Rose, Haas share Bay Hill lead after 36 holes

By Will GrayMarch 22, 2013, 10:40 pm

Low scores remained available Friday at Bay Hill, where Justin Rose and Bill Haas have set themselves apart from the field after 36 holes. Here's a recap of where things stand heading into the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational:

The leaderboard: Justin Rose (-9), Bill Haas (-9), John Huh (-8), Ken Duke (-6), Jimmy Walker (-6), J.J. Henry (-6), Tiger Woods (-5)

What it means: After Haas set the pace in the morning, Rose was able to match him in the afternoon wave and the pair will begin the weekend tied at 9 under. Woods appeared in position to challenge the co-leaders, but three closing bogeys ultimately dropped him four shots off the pace.

Round of the day: Beginning his round on the 10th hole, Haas got a pair of quick birdies at holes 12 and 13 before an eagle at the par-5 16th. He added two more birdies on his second nine, hitting 15 of 18 greens in regulation en route to a bogey-free 66 Friday.

Best of the rest: Of the four players to shoot 5-under 67 in the second round, Chad Campbell’s round was the most adventurous. The Texan birdied three of his first four holes Friday, ultimately making six birdies and an eagle to more than balance out three bogeys. After opening with a 5-over 77 Thursday, Campbell was 10 shots better Friday to bring him back to even par overall, improbably making the cut with room to spare.

Biggest disappointment: After a four-putt from inside five feet, Phil Mickelson left the 13th green with a triple bogey, one of three 7s he made during his second-round 79. Despite seven birdies and an eagle across his first two rounds, at 8-over 152 Mickelson missed the cut by a wide margin and will sit out the weekend at Bay Hill for the first time since 1996.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With the defending champ just four shots back, can the leaders maintain their advantage? After playing the first two rounds alongside Woods, Rose appears poised to keep his foot planted firmly on the gas this weekend as advantageous scoring conditions are expected to remain in place.

Shot of the day: Heading to the 14th hole at 6 over, Kevin Chappell was in need of a spark. That's just what he found when his tee shot at the 217-yard par-3 landed in the middle of the green and rolled straight into the hole. The ace gave Chappell hope of making the cut, but he gave those shots back with a double bogey on the home hole, ultimately shooting an even-par 72 to finish at 7 over, four shots off the cut line.

Quote of the day: 'The good news is we've got 36 holes to go. We've got a long way to go, and certainly four shots can be made up.' – Tiger Woods 

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: