Kings of Distance: Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 10, 2014, 2:20 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest drives on the PGA Tour. Here are the five most important distance-related statistics from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, won by Jimmy Walker: 

Longest drive: Robert Garrigus, 358 yards 

The big bopper makes his first appearance in this category this season, although he finished in a tie for 27th at Pebble Beach. In the cold, wet air, Garrigus’ long drive was one of the shortest this season. This longest this year was Webb Simpson’s 397-yarder at Kapalua, which was undoubtedly helped by the hilly terrain on the island. 

Recent leaders: Pat Perez, 382 yards (Phoenix); David Lingmerth, 368 yards (Torrey Pines); Scott Piercy and Jhonattan Vegas, 352 yards (Humana); Charlie Beljan, 368 yards (Sony); Webb Simpson, 397 yards (Kapalua)


Driving distance: Dustin Johnson, 310.9 yards

DJ exudes confidence when he steps on to the property, and he bashed away again last week at Pebble Beach, where he tied for second. In six career starts in this event, Johnson has two wins and two other top-10s. (He also held the 54-hole lead at the 2010 U.S. Open there.) DJ led this category at Kapalua, where he paced the field with a 297-yard average.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 334.1 yards (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 309.9 yards (Torrey); Harris English, 309.6 yards (Humana); Jimmy Walker, 319.5 yards (Sony); Dustin Johnson, 297 yards (Kapalua)



Carry distance: Dustin Johnson, 319.5 yards

Johnson’s big blast was even more impressive when considering the cool, damp conditions in which he was playing. That carry distance was the longest of the season, even longer than Bubba Watson’s total a week ago.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 317.4 yards (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 308.3 yards (Torrey); Gary Woodland, 297.5 yards (Humana); Charlie Beljan, 286.4 yards (Sony)


Clubhead speed: Dustin Johnson, 123.51 mph

Johnson also topped this category for the first time. His clubhead speed compared well with many of the other previous leaders this season – each of the previous four chart-toppers were above 123 mph. 

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 123.86 mph (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 123.41 mph (Torrey); Charlie Beljan, 123.87 mph (Humana); Charlie Beljan, 123.23 mph (Sony)


Ball speed: Dustin Johnson, 179.78 mph 

No surprise, Johnson also topped this category as he nearly completed the clean sweep. He was markedly slower than Bubba Watson, the leader the last two events, who topped 183 mph in ball speed.

Recent leaders: Bubba Watson, 183.90 mph (Phoenix); Bubba Watson, 183.26 mph (Torrey); Seung-Yul Noh, 177.87 mph (Humana); Charlie Beljan, 178.62 mph (Sony)

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:

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:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.