Winsday Hot List: WGC-Cadillac Championship

By Win McMurryMarch 6, 2013, 1:02 pm

Fasten your seatbelt, but don't bother checking your clubs as we take you on a trip through the hottest topics in the world of golf. We begin in China as one golf course Americanizes with an Asian flare. Back in the good old U.S., American stars and the pursuit of the American Dream have us flying high as the PGA Tour travels to a piece of property owned by one of the most entrepreneurial businessmen on the planet. No need to put your seat back in the full upright position. Just sit back, relax and enjoy this week's ride.

1. Surreal Golf: Mission Hills is at it again. This time with its Fantasy Course, the 12th on the massive property. It will feature terra cotta warriors and waterfall hazards, pandas and Mayan ruins and a green that is an enormous bowl of Chinese noodles. Serious. Yes. Wow.


2. Golf Boys 2.Oh: The Golf Boys are back with 2.Oh. Wow. If it doesn't make you crack a smile (Remind yourself these are talented professional golfers by day), I can't think of what would. I burst out laughing at my desk today, while watching the Birdman again, who crashed last year’s U.S. Open.


3. Team America: All nine winners so far in the 2013 Tour season are U.S. born. Here's the list: Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley, Brian Gay, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, John Merrick, Matt Kuchar and Michael Thompson. Time for the Internationals to step it up, and there’s no better place than this week, when the Tour splits its time between the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Puerto Rico Open.


4. America's Sweetheart: While we're on the topic of American dominance, Stacy Lewis deserves a tip of the hat. The 2012 Rolex Player of the Year (first American on the LPGA to earn the honor since Beth Daniel in 1994) won the HSBC Women's Champions at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on Sunday.


5. Smart Golf: An advent in new technology has golfers attaching sensors to belts and golf club grips to track each shot during a round in the new Golf Game. These sensors combined with GPS and data sharing can be transferred to smart phones, tablets and personal computers for sharing highlights and garnering feedback from others through existing social media networks. 'See, share and compare,' said John McGuire, the CEO and co-founder of Game Golf, who is looking to revolutionize the way golf and other sports are played.


6. Carry-on Clubs: Don't worry about parting with your Scotty anymore. The TSA announced Tuesday at a conference in Brooklyn that they are making changes to aviation security that will take effect April 25. Travelers will now be able to board flights with up to two golf clubs. Other newly permitted carry-ons include small pocket knives, hockey sticks and ski poles.


7. Mat Kearney and Charity: We're revisiting Golf Boys to appreciate singer/songwriter Mat Kearney from Nashville who wrote the music and lyrics at the request of Ben Crane. The puns are worth a second look. Some of my favs, 'Vaca in Sang Moon Bae,' and 'I like olives in my Rory Sabbatini.' Also, 'I want to win so Aaron Baddeley,' and 'I get a massage every single Jason Day.' All proceeds benefit charity: water, which raises awareness and support for the clean-water crisis. Entertaining and environmental. I like it.


8. Third Annual Els for Autism Golf Challenge: It's the largest international charity-driven amateur golf tournament in history. Comprised of more than 20 events across North America, teams compete in a combined low-net event for prizes that include trips to Africa, South America and England, as well as a chance to join Els and other Tour players in Las Vegas. The Challenge has raised to date more than $4 million for autism between 3,300 rounds of golf and more than 13,000 donors.


9. Spotlighting The Top Three: Rory, Tiger and Luke. We get the fab three for back-to-back rounds this week as they tee it up at Donald Trump's TPC Blue Monster at Doral. Despite their top positions in the Official World Golf Ranking, there are plenty of questions surrounding them. Will McIlroy’s swing struggles continue following his walk-off in the second round at last week’s Honda Classic? And how's that wisdom tooth? Will Woods ever be able to dominate again at Doral as he did prior to 2007? And what's going on with Donald? We have only seen him play two times this year, one of them being an early out in the WGC-Match Play Championship. 

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:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday.