Memorial Day Play at Kemper

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 27, 2001, 4:00 pm
J.J. Henry and Frank Lickliter will be working on Memorial Day. Thanks to a series of weather delays, play has been extended in the Kemper Insurance Open to Monday for the first time in the events 34-year history.
 
Henry and Lickliter share the lead at 16-under-par. Henry has completed 14 holes of his final round, while Lickliter is playing the 10th on the TPC at Avenel in Potomac, Md.
 
Thirty-six hole leader Bradley Hughes is the next nearest competitor at 12-under-par through nine holes.
 
Play will resume Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. Coverage can be seen on TNN.
 
'It's very wet. It's very sloppy,' said Lickliter. 'You just have to stay patient You have to not hurry, try and not to rush yourself. Just try to stay focused.'
 
Inclement weather forced the third and fourth rounds to be completed on Sunday. Everything went as scheduled over the first 18 holes. Lickliter fired a 5-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead over Dan Forsman (67) at 13-under-par.
 
Henry came out firing in the afternoon 18, carding four birdies over his first six holes. He added two more at Nos. 10 and 13 to move to 16-under-par.
 
Lickliter wasnt as spectacular, but was consistent. He birdied the 5th, 6th and 9th holes to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard.
 
Final-round play was halted on three occasions. The first stoppage lasted nearly two hours, while the second didnt even warrant players to leave the course. The stop-and-start play stopped for good at 6:42 p.m. ET.
 
Both Lickliter and Henry are in search of their first PGA Tour title. Lickliter has come close once this season, losing in a bizarre playoff to Phil Mickelson at the Buick Invitational in February.
 
Mickelson was just two shots off the pace through 36 holes, but carded a disappointing 1-over-par 72 in the third round. The left-hander is 4-under through ten holes of his final round. He is at 10-under-par, six shots off the lead.
 
Forsman is 2-over through 11 holes. He hit his tee shot out of bounds on the 5th hole just seconds before play was suspended for the first time. He eventually carded a double-bogey 6 and stands at 9-under-par for the tournament.
 
Full-field scores from the Kemper Insurance Open
Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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."


Full-field scores from the Honda LPGA Thailand


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."