Power Rankings: AT&T National

By June 26, 2012, 2:00 pm

The PGA Tour hops down Interstate 95 to just outside the nation's capital for this week's AT&T National. Congressional CC returns as host after the U.S. open was here a year ago and Aronimink, just outside of Philadelphia, hosted this event for the last two years.

Take a look at our fantasy rankings for this week, then tweet out your picks using the hashtag #GCFantasy and send them to me @RyanBallengeeGC. Also be sure to join the Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge to test yourself against our panel of experts, including defending champion Win McMurry.

1. Tiger Woods: Though his weekend at the U.S. Open was disappointing, Woods has a pair of PGA Tour wins this season at events hosted by legends. He won here in 2009 and the pattern holds for him to win again.

2. Hunter Mahan: Mahan played sleepy golf through the first three days at the Travelers Championship, then went off for a final-round 61 to surge up the leaderboard. He had a final-round 62 here in 2009 to finish in second place, so he can do the same again this week.

3. Jim Furyk: Furyk returns for the first time since nearly winning a second U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. He's enjoyed a pair of top-three finishes at Congressional in this event and is playing great overall golf.

4. Dustin Johnson: Though the Memphis winner didn't make the cut at the U.S. Open, Johnson has clearly come back from injury in good form. It's his first look at Congressional in this event and second start in the AT&T National overall.

5. Marc Leishman: Last week's winner played this event at Congressional just once, but did post a T-7 at Aronimink in 2010. He has come alive since the Nelson, where he finished T-3.

6. Ryan Palmer: Palmer is one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour, with three consecutive top-10 finishes. He made just one cut in three AT&T National starts at Congressional, however.

7. Rory Sabbatini: The South African was T-2 to Tiger Woods at the Memorial and T-18 last week at the Travelers Championship. With Congressional set up to be more difficult than it has been in the past for this event, it fits Sabbatini's profile.

8. Kevin Chappell: Chappell finished T-10 at the U.S. Open, as well as T-3 in the u.S. Open at Congressional last year. Seems like a proper fit this week.

9. Bryce Molder: Molder is a good sleeper pick this week. He has cashed in four of his last five PGA Tour starts but, more importantly, has two top-eight finishes in three AT&T National starts.

10. Charlie Wi: Wi missed the cut in both AT&T National starts at Congressional, but was fourth at Aronimink in 2010. He has missed just one cut (Wells Fargo Championship) since February.

**Remember to join GC Fantasy expert Rob Bolton for a live chat 12:00p ET Wednesday at www.rotoworld.com**

Tune in to Golf Channel Thursday-Friday from 3P-6P ET for live coverage of the AT&T National.

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Watch: Woods birdies three of his first six holes

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:20 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Woods to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”