Kamm Holds Early Lead
Kamm, who had missed his previous 10 cuts, started quickly by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on his first hole. After five straight pars, he birdied the seventh, after knocking his third shot to the par-5 within a foot of the hole.
He then birdied eight and nine each from 10-feet. He finished his first nine, which was the back side, at 4-under 31. Kamm, who teed off in the second group of the day, found the early morning cool temperatures to his liking.
'Cool weather is right up my alley,' said Kamm, who grew up in Rochester, NY. 'I've always enjoyed coming to this tournament. I love cold weather, so for me the colder the better.'
Kamm birdied the first and third, before his only slip of the round. He bogeyed the par-3 fourth after missing a 12-foot putt. Kamm responded by birdieing five and six, both from within in three feet, before parring his final three holes for an opening round 64.
'I haven't had many good days this year so it was about time,' said Kamm, whose last win came at the 1992 Buy.Com Panama City Beach Classic. 'The way I've been playing, it's kind of a surprise to shoot 7-under, but I've been there before.'
Meeks looked like he would tie Kamm for the lead, but he posted a pair of bogies on the back side to finish at 66. Buha and Gore, who claimed last week's Buy.Com Oregon Classic, each recorded four birdies on the front nine en route to tying Meeks for second place.
'Anytime you go around this course without a bogey, you are very happy,' said Buha. 'I played real solid today. I just want to stay patient the rest of the week, which is what this course demands.'
Barry Cheesman, Chad Wright, Jaxon Brigman, Joe Daley, Cliff Kresge, Omar Uresti, Mark Hensby and Dave Schreyer all finished at 4-under 67 and tied for fifth place.
Chip Beck, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, heads a group of 13 players tied at 3-under 68. Kresge and Patrick Moore, who is among those tied at minus-3, join Arron Oberholser as the three players who could immediately gain their PGA Tour card this week. Oberholser stands at 2-under par.
Kresge, Moore and Oberholser have each won twice on the Buy.Com Tour this season. Three-time winners get the automatic Battlefield Promotion to the PGA Tour. Four players have previously gained this promotion - Chris Smith in 1997 and Heath Slocum, Chad Campbell and Pat Bates in 2001.
Last season's champion, Michael Long, gained his PGA Tour card as he finished in the top 15 on the Buy.Com Tour. Tjaart Van Der Walt, the 2001 runner-up, struggled to an opening round 5-over-par 76.
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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play
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.
Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain
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.
“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.”
Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead
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.
“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.