Euros Come Up Short Again

By Tom AbbottApril 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Europeans were left disappointed at Augusta once again. My Masters pick Padraig Harrington recorded the highest finish from the Euros with a tie for fifth. But we must not grumble, fine showings from Rose, Poulter, Casey, Westwood and Karlsson will boost their confidence as they begin focusing on THE PLAYERS.
 
Although the TOURs annual visit to Sawgrass is not classified as a major the quality of field and strength of lay-out put it just marginally below the U.S. Open, Open Championship and Masters, and dare we say it pretty much on a par with the PGA.
 
Miguel Angel Jimenez threw-in a very sneaky 68 in the final round last week. Im keeping my eye on the pony-tailed Spaniard as a winner in the short-term, not a good bet for Sawgrass, though; his best finish a T-38th.
 
European Tour
The European Tour heads back to the Far East this week for the first of two weeks in China. The Volvo China Open plays out in Beijing with tape-delayed coverage on GOLF CHANNEL, next week will be more of the same from Shanghai and the BMW Asian Open.
 
Im interested to watch the performance of David Howell over the next couple of weeks, Howell has struggled with injuries recently but showed huge signs of improvement by getting into a play-off at the Portuguese Open a fortnight ago. He missed the Masters this year for the first time since 2004.
 
Howell will have a tougher task at next weeks BMW Asian Open. The tournament has attracted Retief Goosen, Henrik Stenson, Greg Norman and Darren Clarke.
 
LET
Swedens Lotta Wahlin captured the Catalonia Ladies 2008 over the weekend. The 24-year-old from Linkoping cruised to a six-shot victory in the limited field 36-hole event. Wahlin has been steadily building her career on tour and this victory has been on the cards. She qualified for the tour in 2005, recording three top-10s in her rookie season then three top-5s last year.
 
Next up for the Ladies European Tour is their first full-field event on European soil. The Ladies Spanish Open tees off April 17th. Among those on the entry list is Sam Head, who stars in GOLF CHANNELs Big Break Kaanapali.
 
Challenge Tour
Last year the flying Dutchman title was bestowed upon Joost Luiten, whos name still troubles commentators. Ive heard three or four different pronunciations so far this year, but however you say it Luiten had a good year. The 22-year-old won twice on the Challenge Tour and graduated to the main tour for this season. Hes currently 78th on the European Tour Order of Merit.
 
This years flying Dutchman could well be a chap named Wil Besseling. The 22-year-old romped to a seven-shot win in last weeks Colombia Masters, moving to sixth on the Challenge Tour rankings. This is Besselings first year on the Challenge Tour having come through the EPD Tour last season. Next for the Challenge Tour is a trip to France. The AGF-Allianz Open Cotes dArmour Bretagne starts on April 23.
 
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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.’’


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    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:

    GC Tiger Tracker:

    Steve Stricker:

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    Frank Nobilo:

    Ian Poulter:

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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: