Spieth, Walker share 36-hole Pebble lead

By Will GrayFebruary 8, 2014, 1:04 am

Cool breezes and damp conditions again greeted players Friday along the Monterey Peninsula, where the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am got back on schedule. Here's how things look at the halfway point, as a pair of players already with some high finishes this season sit atop the leaderboard:

Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth (-9), Jimmy Walker (-9), Hunter Mahan (-8), Andrew Loupe (-7), Richard H. Lee (-6), Brendon Todd (-6)

What it means: Walker and Spieth are no strangers to recent success, as the former has already won twice in 2013-14 and the latter held 36-hole leads at both Kapalua and Torrey Pines. They'll now look to outduel each other over the weekend, while Mahan remains in the mix as he looks to win for the first time in nearly two years.

Round of the day: Playing Friday at Monterey Peninsula, Ryan Palmer notched six birdies and an eagle en route to a 5-under 66 that served as the day's low score. A runner-up last month at the Humana Challenge, Palmer effectively bounced back from an even-par opener at Spyglass Hill and now is in position for his third top-10 finish of 2014.

Best of the rest: Mahan tackled Spyglass Hill during the second round and fired a 4-under 68 that included six birdies. Well rested following a lengthy offseason, Mahan notched a top-10 finish last week in Phoenix and now appears poised to contend once more, with Monterey Peninsula - the easiest of the three courses in rotation - awaiting him Saturday.

Biggest disappointment: After an opening 68, Jason Day appeared ready to contend this week, but following his stumbles Friday at Pebble Beach, the Aussie is in danger of missing the 54-hole cut. Day made just one birdie during his second round, a 5-over 77 that dropped him outside the top 100. Now 2 over with Spyglass Hill on deck, it appears Day will be unlikely to replicate last year's sixth-place finish.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Players will complete the third and final leg of this week's rotation of courses, after which the field will be trimmed to the top 70 and ties. The leaderboard includes plenty of players in search of a breakthrough victory, but the three names at the top are all proven winners. Spieth will look to make up for disappointing weekends in Maui and San Diego, while a third win for Walker could help secure him a Ryder Cup spot before the calendar flips to March.

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.