Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 15, 2012, 9:41 pm

'I'm particularly proud of anything that House and Senate agree on.' – Arnold Palmer, making a joke while receiving the Congressional Gold Medal recognizing his service to the country in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship.

'He’s a golf icon to the world – a good friend to me.'  Jack Nicklaus, while giving a speech during the ceremony for Arnold Palmer.

'Not many people know this, but when Tiger had been on Tour for two or three years, his people called and asked if I would give him lessons on short irons. Jack Nicklaus told him I was the best short iron play ever – a pretty great compliment.' – Johnny Miller, revealing that he had a chance to coach Tiger Woods early in his career. Miller went on to say he would be open to coaching him now.

'I never understood the re-start. If you go out there and play, you play, you keep playing. I don’t think you should ever re-start. If they make the decision to put you out there, that should count. You are out there playing, you’re working hard, that should be your score. There shouldn't be a re-start, and I don’t agree with that at all.'Brittany Lang, on the decision to re-start the second round of the Women's British Open due to the unrelenting high winds, making any scores recorded during the day and void.

'On paper I think it's incredibly evenly matched. Half-jokingly I said at the beginning of the season that we haven't had a tie for quite a while but suddenly now that notion doesn't seem so far off. Maybe a tie could be the result this year.' – Nick Faldo, assessing the two Ryder Cup squads.

'That’s not my role, and I don't want to get in the way of Ollie as it's his week, as it is for Davis (Love III). So it’s not a week for former captains.' – Colin Montgomerie, on the diminished role he will play in the upcoming Ryder Cup at Medinah.

'There was a sense that no matter what the world rankings said, that, really, Tiger Woods was the de facto No. 1. Well, now, I think if you took a poll, most people would say Rory McIlroy is clearly better than Tiger Woods, which is preposterous. I think we are in the beginning of one of the best eras in the history of the PGA Tour.' – Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee, on the budding rivalry betwenn Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

'I think Rory is very good for me to look at. He was a little down, but after he won the PGA Championship he won another two. So I'm like, OK, it’s my turn to win again.' – World No.1 Yani Tseng, on her recent struggles looking ahead to the Women's British Open.

'It would be unfortunate. It was legal when I first turned pro, I used it as an amateur. I'd feel like I'm 15 years behind practicing, but it's out of my control. I wouldn't quit playing, I'd figure out some way to do it.' Carl Pettersson on the impending decision from the USGA on whether or not to keep long putters in the game. Sources have suggested that a ruling will be made this month.

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.