Woods opens with 3-under 69 at Bay Hill

By Rex HoggardMarch 21, 2013, 5:46 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Some rounds always prompt questions about what could have been. Tiger Woods’ opening 3-under 69 on Thursday at breezy Bay Hill was not one of those rounds.

All things considered – difficult, cool conditions and an even cooler putter – Woods seemed pleased with his opening effort even though it left him four strokes off the lead held by Justin Rose, who is paired with Woods for the first two rounds.

“I played alright,” said Woods, who needed 29 putts on Thursday. “I didn’t hit it my best, (but) I scored well.”

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Woods’ round had the makings of something special early when he made eagle at the par-5 16th hole following a bombing drive that left him just a wedge into the green. But he missed the next four greens in regulation and bogeyed Nos. 17 and 18 to drop back to 1 under par.

Woods rallied on his back nine (he started on No. 10) with birdies at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 but found a bunker with his tee shot at the seventh and made bogey to finish at 3 under par.

The seven-time Bay Hill champion seemed surprisingly upbeat considering his position behind Rose and that likely has to do with his history at the Central Florida layout. In his seven victories at the API he has opened with rounds better than 69 just twice and was 3 under at the same stage last year when he went on to a five-stroke triumph.

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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."

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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.