Inkster: 'I hope I dont qualify' for U.S. Solheim Cup team

By Randall MellMarch 14, 2013, 10:27 pm

PHOENIX – Juli Inkster wanted the U.S. Solheim Cup captain’s job this year, but she isn’t so sure she wants to make the team as a player again.

With a 4-under-par 68 Thursday at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, the forever-young Inkster is showing at 52 that she might be capable of mustering a run at making her 10th U.S. Solheim Cup team.

“I hope not,” Inkster cracked. “I think it’s time for the young girls to step up and start playing well. I’m just going to play golf and see what shakes out, and I hope I don’t qualify. How about that?”

Inkster already holds the American records for most Solheim Cups played (9), most points scored (18½) and most matches won (15). She is 21st on the American points list today. The top eight in points and the two highest Rolex world-ranked Americans not already qualified will automatically make the team when the matches are played Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club. Two captain’s picks will round out the 12-woman team.

Inkster’s only real burning aim left in the competition is to be captain. Meg Mallon got the nod over Inkster for the 2013 matches.

“I wanted it, they gave it to Meg, but I’ll be 100 percent behind Meg,” Inkster said.

Inkster would appear to be the favorite to lead the American team in Germany in 2015, but Dottie Pepper’s emergence as one of Mallon’s assistants opens the door to Pepper’s possible future captaincy.

Mallon named Laura Diaz as her second assistant on Wednesday while Inkster was among 30 players who were eligible this week for fittings for U.S. Solheim Cup uniforms.

“I don’t get too far ahead of myself,” Inkster said. “I just flow. I love what I do. I love to play golf. I’m not going to be the No. 1 player, but when I play OK, I think I can compete out here. I enjoy the challenge. That’s the main thing.”

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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.