Australian Open tee times

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 8, 2011, 4:24 pm

First-round tee times from the Australian Open, which can be seen live on Golf Channel Wednesday-Saturday from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. ET.

(Note: All times are Australian)

First tee

7:00 a.m. – James Norris, Woo Joon Lee, Steve Collins

7:10 – Leigh McKechnie, Ashley Hall, Jarrod Lyle

7:20 – Damon Welsford, Andrew Tschudin, Brendan Smith

7:30 – Wisut Artanawat, David McKendrick, Brent McCullough

7:40 – Shih-chang Chan, Qisheng Liu, Geoff Drakeford (am)

7:50 – Ronald Harvey, Wittawat Sae-Ung, David Brandson

8:00 – Brad McIntosh, Josh Carmichael, Aaron Cox

8:10 – Daniel Fox, David Klein, Byron Meth (am)

8:20 – Chris Gaunt, Brad Shilton, Craig Hasthrope

8:30 – Andrew Martin, Quan Yang, Peter Nolan

8:40 – Peter Cooke, Bronson La’Cassie, Steve Jones

8:50 – Steven Jeffress, Phil Tataurangi, Mahal Pearce

9:00 – Nicholas Piani, Gareth Paddison, Terry Price


10th tee

7:05 a.m. – Stephen Leaney, Rod Pampling, Bryden MacPherson (am)

7:15 – Geoff Ogilvy, Bill Haas, Bubba Watson

7:25 – Dustin Johnson, Greg Norman, Aaron Baddeley

7:35 – Fred Couples, John Cook, Peter Senior

7:45 – David Toms, Michael Campbell, Matt Stieger (am)

7:55 – Michael Hendry, Greg Chalmers, Matthew Millar

8:05 – James Nitties, Paul Sheehan, Jake Higginbotham (am)

8:15 – Ren Han, Alistair Presnell, Rodger Davis

8:25 – Michael Wright, Rohan Blizard, Daniel Nisbet (am)

8:35 – Jamie Arnold, Brad Kennedy, Tai Fu

8:45 – Tim Wood, Woo-Hyun Kim, Zhi Xie

8:55 – Craig Scott, Anthony Brown, Andrew McKenzie

9:05 – Ben Wharton, Tony McNaughton, Luke Hickmott


First tee

11:50 a.m. – Peter O’Malley, Nick O’Hern, Kelly Kraft (am)

Noon – Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott, John Senden

12:10 p.m. – Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Robert Allenby

12:20 – Stuart Appleby, Nick Watney, Kyle Stanley

12:30 – Hunter Mahan, Craig Parry, John Daly

12:40 – Richard Green, Andre Stolz, Cameron Smith (am)

12:50 – Marc Leishman, Kurt Barnes, Mathew Goggin

1:00 – Steve Bowditch, Matthew Jones, Ryan McCarthy (am)

1:10 – Steve Alker, Terry Pikadaris, Stephen Allan

1:20 – Kim Felton, Matthew Griffin, Peter Shaw

1:30 – Paul Spargo, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Doug Holloway

1:40 – Ryan Haller, Nevin Basic, Craig Hancock

1:50 – Joon-woo Choi, Anthony Summers, Adam Stephens


10th tee

11:55 a.m. – James McLean, Michael Long, Gary Simpson

12:05 p.m. – Peter Wilson, Heath Reed, LeJun Deng

12:15 – Adam Crawford, Michael Curtain, Adam Bland

12:25 – Dean Meagher, Kurt Carlson, Marcus Cain

12:35 – Matt Jager, Henry Epstein, Steven Conran

12:45 – Scott Laycock, Brad Smith, Ning Bo

12:55 – Troy Cox, Aaron Townsend, Scott Arnold

1:05 – Tristan Lambert, Leigh Deagan, Sam Brazel

1:15 – Josh Younger, Nick Cullen, Ewan Porter

1:25 – David McKenzie, Andrew Evans, Rory Bourke (am)

1:35 – Daniel Beckmann, Mitchell Brown, Andrew Kelly

1:45 – Darren Tan, Luke Bleumink, Tung-shu Hsieh

1:55 – Jordan Sherratt, Alex Katholos, Chang-Won Han

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: