Bombs of the Week: Farthest, fastest from Houston

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 1, 2013, 1:14 pm

Each week, 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 Shell Houston Open, won by D.A. Points

Longest drive: Graham DeLaet, 420 yards

The Canadian’s eye-opening blast on the 557-yard eighth hole at Redstone was not as long as you’d think. Like Phil Mickelson’s 420-yarder at Doral, DeLaet’s big blast also rode the cart path and padded the distance total. He eventually tied for 31st in Houston.

Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Robert Garrigus, 369 yards; Tampa Bay: Gary Woodland, 411; Doral: Phil Mickelson, 450; Honda: Nicolas Colsaerts, 367

Carry distance: Charlie Beljan, 302.4 yards

Beljan topped this category for the second time this season, but first since the season-opening event at Kapalua. DeLaet still has the longest carry distance of the season, a 324.2-yard bomb at PGA National. As for Beljan, he tied for 38th at Redstone. 

Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Justin Rose, 300.6 yards; Tampa Bay: Angel Cabrera, 299; Doral: Bubba Watson, 309.1; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 324.2

Clubhead speed: Charlie Beljan, 124.94 mph

It’s the third time this season that Beljan has topped his category. And he still has the fastest clubhead speed of the season – 128.41 mph at Riviera.

Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Beljan, 125.95 mph; Tampa Bay: Graham DeLaet, 123.14; Doral: Sergio Garcia, 122.55; Honda: Gary Woodland, 123.16

Ball speed: Charlie Beljan, 184.90 mph

No surprise, it’s back-to-back chart-toppers for Beljan in this category, and the third time this season. It was actually the fastest of the season, just nudging ahead of Dustin Johnson’s 184.38 in the season-opening event.

Last four leaders: Bay Hill: Beljan, 183.95 mph; Tampa Bay: Graham DeLaet, 180.71; Doral: Bubba Watson, 181.32; Honda: Graham DeLaet, 180.69

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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.

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 nine 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 and then short siding himself right of the green. He made the turn in 2-under 33.

(More coming...)

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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."

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."

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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.