Presidents Cup unlikely to change selection process

By Rex HoggardMarch 6, 2013, 6:07 pm

DORAL, Fla. – Hours after the International team’s 19-15 loss to the United States at the 2011 Presidents Cup, the world side’s seventh defeat in nine editions of the biennial matches, captain Greg Norman was asked what he would suggest to improve his side’s chances.

Among the options the Shark mentioned were giving International captains four picks instead of two and switching the format to begin with four-ball play instead of foursomes, which the Internationals lost 4-2 and 4-1 at Royal Melbourne.

“I hope the PGA Tour listens. I am going to put it in a report back to the PGA Tour, because they have asked me for feedback,” Norman said at Royal Melbourne.

The Tour may have listened to Norman but they didn’t seem compelled to act. On Tuesday at Doral, this year’s International captain Nick Price met with about 12 potential team members and a dramatic change to the selection process doesn’t seem likely. However, the idea of switching the order of play to begin with a four-ball session instead of foursomes does seem to have some traction.

“They may change that, it might be best-ball (four-ball) first, but that’s it and it’s not a significant change,” Tim Clark said. “Everything on our end will be the same. Obviously we feel like we’d have a better chance if we played for less points but that’s not going to happen.”

The potential makeup of this year’s International team was also a topic of conversation Tuesday. Of the current top 10 international players in the World Golf Ranking, six are from South Africa and four are from Australia. The next two available players are Richard Sterne and Marcus Fraser, from South Africa and Australia, respectively.

“In the past it’s been a blend of a lot of different countries but right now it’s the two countries pretty much,” said Clark, one of Norman’s assistant captains in 2011. “It could be more South Africans. If (Retief Goosen, No. 120 in the world) is healthy now he can play his way onto the team and you might have seven South Africans which would be crazy.”

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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.