Match by Match: Round 4 WGC-Accenture results

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2014, 11:20 pm

While 64 players teed it up to begin the week in the Arizona desert, we're now down to just four participants at the WGC-Accenture Accenture Match Play Championship. Here's how things played out Saturday among the quarterfinalists at Dove Mountain:

JONES BRACKET

Jason Day (2) def. Louis Oosthuizen (8), 2 and 1: This was a back-and-forth match from the start, as the pair didn't halve a hole until the sixth. Oosthuizen appeared out of sorts early on, putting each of his first two tee shots into the desert and conceding the first hole to Day before Aussie hit his second shot. He made an improbable up-and-down from 270 yards to square the match on No. 2, though, and briefly took a lead with another birdie on the following hole. Eventually Day got the upper hand, making the turn with a 2-up lead and and padding his advantage to 3-up through 11 holes. Oosthuizen was battling back pain throughout the match and required treatment down the back nine, as the pain clearly hampered the South African after three days of stellar play. Ultimately Day was able to close out the match with an up-and-down on No. 17, sending the Australian to the semifinals at Dove Mountain for the second consecutive year.


HOGAN BRACKET

Rickie Fowler (14) def. Jim Furyk (5), 1 up: Fowler appeared in control early on, winning three of the first four holes Saturday after completing his much-publicized comeback against Sergio Garcia the day prior. Furyk trimmed the deficit to 1-down through eight holes, but Fowler regained his earlier advantage with wins on Nos. 9 and 11. The match appeared to be essentially on ice before Furyk staged an impressive comeback, winning four straight holes from Nos. 13-16 to take his first lead of the day. Fowler squared the match on 17, though, and Furyk faced an up-and-down from in front of the 18th green to extend the match. His chip landed short and rolled all the way back down the slope, settling in nearly the same spot as his previous shot. When his second chip failed to drop, Fowler won the match with an easy two-putt. He'll now move on to face Day in one of the two semifinal matches Sunday morning.


PLAYER BRACKET

Ernie Els (8) def. Jordan Spieth (3), 4 and 2: Spieth was perceived as one of the favorites among the eight players remaining at Dove Mountain, but the upstart Texan failed to lead at any point during his match Saturday with Els. The 44-year-old showed that experience can sometimes pay off, as Els held a slim lead for much of the front nine but increased it to 2 up with a par on No. 12. Spieth, who made nine birdies in defeating Matt Kuchar Friday, never found his stride and only won two holes the entire match. When his par putt on No. 16 lipped out, Spieth was eliminated and Els - who won the 1994 U.S. Open when Spieth was just 10 months old - moved on to Sunday. It's the first time that Els has made the semis at this event since it was played in Australia in 2001.


SNEAD BRACKET

Victor Dubuisson (7) def. Graeme McDowell (5), 1 up: McDowell made headlines by winning his first three matches despite never teeing off with a lead, though he finally took his first advantage when he won the second hole against Dubuisson. He added another win at No. 3, though the Frenchman won the next hole and neither player held larger than a 1-up lead the rest of the way. The match was level for much of the back nine, though Dubuisson finally regained an advantage when McDowell bogeyed the par-3 16th. Both players made par on No. 17, and when Dubuisson got up-and-down from in front of the 18th green, McDowell faced a must-make from 25 feet. The birdie try drifted left, and the young Frenchman moves on to face Els on Sunday.

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: