Tim Rosaforte - December 5, 2011

By Morning Drive TeamDecember 5, 2011, 1:53 pm

With everything that has been going on in the Tiger Woods camp, it has always been about winning and now that Tiger has won, it is time to move forward and look ahead to winning more in 2012. Tim would rank this win as about a 7-8 but does not give the Chevron World Challenge as much weight as a full-field event. Lee Westwood’s win in a limited field event in the Nedbank Golf Challenge also awarded World Ranking points and while you can argue the value, wins are wins.

If Zach Johnson had held on to win on Sunday, it would not have changed his expectations for 2012 that much because of what he saw from Tiger’s game in Australia during the Emirates Australian Open and the Presidents Cup. The way he was swinging and performing in Australia led Tim to believe that he was close to winning again. The way that Tiger carried himself during his Wednesday News Conference as well as on the golf course at Chevron was more evidence that Tiger was ready to win again. For a long time, Tiger did not look all the way there but he is starting to chip and putt well and has been able to practice and improve a lot while in Jupiter at the Medalist Golf Club.

J.B. Holmes is returning to golf for the first time this week at the Franklin Templeton Shootout after undergoing brain surgery at Johns Hopkins University about three months ago. Holmes is a little nervous about how people will judge the way he looks after having to take some serious medication and gaining weight as well as the fact that he will not be hitting the ball as long as he usually does when he is partnered with Kenny Perry in Naples, FL.

Dana Quigley’s son Devon was in an auto accident last weekend and is now in critical condition. Devon was coming home after playing golf in West Palm Beach when he crashed. Dana Quigley is one of the most well-liked players on the Champions Tour and at this point, everyone is just praying and Devon continues to stay alive in the hospital. No one knows what the future looks like for Devon if he even survives. Dana is coping with this well from a spiritual sense but this is still incredibly tough on everyone right now.

Looking ahead to 2012, Tim thinks that Tiger will need about three wins for most people to consider the year to be a success. The way that Tiger is playing right now and what he has shown that he can do, three wins is definitely in the realm of possibility and a Major Championship could be a part of that. Before the win, most people were saying less than three but since the win, three seems to be a popular number.

Rory McIlroy has a long-shot chance to take the Race to Dubai from Luke Donald if he wins the Dubai World Championship. In Tim’s mind, if Rory wins this week and wins the Race to Dubai,he would have won must-win events in consecutive weeks and when you add the U.S. Open title to it, Rory would be the worldwide player of the year. The Major Championship would trump anything else in his opinion.

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: