19th Hole Blog - September 14

By 19th Hole TeamSeptember 15, 2011, 12:00 am

Wednesday – September 14, 2011

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Follow Brandel Chamblee on Twitter: @chambleebrandel

Show Highlights:
-Rich Lerner and John Hawkins agree it's troubling that Matt Kuchar and other players could win the FedExCup without winning a tournament all season.
-Brandel Chamblee says it's insane that Keegan Bradley could win PGA TOUR Player of the Year and not be on the Presidents Cup team.
-Jay Coffin says that if Jim Furyk falls outside the top 10 in the Presidents Cup standings, Fred Couples can't pick him because he already used his lifetime achievement pick on Tiger Woods.
-John Hawkins thinks Fred Couples is a no-brainer for the 2012 World Golf Hall of Fame, Brandel Chamblee agrees.
-John Hawkins says the Tiger Era has been over for awhile, and while we may still see flashes of brilliance, he'll never be a dominant golfer again.
-Brandel Chamblee thinks Tiger at his peak was twice as good as any player in the game today.

Viewer Comments:
Tim Clancy (Shoreham, NY):
'Love the show. Would have to say Wayne Gretzky was on the same level for the same amount of time in hockey as Tiger Woods was in golf.'

'The Woods Era is over, and the Wie Era never came to fruition.'

Garrett Harding:
'I am a junior golfer in Maryland and have always looked up to Tiger for the way he would handle the pressure when it mattered the most.  As I'm watching the 19th Hole, you guys just said that Tiger will never be back and ever be the same.  Tiger is one of the greatest competitors in the game of golf, nothing is gonna stop Tiger from achieving his goal of winning 19 majors.  I believe if not this year than next, Tiger will come back looking to make a statement, we saw glimpses of it last year.'

Audrey King:
'No one mentioned Snedeker for the 2nd pick.  He is playing better than Fowler and has a great personality and smile! With Keegan having a major I suppose he should be the one. A charming laddie! Needs aggression!! I rarely ever miss the 19th Hole.  Once a week I make a meal for my kiddies. My son-in-law said 'why are you leaving?'  'I have to watch the Grey Goose, night-night' said I.  I have an unopened bottle of Grey Goose on my wet bar.'

Last Calls:
Watch the Last Calls
-Brandel Chamblee on the Marketability of Today's Players
-Jay Coffin on PGA TOUR Golf Leaving Chicago
-John Hawkins on Webb Simpson Quitting Twitter (Exclusive for GolfChannel.com)
-Rich Lerner on the Rise of the Long Putter

Links of Interest:
Grey Goose 19th Hole Internet Extra
Articles by John Hawkins
Articles by Jay Coffin
Articles by Win McMurry
Articles by Rich Lerner

Show Photos:
Brandel putting deep thought into writing his Last Call
Grey Goose 19th Hole

Great hair and great golf game, but great penmanship? Not so much
Grey Goose 19th Hole

Rich commandeers the producer's desk to finish the rundown
Grey Goose 19th Hole

Next Week:

Grey Goose 19th Hole
Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 & 10:30PM ET

Guest Panelist: Jeff Rude (Senior Writer, Golfweek)
Panelist: John Hawkins (Golf Channel Contributor)
Host: Whit Watson (Grey Goose 19th Hole)
Win McMurry (Grey Goose 19th Hole, Winsday)

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!!

A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi) on

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: