Mackenzie Shares US Womens Amateur Lead - COPIED

By Sports NetworkAugust 8, 2006, 4:00 pm
USGANORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Paige Mackenzie, a member of the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup team, shot a 2-under 69 on Monday to share the lead with two other players after one round of stroke play at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
Mackenzie, of Yakima, Washington, guided the Americans to a big win over the Great Britain & Ireland team eight days ago. Monday, she was joined atop the leaderboard by Margaret Shirley of Roswell, Georgia, and Mi Jung Hur of Korea.
Playing close to home (the Curtis Cup was also held in Oregon) has helped the 23-year-old Mackenzie, a recent graduate of the University of Washington, over last two weeks.
'I've done well at home,' said the first-team All American. 'We hosted junior and college regionals and nationals and I felt really excited about coming home.'
Two of the co-leaders, Mackenzie and Shirley, double-bogeyed the 14th hole at Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow Course -- a tough 393-yard 'par-four-and-a-half' reminiscent of the 13th and 15th at Augusta National.
For Shirley, her six at the 14th represented the only dropped shots in an otherwise spotless round that included four birdies.
Mackenzie's round was a little more up-and-down. Along with her double at the 14th, she carded six birdies and two bogeys. The one thing she did consistently was make putts, sinking four between 11 and 20 feet.
'I putted very well at the Curtis Cup too, and I have a lot more confidence,' said Mackenzie. 'It's the kind of mind set of being relaxed and trusting the line.'
Hur walked away with a par at the 14th, but had a double-bogey at the par-four first to go along with six birdies and two bogeys.
The leaders have a one-shot advantage over Mari Chun, In Kyung Kim, Kimberly Kim and Ya-Ni Tseng, who each carded rounds of one-under 70 on Monday.
Jenny Shin, who became the second-youngest winner of the Girls' Junior Championship last month, is tied for 23rd place after a round of two-over 73. Only six players have ever won both the Girls' Junior and U.S. Women's Amateur.
Stroke play continues on Tuesday, then it's five days of match play until a champion is crowned following the 36-hole final on Sunday.

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:

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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

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.