Petr and Jessica Korda - March 8, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamMarch 8, 2012, 12:51 pm

While Jessica Korda won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open last month on the LPGA Tour, her father and sometimes caddie Petr Korda won the 1998 Australian Open as a professional tennis player. Jessica finished regulation and went to 6-woman playoff. She did not have enough time to even think much about it before going to the playoff. She signed her scorecard and then went into the playoff where she was actually very relaxed and enjoyed the experience. If the LPGA Tour had sent all 6 out together instead of in two groups of three, she would not have known what to do because there would have been so many people which would have been very confusing. While winning certainly helped, she liked the way that the LPGA Tour did the playoff.

Her father Petr was very emotional to be Jessica’s caddie during the U.S. Women’s Open. As a parent, he takes a lot of pride in his daughter and it was very special to be with her at such a special experience. When he grew up in Eastern Europe, his upbringing was so different and in a lot of ways much more difficult so when he was raising Jessica, he made sure that she would be able to make her own decisions and he did his best to give her a better path. He came to the United States at the age of 15 for the first time and was blown away just by the size of the breakfast that was offered to him. He realized that he would be punished if he did not return to his home country of Czechoslovakia soon after the end of the tournament and he also realized the differences between a free nation and a communist nation.

Jessica feels very fortunate to be raised in the United States and growing up, she learned all about the horrors of the communist system so she truly appreciates what she has. She was born in and raised in Florida although when people meet her many of them think that she is from somewhere else – mostly Sweden or another European country.

Everyone has been so supportive of her since she won the Women’s Australian Open. Even the players she defeated in the playoff were very congratulatory of her accomplishment.Her father’s signature move was the scissor kick and Jessica said that she can do it as well and she did it after she won in Australia. Petr said that he truly enjoyed doing that move when he won and he took particular pride doing it when he won his Grand Slam titles in Doubles and Singles.

Jessica said that this win has opened up a lot of doors for her this year because she has gone from not knowing where she can play to having the ability to pick and choose her starts on the LPGA Tour. She turned 19 on February 27th and she is enjoying her last year as a teenager. Friends and family are the most important things to her and they have kept her grounded while she has had some great success.

Petr said that he has great respect for the people who are caddies for professional golfers because it is a lot of hard work not only physically but also mentally. He is having a lot more fun supporting Jessica from outside of the ropes and is happy to bring his wife along to the tournaments and cheer Jessica on. There are a couple of circumstances where he might be her caddie again, but for the most part he considers himself retired from caddying and he is now a full-time father when it comes to his daughter’s career.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.