Shin turning heads with hair and play at LPGA Founders

By Randall MellMarch 15, 2013, 5:29 pm

PHOENIX – Jiyai Shin is making players do double takes as she makes her way across JW Marriott’s Wildfire Golf Club during this week’s RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

Her hair looks like some sort of wild fire.

Shin, the former Rolex world No. 1 who won the season-opening ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, changed her hair color to bright orange this week.

Shin, who opened the Founders Cup with a 67, has been dying her black hair exotic colors for a couple years now. She wore it wheat blond in this event last year.

“Last year, I did a lot of colors,” Shin said. “Everybody has been asking me, `What’s your next color going to be?’ So, I changed it . . . Maybe next year, I’ll make it red.”

Shin has been hitting red numbers a lot lately. After winning eight LPGA events between 2008 and ’10, she was winless in ’11 and most of ’12 as she struggled with a hand injury. After undergoing surgery last June to have a piece of bone removed from the bottom of the palm of her left hand, she took two months off. Upon her return, Shin won the Kingsmill Championship and Ricoh Women’s British Open in back-to-back weeks in September.

“After taking off for two months, I was really hungry to play,” Shin said. “When I did get back, I was really happy to be back.”

Shin, though, said she lost strength recuperating during her layoff. She has since gained it back in a regular fitness program.

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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.