Tseng denies nightclub report, ready for Kraft

By Randall MellApril 3, 2013, 10:54 pm

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Yani Tseng doesn’t need a new alarm clock.

She good naturedly reported Wednesday that she has plenty of backup alarms after oversleeping and missing a pro-am tee time two weeks ago at the Kia Classic, which ultimately forced her to withdraw from the tournament.

“So many people have given me alarm clocks,” Tseng said on the eve of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. “A few days ago, I set them off like ten times.”

Tseng had a bad week last month, missing that pro-am tee time at the Kia Classic just three days after losing the Rolex world No. 1 to Stacy Lewis. Tseng, though, was in good spirits Wednesday getting ready for one of her favorite major championships. She did not, however, feel good about a report out of Taiwan that she missed the Kia pro-am because she was up late at a nightclub.

“I don't get it,” Tseng said. “I don't go to nightclubs at all. I don't know why they said I go to nightclubs and that's why I missed the tee time. Every player comes to win a tournament. Everybody. No one is preparing to miss a tee time. I want to show up.”

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The report added to the motivation building for Tseng.

“I want to show them my best,” Tseng said. “I want to show them I can play golf. Don't give me this crap.”

Tseng can seize back the Rolex No. 1 ranking from Lewis with a victory this week. She can also take it back with solo second-place finish if Lewis finishes fifth or worse, and she can take it back if she finishes solo third and Lewis finishes 30th or worse.

While Tseng acknowledges feeling free of the burden of No. 1, she said she was sad for about two days after no longer seeing herself atop the rankings. She’s No. 2 now.

“I have the confidence to get it back,” Tseng said.

Tseng said she learned a lot dealing with criticism and pressure in her struggles last year.

“I think I’m more mature, my heart is stronger, and I am tougher, too,” Tseng said.

Tseng has a terrific record at the Kraft Nabisco. She won this event in 2010, finished second in ’11 and third last year. She wants to jump into Poppie’s Pond again as a winner again.

“One time is not enough,” Tseng said. “I have to do it again.”

A friend of Tseng’s gave her a diver’s mask and snorkel as encouragement.

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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.