Latest Golf News (Week 4 February 2018)

Tiger Woods’ Comeback at Honda Classic

Tiger Woods showed a significant turnaround in his performance at the PGA Honda Classic last week in Florida. Recently at Riviera, Woods had failed to qualify at the Genesis Open, due to a below-mark second-round 76 and an overall inconsistent game, which led to quite a bit of scepticism about how good a game the player would put up at the Honda Classic. However, last Friday, Woods’ performance had an excellent turnaround, helping him climb the leaderboard and get into weekend contention. The audience at the PGA National’s Champions Course burst into a roar with Woods’ 25-foot putt at the 9th, which was succeeded by a massive 361-yard drive at the 10thhole. The subsequent two shots had him trying to get within two of the lead by attempting a 9-feet birdie and a 10-feet one respectively, both of which he failed. He struggled again at the 15th and 16th where he made bogeys, but recovered at the 17th, where he cut a 5-iron to 12 feet. When asked about his performance, Woods mentioned that he is happy with the game he put up, while his fellow player Brandt Snedeker says that he is very optimistic to see Woods play well on Sunday.

Jessica Korda breaks course record at LPGA Thailand

The Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard has been set ablaze by the exceptionally talented Korda and Jutanugarn sisters, along with Jessica Korda shattering the course record with her spectacular 10-under round of 62. The 24-year-old American golfer is at the top of the leaderboard with a four-stroke lead. This is also her first season after her jaw surgery. She had been setting up a four-shot lead from the day before but had staggered when her younger sister Nelly Korda carded a seven-under 65, bringing her up to a tie for sixth at 12-under. On Friday at the Siam Country Club course, Jessica’s early bogey was made up for by her five birdies on the back nine, followed by a 10-foot par save on the 12th and a 15-foot shot for a birdie at the 13th. Her birdies on 14 and 15 sealed her lead in the game. The local favourite Jutanugarn sister duo, Moriya and Ariya were seen to card 65s to finish on second and fourth positions on the leaderboard while Nelly Korda holds the sixth position with a score of 204.

Fisher and Pepperell share tied lead at Qatar Masters

English duo Eddie Pepperell and Oliver Fisher share a two-shot lead at the Qatar Masters after three rounds. Up until Saturday, neither of the two players were delivering promising performances, having had missed the cut in six out of ten combined events. However, the Doha Golf Club saw the two picking up their game impressively, which landed them at the top of the leaderboard two shots ahead of American golfer Sean Crocker. While Pepperel shot an impressive six-under 66 along with a birdie at the par-five 18th, Fisher shot 8 birdies in his round followed by 4 consecutive ones at the end of his game.