Medinah hero Kaymer back on Ryder Cup radar

By Ryan LavnerMay 12, 2014, 12:50 pm

This could be the most hotly contested Ryder Cup ever – and we’re talking about just making the team.

So, each Monday, GolfChannel.com will take a way-too-early look at the players who are vying for one of the 12 spots on the team. Nine players make their squad via their respective points list, and both captain Tom Watson and Paul McGinley will have three wild-card picks apiece. 

AMERICANS

The current top 12: 

1. Bubba Watson, 6,283

2. Jimmy Walker, 4,772

3. Matt Kuchar, 4,060

4. Jordan Spieth, 3,988

5. Jim Furyk, 3,909

6. Dustin Johnson, 3,781

7. Patrick Reed, 3,038

8. Phil Mickelson, 2,821

9. Zach Johnson, 2,787

10. Jason Dufner, 2,692

11. Harris English, 2,680

12. Chris Kirk, 2,526 

Notes:

• Players 54-hole co-leader Jordan Spieth moved up a spot, from No. 5 to No. 4, but he seems a lock after his big-time performances this spring.

• A runner-up for the second week in a row, Jim Furyk at least climbed a few more spots on the points list, moving from seventh to fifth.

• Patrick Reed, who has three wins since last August, continues to slide down the rankings. He is now seventh.

• This week's Where-is-Tiger? update: Down from 55th to 57th


EUROPEANS

European Points List (top 4 qualify) 

1. Victor Dubuisson, 2,297,434

2. Jamie Donaldson, 2,165,473

3. Thomas Bjorn, 1,932,606

4. Henrik Stenson, 1,802,457

5. Ian Poulter, 1,771,978

6. Joost Luiten, 1,300,177

7. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 1,254,874

8. Sergio Garcia, 1,186,966

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez, 1,164,953

10. Francesco Molinari, 1,050,800

World Points List (top 5)

1. Henrik Stenson, 285

2. Sergio Garcia, 235

3. Rory McIlroy, 178

4. Thomas Bjorn, 154

5. Victor Dubuisson, 150

6. Jamie Donaldson, 142

7. Justin Rose, 141

8. Luke Donald, 132

9. Martin Kaymer, 132

10. Ian Poulter, 129

Notes:

• Paul McGinley was probably the happiest man watching The Players, as six prospective Ryder Cuppers finished inside the top 10 in one of the best fields of the year.

• Players champion Martin Kaymer, who holed the clinching putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup, cracked the top 10 in the World Points List.

• Lee Westwood, who tied for sixth at The Players, is No. 12 and No. 11, respectively, on the European and World Points Lists. 

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: