Berendt Among Leaders at Hong Kong Open

By Sports NetworkNovember 30, 2002, 5:00 pm
HONG KONG -- Jorge Berendt of Argentina shot a 7-under 62 Saturday to grab a share of the lead at the Hong Kong Open. Berendt finished 54 holes at 12-under-par 195 alongside Sweden's Henrik Nystrom and Stephen Dodd of Wales.
 
Fredrik Jacobson, Tony Johnstone, Gary Orr, Boonchu Ruangkit and Arjun Singh are all one shot back at 11-under-par 196.
 
Berendt, who won the Cannes Open in 2001, was four shots off the lead to start the day at Hong Kong Golf Club and collected four birdies on the front side to make the turn at 9-under.
 
The 38-year-old continued his fine play on the inward half with back-to-back birdies starting at the par-5 12th. Berendt added a birdie at the 15th en route to a bogey-free round.
 
'This year I have not been playing so good. I have hit the ball well but have not scored well,' said Berendt. 'I changed my swing a little bit so that I can hit the ball further but it takes time. I started to hit the ball very well on Friday. If I can hit the ball tomorrow like today and yesterday then I feel more confident.'
 
Dodd was part of a seven-way tie for first after the second round and had four birdies and one bogey over the first nine holes on Saturday. He bogeyed the 10th but responded with birdies on each of the next two holes.
 
At the par-4 14th, Dodd moved to 14-under with a birdie and stood two shots clear of the field. However, the 36-year-old stumbled with two bogeys down the stretch to fall back into a share of first.
 
'I started to play nice last week but didn't hole any putts,' said Dodd, who carded a three-under 66. 'I have hit it a bit closer this week so the putts have been a bit shorter. If you keep hitting it close you are going to get some in sooner or later.'
 
Nystrom birdied the sixth but ran into trouble with a bogey at the following hole. He countered with a stretch of four consecutive birdies starting at the par-3 eighth to put himself in contention.
 
Nystrom closed with a pair of birdies from the 17th for a round of 63.
 
Soren Hansen, Craig Kamps and Jamie Spence share ninth place at 10-under-par 197.
 
Henrik Bjornstad, Klas Eriksson and Jyoti Randhawa, who all held a share of the 36-hole lead, finished three strokes off the pace at 9-under-par 198. They were joined by Matthew Blackey, Mikko Ilonen and Soren Kjeldsen in a tie for 12th.
 
Nick Faldo, Thomas Levet, Marten Olander and Wook-Soon Kang were one shot further back at 8-under-par 199.
 
Full-field scores from the Omega Hong Kong Open

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: