You Oughta Know: DP World Tour Championship

By Will GrayNovember 16, 2013, 3:39 pm

After a 5-under 67 in the third round, Henrik Stenson remains atop the leaderboard at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round in Dubai, where the Swede clings to a one-shot lead as he closes in on another season-long title:

• Two months after claiming the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour, Stenson is 18 holes away from claiming the season-long Race to Dubai championship. Should he pull off the double, it would be an unprecedented feat, though Luke Donald won the Race to Dubai title in 2011 after topping the money list on the PGA Tour for the 2011 season.

• Remarkably, a win Sunday at Jumeirah Golf Estates would be Stenson's first of the season on the European Tour. His two FedEx Cup Playoff wins were not recognized by the circuit as are majors and WGC events, but the Swede was still able to ascend the standings thanks to a flurry of top-five finishes across the second half of the season.

• One week after claiming his first career European Tour win in Turkey, Victor Dubuisson again finds himself in contention, one shot behind Stenson after a third-round 64 that included 11 birdies. Dubuisson entered the week with slim prospects of winning the season-long title, but he's using the home stretch of the European Tour season to rocket up the world rankings. His victory last week over an elite field that included world No. 1 Tiger Woods moved the Frenchman from No. 108 to 39th in the world, and he can expect another boost this week.

• Beginning the week fourth in the Race to Dubai standings, Ian Poulter is Stenson's closest pursuer in the season-long race and will begin the final round tied for third, four shots off the pace. Poulter briefly caught Stenson during the third round and will look to do so again Sunday to have any chance of ending the year atop the standings. Should Poulter win in Dubai, though, Stenson will still take home the overall title if he finishes second.

• At No. 54 among the 60-man field gathered this week, Alejandro Canizares barely snuck into the field for the season finale but has made the most of the opportunity. The Spaniard's lone European Tour win came in 2006, but Canizares is in contention for a second trophy this week, having led after an opening-round 66. The 30-year-old will begin the final round tied for third alongside Poulter, four shots off the pace set by Stenson.

• A pair of former world No. 1 players have an opportunity to end otherwise disappointing seasons on a high note with a low round Sunday in Dubai. Both Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald have yet to win in 2013, and each will begin the final round tied for eighth, seven shots behind Stenson. It's a tall task for each to try to catch the Swede, but both McIlroy and Donald have positive memories upon which to build, having left Jumeirah Golf Estates with the Race to Dubai trophy in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

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: