Jimenez Grabs Control in Portugal

By Sports NetworkApril 2, 2004, 5:00 pm
PORTUGAL -- Miguel Angel Jimenez posted a 6-under 66 on Friday to move into the lead after two rounds of the Algarve Open de Portugal. Jimenez finished 36 holes at 9-under-par 135, one stroke clear of his closest competitors.
'It is always nice to see your name at the top of the leaderboard,' said Jimenez, an eight-time winner on the European Tour. 'I am hitting it well and hope I stay there for the rest of the tournament.'
Reigning Volvo PGA Championship winner Ignacio Garrido used a birdie on the closing hole to complete a round of 67 and join Damien McGrane and Terry Price in a tie for second place at 8-under-par 136. Overnight leader Peter Lawrie was one shot further back at 7-under-par 137 along with Ian Woosnam.
Jimenez, who titled earlier this season at the Johnnie Walker Classic, played the back side first at Le Meridien and jumped out of the gate with a birdie at the 10th, his first.
The Spaniard added a birdie at the 16th and reached 6 under with a birdie at the first. Jimenez continued his push for the lead at the par-5 fifth and landed his third shot inside four feet.
Jimenez ran home the birdie putt and took the outright lead two holes later at the seventh.
The 40-year-old knocked his approach to nine feet at the par-4 and drained the birdie putt. Jimenez kept on rolling on the following hole and dropped his second shot within 12 feet of the cup for his sixth birdie of the day.
'The conditions were very nice today,' said Jimenez. 'There was no wind on the front nine and just a little breeze on the back nine.'
Garrido began his move up the leaderboard with an eagle at the par-5 fifth and back-to-back birdies from the sixth.
The 32-year-old bogeyed the ninth and dropped another shot with a bogey at the 13th. Garrido came right back, however, and birdied two straight starting at the 14th to climb to 7 under.
Garrido had a chance to join his compatriot Jimenez in the lead at the par-5 last and played his second shot on the green inside 13 feet. Garrido's birdie try failed to find the bottom of the cup but he settled for a birdie to finish one shot back.
Lawrie, last year's rookie of the year on the European Tour, started on the 10th and birdied his first two holes to maintain the early lead.
The Irishman found trouble with a bogey at the 13th and came back to the field with a bogey at the 17th.
Lawrie countered with a birdie at the second and followed with a birdie at the fifth. He failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker for a bogey at the sixth but managed to recover again at the par-3 eighth after almost holing his tee shot.
He tapped in for birdie to get back to 8 under but stumbled with a bogey at the ninth, his last, to finish two shots off the pace heading into the weekend.
'The course was there for the taking today but I made too many bogeys,' said Lawrie, who carded a 71. 'My iron play hasn't been too good so I need to work on that. But I didn't shoot myself in the foot like I normally do. Hopefully today was the bad day.'
Steve Webster improved his position drastically with a 66 on Friday. The Englishman moved to 6-under-par 138 to join Nicolas Colsaerts, Jean-Francois Remesy, Jarmo Sandelin, Matthew Cort, Louis Oosthuizen and Emanuele Canonica in a tie for seventh.
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 143 with 74 players making the weekend. Thomas Levet and Paul McGinley were among those who failed to qualify.
Related Links:
  • TGC Airtimes
  • Leaderboard - Algarve Open de Portugal
  • Full Coverage - Algarve Open de Portugal
  • 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!!

    A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi) on

    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: