Prammanasudh Park Share Lead in Hawaii

By Associated PressFebruary 24, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 Fields OpenKAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Rookie Angela Park managed to catch Stacy Prammanasudh for a share of the lead Saturday heading into the final round of the Fields Open.
 
The 18-year-old Park, making her second LPGA Tour start as a pro, is on the verge of becoming the youngest winner in tour history.
 
'I really don't have that in mind during the round or when I'm warming up,' she said Saturday. 'But if I do get that privilege to win and actually win it, how awesome would that be? It would be a great honor.'
 
Park and Prammanasudh shot 68s and were at 10-under 134 after two rounds. The final round was scheduled to be completed late Saturday.
 
With a three-hour rain delay Friday, Park was among 70 players who had to return to the course Saturday morning to complete the second round. Skies were mostly clear with slight tradewinds.
 
Park was at 9 under with nine holes to go when play was suspended Friday. She returned with two birdies and a bogey to tie Prammanasudh, who had to wait a day to see if her lead would hold up.
 
Park sank a 15-foot putt on No. 2 to move to 10 under, but sailed her drive into the water to bogey the par-5 fifth to lose a stroke. She then hit an 8-iron shot, setting up a difficult 20-foot birdie putt that she dropped on No. 8 for a share of the lead.
 
She had about a two-hour break before teeing off again.
 
'I'm going to rest, eat some healthy food and get back to my routine warmup,' Park said.
 
Jee Young Lee, who had to finish four holes Saturday, couldn't make a move and remained at 9 under.
 
Morgan Pressel (65), who is also vying to supplant Paula Creamer as the youngest winner of a full LPGA Tour event, managed to finish her second round on Friday and was two shots behind the leaders at 8 under. Creamer won the 2005 Sybase Classic at 18 years, 9 months, 17 days.
 
The 18-year-old Pressel got close at last week's season-opening SBS Open. She shared the lead heading into the final day and closed with a 74 to tie for fourth.
 
Wendy Doolan (67) and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (67) both were able to take advantage of the calm morning and moved up the leaderboard, finishing at 7 under. Mi Hyun Kim (67), Carri Wood (68) and Nichole Castrale were another stroke back.
 
The players at 5 under included Karrie Webb (69), Ai Miyazato (68) and Natalie Gulbis (67).
 
Park, who has five AJGA wins, earned her first LPGA paycheck last week -- worth $6,625 -- for her 33rd-place tie at the season-opening SBS Open. As an amateur, she tied for 15th at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship, her only LPGA start of the year.
 
She was followed by one of the largest galleries as she completed her second round and was mobbed by autograph seekers.
 
Despite not having a single sponsor, Park could become an international marketing machine. She's unusually comfortable in front of reporters and speaks three languages fluently, including English, with a touch of Valley Girl. She has also studied Japanese.
 
The Brazilian-born Korean grew up in Torrance, Calif., and recently moved to Orlando, Fla.
 
The 27-year-old Prammanasudh is hoping to hold the youngsters off.
 
'I'm making the birdies. I've got to continue doing that,' she said. 'There's too many tough competitors behind me.'
 
The former University of Tulsa standout won the Franklin American Mortgage Championship in 2005 for her lone LPGA Tour title. That was the last tournament she led heading into the final round.
 
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  • Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

    Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

    Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

    Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

    Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

    Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

    "He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

    The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

    Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

    "I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

    Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

    "From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

    "And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

    "There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."