Alex Miceli - December 4, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamDecember 4, 2012, 1:08 pm

Many athletes can be stupid when it comes to their injuries. There are countless examples of athletes who return to competition much too early and end up making their previous injuries worse. Miceli acknowledged that in golf today, it is more tempting than ever for players to return too early from injuries because they do not want to miss out on opportunities to play for a lot of money because as professional athletes, they seek to support themselves and their families financially.

Miceli has been very clear that he is against the proposed anchoring ban that the USGA and the R&A announced last week. In fact, he has started wearing a button saying “Stop the Ban!” and Miceli added that a father and his son will likely be wearing the button during the PNC Father/Son Challenge next week. Miceli is not against the action of changing the rule because it is for the good for the game but he is against the fact that the ruling bodies made the decision 30 years too late. The players who developed their careers using a legal method of putting suffer from this ban and the ruling bodies have yet to admit that they made a mistake by declining to ban anchoring earlier. He wants the rules and the changes to be as fair as possible and he does not think the USGA and the R&A are being fair with their proposal.

The USGA and the R&A have stated that this proposed anchoring ban has nothing to do with equipment but instead it has to do with the stroke. There is no antitrust issue because it does impact the production of equipment and as a result, it is very difficult to build a case for a legal challenge to the proposed anchoring ban. Miceli said that it does not mean that someone at some point will try to mount a legal challenge but whoever attempts to do so will have a difficult time justifying to a judge that he or she has a case.

Erik Compton earned his PGA TOUR card for 2013 in Q School on Monday and while he thinks that Compton has a compelling story that will never get old, he also thinks that Compton’s story is evolving. Miceli has gotten past the 2-time heart transplant recipient element of the story and he has moved on to the ability to win element of the story. Compton seems to have so much more energy than he had just a few years ago and he has proven again that he belongs out on the PGA TOUR.

When asked what he will miss about PGA TOUR Q School, he will miss the crapshoot element because literally if you made it into the final stage, you had a chance at earning a PGA TOUR card. The new format starting next year rewards the better player and punishes the good player who needed to catch lightning in a bottle in order to earn a PGA TOUR card. However, Miceli does like the fact that players in the Finals will have four tournaments to earn their PGA TOUR cards and he also noted  that the Major Champions and big draws like Camilo Villegas will continue to receive Sponsor’s Exemptions regardless of their playing status.

Si Woo Kim earned his 2013 PGA TOUR card at the age of 17 but due to the rules of the PGA TOUR, he cannot begin to take advantage of his membership until he turns 18 on June 28,, 2013. Miceli feels that Kim should try to petition the PGA TOUR for the right to play as a member even though the rule states that you have to be 18 to a member of the PGA TOUR. That rule was passed in response to Ty Tryon over a decade ago. If you can play your way through Q School, you deserve to play on the PGA TOUR regardless of age.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

In fact, she named her “Mona.”

For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

And that has her excited about this year.

Well, that and having a healthy back again.

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.