Report cards: European Solheim Cup team

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 21, 2017, 1:10 am

Carlota Ciganda (1-3-0)

Carlota Ciganda
Grade D

Skinny: More was expected. She was benched Saturday morning by Sorenstam, who frankly called her out for not performing. She waxed Lincicome in singles but it was too late.


Georgia Hall (2-3-0)

Georgia Hall
Grade B

Skinny: The only player to play in all five sessions, she made a name for herself with American fans. Not only did Annika Sorenstam rave about her, but Juli Inkster did, too.


Charley Hull (1-1-1)

Charley Hull
Grade B

Skinny: She played 36 holes on Friday, then sat all Saturday because of a nagging wrist injury. She delivered a full point on Sunday to salvage a good showing despite not being healthy.


Karine Icher (2-1-1)

Karine Icher
Grade B+

Skinny: She did her part in teaming with Matthew twice to take down strong American duos both times. She's always quiet and unassuming, and she always does the job that’s asked of her.


Caroline Masson (1-3-0)

Caroline Masson
Grade C

Skinny: She couldn’t overcome the sluggish play of her disappointing partners. She was solid, but she wasn’t able to carry her matches by herself. She smoked Wie in singles to earn her only point.


Catriona Matthew (3-1-0)

Cationa Mathew
Grade A

Skinny: She came to Iowa thinking she would be a vice captain. Then, after replacing Pettersen, she won three of four matches to improve her career Solheim Cup points record to 22. She's likely the next Euro captain.


Anna Nordqvist (3-0-1)

Anna Nordqvist
Grade A+

Skinny: Tough and brilliant. She played consecutive matches Saturday despite mononucleosis, then lead Europe in the first singles match, and claimed a half-point in thrilling match with Thompson. Her dart into the 18th green was tremendous under pressure.


Florentyna Parker (0-2-0)

Florentyna Parker
Grade D

Skinny: Inexperienced and overmatched. She sat all day on Saturday. She was put in a difficult spot, as she likely suffered more than anyone from the LET’s woes, because she had such limited preparation.


Emily Pedersen (0-3-0)

Emily Pedersen
Grade D

Skinny: The rookie captain’s pick told Sorenstam that she wanted to prove she had what it takes to compete after her first loss. But then she was beat handily in her last two matches.


Melissa Reid (0-3-1)

Melissa Reid
Grade C-

Skinny: She was strong helping Hull halve Kerr and Thompson, but was then saddled with struggling partners in her next two matches. No shame in losing to Kerr in singles.


Madelene Sagstrom (1-2-0)

Madelene Sagstrom
Grade C

Skinny: The rookie captain’s pick seemed overmatched in both fourball matches but showed promise and grit in a singles victory against her former LSU teammate Ernst.


Jodi Ewart Shadoff (1-3-0)

Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Grade C+

Skinny: Her record is not necessarily indicative of how she played. She was twice steamrolled by hot American duos and was 5 under in her singles match but still lost.


Annika Sorenstam, Captain

Annika Sorenstam
Grade B-

Skinny: She was dealt a tough hand but did the best she could. Difficult to overcome all obstacles, although it wouldn’t have changed the outcome. Three of four captain’s picks went a combined 2-8.

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: