Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 5, 2012, 6:00 pm

'He's one hell of a guy, and he's pretty much the nicest guy I've ever played with.' – Branden Grace, on Tiger Woods, after having played three rounds in a row with him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

'I really like the old TV shows, like 'Sabrina: The Teenage Witch,' 'The Nanny,' 'Home Improvement.'' – Latanna Stone, the 10-year-old who became the youngest to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur, as told to ‘Morning Drive’ host Gary Williams.

''We like to say black is the new red in Reno.' – Jana Smoley, tournament director of the Reno-Tahoe Open, on the modified Stableford scoring system being used this week that rewards the highest scoring player with the trophy.

'After the round, I grabbed some Chipotle and made sure I got the order right for Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie.' – Rickie Fowler, following his second-round 80 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, wrote in a first-person story he submitted to the Akron Beacon Journal.

'We grew up playing more match play, more money games, win at all cost. Today it's so much about how much (money) you're going to win.' – Lanny Wadkins, on this generation of players lacking the same mental toughness as the tour players from his era.

'I'd be lying if I said it wasn't on my mind and it hadn't crossed my mind. I know exactly where I stand. I'm 14th in points.' – Jim Furyk, after his first-round 63 at the WGC-Bridgestone, on where he falls in the Ryder Cup standings. Perhaps that was Furyk’s only mistake on the day, because at the time, he was actually 15th.

'If I get in, it would be great.' – Tiger Woods, on what it would mean to him to play for a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics.

'Although I didn't finish like a champion [two weeks ago], I have in the past at other tournaments, so I know I've got that in me. It's just putting the pieces of the puzzle together, and I think that might have been the last piece for me.' – Adam Scott, reflecting on his British Open loss at Royal Lytham & St. Annes during a press conference Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone.

'His achievements are better than anyone else playing the game in the last year-and-a-half, but I’m not sure the American public quite gets that. They do in Europe, I can assure you of that.' – Luke Donald’s caddie John MacLaren, on the lack of buzz surrounding world No. 1 Donald.

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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.


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Hahn jabs USGA over possible ball rollback

By Will GrayFebruary 25, 2018, 4:43 pm

As debate continues to heat up over possible sweeping changes to the golf ball amid distance concerns, PGA Tour pro James Hahn chimed in to question the merits of a potential rollback.

The ball and distance debate gained traction earlier this week when Jack Nicklaus offered that the ball should be rolled back to the approximate distances achieved in 1995, and he put blame for the current situation squarely at the feet of Titleist. That drew a response from former Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who put the onus back on the governing bodies.

It's an issue that will likely be discussed for months to come, but Hahn took to Twitter to throw a jab toward the USGA and play devil's advocate on some key arguments related to a possible rollback:

Hahn, who has two career PGA Tour wins and lost in a playoff last month at the Sony Open, ranks 55th on Tour this season in driving distance with an average of 301.2 yards off the tee.