the halve, going down in defeat. Day now drops to 1-1 in PGA Tour playoffs, having previously won a four-way playoff at Torrey Pines in 2015 for what was at the time only his third Tour win. The former world No. 1’s winless drought, dating back to last year’s Players Championship, continues.

Round of the day: Canada’s Nick Taylor birdied his first two holes and added three more of his back nine for a bogey-free 5-under 65. Taylor played the weekend at Las Colinas 9 under, securing him a tie for ninth and his second consecutive top-10 finish after a T-8 at the Wells Fargo.

Biggest disappointment: The 54-hole leader, Hahn got off to a sluggish start with a bogey at the second hole and eight other pars to go out in 1 over. He appeared to mounting a charge with back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11 but submarined his chances with three consecutive bogeys at 12, 13 and 14. Two back in the final fairway, Hahn lipped out an approach from 122 yards that, had it dropped for eagle, would have gotten him into the playoff.

Shots of the day: Two of them – one for better and one for worse. First, Horschel’s 60-footer for birdie at the 14th:

And, in finale, Day’s missed par putt in the playoff:

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: