Bombs of the Week: Bay Hill

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 27, 2013, 2:12 pm

Each week, GolfChannel.com will take a detailed look at the players who pounded the farthest and fastest tee shots on the PGA Tour. Here are the four most important distance-related stats from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, won by Tiger Woods:

Longest drive: Robert Garrigus, 369 yards

It was a bit of a surprise to learn that this was the first time that Garrigus has topped this category this season. His big blast came on the 390-yard fifth hole in the opening round at Bay Hill, even though it didn’t help Garrigus during the tournament, as his 77-72 led to his first missed cut of the season. Phil Mickelson’s 450-yard cart path-aided drive at Doral is still the longest of the season.

Last four leaders: Tampa Bay: Gary Woodland, 411 yards; WGC-Cadillac: Phil Mickelson, 450; Honda: Nicolas Colsaerts, 367; Northern Trust: Bill Haas, 366

Carry distance: Justin Rose, 300.6 yards

The Englishman finished second at Bay Hill, but he also showed that he can get his tee shot out there a little bit, finishing with the longest carry distance of the week. He ranked well behind Graham DeLaet’s Tour-topping 324.2-yard bomb at Honda, but he was still ahead of last week’s leader, Angel Cabrera.

Last four leaders: Tampa: Angel Cabrera, 299 yards; Doral: Bubba Watson, 309.1; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 324.2; Northern Trust: Angel Cabrera, 298

Clubhead speed: Charlie Beljan, 125.95 mph

This is the second time that Beljan has topped this category, but he couldn’t quite replicate his performance from Riviera. That said, Beljan’s swing speed at Bay Hill was still the second-fastest of the season. Overall, he leads the Tour in clubhead speed (124.61 mph).

Last four leaders: Tampa: Graham DeLaet, 123.14 mph; Doral: Sergio Garcia, 122.55; Honda: Gary Woodland, 123.16; Northern Trust: Charlie Beljan, 128.41

Ball speed: Charlie Beljan, 183.95 mph

No surprise, Beljan also was the leader in this category, as well. It was the fastest ball speed since Dustin Johnson’s season-opening 184.38 mph ball speed at Kapalua.

Last four leaders: Tampa: Graham DeLaet, 180.71 mph; Doral: Bubba Watson, 181.32; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 180.69; Northern Trust: Charlie Beljan, 182.58

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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

One day after he left a barrage of birdie opportunities out on the golf course, Tiger 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 firist 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.

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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."

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 25, 2018, 4:45 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.