McDowell tops Simpson to win Heritage in playoff

By Ryan LavnerApril 21, 2013, 10:38 pm

In a compelling clash between two of the last three U.S. Open champions, Graeme McDowell made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Webb Simpson and win the RBC Heritage on Sunday. Here is the skinny on the final round at Harbour Town:

The leaderboard: McDowell and Simpson at -9; Kevin Streelman and Luke Donald at -7; Jerry Kelly at -6. 

What it means: On the most difficult scoring day of the season, McDowell notched his second career PGA Tour title and first since his U.S. Open triumph in 2010. Fitting, of course, since it was a fairways-and-greens kind of day at Harbour Town, where the wind gusted to 40 mph. The top-ranked player in scrambling this season, McDowell didn’t record a bogey until he took a 5 from just off the back of the 18th green. “I did the hard part and then did that,” he said as he walked toward the scoring tent. No matter. On the first extra hole, he hit a 6-iron from 165 yards to about 20 feet, then two-putted for par to win. With the victory, the Northern Irishman is expected to crack the top 10 in the latest world ranking – his highest position since June 2011.

Round of the day: McDowell, Luke Donald and Russell Henley each shot 69 to post the low rounds of the day. For Donald, it was his fourth T-3 or better in his last five appearances here.

Best of the rest: It was a scrappy effort for Simpson, who played his last eight holes in 1 under to finish at 9-under 275 and force a playoff. But on the first extra hole, he fanned his iron shot to the right of the green, on top of a knoll, and was unable to get up and down after missing a 6-foot par putt. Earlier in the day, he had found himself in sole possession of the lead after birdieing Nos. 2 and 3. Nonetheless, Simpson posted his best finish since his victory last June at Olympic Club.

Biggest disappointment: Staked to a two-shot lead Sunday, Charley Hoffman closed with a back-nine 40 and final-round 77 to finish four shots behind. He was still tied for the lead when he stood on the tee on the par-3 14th, but he blocked his tee shot into the water and never recovered.

Shot of the day: Staring at a bogey on the par-4 13th, McDowell instead buried a clutch 25-foot par putt to stay in a share of the lead. It helped also that he sank a 7-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to move one shot clear, giving him a slight cushion to play the difficult last two holes.

Quote of the day: “It was really tricky and gusty out there. I’m just really happy to get my first official PGA Tour victory across the line.” – McDowell

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

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: