Eger Smyth Share Champions Q-School Lead

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2002, 5:00 pm
Champions TourBROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- David Eger and Des Smyth carded 5-under-par 67s and hold a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour Qualifying School Tournament at World Woods Golf Club's Rolling Oaks Course.
 
Eger had seven birdies and two bogeys in his round. He appeared in 13 events on the 2002 Champions Tour schedule with just one top 10, finishing 83rd on the money list.
 
Starting on the back nine, Eger got off to a fast start with birdies on his first two holes. After a bogey on his fifth hole, Eger birdied four of his next eight holes.
 
Smyth, an eight-time winner on the European Tour, shot an opening nine of 31 and reached 6-under-par with one hole remaining. However, he bogeyed his final hole to fall back into a tie with Eger.
 
Smyth, who captured the 2001 Madeira Island Open for his last win, is a six-time Irish National PGA Champion. His best finish this season in Europe was a tie for 10th at the Telefonica Open de Madrid.
 
Five players are just one shot behind, including Champions Tour veterans Butch Sheehan, Frank Conner and Jerry McGee. Sheehan appeared in 27 tournaments this season with just two top-10s, finishing 54th on the money list. Two-under-par after 12 holes, Conner holed his second shot for eagle on the fourth hole (his 13th) and then birdied the next to reach 5-under, but bogeyed his final hole to finish one back. McGee, who joined the Champions Tour in 1993, won four times on the PGA Tour, but never on the elder circuit.
 
Eamonn Darcy and Rex Caldwell are among a group of eight two shots off the pace. Darcy, another fine player from Ireland, is a four-time Ryder Cup member with four European Tour victories to his credit. Caldwell, a winner 19 years ago on the PGA Tour, posted three birdies on his back nine to shoot 69.
 
Former major league baseball pitcher Rick Rhoden, the all-time winner and money leader on the Celebrity Tour, opened with a 2-under 70, which included six birdies and four bogeys.
 
Eligible for the Champions Tour next year, Ed Fiori also stands at 2-under-par, while Andy Bean, who is eligible in March, struggled to shoot 76.
 
This is the 13th time that the Champions Tour qualifying tournament is being held in Florida. One hundred and 10 players are seeking entrance to the over-50 circuit, with just the top eight players gaining fully exempt status for 2003. The winner of the four-day event will receive a check for $42,000.

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: