On The Range Blog - May 30

By On The Range TeamMay 31, 2012, 1:00 am

On The Range Talent
Host: Gary Williams (Golf Channel)
Analyst: Billy Kratzert (4-time PGA TOUR winner)
Analyst: Bill Harmon (Instructor & Caddie for Jay & Bill Haas)

This Week’s Event
the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
Muirfield Village Golf Club - Dublin, OH
Defending Champion: Steve Stricker

Featured Player
Rory McIlroy
-2nd in Official World Golf Ranking
-2011 U.S. Open Champion
-2nd in Scoring Average on 2012 PGA TOUR
-Finished 5th in 2011 Memorial Tournament
-Caddie: J.P. Fitzgerald
-Swing Coach: Michael Bannon

Course Survey
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Par 72 - 7,352 yards

-Hitting Fairways: The past 7 winners of the Memorial Tournament have all finished Top 10 for the week in Driving Accuracy. The best of all 7 believe it or not was Tiger Woods in 2009 who hit 87.50% of his fairway, tied with the 1998 Masters for the highest percentage for any tournament in his career.

-Putting: 7 of the past 8 winners have finished Top 11 in the field in Putting Average. Also, 5 of the past 6 winner have had zero 3-putts during the tournament (Tiger Woods in 2009 is the lone exception in both)

Top 5: Jack Nicklaus Achievements
Jack Nicklaus is not only one of, if not the greastest golfer of all-time, but he is also the founder and host of this week's Memorial Tournament. Nicklaus also designed Muirfield Village Golf Club. Here are the viewer results of our On The Range Poll and our analyst rankings for Top 5 Jack Nicklaus Achievements:

Billy Kratzert
1.) 18-time Major Champion ('I think that record will stand through golf history!')
2.) 24 year span between first and last Major Championship 
3.) 17 straight seasons with a PGA TOUR win
4.) 19 runner-up finishes in Majors
5.) Completing the Career Grand Slam 3 times

Bill Harmon
1.) 18-time Major Champion ('No one else has ever done it!')
2.) Completing the Career Grand Slam 3 times
3.) 73 career PGA TOUR wins
4.) 115 worldwide wins
5.) 5-time PGA Champion

Viewer Results
1.) 18-time Major Champion 
2.) Completing the Career Grand Slam 3 times
3.) 6-time Masters Champion
4.) 17 straight seasons with a PGA TOUR win
5.) Winning Masters at age 46

Next Week's Show
FedEx St. Jude Classic & Wegmans LPGA Championship
Wednesday 8:00M ET 

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!!

A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi) on

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: