Snedeker, Day recovering from major hangover at Heritage

By Rex HoggardApril 17, 2013, 7:16 pm

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – As Jason Day made his way down Harbour Town Golf Link’s 18th hole on Wednesday, the distant cadence of a bagpipe rode a warm breeze across Calibogue Sound and the sounds coming from the iconic lighthouse suggested cocktail hour had started early in the Lowcountry.

The Australian couldn’t have been any farther from Augusta National, in mind or body.

It seems to be a rite of heartache that the media fixates on the past long after those involved have moved on.

For Day, his near miss on Sunday at Augusta National lingered into the early hours of Monday, but by the time he’d made the 3 ½-hour drive to Hilton Head Island he’d turn the metaphorical page.

“I thought about it a lot that night,” said Day, who held a share of the lead through 69 holes until he bogeyed two of his last three to finish alone in third place and a stroke out of a playoff won by Adam Scott. “It’s not what I did (on Sunday), but what I did to get there that I’m trying to focus on right now.”


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For professional golfers, dealing with disappointment is part of the gig, an occupational hazard that can’t be cheated. How that process manifests itself with each player is as individual as a golf swing, and just as unscientific.

“I just choked,” said Boo Weekley when asked how he dealt with losing a playoff to earn his first PGA Tour title at the 2007 Honda Classic. “I had a nightmare or two after it, right out of the gate. But everybody is different out here.”

Luckily, both Day and Brandt Snedeker, a 54-hole co-leader at last week’s Masters who struggled to a closing 75 and tied for sixth, have Harbour Town, all 7,100 yards of quirky cool that is the competitive equivalent of a reset button.

As demanding and draining as Augusta National can be, Harbour Town is something of a psychological respite.

They call it beach casual in these parts. Snedeker calls it “therapeutic” following last week’s pressure cooker.

“It definitely gets it out of my mind,” Snedeker said. “Sunday night was tough. Anytime you have a chance to win a major championship and you don’t do it, especially the Masters, a tournament I’d give my whole career to win, it’s tough. If it’s not tough, then I need to find another job. It’s supposed to be tough.”

Simply moving on may be even more difficult for these two bridesmaids.

Both Day and Snedeker had come close at Augusta National before. Day finished tied for second at Augusta National in 2011, when Charl Schwartzel birdied his last four holes to win; and Snedeker began the final round two strokes off the lead in 2008 but struggled to a closing 77 and tied for third.

On Wednesday in sunny South Carolina, however, both figured this time was different. It wasn’t because Adam Scott – and runner-up Angel Cabrera – birdied the last hole to force overtime or Sunday’s rains that soften the blow, it was time.

“I think this one is easier because I know I’m going back (to the Masters),” Snedeker said. “2008 was tough because I didn’t know. I was a young kid on Tour; I didn’t know how my career was going to unfold. Now I have a good idea what I’m doing.”

Day also took solace in the notion that the 77th Masters is not the end of the road for his green jacket dreams.

“I came (to the Heritage) in 2011 and it was pretty much the same, a whirlwind,” Day said. “My mind was thinking about the week prior. This week I’m a lot more prepared than I was two years ago.”

The pair has also been savvy enough to avoid too much input. Reliving Sunday in their own minds is one thing; listening to others do it just won’t do. Both have put up a media firewall as a result, largely avoiding the non-stop chatter on television and the Internet.

“You definitely don’t seek out the Golf Channel or Twitter, there is so much negative stuff out there and you try to turn away,” Snedeker said.

As hard as Sunday was for Snedeker and Day, this time does feel easier. Maybe it was the moment, maybe it’s maturity, or maybe it’s the bagpipes and non-stop happy hour of Hilton Head.

Dealing with disappointment is never easy, but the warm breezes coming off of Calibogue Sound make the healing a little easier.

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.’’


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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: