Tour Notes Love on cusp of retaining card

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 21, 2008, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
 
PGA Tour (75x100)PGA TOUR:
  • It isnt a record since it occurred over two tournaments rather than one, but if you took Zach Johnsons final two rounds at the Valero Texas Open and his opening two rounds the following week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he shot 253, which would break Tommy Armour IIIs 72-hole PGA TOUR record of 254 shot at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. Johnson finished in Texas with scores of 62-64 and opened at Las Vegas with 62-65.
     
  • After finishing T6 last week in Las Vegas, Davis Love III is now 125th on the money list with $764,737 in earnings.
     
  • Marc Turnesas victory last week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open made him the fourth different rookie to win this year, joining Andres Romero, Chez Reavie and Dustin Johnson. Since the TOUR started keeping records of such things in 1970, only once (5 in 2004) have more rookies won in a season.
     
  • The last five winners in Las Vegas each earned their initial PGA TOUR titles'Andre Stolz, Wes Short Jr., Troy Matteson, George McNeill and now, Marc Turnesa.
    Chris DiMarco is making a climb up the money list after finishing T19 and T10 in his last two outings. Hes now 141st on the list with $568,614 in earnings. There are three events left in the season.
     
  • There were 95 eagles made last week at the TPC Summerlin, but heres the interesting part'14 of them were made on Par-4s. There were nine made at the 341-yard 15th hole.
     

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • With his victory last week, Bernhard Langer moved into second place in the year-long Charles Schwab Cup competition, just 84 points behind leader Fred Funk. Jay Haas is now third, but hes only 97 points behind Funk.
     
  • More on Langer: Hes the fourth Champions Tour player to successfully defend a title this year joining Tom Watson, Jay Haas and R.W. Eaks.
     
  • Hal Sutton made his Champions Tour debut last week and finished in a T23 after rounds of 71-70-72. Hell be teeing it up again this week when the Tour moves to San Antonio for the AT&T Championship.
     
  • Dave Stockton finished in a T4 last week at the Administaff Small Business Classic for his best showing since a T4 at the 2004 AT&T Championship. Stockton is 66 years old and shot scores of 69-69-70 last week.
     

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
    Brendon de Jonges T5 finish last week at the Chattanooga Classic boosted him over the $400,000 mark in earnings this year. Hes the fifth player in Tour history to reach that level. Troy Matteson holds the single season record collecting $495,009 in 2005.
     
  • Nationwide Tour tournament winners have come from 20 countries outside the U.S. since the Tour began in 1990 following the addition of India with Arjun Atwals victory last week in Chattanooga.
     
  • With just two events remaining on the schedule, David Branshaw is the man on the bubble in 25th place on the money list. Branshaw has $194,120 to date, just $644 ahead of Ryan Hietala.
     
  • The victory last week on the PGA TOUR by Marc Turnesa was the 235th win by a former Nationwide Tour player on the TOUR. Hes the 17th player to graduate one year from the Nationwide Tour and win on the PGA TOUR the following season.
     
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    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.

    Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.