Hooks and Cuts on Golfs Winding Trail

By Rich LernerJanuary 19, 2005, 5:00 pm
  • The Golf Channels celebrating its 10th anniversary. Heres why it works. A beautiful woman saunters into the bedroom with a slinky negligee in hopes of stealing the attention of a busy and distracted husband. In a matter-of-fact tone he says, Honey could you move to the left a bit? Butch Harmons demonstrating a good shoulder turn.
  • If Craig Stadler played a full schedule on the regular tour, he might crack the top 50 on the money list.
  • Amazing because shes only 15, but pressures mounting on Michelle Wie to actually win an LPGA event this year so she can validate the escalating hype.
  • Whos better all-time, Vijay Singh or Greg Norman? Vijay or Johnny Miller? Vijay or Nick Price? If you look at pure numbers, its Vijay on all three counts. He now owns 25 victories, three of which are majors. Norman won 20 on the PGA Tour including two majors while Miller took 25 tournament titles, two of which were majors and Price posted 18 victories with three majors on the resume. As strong and supple as he is at almost 42 years old, Vijay has a realistic chance to finish his career with 35 and five.
  • Sam Snead leads the All-Time Wins list with 82 and my own list of favorite personal moments over the last decade covering the sport for your favorite television network. The Slammer had just hit the ceremonial first tee shot several years back at the Masters and ambled over near the clubhouse. Half-dozen reporters gathered around and I asked Sam how he was feeling. He proceeded to tell us about some dental work hed had done and without hesitating pulled his dentures out to show us! Seriously.
  • Tiger needs to average about three wins a year for the next 15 to overtake Snead. To overtake Vijay, he needs to drive the ball the way he did at Kapalua. Remember when Tiger used to intimidate with his driver?
  • Vijay will remain No. 1 because the chip on his shoulders as big and sharp as ever. Vijay knows the public loves Tiger, Phil and Ernie and knows the experts are predicting huge years for Woods and Els. Someone who knows Vijay well told me last year that he takes great satisfaction in stuffing itwell, close to the hole.
  • Reminiscing over the last 10 years brings to mind my trip to Morocco in 1997. The young Prince loves golf and was playing Robert Trent Jones superb Dar Es Salam. Just off a green, he tried to execute a little bump and run but flat bladed the shot. The ball was screaming across the surface and the next thing you know a body guard standing in front of the bunker which was about to receive the speeding rock bends down and scoops it up like Cal Ripken. What a play! Apparently, when youre the Prince, you dont do the laundry, you dont mow the lawn, and you dont make bogey.
  • Weve all been touched and lifted over the last decade by Payne Stewart, Annika Sorenstam and countless others, but the biggest story of the last 10 years? Tiger winning the 1997 Masters. Most exciting moment of the last 10 years? Tiger chasing the ball into the hole on his way to beating Bob May at the 2000 PGA Championship. Greatest achievement of the last 10 years? Tiger winning four majors in a row. Single greatest performance of the last 10 years? Tiger running away with the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 shots. Best timing by a start-up, niche cable television network to coincide with the ascent of Tiger Woods? The Golf Channel.
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  • 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: