Pak Continues Winning Ways

By Mike RitzMarch 24, 2003, 5:00 pm
PHOENIX -- On Saturday evening, she said shed have to go really low, somewhere in the low 60s to win on Sunday.
 
She started the final round three strokes behind the best player in the world.
 
She started the final round birdie, birdie, par, eagle.
 
Within one hour of teeing off Sunday at the Safeway PING, Se Ri Pak had blown past third-round leader Annika Sorenstam and everyone else onto the top of the leaderboard. The second-ranked player in the world certainly looked like No. 1 on this day.
 
Se Ris front nine included three birdies and two eagles. Despite a bogey on the sixth hole, Pak fired an opening 30 to take control of the LPGAs second tournament of the year.
 
Se Ri produced that low-60s round ' 64 to be exact ' to win for the 19th time in her remarkable LPGA career. I knew with Annika in the lead, playing so well that I had to start off well and just play aggressively, Pak said after the win. It really gives me a lot of confidence, now, to beat the best players in the world.
 
It turned out it was fellow Korean native Grace Park, not Sorenstam, who had the best chance to catch Se Ri. Playing at home in Phoenix, the 24-year-old Arizona State product came within one stroke on the back nine. But when Pak made a clutch birdie ahead of her on the final hole, Grace needed to hole out from the fairway to catch her.
 
She almost did it!! Parks perfectly struck 9-iron covered the flag all the way. It landed right on line ' 20 feet from the hole. One hop directly at the cup; but then, its backspin forced the ball to skid to a stop, just six feet short. I know ' how could I leave that short, the playful Park joked. I guess Ill blame my caddie.
 
There were no such fireworks from Sorenstam. She opened her round with nine consecutive pars. Her only Sunday birdie came on the par-5 10th hole. I dont know why I couldnt make any birdies. I was sure trying. I just had a lot of lip-outs, said Annika. But Im very happy with the way I played. I mean 19-under par in my first tournament of the year is pretty good.
 
But 23-under par in just her second tournament of the year is pretty good for Pak, as well. Se Ri has certainly earned her share of the spotlight. Last year, while a dominating Sorenstam was winning 11 times on tour and producing yet another season-long scoring record, Pak was the bridesmaid.
 
No one seemed to notice that Se Ri was doing something pretty special herself. The 1998 Rookie of the Year won five times in 2002, including her fourth major championship.
 
Im really proud of myself, Pak said, after this victory was secure. I really wanted to win this tournament.
 
Now, the confident and smiling star heads to the California desert to play the Kraft Nabisco Championship ' the first major of the year. Se Ri has already won two LPGA Championships, one U.S. Womens Open and one Womens British Open. If she can win this coming week, the 25-year-old would become the youngest player in LPGA history to complete the career grand slam.
 
When informed of this fact, Se Ri grinned and said, Yeah, I know.

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: