Love Leads Woods After Morning 18

By Sports NetworkFebruary 29, 2004, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Davis Love III took a 1-up lead over Tiger Woods after the first 18 holes of Sunday's 36-hole final at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
The second 18 holes are scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET Sunday.
Love and Woods, the defending champion, were even when they reached La Costa's par-3 16th hole. Woods hit his tee ball right at the flag but spun it back to the collar of the fringe nearly spilling into the water. Love stuck his iron shot two feet from the hole and when Woods missed his birdie try, Love tapped in to go 1-up.
At the 17th, Love drove into the fairway while Woods found the rough off the tee, something he did often throughout the first 18 holes. Woods hit a low shot under a tree into the front bunker while Love's approach went 25 feet over the flag. Woods blasted out to five feet but it would not matter as Love drained the birdie putt to go 2-up.
Woods rebounded at 18 when he found the fairway. He knocked a 2-iron from 253 yards out at the par-5 hole to 30 feet while Love landed in the front bunker with his approach. Love blasted out to six feet while Woods lagged his eagle putt close enough for Love to concede the birdie. Love missed his birdie putt to cut his lead to 1-up.
Thursday's second-round action was washed away due to rain, so the competitors have played 36 holes a day since Friday.
'I feel pretty good,' said Love. 'You're excited so you keep going.'
Love built a 2-up lead at the 10th hole when he canned a 25-footer for birdie and Woods missed a putt from about 12 feet. At the par-5 11th, Love split the fairway while Woods drove into the left rough. Woods tried to muscle a 3-wood out of a difficult lie but the ball hit a hill and ran into the fairway. Love's second found a bunker in front of the green. Woods hit his third to 15 feet and drained the birdie effort while Love's shot from the trap stopped inside of four feet. Love had a very tricky birdie putt to halve and the ball never got close to the cup, meaning Love lost the hole and his margin was 1-up.
Woods had the honor on the par-3 12th and stiffed his tee ball 10 feet from the stick. Love's iron shot came to rest in the right rough and his chip stopped five feet short. Woods drilled the birdie putt to square the match until Love took command down the stretch.
Woods, who is the only player to own all four World Golf Championships titles, can become the first to successfully defend his title at this event.
Love is in search of not only his first Match Play title but his first win at a WGC event.
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    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.

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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

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    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: