Big Break Ireland: Andy Walker's Final Words

By Big BreakNovember 14, 2011, 4:59 pm

First off I want to thank everyone from the Golf Channel, The K Club, all the producers, casts, cameramen, hosts, marketing team, etc...for allowing me to experience something I will never forget and being able to share it with the world!  I'm friends with at least 30 prior Big Break players and when they said 'Andy this is something you've gotta do if you ever get a chance', I had no idea why they said it - well now I do!  This was the most incredible production I've ever seen - hats off to Golf Channel!
Big Break Ireland allowed me to experience something I've missed this year, that competitive fire.  All I've ever done since I was 5 years old was play competitive golf (and hoop, baseball, football), but always golf.  For the 9 months prior to Big Break Ireland I knew something was missing.  As soon as show one started and the “Glass Break Challenge” was in my hands, I felt whole again.  A club in my hand, something on the line, people rooting for and against you...this is what I love.  Throughout the whole show I got to witness some very special and talented players mature into what I hope are budding superstars.  This show has made me a better golfer, coach, and instructor to my players that put their livelihood and futures in my hands.  It was nice to show the world that I can still play.
After the finals of PGA Tour Q-school, there's an orientation where you learn how to handle the media and how you want to be portrayed by the public.  I was a little nervous watching episode one hoping that I didn't say or do anything that would embarrass me, my family, friends, my team, students, etc.  I can honestly say that I have absolutely zero regrets on how I conducted myself on the show.  Since the elimination on Tuesday, I've heard from many how much they enjoyed watching me play and how they enjoyed the class that I showed on the show.  I've also heard from a few saying that I was cocky.  To the many - Thank the few, I'm very confident in my abilities as a professional golfer, coach, and instructor.  I've worked extremely hard on my game for over 30 years and have enjoyed a great professional career playing.  The sacrifices I've made and successes that I've had playing golf isn't something that I consider “Luck”.  I'm confident because I've worked hard to earn my place in golf.  It's a game that I deeply respect and really it's all I know.

For now, I'm teaching full time at The Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, AZ and love seeing the progress of my students at every level from juniors and amateurs to collegiate All-Americans and Tour Players.  Golf is a game that I love, it owes us nothing.  Golf Channel owes us nothing.  Both have given me everything.
I dedicate Big Break Ireland to my wonderful family (Mom, Pop, Leonard and his family, Jeff Dunovant, and my son AJ who's my heart and soul).
Peace....Andy Walker 'Adub'

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Watch: Thomas nearly makes ace ... off rock wall

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 25, 2018, 7:50 pm

You don’t become a major champ and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year without catching a few lucky breaks along the way, but this shot from Justin Thomas on Sunday at the Honda Classic was just silly.

Playing the 182-yard, par-3 fifth hole with the tournament lead, Thomas’ tee shot found the rock wall guarding the green, and proceeded to bounce forward about 20 feet in the air before nearly go in the hole for an ace:

Thomas couldn’t take full advantage of fortuitous bounce, missing the 13-footer for birdie. But if he holds on to his lead down the stretch, JT will remember this nonchalant par for a very long time.

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Watch: Tiger's drive startles strolling duck

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 25, 2018, 7:21 pm

Tiger Woods split the eighth fairway with a 287-yard, 3-wood on Sunday and startled a duck (goose?) who was merely out and about for a stroll at PGA National.

The duck (goose?) walked away under its own power, and Woods followed up with a wedge to inside 9 feet and his third birdie of the front nine.

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Watch: Tiger's Sunday birdies at the Honda

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 25, 2018, 6:40 pm

One day after he left a barrage of birdie opportunities out on the golf course, Tiger Woods worked his way into red figures early on Sunday.

Seven off the pace to start the day, Woods found the first fairway, hit the first green and rolled in a 20-footer for his first birdie of the day.

After narrowly missing a 10-footer for what would have been another circle at the par-5 third, Woods came right back at the fourth, flying an approach from 148 yards to 9 feet and finishing the job.

At the par-4 eighth, Woods went with 3-wood off the tee and startled a duck that was walking down the middle of the fairway.

The duck walked away, and Tiger stuffed his approach inside 9 feet, setting up his third birdie of the day.

Woods dropped his first shot of the day at the par-4 ninth after hooking his tee shot and then short siding himself right of the green. He made the turn in 2-under 33.

Following four straight pars to start his second nine, Tiger took down the 465-yard, par-4 14th with a 2-iron, a 9-iron, and a putt to move back to 3 under.

Unfortunately, the Bear Trap would bite Tiger for the fourth day in a row. Woods rinsed his ball at 15 for a double bogey and three-putted at 16 to drop another shot and fall all the way back to even.

Closing pars at 17 and 18 left him even par for the round and the championship. The real story of his week: Woods played the Bear Trap 8 over and the rest of the golf course 8 under.

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New-look Korda wins after serious jaw surgery

By Will GrayFebruary 25, 2018, 6:31 pm

If the pictures of Jessica Korda from the Honda LPGA Thailand cause you to do a double-take, you're not alone.

Korda's world-class talent was on full display this week in Asia, where she won by four shots, but so too was her new-look face. The 24-year-old underwent serious jaw surgery in December, a final attempt to address a significant overbite that led to ailments ranging from facial cramping to headaches to sleep apnea.

The procedure was intense. Doctors first broke her nose, then broke her jaw in five different places - three on the top, and two on the bottom. She now has 27 screws in her face, and the physical result still requires some adjustment for a woman who now has five career LPGA wins.

"I look at pictures of myself and I don't feel like I look like that person," Korda told Golfweek. "I don't know who that is. And then I look at pictures of my old self and that doesn't look like me either."

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The Dec. 7 surgery left Korda unable to eat, with her mother reportedly feeding her through a syringe for "weeks." Korda's facial structure before the surgery was such that she was only using 20 percent of her teeth when chewing food.

But despite returning to practice only six weeks ago and still dealing with lingering numbness in her face, Korda promptly dusted a world-class field in her first start back. She shot 25 under for the week, highlighted by a second-round 62, leaving the likes of Lexi Thompson and Ariya Jutanugarn in her wake.

After a difficult winter, Korda's look may have changed but her game clearly remains unaffected.

"Coming in after surgery, I didn't know what to expect," Korda told reporters. "Obviously when I look at myself, I still don't feel like I look like myself yet. That will come. I'm just very, very happy. All the hard work I was putting in in the off-season when I could has paid off rather quickly."