Ogilvy positioned for run at first win since 2010

By Jason SobelMarch 3, 2013, 12:09 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – When Geoff Ogilvy claimed the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2010, it marked his seventh PGA Tour victory in six season, just another stepping stone in what had become an exceedingly successful career.

Since then, he’s stumbled over those stepping stones.

Ogilvy has competed in 64 events since that win, with only six top-10s to show for it and no other titles. Last year’s campaign was filled with finishes in the teens and twenties, as he made 18 of 20 cuts, but already this year he’s missed four out of five.

Until this week.

Three rounds into the Honda Classic, Ogilvy is right back in contention, as scores of 68-66-70 have him just two strokes behind co-leaders Michael Thompson and Luke Guthrie entering the final round.

“I putted really, really poorly on the West Coast,” he explained. “I was hitting the ball quite well, but when you miss a couple of putts, it changes your whole mood, as well. Golf seems so much harder when you're not making those eight-, 10-footers for birdies, every now and then when you get a chance. It just seems like a harder game and things just are all kind of going the wrong way, which happens when you're not making any putts.

“So I'm kind of hitting the ball similar how I was. … I just holed a few more putts than early in the week. And I think that kind of gets everything else happening.”

As to what Sunday may hold, Ogilvy contended that patience will be a key on what’s been a windblown course.

“It's a very tricky golf course if you get off track. The rough is very thick, hard to get up-and-down if you miss a green in the wrong spot. And when the wind is like this, it's hard to hit it in the right spot,” he said. “So do the same thing, if I play well again, hopefully I'll have a chance the last few holes, and see what happens.”

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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."

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.