Inkster Claims Narrow Lead at ShopRite

By Sports NetworkJune 29, 2002, 4:00 pm
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Juli Inkster birdied her final four holes Saturday to shoot a 4-under 67 and take the 36-hole lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Her two-day total of 10-under-par 130 gives Inkster a one-shot lead over Kate Golden, who struggled down the stretch in the second round.
 
Pat Hurst fired a 6-under 65 Saturday and is alone in third place at 8-under-par 134. Annika Sorenstam and Lorie Kane share fourth place at minus 7.
 
Inkster clawed her way back into the tournament with an 18-foot birdie at the 13th and a 12-footer on 15 to reach 7-under-par. When Inkster and Golden each birdied the 16th hole, Golden owned a three-shot lead over Inkster as the players reached 17.
 
Golden was in between clubs in the fairway, and just as she committed to a club, the wind shifted and caused her approach to sail over the green. Her chip only went a few feet and then she blasted her fourth 20 feet past the hole. Golden double bogeyed the hole to fall to 9-under-par. Inkster wedged her second to four feet at 17 and converted the birdie putt to complete the three-shot swing and match Golden at 9-under for the tournament.
 
'When I hit it I thought it was okay and then when I looked up at it and the people started to separate, you know that is not a good sign,' said Golden, referring to her shot to the 17th. 'I am fine. It is only three days and at the end you have to total it up and I hope to have a good one tomorrow.'
 
Golden made par at No. 18 to shoot a 69 while Inkster roped a five-wood to 30 feet at the par-5 closing hole at the Seaview Marriott Resort's Bay Course. Inkster two-putted for the birdie and will now look for her third win at this event.
 
'I like being there. If you're in the last group then it means I'm leading or close by. The last group is always tougher because all expectations,' said Inkster, who won this year's Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. 'A lot of people are in striking distance. I cannot play conservative tomorrow. I have to play more aggressive.'
 
One player that is lurking close behind is Sorenstam, already a six-time winner this season.
 
'I'm not playing with her, and I cannot control what she does,' said Inkster. 'She probably feels she is right there. I have to play own game, and make birdies.'
 
'I feel good about it and I am very comfortable,' said Sorenstam, who shot a second-round 67. 'This is where I want to be. I will be nervous tomorrow, but I think the fact of the matter is that I know how I react in these situations because I have been there and I have been in the lead before and I have come from behind before and you still have to play and hope not to break momentum. I have to shoot a low score.'
 
Nanci Bowen, Stephanie Keever and Jenny Lidback are tied for sixth at 6-under-par 136.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-over-par 143 and Dottie Pepper fell casualty to the cut. Pepper missed all of this season due to shoulder surgery and posted a pair of 4-over 75s to finish at plus 8.
 
Full-field scores from the ShopRite LPGA Classic

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:

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:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.