Woods maintains two-shot lead at World Challenge

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 7, 2013, 11:31 pm

There was not a lot of moving on Moving Day, as the wind picked up and kept scores in check during the third round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Here's how things stand heading into the final round at Sherwood Country Club:

Leaderboard: Tiger Woods (-11), Zach Johnson (-9), Bubba Watson (-7), Matt Kuchar (-4), Webb Simpson (-3), Jason Day (-2), Graeme McDowell (-2)

What it means: After tying the course record with a 62 on Friday, Woods looked to extend his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson on Saturday. But thanks to windy conditions and a cold putter, Woods wasn't able to put any distance between himself and Johnson. Both players birdied 18 to set up another final-round duel at the World Challenge.

Round of the day: Rory McIlroy (4-under 68) had the low round of the day, but Bubba Watson was only one shot worse, and unlike McIlroy, Watson now has a shot at the World Challenge title on Sunday. Watson missed several putts inside 5 feet on Saturday, including a short par putt on 18, but his third-round 69 left him only four shots back.

Best of the rest: It wasn't pretty, but Zach Johnson's even-par 72 could have been a lot worse. He grinded out six birdies to stay two shots back of Woods on a day where Johnson could have easily fallen out of the hunt. Johnson doubled the par-3 12th and the par-3 15th, but he rebounded with birdies on 13 and 16, then added a birdie on 18 to keep the pressure on Woods heading into the final round.

Biggest disappointment: After opening with rounds of 68-68, Matt Kuchar started the day only three shots back. He opened with two straight birdies on Saturday, but Kuchar struggled the rest of the day, making six bogeys coming in for a 4-over 76. At 4 under, Kuchar is not out of it, but he'll need a really low round, plus some help from Woods to have any chance on Sunday.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: There have been a lot of memorable finishes at Sherwood, and the stage is set for another thrilling Sunday finish before the World Challenge heads to Isleworth Country Club next year outside of Orlando, Fla.

Woods, Johnson and Watson are all former Masters champions and looking to end their seasons on a good note. But all eyes will be on Woods. His putter was nearly as cold as the temperatures on Saturday, but he was able to keep the lead. Woods won five times this season, and he'll look to add a sixth title before putting the clubs away until January.

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: