Danielles 1st Round Hole-By-Hole

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: This hole-by-hole account of Danielle Amiee was provided by Chris Nosil.
1 - Par 4 (373) - Great tee shot under the pressure right down the middle. Second shot was way short; chip was way short, two-putt for bogey.
Fairways 1/1 Greens 0/1 Total Putts 2
2. Par 3 (185) ' Her ball went right and landed in greenside bunkers. Bunkers are now pot bunker style with high lips. Second shot landed on top of the lip in the rough. Chipped on and two-putted for double bogey.
Fairways 1/1 Greens 0/2 Total Putts 4
3. Par 5 (485) - Another fairway hit into the wind. Ball went 230 with no roll (it actually backed up). She layed up then hit the green and two-putted for a nice par.
Fairways 2/2 Greens 1/3 Total Putts 6
4. Par 4 (385)- She hit the narrow fairway. Second pushed right into the rough (all players were right to avoid the gulley on the left side). Flopped the ball onto the green and 1-putted for a par.
Fairways 3/3 Greens 1/4 Total Putts 7
5. Par 3 (148) - About 20 yard short of the green. Chipped short and 3 putted for double bogey.
Fairways 3/3 Greens 1/5 Total Putts 10
6. Par 4 (369) - Another fairway hit. Second shot a little long, she chipped on and two-putted again.
Fairways 4/4 Greens 1/6 Total Putts 12
7. Par 5 (495) - 280 yard tee shot with the wind. Pin high but misses right. She chipped on and two-putted for par.
Fairways 5/5 Greens 2/7 Total Putts 14
8. Par 4 (401) - Narrow landing area with water left and big hill right. Danielle hits another 280 yard drive into the fairway. She hit the front of the green and two-putted to a back pin.
Fairways 6/6 Greens 3/8 Total Putts 16
9. Par 4 (400) - Another fairway, another shot short of the green. Chips on and two-putted.
Fairways 7/7 Greens 3/9 Total Putts 18
10. Par 4 (405) - First missed fairway of the day. Ball snap hooked left into the rough/straw. Rescue wood to just in front of the green. Nice chip and one-putt to save par.
Fairways 7/8 Greens 3/10 Total Putts 19
11 Par 4 (336) - Nice shot down the middle, hits the green about 18 feet from the pin and two-putted for a nice par.
Fairways 8/9 Greens 4/11 Total Putts 21
12. Par 4 (396) Wide open fairway that Danielle misses left. Behind clump of trees. She lobs the ball back into the fairway, lucky to hit cart path and get back into fairway. Simple chip back question the high lob. Hits the green, and two-putts for bogey.
Fairways 8/10 Greens 4/12 Total Putts 23
13. Par 3 (143) - Beautiful tee shot to about 12 feet. Drains the birdie putt.
Fairways 8/10 Greens 5/13 Total Putts 24
14. Par 4 (362) - Pushes tee shot to the right. Sends approach shot into greenside bunker. She finished the hole with a nice up and down with a longish putt to save par.
Fairways 8/11 Greens 5/14 Total Putts 25
15 Par 5 (473) - Tee shot into fairway bunker (same one she hit in the pro-am on Monday). Hits a nice shot out of the bunker. Misses the green short, but a nice shot from that distance. Chips on past the hole. Just misses the par putt.
Fairways 8/12 Greens 5/15 Total Putts 27
16. Par 4 (405) Driver back on track and lands one in the middle of the fairway. Nice shot into the green to about 10 feet. Putt just slides by. Nice par on this hole.
Fairways 9/13 Greens 6/16 Total Putts 29
17 Par 3 (163)- River on the right and hill on the left. Hits the green and leaves about an 8 footer for birdie. Just missed on the left and finishes the par.
Fairways 9/13 Greens 7/17 Total Putts 31
18 - Par 4 (382) - Tee shot in the fairway, hits the back of the green with pin in the front. Nice 2 putt to save par.
Fairways 10/14 Greens 8/18 Total Putts 33
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    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.

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    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.”

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    Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

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    In fact, she named her “Mona.”

    For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

    While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

    And that has her excited about this year.

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    “I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

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    “Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

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    She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

    Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.

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    Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders

    By Associated PressMarch 17, 2018, 1:47 am

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    Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.

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    Ko's struggles continue with Founders MC

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:26 am

    PHOENIX – Lydia Ko loves the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and its celebration of the game’s pioneers, and that made missing the cut Friday sting a little more.

    With a 1-over-par 73 following Thursday’s 74, Ko missed the cut by four shots.

    After tying for 10th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in her last start, Ko looked to be turning a corner in her quest to find her best form again, but she heads to next week’s Kia Classic with more work to do.

    “I just have to stay patient,” Ko said. “I just have to keep my head high.”

    It was just the fifth missed cut in Ko’s 120 career LPGA starts, but her fourth in her last 26 starts.

    Ko’s ball striking has been erratic this year, but her putting has been carrying her. She said her putting let her down Friday.

    “It seemed like I couldn’t hole a single putt,” she said. “When I missed greens, I just wasn’t getting up and down. When I got a birdie opportunity, I wasn’t able to hole it.”

    Ko came to Phoenix ranked 112th in driving distance, 121st in driving accuracy and 83rd in greens in regulation. She was sixth in putting average.

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    Cristie Kerr saw the struggle playing two rounds with Ko.

    “Her game’s not in good shape,” Kerr said. “She seemed a little lost.”

    Ko, 20, made those sweeping changes last year, starting 2017 with a new coach (Gary Gilchrist), a new caddie (Peter Godfrey) and new equipment (PXG). She made more changes at this year’s start, with another new coach (Ted Oh) and new caddie (Jonnie Scott).

    Ko doesn’t have to look further than Michelle Wie to see how a player’s game can totally turn around.

    “It always takes time to get used to things,” Ko said. “By the end of last year, I was playing solid. I’m hoping it won’t take as much time this year.”

    Ko had Oh fly to Asia to work with her in her two starts before the Founders Cup, with their work showing up in her play at the HSBC in Singapore. She said she would be talking to Oh again before heading to the Kia Classic next week and then the ANA Inspiration. She has won both of those events and will be looking to pull some good vibes from that.

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