Who should Rosie Jones pick for Solheim?

By Randall MellAugust 19, 2011, 3:07 pm

U.S. Solheim Cup captain Rosie Jones may want to see if she can coax Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon out of retirement. With the American team finalized Sunday at the conclusion of the Safeway Classic, Jones is searching for a couple players worthy of her two captain’s picks.

While it says a lot about Juli Inkster that at 51 she has locked up a spot on the American team, it also says something about the lack of depth among U.S. players.

Inkster’s among nine players who’ve clinched roster spots on points. Christina Kim is holding the 10th and final automatic qualifying spot but could be bumped with No. 11 Katie Futcher, No. 12 Kristy McPherson and No. 13 Vicky Hurst having chances to pass her.

Jones is looking at a captain’s pick list littered with players giving her more reasons to pass on them than pick them:

Christina Kim: With a strong 5-2-1 Solheim Cup record, Kim, 27, is a logical choice as a captain’s pick if she fails to make the team on points. Still, Kim’s struggling of late. She hasn’t earned a Solheim Cup point in three months, has missed the cut in three of her last four LPGA starts and missed the cuts in all four majors this year.

Katie Futcher: The only player outside the top 10 in points making any Solheim Cup push, Futcher, 30, closed with an impressive 64 at the Ricoh Women’s British Open to tie for 14th. Futcher tied for third at the Kraft Nabisco, tied for 14th at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, but she’s never won an LPGA event and would be making a daunting Solheim Cup debut on the road.

Kristy McPherson: It’s been almost five months since McPherson, 30, has tallied a Solheim Cup point. She has no top 10s this year and missed the cut in two of July’s three big events. McPherson has Solheim Cup experience, going 1-3 in the American victory at Rich Harvest Farms in ‘09.

Vicky Hurst: Traveling to the Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle in Ireland two weeks ago was commendable, but Hurst, 21, missed the cut playing at the site of next month’s Solheim Cup. Hurst has no top-10 finishes this year and has missed three of her last five cuts.

Wendy Ward: A seventh-place finish at the LPGA State Farm Classic in June is Ward’s only top-10 finish this year. A four-time LPGA winner, Ward, 38, has played in three Solheim Cups, none since ’05, sporting a 2-8-1 record.

Pat Hurst: Tying for eighth at the LPGA Championship made an impression, but Hurst, 42, had four straight missed cuts leading into that event and missed the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open after her strong finish. The six-time LPGA winner is 10-7-3 in five Solheim Cups but didn’t make the ’09 team.

Natalie Gulbis: Battling back injuries, Gulbis, 28, hasn’t recorded a top-10 finish in more than two years, since the Michelob Ultra Open in ’09. Gulbis has a solid 5-4-1 record in three Solheim Cup appearances.

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:

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:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.