Harrington Clarke in the Hunt

By Sports NetworkMay 22, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Deutsche Bank-SAP OpenHEIDELBERG, Germany -- Frenchman Gregory Havret posted a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take the third-round lead of the Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe. He finished 54 holes at 12-under-par 204 and leads by two over defending champion Padraig Harrington and Trevor Immelman.
 
Joakim Haeggman, who won this year's Qatar Masters, fired a 6-under 66 and is tied for fourth place with Darren Clarke, who shot a third-round 70. The duo is knotted at 9-under-par 207.
 
Louis Oosthuizen carded a 1-under 71 and is alone in sixth at minus-8. Overnight leader Alex Cejka of Germany struggled to a 4-over 76 on Saturday and is seventh at 7-under-par 209.
 
Havret traded a birdie and a bogey over his first two holes on Saturday but drained a 35-foot eagle putt at the third. He mixed two bogeys and birdie on the rest of his front nine to make the turn at 1 under par.
 
The Frenchman, who won the 2001 Italian Open, sank a 15-footer for birdie at the 10th to jump into first place at 10 under par. He reached the green in two at the par-5 12th and two-putted from 50 feet for birdie, which maintained his one-shot edge.
 
Harrington matched Havret in first place but Havret reclaimed the lead. Havret drove into the rough at the 14th but knocked his approach to 3 feet and tapped in the birdie putt. He went two clear of Harrington at the 15th when he holed a 10-footer for birdie.
 
Havret dropped a shot to par at the par-3 16th when his tee ball landed 60 feet from the hole. He three-putted for the bogey and only held a one-stroke advantage over the 2003 winner.
 
Harrington ran into his own trouble at the par-5 17th. He missed the fairway then failed to advance his ball back into the fairway. Harrington took a bogey on the hole and fell two behind.
 
Havret parred the 17th then found the fairway off 18 tee, which was critical for the Frenchman. On Friday, Havret drove into the water and left the hole with a triple-bogey seven.
 
Saturday was a different story because Havret landed safely on the green in regulation. He was 65 feet short of the hole but lagged a beautiful putt to two feet. Havret calmly rolled home the par putt to take the 54-hole lead for the first time in his European Tour career.
 
'I was disappointed, of course, with that triple-bogey but as I said at the time, that's golf,' said Havret. 'Overall I had a good day and I'm quite happy. I tried to take it shot by shot. I did some good things and I did some bad things but I just tried to keep going.'
 
Harrington was only 1 under par until he reached the par-5 12th hole. He missed the green with his second shot but chipped in for eagle to get to 9 under par.
 
The Irishman hit a spectacular tee ball to the par-3 13th. It stopped a foot from the hole and Harrington tapped in for birdie and a share of the lead at minus-10.
 
While Havret extended his margin, Harrington tried to keep pace. He drained a 7-foot birdie putt at the 15th to tie Havret at 11-under par but the miscue at 17, cost Harrington.
 
The No. 8 player in the world had only 8 feet for birdie at the last but missed the putt that would have gotten him within one.
 
'I fell asleep over the tee shot on the 17th by losing concentration,' said Harrington, who posted a 4-under 68 on Saturday. 'Obviously the putt at the last would have saved the day, but, no, it didn't. I am not even thinking about tomorrow right now. I am thinking about my lunch rather than defending this title.'
 
Immelman held the lead with three front-nine birdies but only came in at even-par on the back side. He finished a 3-under 69 and is in position for his third victory on tour.
 
'The course has really shown its teeth after the first day,' said Immelman, who won back-to-back South African Airways Open titles starting last year. 'You've got a British Open feel with the wind and the cold and a U.S. Open feel with the greens and the rough. You are just trying to hang in there.'
 
Nick Price is alone in eighth place at 6 under par after a third-round 70.
 
Order of Merit leader Ernie Els (72), Thomas Bjorn (72), 2001 U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen (69), Anders Hansen (73), Soren Hansen (70), David Howell (75), Soren Kjeldsen (71), Stephen Scahill (74) and Marcel Siem (73) share ninth at minus-5.
 
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  • 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.’’


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    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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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

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    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: