Quotes of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 3, 2013, 5:21 pm

'I'm not in a great place mentally. I can't really say much, guys. I'm just in a bad place mentally.'Rory McIlroy, immediately after withdrawing in the middle of his second round at the Honda Classic. After an opening-round even-par 70, McIlroy was 7 over through eight holes on Friday morning. On his ninth hole of the day, the world No. 1 hit an approach shot into the water and then promptly walked off the course.

'I sincerely apologize to the Honda Classic and PGA Tour for my sudden withdrawal. I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future.' – McIlroy, in a statement released about an hour after he withdrew from the Honda Classic, citing a 'sore wisdom tooth,' as the reason.

'I’ve been through it a long time. But, also, this is a slightly different era, as well. You’ve got to think about it more before you say something or do something.' Tiger Woods, on the instantaneous spread of news through Twitter and blogs. McIlroy’s bizarre mid-round WD from the Honda Classic and subsequent backlash spread like wildfire on the internet.

'People don't understand. Most of the people that are commentating or analyzing don't understand the game of golf, so I didn't have a problem with it.' – Woods, again, on the challenge of working through swing problems with the feeling of the whole world is watching – something McIlroy will have to adjust to.

'I'm a great fan of Rory's, but I don't think (walking off the course) was the right thing to do.' Ernie Els, McIlroy’s playing partner, after his second round at PGA National. When informed that the reason was a sore wisdom tooth, he added 'He obviously couldn't do it after nine holes anymore. Toothache, it's not fun I guess.'

'Even Rory looked at me yesterday and he was like, ‘What are you doing here?’ I’m a golf fan, so why not go out and watch the best golfer in the world play?' – Shane Lowry, who was in the gallery this week at the Honda Classic watching his close friend McIlroy, one week after beating the world’s top-ranked player in the WGC-Match Play. Lowry failed to Monday qualify for the Honda, so instead paid a $690 entry fee and played a Golfslinger.com mini-tour event on Thursday.

'I was 1 over at the time, and if that ball is not playable from where it's at, where I caught was pretty far back and I would have had to have dropped. I couldn't even get an angle in the first cut and had to drop in the primary and had to lay up and didn't get that up-and-down – looking at a six, 3 over, [but] all of a sudden I flip it, make par there and birdie the next.' – Woods, again, explaining his decision to play out of the water during the first round of the Honda Classic. Woods’ spectacular par turned out to be a blip on an otherwise mediocre showing at PGA National.

'Somebody could have stepped right by there and been bit. He blended in perfectly with the grass; wasn't but about 18 inches long, but he was big enough that he could have bit you and hurt you pretty bad.'Boo Weekley, who calmly scooped up a snake with the end of his driver and deposited it into a canal during the first round of the Honda Classic. Marshals were growing frantic figuring out a way to deal with the poisonous water moccasin.

'The guys were itching to put up times, but it’s a good thing they weren’t doing that. As competitive as we all are . . . The name of the game was to keep from putting a Ferrari into a wall and injuring ourselves.'Justin Rose, after taking part in a Ferrari racing experience with Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter on Tuesday at the Palm Beach International Raceway.

'She’s not feeling well. She has withdrawn; she does have flu-like symptoms, but, to be clear, she has not been hospitalized and there is no diagnosis of malaria.' – David Livingston, Natalie Gulbis’ agent, responding to reports that she had been diagnosed with malaria after she withdrew from the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore.

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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.