AK: The next Tiger?

Antony Kim could become Tiger Woods’ next rival. Kim, who grew up in Studio City, is coming off a banner year that has him nipping at Tiger’s heels. Click herefor the story.

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Furyk back in front

First-round leader Jim Furyk parred the first eight holes Friday before making a birdie at No. 9 to regain the outright lead at 5 under, one stroke ahead of Boo Weekley.

Hunter Mahan and Fred Couples are two strokes back.

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K.J. Choi … or Yoda?

South Korean star K.J. Choi speaks little English, as evidenced by this transcript from his interview following Thursday’s opening round:

Question: Just tell me about the round. How is it out there?
Answer: Yeah, yesterday just pro-am, 14 holes, and not seeing yesterday the five hole on the front side. My focus today little the catch and the weather and roll much better, and the nice weather, nice swing, little in the putt make it and hit it second shot and it spin too much and then the control with a very hard time. But very nice today.

Q: What’s it like playing in Tiger’s event?
A: I’m very impressed with Tiger’s event. Every year if I make it and play, but my schedule with the baby sometimes Korea, but this time I appreciate to play. Last year I’m playing entry and pull out because the little hurt in my low back. I promised this year I’d play. Very quality and first class, the tournament, and no weather yesterday, but looks good in four days.

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K.J. is OK … for awhile

K.J. Choi birdied the first three holes Friday to move into the lead at 5 under in the Chevron World Challenge.

His lead was short-lived, however. Choi had a bogey on the fourth hole, a double-bogey on the sixth and a bogey on the eighth to drop back to 1 under, three shots behind co-leaders Jim Furyk and Boo Weekley.

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On the course…

Only four of the 16 players in the Chevron World Challenge are under par right now in the first round. Hunter Mahan is 2-under through 17 holes, Boo Weekley is 3-under through 15 holes, Jim Furyk is 2-under through 14 and Anthony Kim 1-under through 12-under. Stephen Ames is 4-over through 10 holes.

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Tiger’s tourney to earn world golf ranking next season

The Chevron World Challenge will offer golfers official world ranking points beginning next year. This is the first time world golf rankings will be extended to an unofficial PGA Tour event.
“That’s something we’re proud of and very excited for next year,” Tiger Woods said. “To have that opportunity I think is going to draw an even better field than we’ve ever had over the years, and we’re really looking forward to that.”

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