Stock Watch: Jimenez rising; Tiger's return falling

By Ryan LavnerMay 20, 2014, 2:25 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Slump-busters (+9%): Talk about climbing out of the abyss. Nelson winner Brendon Todd once missed 29 of 34 cuts in 2010-11; runner-up Mike Weir had 18 consecutive MCs from 2011-13. If nothing else, you gotta respect their persistence.

Miguel Angel Jimenez (+7%): His legend continues to grow, for one reason: He is winning. That alone will carry The Spafro to a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Patrick Rodgers (+6%): Who will be Jordan Spieth’s chief rival in the next few years? Here’s guessing it’s this kid. The Stanford junior, Ben Hogan Award winner and soon-to-be pro has gone 1-1-1-2-1-1 in his last six college starts.

Bulldogs (+5%): These days, the University of Georgia churns out Tour types at the same rate Harvard produces lawyers. Sadly, I remain the school’s biggest disappointment in the past decade.

Lucy Li (+3%): At age 11, I was scuffing my wind pants during recess, blending just about any food with spaghetti and developing a bizarre affection for Stone Cold Steve Austin. Li? At 11, she just qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open. Yeah, that’s cool, too.


FALLING

World No. 1 (-1%): Congrats are in order for Adam Scott, the new top dog in the men’s game, but we’re setting the over/under on times it changes hands this year at 4. There’s no dominant player right now.

King Louis (-3%): In position for a drought-busting victory and – incredibly – his first win in a regular PGA Tour event, he instead threw up a back-nine 39 to tumble out of the top 10 at the Nelson.

Julien Brun (-5%): The TCU junior earned an NCAA berth as an individual, but he turned down that invite to play in this week’s Colonial. What, he couldn’t wait, like, another year?

Tiger’s return date (-6%): The update on his back is that there isn’t one. At this point, it appears as though he’ll return later rather than sooner.

Seniors (-7%): Kenny Perry won his third Champions Tour major in a row, which is neat, but we all know he’d trade that haul in for a Masters or PGA. Meanwhile, it was a rough week for the rest of his over-50 brethren: John Cook double-hit a bunker shot, Freddie was DQ’d for missing his tee time and Tom Pernice Jr. took a drop without confirming that one was actually necessary. 

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.