Compton records career-best finish at Honda

By Will GrayMarch 3, 2013, 11:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Despite a bogey on the 72nd hole, Erik Compton had reason to smile after finishing the Honda Classic in a tie for fourth, his best career finish on the PGA Tour.

'I've been trying to do this for a long time. It's been a great year for me, just really exciting,' explained Compton, who finished at 4-under 206 after shooting a pair of even-par 70s over the final two rounds.

Twice a heart transplant recipient, the Miami native's best prior finish was a tie for 13th at last year's John Deere Classic. After the round he noted that the internal drive that had him frustrated over the closing bogey is also largely responsible for his ability to overcome obstacles off the course.

'It's hard to put it all into words how special it is, but I'm such a competitive guy,' he said after making two birdies against two bogeys in his round Sunday. 'That's probably why I'm still alive.'

Having just notched his first career top-10 finish on Tour, Compton insisted that this week's result serves merely as a step in a process that he hopes will lead to attaining some larger goals.

'It's hard for me to get too sentimental about it, because I've turned a corner on my story,' he noted. 'I really want to be one of the top 50 players in the world, and I have the game to do it.'

While recent headlines have often been dominated by some of the game's rising stars, Compton shared some of the growth he's experienced since coming up in the game as a promising junior golfer.

'You know what, I thought I was pretty darned good when I was 23. When you're young, you think you're really good and that you have the game figured out,' explained Compton, who turned 33 in November. 'I'm a better player now and, you know, it just takes a lot of time to get good at golf.'

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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.