Winsday Hot List: Rickie, 'staches and moms

By Win McMurryMay 9, 2012, 1:56 pm

It’s time again for stadium golf, this week at The Players. And what a way for the week to be ushered in with Rickie Fowler’s first victory. There is no better person to top this week’s Hot List. And there’s no better person to end it with than Mom. So here’s the rundown of what’s buzzing this week not only on the course but in the galleries as well.

Rickie Fowler – Justin Bieber got his GED this week and Rickie Fowler, his first win. Coincidence? Regardless, Fowler schooled the Quail Hollow field, leading the tournament in total driving. He averaged 305.9 yards off the tee and hit close to 80 percent of the greens in regulation. Beating Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in sudden death also killed the “over-hyped” theory. Not only has our summer interest in the Tour just revved up, our young gun power force is set to start wylin’!

Rickie Fowler fan

Cobra/Puma Golf – Finally Cobra/Puma gets the “Sweet. Juicy. Victory.” they’ve been waiting for with their primo investment in Rickie Fowler. If you thought the orange flat-brim hats were popular before, I imagine courses are going to look like orange trees from the Goodyear blimp soon. And let’s talk about the AMP driver, which has aided Rickie’s huge improvement in his tee-to-green game.: last year, T-87 in total driving, this year,  fifth.

Rickie Fowler

The ’Stache – Whether you think it’s sexy or downright dirty, the ’stache is a statement that players have gloriously worn into the winner’s circle this year. Johnson Wagner, the first full-field winner of the year, is still rocking the manly look and it could be here to stay for a long while thanks to Fowler, who could set off a firestorm for new facial hairdo.

U.S. military

Military Appreciation – Wednesday marked Military Appreciation Day at The Players, a salute that continues throughout the week with free admission for all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents. The PGA Tour goes beyond to salute the brave men and women who protect America. Part of the evening ceremony included a flyover by Four F-15 fighter jets from the 125th Fighter Wing of the Florida National Guard as well as a concert by country artist Luke Bryan. In addition, Amy and new Hall-of-Fame inductee Phil Mickelson, along with Cathy and Jim Justice and the Greenbrier Classic, announced earlier in the week a fundraiser to benefit Birdies for the Brave, a two-day fundraising event that will include a pro-am gala dinner and a concert featuring A-list country music stars.

Phil Mickelson at the 2012 Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Phil – Whether you are glad Mickelson is already in or would have rather seen his name appear on the ballot at a later date, it’s still Phil’s week with his celebrated induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. And what a speech he gave. If you weren’t a huge Phil fan before (I hear there are a few, although it’s hard to believe) you can’t help but like him after his caring, charismatic, and genuinely sweet speech in St. Augustine.

TPC Sawgrass

Island Greens – The famed (or maybe more aptly, infamous) par-3 17th at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is set to show its teeth this week. Pete Dye (whose wife Alice gave him the idea for the design of the hole) knew how to insert the fear factor into championship golf. This week the 17th reigns. Here’s to island greens in all their glory!

Lucas Glover

Moms – U.S. Open Sunday is known for celebrating fatherhood as The Players Sunday is now a Mother’s Day treat. Don’t forget all the moms out there who do so much to love, nurture, inspire and support us all. Remember, if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

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:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

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: