TOUR Notes Tiger Over $80 Million

By Pga Tour MediaMarch 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
 
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  • Last weeks World Golf Championships-CA Championship wasnt just good for winner Geoff Ogilvy, it was also good for Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Retief Goosen and Nick OHern. That quartet of world-class players each earned his first top-10 finish of the season last week.
     
  • More on Ogilvy: Hes now the third player to win more than one World Golf Championships title joining Tiger Woods and Darren Clarke.
     
  • With his fifth-place finish last week at the CA Championship, Tiger Woods went over the $80-million mark in career earnings.
     
  • Winning has many rewards and among them is a substantial jump up the FedExCup points list. CA Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy climbed from 79th all the way to 10th while Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular winner Greg Kraft surged from way back in 162nd place up to 37th.
     
  • This weeks Zurich Classic of New Orleans comes 70 years after the first New Orleans stop on the PGA TOUR. While the event is 70 years old, this will be the 60th playing of the tournament. The TOUR didnt stop in New Orleans in 1943, 1947 and from 1949-57.
     
  • When Greg Kraft won last week in Puerto Rico at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 19 days, he became the oldest first-time winner on the PGA TOUR since Ed Dougherty won the 1995 Viking Classic at the age of 47 years, 8 months and 19 days.
     
  • While a strong field has assembled in New Orleans this week, you might want to look for a first-time winner to emerge. The last three winners in the Crescent City were first-timers'Nick Watney, Chris Couch and Tim Petrovic. In fact, five of the last six winners of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans won for the first time.
     

    Champions Tour CHAMPIONS TOUR:
  • When Bob Gilder tees it up this week at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach, it will mark the 100th consecutive tournament in which hes played.
     
  • This weeks field includes all 30 of the Top 30 money winners from the 2007 season on the Champions Tour. Thats the first time it has happened since the 2005 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
     
  • Former Masters champion and European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam will make his Champions Tour debut this week. Seven-time PGA TOUR winner Joey Sindelar turns 50 this coming Sunday (March 30) and will make his debut next week at The Cap Cana.
     
  • Brad Bryant has finished second in the last three Champions Tour events. Hes the seventh player in Tour history to finish in the runner-up spot in three consecutive events. He joins a list that includes Chi Chi Rodrguez (1986), Dale Douglass (1987), Bob Charles (1987), Jim Albus (1994), Ray Floyd (1995) and Larry Nelson (2000). No one has ever finished second in four consecutive tournaments.
     

    Nationwide Tour NATIONWIDE TOUR:
  • Chris Couch won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2006, but this week hell be a hundred or so miles down the road in Lafayette for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Dynamic Industries. Couch has not played on the PGA TOUR this season due to a shoulder injury and will be making a rehab start this week on the Nationwide Tour.
     
  • While Chris Couch will be in Lafayette this week, former Chitimacha Louisiana Open winner Johnson Wagner (2006) will be in New Orleans competing in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
     
  • When Greg Kraft won the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular last week he became the 100th different Nationwide Tour alum to win on the PGA TOUR. Overall, former Nationwide Tour players have won 224 TOUR titles.
     
  • This years tournament will mark the 17th consecutive year the event has been held at Le Triomphe CC, the only course the tournament has ever known. Only two other tournaments on the Tour have been played on the same course for a longer period of time'the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper and the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health.
     
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  • 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.

    Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.