Furyk on Target in Round 1

By Sports NetworkDecember 5, 2002, 5:00 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jim Furyk shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Target World Challenge presented by Williams. Furyk finished one shot ahead of Nick Price and Padraig Harrington.
 
Davis Love III, who won this event in 2000, posted a 6-under 66 to finish alone in fourth.
 
Tournament host Tiger Woods opened with a 68 for the third year in a row. The defending champion had an up-and-down round at Sherwood Country Club that started with a bogey at the second. He countered with a birdie at the very next hole but found trouble again with a bogey at the par-4 fourth.
 
Woods bounced back again in remarkable fashion with four consecutive birdies starting at the fifth. The top player in the world faltered, however, with a bogey at the ninth to make the turn at minus-2.
 
At the par-5 11th, Woods knocked his second shot within six feet of the hole. His eagle try failed to find the bottom of the cup and he settled for a birdie.
 
Woods then drained a short birdie putt at the par-5 13th on his way to a 4-under 68. Woods was joined by Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie in a tie for eighth.
 
'It was perfect conditions to score today,' said Woods. 'If you just look at the scoreboard, you can see that. There are five par-5s, and they are all reachable with good drives. You knew you had to take it low today to keep pace.'
 
Furyk jumped out of the gate with an eagle at the par-5 second and followed with back-to-back birdies from the third to quickly move to 4-under. He added another pair of birdies from the 10th and reached 7-under with a birdie at the 14th.
 
'This course right now is not playing overly long,' said Furyk. 'If you knock the ball in the middle of the fairway and hit a nice, high, soft iron shot, you are going to do pretty well.'
 
At the par-3 18th, Furyk drained a 20-foot putt for birdie and the outright lead.
 
'You want to play a solid round and whether you are in the lead at 4-under or 8-under, you just want to put yourself in decent position,' said Furyk, who matched the course record. 'Being in the lead after the first day is really not that important. But I want to build on this, keep giving myself opportunities with my iron play and I like the way I'm putting right now.'
 
Chris DiMarco carded a 5-under-par 67 to finish alongside David Toms and Retief Goosen in a tie for fifth.
 
Mark O'Meara had four birdies on his round until a double bogey at the par-3 12th. He responded with a birdie at 13 and picked up back-to-back birdies starting at the par-5 16th before a double bogey at the last for a round of 69. Michael Campbell finished one shot further back at 2-under-par 70.
 
Bernhard Langer carded an even-par 72. He was followed by PGA Championship winner Rich Beem at 2-over-par 74.
 
Vijay Singh, who captured the Tour Championship in November, struggled with an opening-round 75 while Bob Estes was one shot further back after a 4-over 76.
 
This year's field consists of the top 12 players from the Official World Golf Rankings as of September 30th, plus four exemptions chosen by the Tiger Woods Foundation.
 
Full-field scores from the Target World Challenge

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: