Injury, not missed putt, nagging Kim at Wegmans LPGA

By Randall MellJune 6, 2012, 10:08 pm

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – I.K. Kim is making her first start in a major since she lost the Kraft Nabisco Championship in agonizing fashion two months ago.

Kim, who needed only to make a 1-foot putt at the 72nd hole to win at Mission Hills, won’t be at full strength starting the Wegmans LPGA Championship Thursday, but it has nothing to do with any lingering ache in her heart after missing that putt.

Kim is nursing soreness in her left wrist. She hurt it practicing too much the week after the Kraft Nabisco. She played Wednesday’s Wegmans pro-am with the wrist wrapped. She also is struggling with a pinched nerve in her back. She tied for 25th at the Shoprite Classic last week in her first start since Kraft Nabisco.

As far as Kim’s heart goes, she says it’s fine.

“I want to learn from what happened,” Kim said of Kraft Nabisco. “It was a very valuable lesson. The game makes you humble, and I just want to appreciate all the opportunities it has given me and will give me in the future.”

That Kim’s heart is just fine can be attested to by the many people who have benefitted from her kindness since Mission Hills. Kim was named last week as the ambassador of golf for the Special Olympics. In the ceremony, she donated a check for $102,300 to the Special Olympics cause. After winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in 2010, she donated her entire first-place check to charity. Half of that first-place check went to Ochoa’s foundation, the rest to Special Olympics in last week's donation.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 7:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour:

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Army vets get sneak peek at Callaway's new wedges

By Rex HoggardSeptember 21, 2018, 5:23 pm

ATLANTA – Callaway Golf unveiled a new set of wedges to consumers on Friday, but U.S. Army veterans Kyle Butcher and Billy Paul were treated to an early peak on Wednesday at the Tour Championship.

Butcher and Paul were chosen to participate in a club fitting at East Lake that included three of Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges. The new wedges feature the company’s tactical package with a PVD finish, tour issued shafts and Groove-in-Groove technology. It was the company’s 13th “warrior fitting” this year.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher checking out Callaway’s new Mack Daddy 4 Tactical Wedges.

Billy Paul (L) and Kyle Butcher (M) checking out Callaway's new Mack Daddy 4 wedges

The limited edition wedges became available at retail on Friday ($179.99) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Birdies for the Brave. The company also made a $50,000 donation to Birdies for the Brave’s Special Operations Warriors Foundation.

Part of the company’s push to honor American military members also includes 15 percent discounts on purchases by all veterans.