Sorenstams Just Misunderstood

By Martha BrendleNovember 22, 2002, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam has come under scrutiny over the past nine years for just about everything one can imagine: the way she dresses, her personality, and single-mindedness.
It turns out she is just misunderstood.
In Sweden, youre not supposed to be loud and youre not supposed to show emotion, and thats just the way Swedes are, she said.
I enjoy certain parts (of the limelight). I enjoy talking about my game and my round. Whats tough is when people expect you to do this and that and there are certain things I dont think you can ask of somebody.
The toughest part of her career is the pressure she feels to be someone that shes not.
'Well, they want to mold you into ' in this case, its Nancy Lopez, Sorenstam said of the fans.
'Shes a great example of a perfect athlete in so many ways, somebody who can perform, smile, charisma, you name it, and she had it all. I would love to have what she has. But I have hopefully other qualities and I think youve just go to recognize that and say, hey, I do what I do, I love what I do, but I try to make womens golf as popular as possible.
The first time Sorenstam truly realized what was expected of her was after her win at the 1995 U.S. Womens Open: I didnt really know what to expect. Ive always worked on my game, but I never worked on what happens when you win a tournament, the responsibilities.
Sorenstam, who has recorded 41 LPGA Tour victories in less than a decade, had to learn what was expected of her the hard way.
I think today, seven years later, Im obviously more aware that I have some obligations,' she said.
The only thing that is immune to criticism is her golf game. She has set or tied 19 records this year alone. Im just trying to be me and play golf and let my clubs do the talking, and thats when I feel most comfortable and most at ease, Sorenstam said.
This week, with a chance to add three more, Sorenstam is showing no mercy on the 30-woman field at the ADT Championship held at Trump International Golf Club.
First, she has a chance at becoming the first woman to reach $11 million in career earnings as long as she finishes this week with a tie for fifth or better.
Secondly, Sorenstam has recorded 43 rounds in the 60s. If she posts three out of four rounds in the 60s this week, she will break Kelly Robbins' 1997 season record of 46 rounds.
And lastly, Sorenstam will break the lowest scoring average for one season, a record she set last year when she finished the season at 69.42. She is currently at 68.69, needing a total of 329 strokes (41-over-par) or less in four rounds to break the record.
Regardless of all that has been said about Annika, the 32-year-old continues to do things her way.
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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

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: