Johnny Miller - December 10, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamDecember 10, 2011, 2:51 pm

Golf Channel on NBC Lead Analyst and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Johnny Miller will be a part of Golf Channel’s 7 Nights at the Academy which begins December 12th at 7PM ET. He said that he has been a bit of a swing nut ever since he was learning how to play game of golf from his father and his teachings for 7 Nights at the Academy is basically a way for him to talk about all that he has learned over the years and he is excited about this opportunity.

The difference between a talented pro and an amateur is first and foremost the face at impact. The pros are able to not only fully compress the ball but also fully turn the club so that the club head is square at impact. Most amateurs do not know how to do either of those things. When an amateur learns how to hook the ball, they can then learn how to trap the ball.

When it comes to the Worldwide Player of the Year, he agreed with Friday Morning Drive guest Nick Faldo that Rory McIlroy’s Major is being a bit undervalued. From personal experience, Miller knows how hard it is to win a Major Championship. It is close between McIlroy and Donald as both have had great years but he feels that his vote would still go to Luke Donald if he wins both Money Titles.

You know how good a golfer someone is based on their misses. When Tom Watson was at his best on the greens, he either made everything or missed on the edge. For a long time, Tiger Woods had either hit great shots or had monster misses. At the Presidents Cup as well as the Chevron World Challenge, Tiger hit a lot of great shots but his misses were not far off. In Australia, Tiger may have played as well as he has since 2001. While winning the Chevron World Challenge is like winning an exhibition, winning is winning no matter what the event is and Tiger has set himself up well for 2012. He predicts that Tiger will win four times in 2012.

He has had some great wins and some great misses in his career. While he won the 1973 U.S. Open with a final round 63, he notably had some near misses at Augusta National. In 1971, he started thinking about his father and winning when he was in his first Masters as a pro but thanks to a couple of late bogeys, he did not win and would never win The Masters while Charles Coody won the Green Jacket in 1971.

He was a junior member at the age of 13 at the Olympic Club and finished in the top 10 as a teenager there in the 1966 U.S. Open so he is very excited to see the U.S. Open return to Olympic Club in 2012. The first six holes may end up being among the toughest starts in U.S. Open history and it will be wonderful to be back at a place where he grew up and getting to cover the U.S. Open.

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: