Monday - June 11, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJune 11, 2012, 8:37 am

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TODAY'S TOPICS
- Man in Memphis
In just his second start after taking time off with a back injury, Dustin Johnson won the FedEx St. Jude Classic by a single shot over John Merrick. This is DJ's 5th straight year with a PGA TOUR win out of college and is the best streak since Tiger Woods.
- In the Open
Spencer Levin missed the cut in Memphis, but is in the U.S. Open. He moved to 60th in the Official World Golf Ranking to earn an exemption. Branden Grace, Justin Hicks, Colt Knost, and Kyle Thompson are also in the year’s second Major.
- Shanshan Shines
China is celebrating its first major champion today. 22-year-old Shanshan Feng won the Wegmans LPGA Championship by 2 shots for her first career LPGA Tour win.
- Back to Back
Tom Lehman successfully defended his title in the Regions Tradition with a 2-shot win over Bernhard Langer. It's his 3rd Champions Tour major win in 3 seasons.
 
CNBC Business Headlines
- American Airlines’ Future
- Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference
- $3.456 Million for Lunch with Warren Buffett
 
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San Francisco - Harmonium “San Francisco” by Vanessa Carlton
Touch of Grey - In the Dark (Expanded) [Remastered] “Touch of Grey” by Grateful Dead
Somebody to Love - Surrealistic Pillow “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane
 
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Tuesday, June 12
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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.