Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2013, 3:01 pm

'If I have some players that are playing on the upswing, showing that they can play in the heat of competition and bad conditions, which we're going to have over there, those are the qualities I'm looking for in players.'Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, on how he will pick the U.S. players for the 2014 competition at Gleneagles.

'I don't think it's a stroke. I'm still in that camp. But the reality of the situation is this: This has been allowed to go on for X number of years, 30 years, 40 years ... so I think that's the crux of the issue. My son Michael was a very poor putter with a conventional putter. He went to a belly putter and he makes everything. He loves the game because of it. The game is fun.' – Watson, again, speaking out against the proposed ban on the anchored stroke.

'We have serious concerns on how the ban on anchoring could affect the enjoyment of the game by our amateur customers. Over the past few months, I have received dozens of letters from concerned amateurs ... these people are discouraged and frustrated that the anchoring ban will be imposed after they adopted a previously legal method of putting. Most indicate they will play less golf or quit' – PGA of America president Ted Bishop, in a letter explaining why they are opposed to the anchoring ban.

'Beautiful chip.'John Daly, after carding a 10 on the par-4 third hole at Innisbrook in the second round of the Tampa Bay Championship. His chip from 30 yards stopped a foot from the pin and was about the only thing that went right for him in what ended up being the 15th time he has made at least a 10 on the PGA Tour.

'He said he was in love with her and he was going to continue to do this so they can work it out. Once she talks to him, she will see it his way (and fall in love with him).' – Doral police chief Richard Blom, after arresting a homeless man last week at Doral after forging press credentials to get into the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The man has a history of stalking Ivanka Trump, daughter of real-estate mogul Donald Trump, and intended on speaking with the 31-year-old heiress.

'It’s OK. It will be a good release for me.'Yani Tseng, on the possibility of losing her No. 1 ranking. Tseng won the Kia Classic last March for her 15th worldwide title in 15 months. She hasn’t won anything in the last 51 weeks.

'If I ever get to No. 1, I'm going to enjoy it, because I never as a kid dreamed of being in that position. I'm not going to take it for granted.'Stacy Lewis, reigning LPGA Player of the Year, who is poised to end Tseng’s 109-week run at No. 1 as early as this Sunday.

'I have (listened to Gwen Stefani's music) in the past. More of a country guy. I've got a few wedges that have a few stamps on them from the band, No Doubt and got another one that says 'Hollaback,' the song.' – PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani, pronounced Stephanie, no relation to Gwen, on the fun he has having the same last name as the No Doubt former leading lady.

'I think it’s time for the young girls to step up and start playing well. I’m just going to play golf and see what shakes out, and I hope I don’t qualify. How about that?'Juli Inkster, 52, on the possibility of making the 2013 Solheim Cup team. Inkster holds the American records for most Solheim Cups played (9), most points scored (18½) and most matches won (15).

'Even in my offseason, I'm like, 'Can you just rest for a second?' I don't want to see the gym. I don't want to hear about the gym ... I just want to relax. He's like, 'No, but let's go to the gym.' But it's good fun. It's great that we can motivate each other.' – Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, on boyfriend Rory McIlroy’s gym habits.

'I find it fascinating, people criticize him for taking people to dinner – he should be doing that every night. They criticize him for playing golf with people who he's got to deal with. He should be doing that every weekend.' – New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, on the criticism President Obama receives for playing golf. He explained his rationale saying that playing golf with someone is a good way to build a social relationship and in turn will help a working relationship.

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: