South Carolinas Kristy McPherson
2003 OUTLOOK ' Is one of college golfs top players and a National Player of the Year candidate ... Is the two-time defending SEC individual champion and has earned first-team All-America honors each of the last two years as well ... Has been USCs top player from day on one as a freshman ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors as a freshman after winning the SEC championship with a record-breaking 207 score, then came back to capture the title last year ... Has a current streak of six-straight rounds at or below par in the SEC Tournament ... Had a great summer, being named womens MVP in leading the USA to the title of the USA-Japan Collegiate Matches ... Led USC with a 73.75 stroke average in the fall ... Finished in the Top 20 of all four tournaments, with top finishes of fourth at the Lady Tar Hell and fifth at the Lady Paladin ... Had five of her 12 rounds at or below par.
2001-02 ' Won the SEC Championship for the second straight year and led South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference crown Earned first-team All-America and All-SEC honors Saved her best tournament score for the SECs, firing a 209 to win medalist honors Led Lady Gamecocks with nine Top 20, seven Top 10, and five Top Five finishes on the year Led the team with a scoring average of 73.94, second in USC history to her own 73.82 figure as a sophomore ... Had a low round of 69 on three occasions, including the first two rounds of the SECs Also won the Dodge ACC/SEC Shootout (217) and Spartan Invitational (223) ... Had a streak of five straight tournaments finishing in the Top Seven, four of those in the Top Five Had 15 of the teams 26 rounds at or below par ... Finished second at the Lady Gamecock Classic, tying for medalist honors but losing the playoff hole Finished tied for 54th in the NCAA East Regional and tied for 55th in the NCAA Championships.
2000-01 ' Won the SEC Championship with a score of 207, shattering the SEC record for low score and the USC record by three strokes ... Earned first-team All-American and All-SEC honors ... Had a low round of six-under 67 (school record) at the SECs and had 13 rounds at par or below ... Played in all 11 tournaments and led the Lady Gamecocks with nine Top 20, eight Top 10 and five Top Five finishes on the year with a stroke average of 73.82, another school record ... Had a streak of six-straight Top 10 finishes in the spring, ending with a third-place finish at the NCAA East Regional ... Also finished second at the Lady Paladin Invitational, fifth at the Lady Gamecock Classic and third at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic ... Finished tied for 44th in the NCAA Championships. 1999-2000 ' Was Carolinas top golfer from day one and finished with the teams best stroke average at 77.07 ... Second team All-SEC selection as a freshman ... Led the Lady Gamecocks with five Top 20, two Top 10 and one Top Five finish ... Best finish was second at the Lady Gator Invitational, where she had a 72-74-73=219 score ... Also finished 10th at the Lady Tar Heel in her first of three-straight top 20 finishes to end the fall ' Mercedes-Benz (14th), Lady Paladin (19th) ... Finished the spring strong with an 11th place showing at the SEC Championships (77-79-74=230) ... Was 40th at the NCAA East Regional with a 230 total.
PERSONAL ' Born May 28, 1981 in Conway, S.C. ... Parents are David and Janice McPherson ... Hobbies include talking with friends and relaxing ... Favorite foods are pork chops and cereal ... Favorite athlete is Fred Couples ... Enjoys country music, with the Dixie Chicks being her favorite group ... Favorite actress is Julia Roberts ... Biggest athletic thrill is winning the SEC Championship as a team and repeating as SEC Medalist ... Career goal is to play on the LPGA Tour ... Considers her dad as having the biggest influence on her playing career, because hes always kept me motivated and kept me loving the game.'
Tournament Rounds Finish
NCAA Fall Preview 75-75-72=222 T10th
Tar Heel Invitational 71-72-76=219 T4th
Lady Paladin Invitational 76-70-74=220 T5th
Auburn Tiger Derby Invitational 72-76-76=224 T20th
Lady Puerto Rico Classic 74-74-70=218 T2nd
Lady Gamecock Classic 79=79 T37th
Bryan National Collegiate 69-73=142 T1st
Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play
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.
Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain
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.
“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.”
Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead
PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.
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.
Well, that and having a healthy back again.
“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”
Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”
Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.
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.
Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders
PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.
Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.
Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.