Brehaut Earns Medalist Honors at Q-School

By Sports NetworkDecember 9, 2002, 5:00 pm
La Quinta, Calif. -- Jeff Brehaut managed a one-over 73 but held on to win medalist honors at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament Monday. Brehaut's 108-hole total of 16-under-par 416 was one better than James McLean, Chris Anderson and Alex Cejka.
 
John Maginnes, Akio Sadakata and Donnie Hammond finished in a tie for fifth at 14-under-par 418.
 
Brehaut survived the grueling six-day event contested at PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course and Stadium Course to take the top honor. The 39-year-old earned his PGA Tour card for the 2003 season along with 37 of his peers.
 
'To win this is huge,' said Brehaut. 'Probably the biggest thing I have ever done in my golf career. I'm very proud of that.'
 
Brehaut came into the final round tied for the lead and struggled early on the Stadium Course with two bogeys over the first three holes. He countered with a birdie at the par-five eighth but faltered again with a bogey at the 12th. Brehaut then collected a birdie at the par-four 15th to secure first place.
 
'To shoot 73 on this golf course is not that bad especially being in the position where you felt like you wanted to play well but didn't want to mess up,' said Brehaut, who had made it through three previous Q-Schools. 'I was fighting the demons there a little bit.'
 
Brenden Pappas, Aaron Barber and Brian Bateman earned their PGA Tour cards after they finished tied for eighth at 13-under-par 419.
 
'I'm very happy right now but it hasn't really hit me because of how stressful that back nine can be,' said Barber. 'I haven't really set any goals for next year because I don't know what to expect.'
 
Richard Johnson, Dean Wilson, David Sutherland, Scott Laycock, John Morgan and Joel Kribel were one shot further back at 12-under-par 420.
 
Paul Goydos, Vance Veazey, Mark Wilson and Anthony Painter finished at 11- under-par 421. They were followed by Jeff Klein, Tom Gillis, Bart Bryant, Carl Pettersson and Dave Stockton, Jr. at 10-under-par 422.
 
Ken Green, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a final-round 68 to make his way back to the main circuit. Green was joined by Woody Austin, Kenichi Kuboya, Andy Miller, Brett Quigley, Brad Lardon, Jason Caron and Ben Curtis at nine-under-par 423.
 
'I really can't express what this means,' said Green, who regained his PGA Tour card for the first time since 1996. 'It has been a long struggle. I hung in there and kept fighting.'
 
Brian Watts, Mike Grob, Cameron Yancey, Mike Heinen and Mathew Goggin finished tied for 34th at eight-under-par 424 to round out the list of those earning PGA Tour cards for 2003.
 
Casey Martin was in position to gain his card but struggled with a final-round 77 to finish in a tie for 57th at five-under-par 427. Martin was one of many who earned full-exempt status on the 2003 Nationwide Tour.

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: