Tim Rosaforte - July 16, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJuly 16, 2012, 12:47 pm

Tim will be covering his 26th Open Championship this year and he remembered when he covered the 1988 Open Championship at Royal Lytham where Seve won his 3rd Claret Jug. There was a push for Royal Lytham to dedicate a plaque to Seve in tribute to his success there and originally some wanted the plaque to be in the car park where he had his famous moment in 1979.  Writer John Huggan disagreed with that idea and said that it should be at 18 where he hit an amazing chip shot to get up and down to clinch victory in 1988.

In 2001, Seve Ballesteros played at Royal Lytham and was struggling a great deal with his game at the time. He wanted to show his son that he could play and Duval finds himself in a similar phase in his career this week. Duval won the 2001 Open Championship at Royal Lytham but he has not won on the PGA TOUR since then. Duval reached the peak of his success with that win at Royal Lytham but it has been downhill from there.

Royal Lytham was also the place in 1996 where Tiger Woods showed his first signs of success in a Major Championship. Tiger shot a second round 66 on his way to making the cut and finishing in a tie for 22nd. Tiger had played in Major Championships prior to the 1996 Open Championship but that was the first time that he showed a level of success on that stage. Of course, he would turn pro later in 1996 and then win his next Major Championship start in the 1997 Masters.

Zach Johnson has had a very productive career and his win in the John Deere Classic marked his 9th on the PGA TOUR. He has proven many times that he is a tenacious player and he showed it again with his second shot from a fairway bunker during the playoff. Tim said that he really enjoys watching Zach compete and he definitely did that at TPC Deere Run. Zach is a player who drives the ball straight and that is what you need to do to win at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

In his second visit to Monday’s Morning Drive, Rosaforte began by saying that when he thinks back to the 1988 Open Championship, Seve Ballesteros was playing terribly in some areas of his game that week. He could not drive the ball straight at all and he was almost entirely reliant on his short game. The fact that he won his 3rd Claret Jug without a long game was astounding and he agrees with writer John Huggan that there should be a plaque for Seve at the 18th green to commemorate the 1988 Open Championship. It is sad that Seve is no longer with us especially during this week.

It was not as though Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, and Corey Pavin are not trying really hard to win Majors on the Champions Tour. Simply put, Roger Chapman is doing something very special with his two wins in the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open this year. Chapman was struggling in his career and even spent time as a rules official while his British peers such as Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle, and Ian Woosnam were winning Majors. It is great to see Chapman experiencing this kind of success.

Steve Stricker is popular pretty much everywhere he goes but he was especially popular at the John Deere Classic where he finished T5 in his effort to win a fourth straight title. Stricker has a farm in Blanchardville, Wisconsin and when he is in town, he likes to eat at a place called Lady Dawn’s Sports Bar and Grill. He is well-liked by everyone and the Bar and Grill has an atmosphere similar to  the Super Bowl when he is contention.

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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.

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“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.

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Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders

By Associated PressMarch 17, 2018, 1:47 am

PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.

Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.

Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.

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Ko's struggles continue with Founders MC

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:26 am

PHOENIX – Lydia Ko loves the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and its celebration of the game’s pioneers, and that made missing the cut Friday sting a little more.

With a 1-over-par 73 following Thursday’s 74, Ko missed the cut by four shots.

After tying for 10th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in her last start, Ko looked to be turning a corner in her quest to find her best form again, but she heads to next week’s Kia Classic with more work to do.

“I just have to stay patient,” Ko said. “I just have to keep my head high.”

It was just the fifth missed cut in Ko’s 120 career LPGA starts, but her fourth in her last 26 starts.

Ko’s ball striking has been erratic this year, but her putting has been carrying her. She said her putting let her down Friday.

“It seemed like I couldn’t hole a single putt,” she said. “When I missed greens, I just wasn’t getting up and down. When I got a birdie opportunity, I wasn’t able to hole it.”

Ko came to Phoenix ranked 112th in driving distance, 121st in driving accuracy and 83rd in greens in regulation. She was sixth in putting average.

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Cristie Kerr saw the struggle playing two rounds with Ko.

“Her game’s not in good shape,” Kerr said. “She seemed a little lost.”

Ko, 20, made those sweeping changes last year, starting 2017 with a new coach (Gary Gilchrist), a new caddie (Peter Godfrey) and new equipment (PXG). She made more changes at this year’s start, with another new coach (Ted Oh) and new caddie (Jonnie Scott).

Ko doesn’t have to look further than Michelle Wie to see how a player’s game can totally turn around.

“It always takes time to get used to things,” Ko said. “By the end of last year, I was playing solid. I’m hoping it won’t take as much time this year.”

Ko had Oh fly to Asia to work with her in her two starts before the Founders Cup, with their work showing up in her play at the HSBC in Singapore. She said she would be talking to Oh again before heading to the Kia Classic next week and then the ANA Inspiration. She has won both of those events and will be looking to pull some good vibes from that.

“This is my favorite stretch of events,” she said. “And I love the Founders Cup, how it celebrates all the generations that have walked through women’s golf. And I love the West Coast swing. Hopefully, I’ll make more putts next week.”

Ko, whose run of 85 consecutive weeks at Rolex world No. 1 ended last summer, slipped to No. 12 this week.