Thomas, Brown co-lead CJ Cup after 54 holes

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 21, 2017, 6:54 am

Justin Thomas righted the ship on Moving Day and is tied at the top of the CJ Cup leaderboard with Scott Brown after 54 holes. Here's how things stand heading into Sunday at the first PGA Tour event in South Korea:

Leaderboard: Justin Thomas (-9), Scott Brown (-9), Anirban Lahiri (-7), Marc Leishman (-7), Cameron Smith (-6), Whee Kim (-6), Lucas Glover (-6), Byeong-Hun An (-5), Luke List (-5)

What it means: Thomas, the reigning FedExCup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, is the odds-on favorite going into Sunday, but with 15 players within five shots of the lead, anything is possible. Among those pushing Thomas and Brown for the title in South Korea will be proven winners Marc Leishman, Lucas Glover and Paul Casey.

Round of the day: This honor has to go to Thomas after a second-round 74 left everyone who has watched him over the last year scratching their heads. Instead of letting the bad round get to him, the 24-year-old rebounded with a 2-under 70 that included five birdies - his final one coming on 18 and giving him the co-lead through 54 holes.


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Best of the rest: While JT’s round was the best considering the circumstances, Byeong-Hun An’s card featured the lowest number, a 5-under 67. On a day when much of the field struggled to get under par, An was 1 under on the front before closing with a ridiculous rally - birdieing five of his final seven holes, including three in a row on Nos. 14 through 16. The red-hot round has the 2009 U.S. Am champ sitting four shots of the lead and within striking distance of his first worldwide win since 2015.

Biggest disappointment: In search of his first PGA Tour win and sitting on the solo 36-hole lead, Luke List stumbled on Moving Day with a 4-over 76. The 32-year-old got off to a rough start bogeying three of his first six holes and never recovered. Although he added back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to go out in 37, he faltered coming home with two double bogeys to fall back into a tie for eighth with just 18 holes to play.

Shot of the day: Thomas has been known to hit some monster drives, but he took it to another level on the par-5 12th hole Saturday, cutting the corner and getting a lucky bounce off the cart path with this 461-yard bomb off the tee:

Storyline going into the final round: All eyes are on Thomas. The 24-year-old hasn’t exactly had his best form the last two days after an opening 63, but he’s been good enough to keep his name on top of the leaderboard with three rounds in the books. If Thomas brings his A-game Sunday he’ll be tough to beat, but there’s a host of challengers ready to pounce if he stumbles.

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.’’


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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:

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Steve Stricker:

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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: