Baby girl: Korda's parents rarely travel anymore

By Randall MellApril 7, 2013, 7:44 pm

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Jessica Korda’s parents were both world-class tennis players, but they are more mom and dad than coaches now as her star rises in the American ranks of women’s golf.

Her father, Petr, a former Czech Republic star, won the Australian Open in 1998. Her mother, Regina Rajchrtova, was once the 25th ranked women’s tennis player in the world.

Korda, though, isn’t traveling with her father as caddie this year. She is on her own in her third season on tour.

“Neither of my parents travel with me anymore,” Korda said. “My sister (Nellie) is 14, turning 15, and my brother (Sebastian) is 12, turning 13. They're both playing tennis and golf, and so they're growing in their own aspects and need their parents there. I'm 20 years old. I don't really need them to be out here. I can kind of drive myself around. I've made my own friends that I can go to dinner with. It's just easier for them, and it's definitely nice for both my brother and sister to have their mom and dad at home.”

This week's Kraft Nabisco Championship marks the first time Korda’s parents have been at a tournament with her since the U.S. Open last summer. It’s the first time she has seen her family since she hit the road to start the tour season 10 weeks ago.

“My brother and sister got so big,” Korda said. “It was really nice to see everybody, and I miss my dad's humor and my mom's calmness, and she did my laundry last night, so it was kind of nice.”

As a rookie, Korda had her father with her at every event but one.

“He knew it was time to let me go,” Korda said.

With all her parents' competitive experience at the highest level, Korda has benefited from their insights. She says their role is more as a support team now.

“My parents will always tell me what they think, not what to do, and that to me is really important,” Korda said. “They kind of let me make my own mistakes, and they let me grow as an individual and don't pressure me to do anything. Same thing when I was turning pro.'

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 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.