Webb to Defend Sorenstam Looks for No 11

By Lpga Tour MediaNovember 18, 2002, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. ' Defending champion Karrie Webb and 10-time 2002 winner Annika Sorenstam highlight the LPGAs season-ending ADT Championship this week at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. The $1 million event features the top 30 players on the 2002 LPGA money list.
 
Thirteen of the 30 participants have claimed victories in 2002. Twenty-five have at least one career LPGA win on their resume, while the remaining five have all placed third or higher in an event.
 
Joining Webb and Sorenstam as multiple 2002 winners vying for the ADT Championship title are five-time champion Se Ri Pak, LPGA Tour Hall of Famer and two-time winner Juli Inkster, and dual winners Laura Diaz, Rachel Teske and Mi Hyun Kim. Also in the field are 2002 champions Cristie Kerr, Gloria Park, Grace Park, Meg Mallon, Janice Moodie and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.
 
With 10 wins in the bag, Sorenstam has already had one of the most prolific seasons in the history of the LPGA. It had been 34 years since a player posted double-digit wins in a season, and a win at the ADT Championship would make Sorenstam only the second player in LPGA history to notch 11 wins in one year. Mickey Wright, who set an LPGA record of 13 wins in 1963, also recorded 11 wins in 1964.
 
Sorenstam has won four of the last seven tournaments and is a lock to repeat as Rolex Player of the Year. She enters the tournament fresh off a twostroke win over Grace Park at the Mizuno Classic in Otsu-Shi, Shiga, Japan.
 
The Swede won the 1997 ADT Championship in a sudden-death playoff with Lorie Kane and Pat Hurst. She is certain to win her fifth career Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and has an excellent chance to be the first player ever to finish the year with a scoring average below 69.
 
Missing from the field is Hee-Won Han, who ranks 14th on the money list but decided not to play in the event due to the lengthy travel from her home in Korea.
 
Instead, Dorothy Delasin, who finished 23rd in the event last year and is 31st on the 2002 money list, completes the ADT Championship field.
 
Webb, who won the inaugural event in 1996, is the defending champion and has tasted victory twice this season. She triumphed at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA in June and was crowned champion at the Weetabix Womens British Open in August.
 
Webb, the only two-time winner of the ADT Championship, opened the 2001 tournament with a 5-under-par 67 and never looked back. She led at the end of every day and held off a charging Sorenstam in the final round to win the premier event by two strokes. Webb and Sorenstam were the only two players to finish the event under par.
 
Moodie placed third, with Rosie Jones and Mallon finishing fourth
and fifth, respectively.

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: