Roberts Shares Lead at JELD-WEN

By Sports NetworkAugust 24, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Jeld-Wen TraditionALOHA, Ore. -- Loren Roberts had 17 days off before teeing it up as a defending champion for the first time on the Champions Tour.
 
Thursday, he showed little rust in earning a share of the first round lead at the final professional golf major of the year.
 
Wayne Levi
Wayne Levi is looking to join Loren Roberts and Bobby Wadkins as senior major champions.
'I thought 4 or 5 under would be a good way to start,' Roberts said after opening with a 5-under 67 at the JELD-WEN Tradition, where he claimed his first Seniors title last year in a playoff.
 
'It takes a day or two to get back into the groove after time off.'
 
That last statement should give the rest of the field pause, including first round co-leaders Bobby Wadkins and Wayne Levi.
 
Roberts, 51, hasn't played since finishing tied for sixth place at the 3M Championship two weeks ago, yet he reached every green in regulation and bogeyed just one hole Thursday at Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club.
 
That bogey came with a three-putt at the par-5 sixth -- a rarity for the man they call 'The Boss of the Moss.'
 
'I played very solid,' said Roberts, who has added four more wins this season, including his second major at the Senior British Open last month. 'Sure, three-putts rile me up, but I worked with my coach last week in Memphis.'
 
One of only a handful of players who have a legitimate chance at catching Roberts for the Schwab Cup, Wadkins is looking like a resurgent weekly challenger.
 
After winning his inaugural start on the Champions Tour at the 2001 Long Island Classic, Wadkins, 55, went four calendar years before claiming victory again, something he has done twice this year.
 
On Thursday, he mixed seven birdies with a pair of bogeys to join Roberts and Levi at the top. The key to his resurgence, he says, is his play with the flat stick.
 
'I think I've putted better this year than I have in my life,' said Wadkins, whose longest birdie putt Thursday came from 35 feet. 'Things have kind of fallen into place. It's been a very good year.'
 
Levi, 54, is seeking his third Champions Tour victory after winning once in 2003 and 2004. His best finish this season came last week -- a tie for third place at the Greater Seattle Classic.
 
Plagued by three-putts this summer, Levi three-putted twice in his round on Thursday, but also holed out from the fairway for an eagle at the third.
 
'That got me going,' said Levi, who also had six birdies in his round.
 
Elsewhere on Thursday, scores were very low with 40 players in a field of 79 shooting even-par or better at the fifth and final Champions Tour major of the season.
 
Tom Kite, last week's winner at the Greater Seattle Classic and the 2000 JELD- WEN champion, is tied for fourth place with Keith Fergus at 4-under 68.
 
Mark McCumber, Curtis Strange and Lonnie Nielsen share sixth place at 3-under 69 -- one shot ahead of seven players who are tied for ninth, including all-time Champions Tour wins leader Hale Irwin.
 
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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: