Leishman wins BMW Championship by five

By Nick MentaSeptember 17, 2017, 9:56 pm

Thanks to a final-round 67, Marc Leishman rode a five-shot 54-hole lead to a five-shot victory Sunday at the BMW Championship. Here’s how things played out at the second-to-last event of the PGA Tour season.

Leaderboard: Leishman (-23), Justin Rose (-18), Rickie Fowler (-18), Jason Day (-16), Matt Kuchar (-15), Jon Rahm (-15)

What it means: This is Leishman’s third PGA Tour victory and his second this year following his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Up five to start the final round, Leishman ceded ground at different points throughout the day and saw his lead shrink to just two shots on two separate occasions on the back nine, as Rose gave charge. But each time the lead slipped to two, Leishman responded with a birdie, at the 15th and 16th holes, to pad his cushion and pave his walk to the winner’s circle. The victory moves Leishman to fourth in the FedExCup standings, meaning he would be guaranteed to claim the FedExCup and its $10 million prize with a follow-up win next week at the Tour Championship.

Who advanced to East Lake: Four players who started the week outside the top 30 are now heading to season finale. They are Tony Finau (39th to 24th), Sergio Garcia, (34th to 25th), Xander Schauffele (32nd to 26th), and Patrick Cantlay (41st to 29th). Jason Dufner dropped five spots from 25th but held on to the 30th and final position. Players who qualify for the Tour Championship are automatically exempt into the following year’s Masters, U.S. Open, and Open Championship.

Who did not: Four players moving into the top 30 meant that four players had to slide out. They are Louis Oosthuizen (24th to 31st), Henrik Stenson (26th to 32nd), Brendan Steele (27th to 33rd), and Bill Haas (30th to 35th). Other notables who saw their season come to an end on Sunday included Phil Mickelson (34th), Players champion Si Woo Kim (55th), and next week’s defending champion Rory McIlroy (58th). Mickelson missed the top 30 by a single shot. Had this pitch shot on the 72nd hole gone down, he would be on his way to East Lake.

Round of the day: Brooks Koepka and Kevin Na fired the rounds of the week with 8-under 63s. Koepka will move on to the Tour Championship, while Na will call it a season after finishing 45th on the points list.

Best of the rest: Finau, Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson carded 64s. Finau capped his round with a chip-in birdie at 18, guaranteeing him his first Tour Championship and Masters appearances.

Save of the day: Garcia needed upwards of 20 minutes to finish the 18th hole after finding the greenside creek with his second shot. Garcia – after a lengthy discussion with a rules official – was able to move his ball within the hazard without incurring a penalty stroke. He needed yet more relief one shot later from the grandstands. But an up-and-down from the rough resulted in a closing par and a trip to the Tour Championship.

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: