Yani looking for Kraft redemption with opening 68

By Randall MellMarch 30, 2012, 1:10 am

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Somebody check the Angry Birds.

They rustling their wings yet?

Yani Tseng stuck them in her trophy case last year after she lost the 54-hole lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, placing them where the Dinah Shore Trophy would have gone. If she wins this week, the Angry Birds will fly the coop, having served their motivational purpose in keeping the spot warm.

With a 4-under-par 68 Thursday, Tseng put herself in prime position to win the one that got away.

Tseng’s round of six birdies and two bogeys helped her climb into third place, two shots behind South Korea’s Amy Yang and a shot behind Australia’s Lindsey Wright.

So much is in play right away with that fast start. Tseng is going for her third LPGA title in a row, her fourth in six starts this year, her 10th in her last 20 LPGA starts. She’s going for her third major championship triumph in the last four played, her fifth in the last nine, her sixth overall.

There’s weight in all of that, stress in wanting it so much.

This winning every week ain’t easy, folks.

Tseng, 23, isn’t taking anything for granted.

“Winning two weeks in a row, it takes a lot out of you,” said Gary Gilchrist, Tseng’s swing coach. “So to get yourself up and ready to play in this kind of event, it’s not that easy.”

Tseng didn’t waste time making her move in the first round. She birdied the third hole and had a run of three birdies over four holes on the back nine to get within a shot of the lead. She played the final four holes in 1 over.

“I think for the first round she stayed really patient out there, but in the last few holes you could see she was struggling a little bit with her energy level,” Gilchrist said.

Tseng took Monday off. She played just nine holes on Tuesday. She acknowledged endurance is part of the challenge this week.

“It was kind of very tough,” Tseng said of winning the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and Kia Classic in back-to-back weeks arriving here. “I don’t feel tired. My mind is always fresh, especially getting to a major. I always have a lot of energy, but it seems like with the last two wins I’m losing energy to come here. The last couple days when I practiced, it’s kind of easy to get tired.”

But Tseng said she felt an energizing boost when Thursday’s round began.

“Once the tournament started, I felt more focused,” she said.

So much so that Tseng wanted more out of her round than a 68.

“I was really disappointed today, because I didn’t hit many good shots, and I didn’t leave myself lots of birdie chances,” Tseng said. “I was kind of upset that I didn’t have good distance control. That’s why I didn’t have many birdie chances.”

Tseng’s mindful of how Gilchrist preaches against the danger of expecting perfection.

“I think I’m learning,” Tseng said.

Tseng’s education is making her one of the most learned winners in tour history.

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: