Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 11, 2012, 5:11 pm

'I thought I literally had a chance to die.' – Charlie Beljan, on his scary health situation during the second round at Disney.

'I think he was scared. He just had that feeling. I don't know why. But it was spooky. – Rick Adcox, Beljan's caddie, on how Beljan felt during the second round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Beljan shot a 64 that day and opened up a three-shot lead before being rushed to the hospital.

“There have been only a handful of people in my life, who I can say with conviction influenced me both inside and outside the ropes. ... Jim (Flick) should be remembered as one of the all-time great teachers. ... He was a great teacher, a great man, and a great friend. Barbara and I will miss him a lot.” – Jack Nicklaus, on the passing of Hall of Fame instructor Jim Flick, 82, after a bout with pancreatic cancer.

“You have to be selfish sometimes. First and foremost, you have to look after yourself and fit in the things that you want to do. You see some guys, golf is everything; it’s their life. Of course it’s my life, and I’m very lucky to do it, but sometimes you just need to step away from it and decompress in a way. Spending last week with Caroline definitely helped me do that.” Rory McIlroy, defending his decision not to play the WGC-HSBC Champions to instead take time off and spend it with his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

“Doing the right thing and doing what I know is right in my heart and in my conscience is more important than short-term success.” – Blayne Barber, 22, after disqualifying himself from Q-School for signing an incorrect scorecard six days after advancing to the second stage. Barber was unsure if he’d brushed a leaf in a bunker in Round 2 of the first stage, but he immediately called a one-stroke penalty on himself. After the round, he learned it should have been a two-stroke penalty.

'I wouldn't change this for anything. I'm happy with what I'm doing. I'm happy having a son ... Hopefully, our family will grow next year.' – Lorena Ochoa, on how she has no plans to return to professional golf. Ochoa retired at age 28 while still the No. 1-ranked player in the world.

'I’m not necessarily sure (Tiger's) views on the putters are correct at all. I don’t think the putter should be the shortest club in the bag; that has never been a rule in golf so I don’t know why it should be now.” Adam Scott, challenging the anchoring ban and Tiger Woods' stance on long putters.

“I feel like if you can win a PGA tournament, you should be in Augusta. ... And (Tianlang Guan) being 14, he’s young enough; he’s got plenty of time. But I’m 37, so there’s a lot of difference in age there and opportunity, as well. But it’s OK – I never complain about a win.” – Tommy Gainey, who despite winning a PGA Tour event (McGladrey Classic) two weeks ago, does not qualify for the 2013 Masters. Tianlang Guan, 14, will be playing in the Masters because of his Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship victory.

“I’m working hard to win a major. Players get looked upon by how many majors they won, and that’s right there in the forefront of my mind. I feel like I need to compete and get my hands on one of those majors. … I can only say it burns harder and harder each major that slides by.'Ian Poulter, on becoming part of the 'best player without a major' conversation.

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: