Grob Grabs Fourth Canadian Tour Title

By Sports NetworkJune 25, 2006, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeVICTORIA, BC -- Mike Grob shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday to win the Times Colonist Open by one shot.
 
Grob, the Canadian Tour's all-time money leader, finished four rounds at 11-under-par 269 for his fourth tour victory and first since the 2002 Ontario Open Heritage Classic.
 
'I'm getting up there. I'm a little older than the rest of these guys. There are a lot of young guns out here, so it means a lot to know I can still get it done,' said Grob, a 42-year-old father of two.
 
Six-time Canadian Tour winner Trevor Dodds matched the professional course record with a 7-under 63 at Royal Colwood, but it wasn't enough. He finished tied for second place with John Lieber (65) at 10-under-par 270.
 
Wes Heffernan (68) and Jon Turcott (69) shared fourth place, two shots further back.
 
Grob trailed third-round leader Bret Guetz by one shot overnight, but while Guetz was busy going 4-over on his first three holes, Grob opened with five straight pars to take the lead.
 
A birdie at the par-3 sixth moved Grob further under par. Around the turn, he was tied with Turcott for the lead -- but Turcott bogeyed No. 10, and Grob picked up another shot with a birdie.
 
After a birdie at the par-5 14th, Grob rolled in a 30-foot putt at the par-4 17th for another birdie and a two-shot lead.
 
The extra stroke came in handy after he blasted his tee shot right at the 18th and two-putted for bogey.
 
'I kept saying to myself 'Left is okay, left is okay,' and what do I do but bail to the right,' Grob joked of his tee shot. 'I thought I sealed the deal with that putt on 17. I knew 18 would be tough and it gave me a little breathing room.'
 
Wil Collins, Brad Fritsch and Dustin Risdon shared sixth place at 6 under par, one shot better than Steve Friesen, Christopher Botsford and John Mallinger.
 
Guetz, the overnight leader, stumbled to a 5-over 75 and finished at minus-4.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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:

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Steve Stricker:

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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.