Thursday and Friday groupings at the Masters

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 3, 2012, 6:30 pm

Groupings for the first two rounds of the Masters, which begins on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club (first time listed is first round, second time is second round; all times ET; a-amateur):

7:40 a.m.: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player (honorary starters)

7:50 a.m./10:57 a.m.: Craig Stadler, Brendan Steele, Tim Clark

8:01 a.m./11:08 a.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Robert Garrigus, a-Randal Lewis

8:12 a.m./11:19 a.m.: Larry Mize, Paul Lawrie, Anders Hansen

8:23 a.m./11:30 a.m.: Ross Fisher, Ryan Palmer, Harrison Frazar

8:34 a.m./11:41 a.m.: Ben Crenshaw, Robert Karlsson, a-Bryden Macpherson

8:45 a.m./11:52 a.m.: Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Kaymer

8:56 a.m./12:14 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington, Stewart Cink

9:07 a.m./12:25 p.m.: Aaron Baddeley, Kim Kyung-tae, Lucas Glover

9:18 a.m./12:36 p.m.: Kyle Stanley, Jason Day, Bill Haas

9:29 a.m./12:47 p.m.: Trevor Immelman, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

9:40 a.m./12:58 p.m.: Tom Watson, Johnson Wagner, a-Hideki Matsuyama

10:02 a.m./1:09 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Geoff Ogilvy, Yang Yong-eun

10:13 a.m./1:20 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Henrik Stenson, Alvaro Quiros

10:24 a.m./1:31 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley, a-Kelly Kraft

10:35 a.m./1:42 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sang-moon Bae

10:46 a.m./1:53 p.m.: Luke Donald, Francesco Molinari, Nick Watney

10:57 a.m./7:50 a.m.: Scott Verplank, Sean O'Hair, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

11:08 a.m./8:01 a.m.: Mark O'Meara, Chez Reavie, Martin Laird

11:19 a.m./8:12 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Simon Dyson, a-Corbin Mills

11:30 a.m./8:23 a.m.: Ian Woosnam, Edoardo Molinari, Kevin Chappell

11:41 a.m./8:34 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Mark Wilson, Graeme McDowell

11:52 a.m./8:45 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, a-Patrick Cantlay

12:14 p.m./8:56 a.m.: Kevin Na, Fredrik Jacobson, Ben Crane

12:25 p.m./9:07 a.m.: John Senden, Jonathan Byrd, Paul Casey

12:36 p.m./9:18 a.m.: Bernhard Langer, Jason Dufner, Charles Howell III

12:47 p.m./9:29 a.m.: Mike Weir, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson

12:58 p.m./9:40 a.m.: Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk

1:09 p.m./10:02 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Scott Stallings, Rory Sabbatini

1:20 p.m./10:13 a.m.: Fred Couples, Darren Clarke, Ryo Ishikawa

1:31 p.m./10:24 a.m.: David Toms, KJ Choi, Sergio Garcia

1:42 p.m./10:35 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson

1:53 p.m./10:46 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Peter Hanson

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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.