Weekley charges to early lead with 63

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2013, 7:54 pm

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Boo is back, and that means stretches of brilliant golf and endless sound bites.

On Sunday at Innisbrook, Weekley was again in full flight, stuffing approaches, yukking it up in the fairways and finding himself in contention. Six shots off the lead to begin the final round, Weekley shot a bogey-free, 8-under 63 that gave him the clubhouse lead here at the Tampa Bay Championship.

If the third round was any indication – the Copperhead Course became diabolical in the afternoon sun and wind – Weekley’s 8-under 276 might have been good enough to win.

“I’m even still kinda shocked how good I hit it,” he said. “Overall it’s one of the best days ball-striking I’ve had in a long time.”

As it turned out, Weekley came up just short, finishing in solo second place, two strokes behind winner Kevin Streelman.

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Plagued by a left-shoulder injury for the past few seasons – most troubling, he couldn’t even pull back his bow – Weekley says he’s healthy and playing his best golf in years. He also credits his recent work with instructor Scott Hamilton, who has Weekley “hitting shots I see” again.

Golf is fun, finally, and he and new caddie Barry Williams (who was Blake Adams’ looper before Adams got hurt) are “jiving’” and singing songs up and down the fairway.

His success here was a bit unexpected, despite his ball-striking prowess. Weekley had missed the cut in four of his past five appearances, with a best finish of T-22 in 2002. “This course has given me fits,” he said.

In fact, entering the final round, Weekley entertained only the thought of shooting a 4-under round, cashing a nice check and then heading early to Orlando to go fishing.

In benign conditions during the final round, Weekley made three consecutive birdies around the turn, then ran off three more on Nos. 14-16 when he didn’t face a birdie putt longer than 2 feet. On the day he missed only three greens and three fairways.

When Weekley finished his round, Streelman was only midway through his opening nine. There were nine players within two shots of the lead. It looked to be an anxious time for Weekley, who figured that he hadn’t been in this wait-and-see position since his mini-tour days in ’06.

When asked what he was going to do for the next three hours, Weekley smiled and said, “I have no clue.”

Then he paused.

“Why?” he asked. “Are you asking me on a date?”

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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.