Grace is So Graceful in Interviews

By George WhiteNovember 18, 2004, 5:00 pm
Grace Park doesnt seem to know the ins and outs of interviews. No one has told her that, to most interview subjects, there seems to be a certain way to sit, a certain way to answer questions, a certain false bravado to project.
 
Grace doesnt do any of this. She marches in and grabs a chair. She answers with exactly what comes to her mind. And if what comes to mind is self-deprecating, well, what of it?
 
Shes in Florida this week at the ADT Championship, the tournament for the ladies crme de la crme. And as always, she didnt put her answers through the mental filter before they came out into words. She said at the Samsung World Championships exactly what she felt like at the time ' a loser after stumbling to Annika Sorenstam when she led going into the final round.. And, no, she isnt going to start filtering now.
 
No, no, no, she protested. Thats me, you know. Im open to you, to everyone else. I did really feel like a loser.
 
She, too, has watched the answers of a person who has finished second and wondered how they could say they were happy with the outcome, regardless of whether they won or not. She firmly believes, with all her Korean heritage, in being polite. But she doesnt think that is what the runner-up finisher honestly believes.
 
You know theyre lying, she says emphatically, a smile crossing her lips. You know theyre disappointed. If theyre happy they finished second after having the lead for 65 holes ' theyre lying.
 
Park has plenty of experience ' she has either finished second or tied for second seven times ' and thats this year alone. And each one was a bitter disappointment, she says. Its like a slap in the face, especially to someone who had won the first major of the year ' the Nabisco ' at the end of March.
 
When you win so quickly, you think you can win everything, Park said. But then, the seconds started piling up and it was all because of a certain Swede whose first name begins with A and last begins with S.
 
You know, when Annikas is the field, everybodys aware of it. We know the competition will be that much tougher.
 
But I feel Im closer (to Sorenstam) than I was last year. Im taking it step by step, taking it slowly. I want to get there. I WILL get there.
 
It was Sorenstam who beat Park in a playoff at a major last year ' the McDonalds Championship. And it was Sorenstam, again, who nipped Park from behind at the Samsung in a tournament which Park led for 68 holes.
 
It was Park, though, that finally prevailed with a big exclamation point over Sorenstam in the CJ Nine Bridges Classic last month. Entering the final round, Park was ahead of Annika by three, and she steadily pulled ahead the final day to eventually win by five.
 
Some might say that, Shes jinxed, stuck in second place, said Grace. But it only shows that Ive improved that much.
 
If you look at the results last year ' I had a bunch of second places last year, too, but I was never close to winning the tournament. This year, I was in contention many more times than I had been in the past nine years.
 
Park has really put on the afterburners the past two months, though. Starting with the Safeway Classic, she either won, finished second or finished third in five straight events. That is until last week, when she sizzled on opening day with a 66, then steadily tailed off to finish tied for 18th. That, she says, was the result of seven straight weeks when she was either playing or traveling between continents.
 
I just in the last couple of months got better at taking it hole by hole, shot by shot, Park said. I dont get ahead of myself and I dont get stuck in the past. And that shows on the results.
 
Oh ' at the end of the chat, she said she likes cute guys ' whatever. See ' I told you she doesnt know anything about being interviewed.
 
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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.