Race to the Finish at Canadian Q-School

By Marty HenwoodFebruary 5, 2004, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeEUSTIS, Fla. -- American Bryan Conway will carry a one-shot edge into Friday's final round of the Canadian Tour's first Winter Q-School of the season.
Conway, a former Tour member, carded a 2-under 70 Thursday and sits at 10-under 206. Mexico's Daniel DeLeon, who played on the Canadian Tour last season, is one stroke back while another former member, Josh Lower is two shots off the lead with New Jersey native Eugene Smith.
After play wraps up Friday, the Canadian Tour will award exempt cards for the 2004 season to the low five scores, while the next eight, plus ties, will gain non-exempt status.
This week marks the first of three consecutive Winter Q-Schools. Next week, the scene shifts west to Los Serranos G&CC in California before the final school is staged the week of February 16-20 in Austin, Texas. The 2004 Canadian Tour season gets underway with the Austin Classic at Barton Creek (Feb. 23-29) followed by the Austin Challenge at Barton Creek the following week.

1. Conway, Bryan Frankfort, KY 69 67 70 206
2. DeLeon, Daniel Mexico 70 68 69 207
3. Lower, Josh Placida, FL 70 66 72 208
3. Smith, Eugene Glen Ridge, New Jersey 72 66 70 208
5. Erickson, Tyler Tempe, AZ 70 69 70 209
6. Bradford, George Columbia, MD 67 72 71 210
6. Labritz, Rob Hobe Sound, FL 68 71 71 210
8. Jackson, Scott England 68 70 73 211
8. O'Leary, John Celebration, FL 70 70 71 211
8. Quinn, Ryan Galesville, WI 73 68 70 211
11. Bourque, Casey Wolfeboro, NH 69 71 72 212
11. Parker, Adrian Brookhaven, MS 71 67 74 212
11. Spittle, Rod Niagara Falls, ON 69 69 74 212
14. Alizzeo, Mark Orlando, FL 72 69 74 215
14. Anderson, Jeremy Las Vegas, NV 69 73 73 215
14. Widerstedt, Bjorn Sweden 71 74 70 215
17. Herberth, Erik Avon Lake, OH 70 69 78 217
17. Okushima, Tomoaki Japan 75 70 72 217
19. Concha, Carlos Reno, NV 76 69 73 218
19. Hale, Damian Trinidad 68 73 77 218
19. Wall, JJ Austin, TX 69 70 79 218
22. Martin, Jason Morgantown, WV 68 76 75 219
22. Soria, Marcelo Argentina 75 73 71 219
24. Staples, Whit Tequesta, FL 70 79 72 221
25. Davidson, Graham Langholm, Scotland 74 74 74 222
25. Gibson, Patrick Thonotosassa, FL 75 72 75 222
25. Jang, Jai Los Angeles, CA 74 73 75 222
25. Meierling, Jan Germany 77 73 72 222
25. Sauger, Mark Cape Coral, FL 70 76 76 222
30. McLeod, Mac Brandon, MB 73 73 77 223
31. Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA 75 73 76 224
32. Gatchel, Matt Tampa, FL 71 74 80 225
32. Vazales, Kaj Petoskey, MI 77 71 77 225
34. Akutsu, Yoshiki Japan 78 73 75 226
35. Sitterley, Rob Orlando, FL 75 73 79 227
36. Beckstrom, J.J. Naples, FL 77 76 75 228
37. Koskinen, John Baroga, MI 73 76 81 230
37. Procaccino, Mike Pipersville, PA 75 76 79 230
37. Williams, Daniel England 75 76 79 230
37. Wyatt, Charles Tampa, FL 77 75 78 230
41. Gray, Chris Orlando, FL 75 76 80 231
41. Yarvi, Matt Orlando, FL 79 72 80 231
43. Riley, Sean Ambler, PA 74 81 77 232
44. Hrynkiw, Jason Winnipeg, MB 77 75 81 233
44. Nakatsuka, Kazuta Japan 76 77 80 233
46. Makino, Yuji Japan 78 79 79 236
46. Robinson, John Orlando, FL 76 82 78 236
46. Stevenson, Nate Tampa, FL 74 78 84 236
49. Begley, J.P. Jacksonville, FL 75 84 79 238
50. Starchuk, Nick Ottawa, ON 82 76 81 239

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:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.