Scott leads by 4, will be paired with Singh in final round

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 16, 2013, 7:39 am

Adam Scott shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to increase his lead in the Australian Masters to four shots over four players after 54 holes. Here's how things shape up heading into the final round at Royal Melbourne:

Leaderboard: Adam Scott (-14), Nick Cullen (-10), Matthew Griffin (-10), Nathan Holman (-10), Vijay Singh (-10), Matt Kuchar (-9)

What it means: Scott, home in Australia for the first time since he won the Masters back in April, has a couple of accomplishments in sight: He's trying to win the Australian Masters for a second consecutive year, and he's trying to win in Australia for the second week in a row, having taken the Australian PGA last week.

Round of the day: Singh, 50, moved 12 spots up the leaderboard with an 8-under 63. He made his only bogey at the par-4 ninth, but made up for it with an eagle at the par-5 15th. Just recently Singh said he's not ready to consign himself to the Champions Tour. Looks like he's trying to prove that. Singh will be paired with Scott in the fourth round.

Best of the rest: New Zealand native Ryan Fox, six shots behind Scott at 8 under, matched Scott's 5-under 66 Saturday. Fox had five birdies and two bogeys and, like Singh, eagled the par-5 15th.

Main storyline heading into the final round: The tournament is blessed with three of them: Favorite son Scott trying to defend his title and keep alive his bid for the Australian Triple Crown (the PGA, Masters and the Open in two weeks); Singh attempting to win for the first time on any tour since he became embroiled in controversy over his use of deer-antler spray and his subsequent suit against the PGA Tour; and the presence of Australian Jarrod Lyle, returning to the game for the first time in a year and a half while he makes his second recovery from leukemia. Lyle stands at even-par 213, but said he accomplished his goal to make the cut.

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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

Much like on Saturday - much like in each of his four rounds this week - Tiger Woods had it going until he reached the Bear Trap. Woods moved as low as 3 under Sunday before mistakes at 15 and 16 left him even par for both the round (70) and the week at the Honda Classic.

One day after he left a barrage of birdie opportunities out on the golf course, 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 to sign for 70. 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."