-She says her mother's December collapse in the Woods home and subsequent trip to the emergency room was due to a stomach bug and low blood pressure. Contrary to what media reported at the time, it was Nordegren herself who called 911, not her identical twin sister Josefin Lonnborg.
-In the wake of the scandal, she claims the couple tried "for months and months" to repair the damage before she finally concluded that the marriage was beyond salvation. "If there is no trust between the parents, it's better for the children that the parents split up. I am now going to do my very best to show them that alone and happy is better than being in a relationship where there is no trust."
-She and the kids have a new home in Sweden but will continue to spend the majority of their time in the U.S., and will move from Orlando to southern Florida within the year to be close to Woods once he occupies his new compound on Jupiter Island. She's excited to find her own place: "I have visions of a great pool with slides. A house you really live in--modern but cozy--and where all the kids want to play."
-When asked if she has forgiven--or will ever be able to forgive--Woods, she says "Forgiveness takes time. It is the last step in the grieving process. I am going to be completely honest and tell you that I am working on it. I wish him all the best in the future, as a person and as an athlete. I feel privileged to have witnessed part of his golfing career."
I was intimidated and nervous before I started. Expecting to be met with criticism and skyscraper-high standards, instead, I was greeted with kindness, patience and instructional criticism that I can only hope, will improve my writing skills. There are too many highlights to list a sole one as my favorite -- assisting with photo shoots, helping with an instructional "How To Play With A Woman" video, interviewing PGA Tour players at the Travelers Championship, blogging for the Golf Digest Woman website, sitting in on meetings, and participating in a Hot List tester for grip. Let's just say I did a little of everything.
What I enjoyed most was discovering the faces and personalities behind the black and white bylines I used to see in the magazine. At one point, I had the chance to speak with CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Golf Digest, Jerry Tarde. He had the comfortable approachability of a fatherly friend. Tarde shared with me his vision for the magazine in a transitioning industry. Before I left, he reminded me of his humble beginning, starting at Golf Digest as an intern leaving college.
I was surrounded by golf and golf addicts for two months. Their enthusiasm and passion for not only their career but the game as well, only stirred within me a love that I thought had already blossomed. I now have a new appreciation and understanding for the immense collaborative effort it takes to create a monthly issue of the magazine. From instructional pieces, to feature stories, to equipment, to the woman's section, to the fashion section, to breaking news online, to artistic photography and page design, everyone's role is pivotal in putting together each issue. Trust me, it's not all wine and roses. I did glimpse a few spats pushing the close of our last issue.
I learned that deadlines are negotiable, that several cups of coffee and then tea are necessary, and whether you finish the 18th hole with a birdie or a bogey, any round still beats a day at the office... except maybe at Golf Digest. It's not a bad gig they have going in Wilton, Conn.
What was the worst part? I still don't know...leaving, maybe? Although, I did have to make a few copies once...
-- Kathryn Stafford
Cristie Kerr somehow manages to dedicate time to charitable work while fighting for the No. 1 spot on the Rolex Rankings. (She held that spot atop the rankings for three weeks after winning the LPGA Championship in June.)
On Tuesday, Kerr answered questions and gave a clinic to 50 junior golfers, ages 7-17, at the CityParks Junior Golf Center, located next to the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
"Golf is a great game for kids to learn life lessons, discipline, fair play, competition," said Kerr, to the 50 kids who were invited for having the best attendance records at the CityParks center. "You can work hard and see the returns from it. It's a place you can go and be with your friends or escape from the everyday stress of life."
The CityParks Junior Golf Center is a new high-end facility that offers free golf instruction to juniors only. It has a 6-hole golf course, practice putting and chipping greens, a covered driving range and a clubhouse with classroom space. More than 800 juniors currently participate in the junior golf programs held at the facility.
"I would never be where I am today if I had not had the opportunity to learn the game in the city of Miami," said Kerr.
While this is the first time she has worked with CityParks, Kerr expressed interest in becoming more involved with the center, since she and her husband now live part-time in New York City.
"I always try to follow what my father instilled in me," said Kerr. "If you work hard and make it fun, it doesn't matter what the results are. He also taught me that grades and school are just as important as golf."
Kerr will play again at the Safeway Classic next week in Oregon, followed by the CN Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg.
-- Ashley Mayo
(Photos: Courtesy of the LPGA)
SOUTHPORT, England -- When it comes to artistic merit, not even the most sympathetic of judges could have given this effort high marks. But all that mattered was what it said on the scorecard, and when the numbers were added up Sunday at Royal Birkdale, Yani Tseng won the Ricoh Women's British Open by one stroke over Katherine Hull.
After playing nearly flawless golf for 54 holes -- missing only six greens --Tseng pitched out sideways from pot bunkers, scraped it out of the rough and horseshoed out enough putts in the final round to break a dozen hearts. But she closed with a 73 -- after three consecutive rounds of 68 -- and finished at 11-under-par 277, edging Hull, who turned in a solid 70.
"The last four holes today were really tough," Tseng said, "not like the last two days when I was making birdies and eagles. It was really tough and Katherine was pressuring me."
Hull, who made a mess of the final hole when she half-chunked a chip, was at 278 with I.K. Kim and Na Yeon Choi at 281. After Tseng drove into a pot bunker on the par-5 18th and had to pitch out, Hull was 60 feet from the hole in two but managed to get her third shot barely more than halfway to the hole.
"It's bittersweet, I guess, right now," Hull said. "I'll be working twice as hard on my short game after that last hole. Still, there are a lot of positives I can take from the week, so I'm very happy."
The closing stretch was a bit painful to watch as Tseng failed to make a birdie after the sixth hole and Hull was shut out after her birdie on No. 13 pulled her within one stroke. The birdie drought was a huge surprise since Birkdale ends with three par-5 among the last four holes, with Nos. 17 and 18 being very reachable in two shots when playing downwind -- as they were on Sunday.
But perhaps that was the key word: "Sunday." That day at a major championship is a different animal altogether. Both players showed some frayed nerves, but when it came down to the decisive stroke, Tseng rolled in a four-footer for par -- fittingly enough -- after Hull's 30-footer for a birdie grazed the left edge.
The 21-year-old from Taiwan is the youngest women to have three major championships and is now only the U.S. Women's Open short of the career grand Slam. Se Ri Pak won two majors when she was 20 but didn't get her third until she was 24. It was Tseng's fourth career LPGA victory.
Tseng, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April, is the first player to win two LPGA majors in the same season since Annika Sorenstam in 2005, which was fitting because Yani purchased Annika's house last year and received an inspirational message from her before the final round.
"She's my big idol," Tseng said of Sorenstam. "She said 'just trust your ability and have fun.' I wrote that in my yardage book so I would remember it."
The victory also ended a two-major run by the Americans after Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship and Paula Creamer grabbed the U.S. Women's Open. Kerr was the best of the Americans at Birkdale, finishing T-5 at 282. Morgan Pressel was at 284, Christina Kim and Brittany Lincicome at 286, with Michelle Wie T-17 at 288 and Creamer at 290.
If Tseng wants to get more inspiration from Sorenstam, she should consider this: The Swede did not get her first LPGA victory untl she was 24 years old, and it was the U.S. Women's Open, the first of her 10 major championships among 72 LPGA titles.
Those are two numbers Tseng might want to write in her yardage book. They are good goals to remember. She should also remember that all those trophies count, even when getting the job done was not an artistic success.
-- Ron Sirak
(Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)