Kuchar a Playoff Winner in Virginia

By Sports NetworkMay 21, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Henrico County OpenGLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Matt Kuchar two-putted for birdie on the third playoff hole Sunday to defeat Paul Claxton and win the Henrico County Open.
 
Kuchar closed with an even-par 72, while Claxton fired a 3-under 69 to end at 9-under-par 279.
 
'I didn't pay attention to where I stood, but boy this was exciting,' said Kuchar, who collected $81,000 for the win. 'It was great to be back in this position. It's been a while and it feels sweet again. It's bittersweet to beat a friend, but a win's a win. Paul played great.'
 
The pair returned to the par-5 18th for the first extra hole. Kuchar and Claxton both two-putted for birdie from over 65 feet out.
 
They moved to the tough par-3 ninth for the second playoff hole. Kuchar, who birdied the hole in regulation, dropped his tee ball 12 feet from the cup. Claxton's tee shot came to rest 2 feet closer to the hole.
 
Kuchar missed his birdie putt on the low side and tapped in for par. Claxton's birdie effort slid over the left edge and it was back to the 18th at The Dominion Club.
 
Both players found the right rough off the tee at the par-5. Claxton knocked his second just over the back edge of the green. Kuchar's approach just cleared the water fronting the green and came to rest within 12 feet of the hole.
 
With the pressure on, Claxton hit his chip thin and ran it through the green. He pitched his fourth to 2 feet.
 
Kuchar closed things out. He rolled his eagle effort just right of the cup, but calmly kicked in the birdie try for his first tour win. Kuchar also owns one victory on the PGA TOUR.
 
'It was a cut 7-iron off the bank and it rolled right around the cup. Just like I planned it,' joked Kuchar of his approach on the third extra hole.
 
Jason Caron closed with a 2-under 70 to end in third place at 8-under-par 280.
 
Third-round leader Jeff Burns struggled to a six-over 78 to share fourth at minus-6. He ended alongside Steve Wheatcroft (72), Charlie Wi (72), Erik Compton (76), Bradley Hughes (69) and Andrew Pratt (72).
 
Kuchar birdied the second to get to 10 under, but gave that stroke right back with a bogey on three. He dropped another stroke on eight.
 
The 27-year-old atoned for that error with a 5-foot birdie putt on the ninth to get back to minus-9. He shared the lead at that point with Peter Tomasulo.
 
Kuchar bogeyed the 17th after missing the green, but drained a 25-footer for birdie on 18 to join Claxton at minus-9.
 
Claxton moved to 8 under with birdies on two and six. He gave a stroke back to par with a bogey at the eighth. The 2001 Louisiana Open winner birdied the 13th to move to minus-8 and closed with a birdie on 18 to end at 9 under.
 
Tomasulo was at 9 under through eight holes after two bogeys and one birdie in that span. However, he carded a birdie, two bogeys and two double-bogeys the rest of the way to tumble down the leaderboard.
 
Burns, who was looking for his first tour win, posted three bogeys on each nine to fall to minus-5.
 
Tomasulo, Steve Marino and Fran Quinn shared 10th at 4-under-par 284.
 
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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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    David Feherty:

    Jack Nicklaus:

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    Steve Stricker:

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    Frank Nobilo:

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    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: