Jason Sobel - June 20, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJune 20, 2012, 12:29 pm

GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Jason Sobel is in Cromwell, Connecticut this week for the Travelers Championship. He was on the range yesterday when U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson arrived and Sobel said that many may wonder why Simpson is playing this week right after winning his first Major. One of the reasons is that the Travelers Championship gave Simpson a sponsor’s exemption soon after he turned pro and another reason is the congratulations and love that he received from his fellow PGA TOUR players.

PGA TOUR players are able to hit into a “green” that is shaped like the Travelers red umbrella that is 86 yards from a tee and is called the 15 ½ hole. The umbrella is the middle of a lake that borders holes 15, 16, and 17 at TPC River Highlands and the players try to be the one to hit closest to the hole. The player who wins gets a $10,000 donation to charity in their name. Ricky Barnes won the first prize with a shot to 2 feet, 3 inches and Barnes will be making a $10,000 donation to his Ricky Barnes Foundation. Sobel even tried to take a shot at the umbrella with one of Scott Stallings’ clubs and he shanked it into the water.

In his second visit to Wednesday’s Morning Drive, Sobel began by saying that a number of New England-based celebrities will be playing in the Pro-Am this afternoon including former New England Patriots QB Doug Flutie and ESPN Host Chris Berman. Although he is not a New England native, Bill Murray is playing in the Pro-Am as well.

Patrick Cantlay turned professional this week shortly after finishing his sophomore year at UCLA and he told Sobel that the time just felt right to make this transition in his life. Cantlay shot 60 during the 2011 Travelers Championship so this week was the perfect place to make his professional debut. Cantlay will be playing in the AT&T National and the Greenbrier Classic over the next two weeks.

The Travelers Championship is working hard to get fans involved in this event in many ways including offering concerts this week by Michael Bolton, Javier Colon from NBC’s The Voice, and KC and the Sunshine Band. The tournament is hoping that people will come to the tournament with their families to enjoy the atmosphere as well as the golf.

Sobel thinks that Ryo Ishikawa has all of the talent in the world but that he is still trying his way on the PGA TOUR. Ishikawa is playing a lot more on the PGA TOUR but Sobel wonders if Ishikawa needs to dial it back a little bit and play fewer events. Also, Ishikawa is doing something that is a bit of a throwback by hiring local caddies each week on the PGA TOUR. He feels that hiring local caddies will help to give him a clearer perspective on the golf course every week.

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:

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.