Teen phenom finding life after burnout

By Randall MellJune 12, 2009, 7:46 pm
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. – Golf doesn't seem so all consuming anymore.
 
Maybe that's why Aree Song enjoyed her 4-under-par 68 so much in Thursday's start of the McDonald's LPGA Championship. It's the best round of golf this former junior prodigy has posted in three years. It's the best sign yet that maybe there's life after teen phenom fatigue.
 
Song, 23, is playing on a medical exemption this year after missing all but two events last year. She's had serious digestive tract issues and was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that may be related to all the stress that came with the pressures on her as a junior phenom. She says experimentation with medications is working and so is a careful diet. She feels well again, and that feeling goes beyond her body. It goes to her head and spirit.
 
Song opened her comeback this season making the cut at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay, but she has failed to make a cut over seven consecutive starts since then. But something familiar and good came flooding back to her game on Thursday.
 
'I had fun,' Song said. 'That was the key. I told myself I was going to have fun here.'
 
Golf wasn't always fun with Song and her twin sister, Naree, making their meteoric rise through the junior ranks. Aree, at 13, tied for 10th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Naree has her own health issues, bouts with chronic fatigue syndrome. They may have excelled under their father's heavy-handed influence, but there were sacrifices of a normal life that took a toll.
 
'Being away last year taught me a lot about life and what's important,' Song said. 'I discovered other interests.'
 
Song went to work last year as a volunteer for the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Central Florida near her home in Orlando and loved the interaction with children. She said she also found a passion for reading and learning and an interest in biology. She and her sister stay in contact with their father in New Jersey, but they are on their own now and building lives outside golf.
 
'My life used to be just golf, hitting balls out here from sun up to sun down, but I'm finding there's more to life,' she said.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.