Lexi cards 67; talks video games, new home

By Randall MellMarch 14, 2013, 9:34 pm

PHOENIX – Lexi Thompson’s appeal reaches beyond the LPGA.

The 18-year-old is among four young LPGA pros featured in this month’s Teen Vogue magazine. Thompson is also in the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 video game due out in two weeks.

Thompson will tell you she puts up better scores in real life than she does when she’s playing as her virtual self. Thompson joins fellow LPGA pros Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis in the new game. While LPGA players have appeared in past editions of the game, this will be the first year the women’s tour will be featured.

“On video games, I’m not too sure what I’m doing,” Thompson said.

Thompson, 18, played with certainty Thursday in the first round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. With a 5-under-par 67, Thompson moved a shot off the lead at JW Marriott’s Wildfire Golf Club.

Thompson made six birdies, an eagle, a double bogey and two bogeys.

At 16, Thompson became the youngest winner of an LPGA event, until Lydia Ko topped her last year, at 15. Thompson is playing her second full season as an LPGA member. She had two runner-up finishes as a rookie last year and finished 21st on the LPGA money list.

“I’m very comfortable out here now,” Thompson said.

But she’s still a teen, and that means she does read Teen Vogue.

“I read Teen Vogue and Seventeen magazines for gossip and some fashion tips and hairstyles and stuff,” Thompson said. “Hey I am a teenager.”

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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.