Tiger Phil Advance Weir Singh Fall

By Sports NetworkFebruary 27, 2004, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods, the defending champion, looked impressive Friday as he dispatched Trevor Immelman, 5 and 4, in his second-round match at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Woods, the No. 1 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, and Davis Love III, the top seed in the Sam Snead bracket, will be the only No. 1 seeds to go to the third round as Love bested good friend Fred Couples, 3 and 2.
Vijay Singh, the highest-ranked seed in the Gary Player bracket, got bounced by eighth seed Jerry Kelly, 4 and 2. Mike Weir, the reigning Masters champion and winner of last week's Nissan Open, could not catch up to Stephen Leaney, also ranked eighth, falling by a 3 and 2 margin.
Kelly built a 2-up lead thanks to bogeys by Singh at four and five and held that margin until the 13th. Kelly sank an 18-foot birdie putt at the hole to go 3-up but Singh got one back with a two-putt par at No. 14.
Kelly answered with a short birdie putt at the 15th to go back up by three, then hit it close at the par-3 16th. Singh landed in a bunker and when he failed to hole out, Singh conceded the match to Kelly.
'I really wanted to beat the No. 2 player in the world,' admitted Kelly. 'I'm in great shape right now. I'm looking forward to 36 holes three days in a row, if it turns out.'
The second round was played Friday because heavy rain pounded La Costa Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The plan is to complete the third round Friday afternoon and get the tournament back on schedule, which includes the quarterfinals and semifinals Saturday and a 36-hole final match on Sunday.
Weir and Leaney, teammates for the International side at last year's Presidents Cup, were even through seven holes but Leaney won the next three holes, including a 25-footer for birdie at the 10th, to go 3-up.
Weir won the 11th with a birdie and thought he had a chance at a comeback but Leaney holed out from a bunker for birdie at the 14th to go 3-up. Leaney stiffed his tee ball at 16 and Weir missed his birdie try, then conceded the match to Leaney.
'I just didn't putt very well,' said Weir. 'When I had chances to creep a little closer, the putts I need to make, I just didn't make them today.'
In other second-round matches, Phil Mickelson equaled the record for shortest match at this event, when he trounced British Open champion Ben Curtis, 7 and 6. Mickelson will meet Chris DiMarco, who won the 19th hole to better Stuart Appleby.
Woods moved on to the third round and will face Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, who advanced thanks to a 5-and-4 thrashing of Denmark's Thomas Bjorn.
'I played well,' said Woods. 'I just need to go out there and do the same thing the rest of the week.'
The other third-round match in the Jones bracket will feature two seed David Toms, who beat PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, 4 and 3, in the second round, against third seed Padraig Harrington, who advanced with a 3-and-2 win over Bob Estes.
Leaney is the highest seed remaining in the Ben Hogan side and will take on 13th seeded Colin Montgomerie in the third round. Monty moved on with a 5-and-4 drubbing of Stewart Cink.
Ian Poulter, seeded 11th, dismantled Duffy Waldorf, 7 and 5, and will battle No. 15 John Huston, who beat Peter Lonard 1-up in Friday's second round.
Mickelson, No. 2 in the Snead bracket, and DiMarco, sixth, are half of the third-round bracket. Love will meet Adam Scott, who beat Robert Allenby on the 23rd hole when Allenby missed a two-footer for par.
Darren Clarke, the third seed in the Player bracket eliminated Alex Cejka, 6 and 5, and will take on Kenny Perry, the No. 2 seed. Perry nearly squandered a lead late but hung on for a 1-up win over Steve Flesch.
The other half of the Player bracket will feature Kelly versus fourth seed Chad Campbell, who disposed of Loren Roberts, 3 and 1.
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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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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

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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 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: