Getting to know: Paul McGinley

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2013, 6:48 pm

Paul McGinley was chosen as the European captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup, it was announced Tuesday.

Although some had suggested that Europe needed a stronger presence in the captain's role than McGinley, in order to counteract the United States' appointment of Tom Watson, a check of the numbers shows McGinley appears to have plenty to offer.

Images: Paul McGinley through the years

As a three-time Ryder Cup competitor, he owned a strangely level 2-2-5 record, but played for the winning side each time.

McGinley also competed in the Royal Trophy and Seve Trophy twice each as a player, winning every time.

He also served in the role of Seve Trophy captain twice, leading his team to victory both times.

And he was a Ryder Cup assistant in each of the last two editions of the event, part of two victorious squads.

Add 'em all up and that's an 11-0 record for McGinley in team competitions.

Here are some facts and figures to get better acquainted with the soft-spoken Irishman:

Age: 46 (will be 47 when 2014 Ryder Cup begins)

Born: Dublin, Ireland

Residence: Sunningdale, England

Ryder Cup participation: 2002 (won), 2004 (won) and 2006 (won) as a player; 2010 (won) and 2012 (won) as a vice-captain

Individual Ryder Cup playing record: 2-2-5 (0-1-2 in 2002, 2-0-1 in 2004, 0-1-2 in 2006)

Best finish in a major: T-6, 2004 PGA Championship

• McGinley becomes the first Irish-born captain for the European squad, and only the fourth captain from outside the United Kingdom (Olazabal 2012, Bernhard Langer 2004, Seve Ballesteros 1997).

• Having played in only nine career Ryder Cup matches, he has the least amount of experience of any European captain since John Jacobs led the squad in 1979 and 1981, having played in only two career matches.

• McGinley is now the fifth player to be named European captain despite never having won a major, joining Bernard Gallacher (1991-1995), Mark James (1999), Sam Torrance (2002) and Colin Montgomerie (2010).

• McGinley's top individual Ryder Cup moment came in his first appearance in 2002, when his putt to halve his singles match with Jim Furyk on Sunday clinched the Cup for the Team Europe.

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.