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By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: In Backspin, the GOLFCHANNEL.com editorial staff takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf -- with a spin.
 
OH, MY GOD, MOMENT NO. 317: Tiger Woods drained a long birdie putt on the 72nd hole to edge Bart Bryant by a stroke and win his fifth Arnold Palmer Invitational. The win kept Tiger's PGA TOUR win streak intact - five-in-a-row and counting.
 
Backspin Tennis great John McEnroe couldn't have said it better - 'You cannot be serious!' With all the drama playing out from other areas of sport on Sunday - Kobe vs. the now seemingly unbeatable Houston Rockets; March Madness getting set in motion; NASCAR, et al. - Tiger trumped them all with another jaw-dropping moment. Keeping his streak going was nice, as was the fact that he tied Ben Hogan for career TOUR wins at 64. But the icing on the cake was his unbridled show of emotion as he watched that final putt drop. His good buddies MJ and Sir Charles most certainly would have approved of that slam dunk with his hat.
 

TRAINING WHEELS?: Popular golf television personality David Feherty broke three ribs when he was hit by a truck while riding his bicycle near his home in Dallas. He was released from the hospital on Sunday and expects to be fully recovered in time to walk the fairways at Augusta National in a couple of weeks.
 
Backspin Feherty, of course, took the whole accident in stride saying, I dont remember a whole lot about it. There was a lady on the scene quickly, keeping me conscious. The next thing I know, Im at Baylor Medical Center, the only hospital in the United States that doesnt have the GOLF CHANNEL. Thanks for the free plug, David. And NBC's Roger 'Chocolate' Maltbie chimed in on Sunday's telecast saying that he and his collegues were raising money for Feherty to buy some training wheels for his bike. A good-natured jab that Feherty certainly could appreciate.
 

THE DALY (NO) SHOW: To start the week, John Daly was informed via news reports that his new coach Butch Harmon was cutting ties with his new pupil, and then on Wednesday, Daly missed his pro-am tee time at Arnie's Invite and thus was DQ'd from playing in the actual event - in which he had an actual invite from Arnie himself.
 
Backspin When it rains, it pours for Daly. J.D. contends that it was a simple mix up, and that he would never miss Arnie's event. Some people - mostly sportswriters - get the feeling that Daly is reaching the end of his rope - both personally, and with the sponsors who continue to dole out special exemptions. Daly does have his strong points, and his strong supporters, but that support may be wearing thin.
 

HOME NOT SO SWEET FOR LORENA: Lorena Ochoa shot an opening-round 76 in her return to her native Mexico and could never quite recover, finishing at 2 under for the week at the MasterCard Classic, four back of eventual winner Louise Friberg.
 
BackspinOchoa did not have a good time in her return to her home country of Mexico. The LPGAs No. 1 player will hope what happened in Mexico, stays in Mexico. Naturally, Ochoa had the biggest galleries all week, but the pressure of playing with an entire country watching was clearly too much. Either that or maybe she drank the water.
 
CUE THE DRAMA - AGAIN: Denis Watson birdied the third playoff hole to win the AT&T Champions Classic on Sunday at Valencia Country Club. He beat Loren Roberts and Brad Bryant for the title.
 
BackspinTiger's streak is now at five, but the Champions Tour's streak now stands at three - as in three straight events that it has needed a playoff to determine a champion. We here at Backspin will at this point just cut and paste from last week until something changes - 'Do yourself a favor and make the Champions Tour a part of your 'Must See TV.' You will not be disappointed. Just check out the previous 2008 events if you doubt it.
 

SMORES ANYONE?: Graeme 'Cracker' McDowell of Northern Ireland birdied the third hole in a sudden-death playoff against Indias Jeev Milkha Singh to collect the Ballantines Championship on Sunday. The victory was McDowells third on the European circuit, his first since 2004.
 
Backspin McDowell didnt hold sole possession of the lead in the final round of the tournament until the third playoff hole after Singh missed his 5-footer for birdie. The 28-year-old is hoping to make a strong run at getting on the European Ryder Cup team for Septembers matches.
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tiger Woods was able to mix in a little fun during Bay Hill week, attending the Roger Federer vs. Pete Smapas exhibition tennis match at Madison Square Garden on Monday and then took a little batting practice against good friend John Smoltz at Disney; Chris DiMarco's wife was again on the bag for him in South Korea; Cliff Kresge tied for third at Bay Hill after narrowly making the field.
 
BackspinWho says Tiger's all work and no play? We guess it is easier to do things like that when you have your own personal private jet to whisk you around the world for social engagements; DiMarco had a couple of top-3 finishes with his wife previously on the bag. He tied for 18th this time around. Kresge was the benefactor of Els' departure - and he made the most of his opportunity.
 
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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:

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis – “A really tough loss to the @LPGA family. God just added a fantastic teammate in heaven. Thinking about you, Nat!”

    Christina Kim – “Rest with the Angels now, Greg Sheridan.”

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews – “RIP Greg Sheridan. One of the most successful and great caddies of World Golf, period.”

    LPGA caddie Jonny Scott – “Sad to hear that long-time tour caddie Greg Sheridan has passed away. Greg, you will be missed.”

    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas – “The world is a sadder place today without our buddy Greg Sheridan, a caddy and a friend for lifetimes…Godspeed buddy.”

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee – “So sad to hear the news of long time LPGA caddie Greg Sheridan. I remember sitting next to him on the plane from Walmart to the U.S. Open one year and he gave me the best words of wisdom on player/caddie chemistry. He will be missed greatly. Thinking of you.”

    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. 

    Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

    Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.