Woods' game still 'rusty' prior to start in Turkey

By Randall MellNovember 6, 2013, 9:18 pm

Tiger Woods says he is knocking some rust off his game in his journey across Asia, but he’s still the overwhelming favorite to win the Turkish Airlines Open this week.

Ladbrokes makes Woods a 4-to-1 favorite to win with Justin Rose 10-to-1 and Martin Kaymer 12-to-1.

In his last playing appearance nine days ago, Woods lost to Rory McIlroy in a match-play exhibition at Mission Hills in China.

“I have to say when I played against Rory, I was a little bit on the rusty side, because I hadn’t touched a club in a couple weeks,” Woods said in a news conference Wednesday advancing his play in the Turkish Airlines Open. “After the Presidents Cup, I shut it down. Actually, I started playing better [against McIlroy] as the day went on. I think I shot 5 under par, so I wasn’t too bad. Rory obviously clipped me by a shot. But I have been playing in Singapore, the exhibition, as well as in Macau. So, I’ve been playing a little bit of golf. The rust is starting to come off a little bit.”

Woods had answers to questions on a few topics in his 12-minute news conference:

On Ernie Els’ rant against the European Tour’s requirement that members play two of the first three events of The Final Series to qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai – “You have to understand a lot of those guys also are full-fledged members of our tour as well. They are playing a full schedule, plus what you have to do all the way through our playoffs and International cups. And I think they basically have to go to Asia a couple weeks and also to the Middle East. So, there is a lot of golf to be played in that stretch, and I think some of the players are a little bit worn out . . . Ernie, Charl, they go back home to support their tours, too. So, they are playing year around, non-stop. They are playing a global game. Not everyone plays around the world all the time, but there is a hand full of guys who do. Ernie, of my generation of guys, has probably traveled more than anyone. I certainly understand where he is coming from.”

On why he chose not to play the WGC-HSBC Champions while in Asia: “Independent contractor . . . that’s it.”

On whether he was concerned about reports that Vijay Singh’s attorneys argued in a recent hearing in Singh’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour that the Tour has made multiple exceptions for violators of its drug policy: “It’s all hypothetical, and I don’t have any of the facts. Until I know, I can’t give you a real answer.”

On any further reaction to Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee and Chamblee’s regret over going too far in his analysis of Woods and penalty drops: “I have said everything I want to say, and that’s that.”

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: