Elder Continues Quest in Mississippi

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 1, 2002, 5:00 pm
Brad Elder continued in his quest to win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic with a wild 5-under-par 67 to take a two-shot lead has they head into the weekend in Mississippi.
A large group of golfers, however, are sitting on his heels, just two off Elders 12-under par pace. Brad Faxon, Deane Pappas, Luke Donald, Cameron Beckman and Jonathan Byrd each closed out Friday at 10-under par.
Elders round was filled with ups and downs, much like his short PGA Tour career, as his bid to remain on tour for the 2003 season rests with no less than him posting a victory here at the Annandale Golf Club.
He started in good fashion with birdies on his two first holes as he played the back nine first. He added another at both the 15th and 18th to make the turn at 4-under, and thats where the ride really began.
He bogeyed the second to drop to 10-under but then responded with a fantastic three-hole stretch, going birdie-birdie-eagle to get to 14-under. After a par at the sixth, he stumbled in with a pair of bogeys on two of his last three holes.
'The gap is getting smaller between the best and the players in the top 125,' said the Elder, who is currently ranked 173rd on the money list. 'I think I have enough game to go out and win. It's a matter of staying patient and staying positive. You have 36 holes left, there's a lot that can happen.'
His scorecard showed him having eight pars, six birdies, three bogeys and an eagle, and, most importantly, the lead.
'I love playing here,' said Elder. 'I think it's a great golf course. You have to drive the ball well, you have to hit good iron shots, not to mention putting. It's a combination of everything. I'm hitting it well and swinging better at it.'
Faxon carded his second straight 67, this time going bogey-free, to jump into a tie for second.
Beckman, the defending champion, followed up Thursdays 66 with a 4-under 68. Pappas, Donald and Byrd likewise posted rounds of 66-68.
'I'm trying to be positive, to think about the shots I hit last year,' said Beckman. 'I'm playing a little different this year, but I love this golf course.'
Kirk Triplett and Chad Campbell are together in a tie for seventh, only three back of Elder. Campbell enjoyed one of the days best rounds, carding a 6-under 66 to move up from 25th.
Jeff Maggert is one of five players in a group that are within four shots the lead at 8-under.
Full-field scoring from the Southern Farm Bureau Classic

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: