Six Share Qatar Lead

By Sports NetworkMarch 11, 2004, 5:00 pm
DOHA, Qatar -- Former Ryder Cupper Pierre Fulke shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to share the opening-round lead of the Qatar Masters.
Matthew Blackey, Paul Broadhurst, Andrew Oldcorn, Nobuhito Sato and Martin Wiegele matched Fulke in the lead at Doha Golf Club.
Winds swirled Thursday at Doha but not nearly as badly as last year. The heavy winds in 2003 forced the first round to be suspended
Fulke, who amassed an 0-1-1 record for Sam Torrance at the Belfry in 2002, birdied the first hole, then added a birdie at No. 6 to make the turn at 2-under 34.
The Swede went birdie-bogey over his first two holes on the second nine, but tallied birdies at two of his final four holes to join the logjam in first place.
Blackey began his round on the 10th hole and recorded two birdies and a bogey over his first three holes, including a 20-foot birdie putt at the 10th and a plugged lie that resulted in bogey at 11.
He went on to make three birdies in a row, starting at the 15th, to mow through the first nine at 4 under par. The Englishman parred his last nine holes to stay atop the leaderboard.
Broadhurst made it through the first 15 holes at 1 under par, but polished off his round of 4-under 68 with three birdies in a row from 16.
Oldcorn, a three-time winner on the European Tour whose last trip to the winner's circle came at the 2001 Volvo PGA Championship, mixed five birdies and a bogey for his piece of first place.
'The key was to navigate my way round the course without making any serious mistakes,' said Oldcorn. 'Last week, I was very rusty but this is better. I worked hard over the weekend and I was more prepared to play today.'
Japan's Sato spread his first three birdies throughout his round. They came at one, six and 11, but dropped a shot to par at the 15th. He racked up consecutive birdies from the 16th for his 68.
Wiegele was the last of the six to get to 4 under and things did not look good after a bogey at the sixth, his 15th of the day. The Austrian, who has yet to make a 36-hole cut in the 2004 campaign, birdied the par-3 eighth to join the group in first.
'Last week I didn't play very well and changed some things in my swing and it felt good in practice,' said Wiegele, who graduated from the Challenge Tour last season. 'It went well today and the birdies came with my new found confidence. I didn't miss many putts from six to 10 feet.'
Ian Woosnam, Jarmo Sandelin, Brian Davis, Mark Foster, Peter Hanson, Rolf Muntz, Steven O'Hara and Terry Price share seventh place after opening rounds of 3-under-par 69.
Darren Fichardt, the 2003 winner of this event, opened his title defense with a 2-under-par 70 and is tied for 15th.
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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.”

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    “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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    Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

    Christina Kim:

    LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

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    LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

    LPGA pro Jennie Lee: