You Oughta Know: Honda Classic

By Will GrayMarch 3, 2013, 12:41 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – While the Honda Classic boasts a strong field, the two names sharing the lead after 54 holes have a combined zero PGA Tour wins between them. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at PGA National, as Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson try to hold off some of the game's best along the Bear Trap:

• Sharing the lead after three rounds, both Guthrie and Thompson are looking for their first career PGA Tour wins. Thompson was a runner-up at last year's U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, his best career finish, while Guthrie's best result came when he tied for fifth at last year's John Deere Classic.

• This is the fourth time that Geoff Ogilvy has been inside the top three heading into the final round at the Honda Classic. He was tied for the 54-hole lead in 2005 at the Country Club of Mirasol before finishing tied for sixth, while a year later he was second after both the third and fourth rounds. In 2001 at TPC Heron Bay, the Aussie was tied for third after 54 holes before ultimately finishing runner-up to Jesper Parnevik.

• Now living just down the road from PGA National, Lee Westwood is in position for his third top-10 finish at this event in the last four years. The Englishman finished tied for ninth here in 2010, while a Sunday 63 propelled him to a fourth-place finish last year. He starts his final round tied with Ogilvy in third, two shots off the pace.

• Finishing his round just as windy conditions began to worsen, Y.E. Yang posted the day's only bogey-free round, shooting a 3-under 67 that was also the lowest overall score Saturday. The former PGA champion moved up 36 spots on the leaderboard, and after barely making the cut he will begin the final round tied for seventh, just four shots behind the co-leaders.

• Gusty winds throughout the afternoon Saturday caused scores to soar, as the teeth of the 'Bear Trap' were on full display. Players averaged 72.75 strokes during the third round, more than two shots higher than Friday's second round average of 70.48 and nearly three shots worse than the first round, when the field averaged just 70.15 strokes amid benign conditions. More wind is expected for Sunday's final round at the Champion Course.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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.