Barton Creek Hosts Second Stop

By Marty HenwoodMarch 1, 2004, 5:00 pm
The Canadian Tour closes out a three-week stint in Austin, TX as the $150,000 Barton Creek Challenge is set to get underway Thursday.
A total of 132 golfers will tee it up in the opening round at Barton Creeks 6523-yard, par-70 Crenshaw Cliffside course with Sundays winner collecting a $24,000 winners check. Two weeks ago, the final of three Winter Qualifying Schools was staged at Barton Creek before Brad Sutterfield captured his first Canadian Tour title, defeating Mario Tiziani in a playoff this past Sunday at the season-opening Barton Creek Classic.
Sutterfield heads into this week looking to become the first player to win back-to-back official events since New Zealands Steven Alker won the final two tournaments of the 2000 season on his way to the Order of Merit crown.
One year ago, Rob Johnson nailed down his first Tour championship at this event in perhaps the most bizarre weekend in Canadian Tour history. Torrential rains flooded Barton Creek on Thursday and Friday, rendering the course unplayable. For the first time ever, a 72-hole tournament was reduced to two rounds and Johnson, who completed his second round late Saturday, watched his first triumph from the comfort of a Golf Channel broadcast booth on Sunday afternoon. Johnson would go on to win the TELUS Edmonton Open later in the summer and wind up second to Jon Mills on the money list.
Tiziani, the 2003 Northern Ontario Open champion, heads into this week looking to rebound from Sundays disappointing playoff. On the first extra hole, his chip from behind the green ran right over the carpet and into Barton Creek, essentially giving Sutterfield the title. Tiziani had carded a final round 65 Sunday, the low round of the week, to erase a four-shot deficit. Sophomore Craig Taylor is coming off a third-place showing, his best result on the Canadian Tour, and sits third on the Order of Merit after the opening week.
Other international players to watch this week include Americans Erik Compton. Scott Ford, Robert Hamilton, Mark Johnson, Kris Mikkelsen, Conrad Ray, Craig Kanada, Jason Schultz, Steve Scott, Chris Wall and Chris Wisler. Australians Ben Bunny and Peter Wilson, Iain Steel (Malaysia), Paul Devenport (New Zealand), Alex Quiroz (Mexico), Anders Hultman (Sweden) and Alex Rocha (Brazil) will also be looking to end the Texas swing on a winning note.
Leading the Canadian charge this week will be rookie Dan Swanson, who finished T4 last weekend, and two-time Tour champion Derek Gillespie. After an opening-round 77 last week, Gillespie would rebound and eventually place tenth. Other players from north of the 49th to keep an eye on include Lee Curry, David Hearn, Rob McMillan, Bryan DeCorso, Wes Heffernan, Darren Griff, Craig Matthew, Adam Short and 2003 Rookie of the Year Dustin Risdon.
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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: