Bubba beat the rain, posts bogey-free 67 Sunday

By Ryan LavnerMarch 24, 2013, 6:01 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Bubba Watson’s bogey-free 67 in howling winds Sunday was just what the reigning Masters champion wanted to see in his final start before Augusta.

Now, Watson can turn his attention to more important things – like seeing if his young son Caleb can learn to walk in time for the Par-3 Contest.

“He can stand on his own but then he goes down to one knee because he realizes that something isn’t quite right here,” he said. “Kind of like I do sometimes.”

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Watson stood tall Sunday at Bay Hill when the wind gusted up to 35 mph and the greens were “spiked up.” When he finished, his 67 was the low round of the day by two shots, and the final group was still an hour from teeing off and with more inclement weather on the way.

Rickie Fowler, two shots behind Woods and one of Watson’s closest friends, stayed with Watson this week at his renovated home in the Isleworth community. It also happens to be Woods’ former residence.

The last time Fowler and Woods were paired together in a final group, young Rickie didn’t fare so well – shooting an 84 to Woods’ 67 at the 2012 Memorial.

On Saturday, Watson said Fowler seemed unfazed by that earlier encounter and was in good spirits. They watched motocross in Watson’s theater room.

“One of Rickie’s gifts is that he forgets,” Watson said. “To be a good golfer you have to forget.

“Tiger is the greatest, and we want to be playing with Tiger. When you’re playing with him in the final group, final day, that’s what you want. You want to feel the pressure. (Rickie) is so young that the more he plays and is in that situation, the better he’ll do.”

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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."

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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.