How Tseng, Lewis stack up statistically

By Randall MellJune 21, 2012, 11:50 pm

With Yani Tseng taking the week off, Stacy Lewis has a chance to build on her lead in the LPGA's Rolex Player of the Year points race at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Lewis, though, has some work to do after a sluggish start before rain delayed play late Thursday afternoon at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Lewis was 1 over through 12 holes and tied for 65th when play was suspended and eventually halted for the day.

While Tseng trails Lewis in Rolex POY points (123-120), Tseng continues to hold a giant advantage as No. 1 in the Rolex world rankings. Tseng has a 16.90 ranking average, more than double No. 2 Lewis (8.30). Tseng has a greater point advantage over Lewis than Lewis has over any other player in the world.

Lewis would need to win about seven or eight times this year with Tseng cooling off just to challenge Tseng for the top ranking.

The Rolex POY race is another matter as Lewis bids to become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win that honor.

Here’s a look at how Tseng and Lewis compare statistically this year:

Yani Tseng

Stacy Lewis

Rolex POY points

2nd (120)

1st (123)

Official money

1st ($1,005,527)

2nd ($857,689)

Scoring average

2nd (70.23)

3rd (70.54)

Driving distance avg.

5th (271 yards)

21st (262 yards)

Driving accuracy

139th (59.7 pct)

63rd (69.5 pct)

Greens in regulation

15th (69.5 pct)

3rd (73.4 pct)

Putts per GIR

4th

2nd

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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."


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.


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Hahn jabs USGA over possible ball rollback

By Will GrayFebruary 25, 2018, 4:43 pm

As debate continues to heat up over possible sweeping changes to the golf ball amid distance concerns, PGA Tour pro James Hahn chimed in to question the merits of a potential rollback.

The ball and distance debate gained traction earlier this week when Jack Nicklaus offered that the ball should be rolled back to the approximate distances achieved in 1995, and he put blame for the current situation squarely at the feet of Titleist. That drew a response from former Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who put the onus back on the governing bodies.

It's an issue that will likely be discussed for months to come, but Hahn took to Twitter to throw a jab toward the USGA and play devil's advocate on some key arguments related to a possible rollback:

Hahn, who has two career PGA Tour wins and lost in a playoff last month at the Sony Open, ranks 55th on Tour this season in driving distance with an average of 301.2 yards off the tee.