Prammanasudh In Charge

By Futures Tour MediaJuly 12, 2003, 4:00 pm
Futures TourAVON, Connecticut -- With only six tournaments remaining in the Futures Golf Tour season, Stacy Prammanasudh knows another win would help solidify her chance of earning one of the five exempt 2004 LPGA Tour cards awarded to the top five money winners.
 
But for now, the second-ranked player on the Futures Tour only wants to close out the week with another victory. Her first and only professional win came April 27th at the Frye Chevrolet Classic in Wichita, Kan. With six top-10 finishes in eight events, the Enid, Oklahoma native wants to end her summer winless streak that has included a second and two third-place finishes. She's been close too many times and hopes to end it at Blue Fox Run Golf Course.
 
'I'd like to win, but it's the money that counts at the end,' said Prammanasudh, who fired a second-round 69 to hold a one-shot lead at 136 (-6) going into Sunday's final round of the $60,000 Lincoln Financial Futures Golf Classic presented by Mohegan Sun. 'I hit a couple of squirrelly shots today but I made a few good ones too. So it all evens out.'
 
Prammanasudh battled Seol-An Jeon of Seoul, South Korea and Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, South Korea for most of the round. Jeon finished one shot back with a 70 and Moon carded a 69, deadlocking the Koreans in a tie for second at 137 (-5). Lori Atsedes of Ithaca, N.Y. carded a second-round 68 to charge into position at 3-under-par 139.
 
'I hit a lot of terrible shots but I made a lot of up and downs,' said Jeon, who is 12th on the Futures Tour money list. 'I really, really want to win and I've been trying for a long time.'
 
Jeon birdied the first hole to take an early lead, but played nip-and-tuck golf with Prammanasudh and Moon for the front nine holes on the 6,156-yard, par-71 course.
 
Jeon rolled in a birdie putt from 12 feet on the 12th hole, then chipped in from 10 yards on the 13th for a one-shot lead over the Oklahoman. But she bogeyed the 15th hole to stay at 5-under.
 
Prammanasudh rolled in consecutive birdie putts on the 13th from six feet and the 14th from eight feet to tie Jeon with four remaining holes. She missed the green and didn't get up and down for par at the 15th hole, but birdied the 17th with a 20-footer to take the lead. Moon birdied the 16th hole, but stayed a shot back, tied with Jeon.
 
'Today was a good round, but it could have been lower,' said Moon, who rolled in three 45-foot putts for birdie and made her only bogey on No. 7 with a three putt from 45 feet. 'I made most of the long putts, but missed a lot of short ones.'
 
Moon won the first tournament of the season in March at the Lakeland Futures Golf Classic and battled back from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in late May, when she was ranked first on the Futures Tour Money List. She is currently ranked fourth in earnings.
 
Perhaps the second day's most interesting round was that of Blue Fox Run teaching professional Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Conn., who shot a 1-under-par 70. Whaley played the back nine holes first, recording a 5-under-par 30, but recorded bogeys on holes 3, 6, 7 and 9 to play her second nine holes at 4-over 40.
 
'The 30 was my lowest nine holes in competition, but I don't feel good about the back nine at all,' said Whaley, who is tied for 16th at 143 (+1). 'I got impatient and I just didn't get the job done.'
 
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    Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 9:08 pm

    Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

    Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.

    In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also finished last at the Tournament of Champions, after which he underwent a second MRI that revealed the tear.

    Koepka is expected to miss the next eight to 12 weeks.

    “I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters. … I look forward to a quick and successful recovery.”

    Prior to the injury, Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking. 

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    Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

    In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.


    Made Cut

    Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

    Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the last Ryder Cup and appears to be rejuvenated by a collection of new players, McIlroy didn’t disappoint.

    “If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

    McIlroy has come by his confidence honestly, having won three of the four Ryder Cups he’s played, so it’s understandable if he doesn't feel like an underdog heaidng to Paris.

    “The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that,” he said. “The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    September can’t get here quick enough.

    Mr. Spieth goes to Ponte Vedra Beach. The Tour announced this year’s player advisory council, the 16-member group that works with the circuit’s policy board to govern.

    There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

    In recent years, top players like Spieth have largely avoided the distractions that come with the PAC and policy board. Of course, we’ve also learned in recent years that Spieth is not your typical superstar.


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    On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

    “I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage.”

    The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

    Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

    Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

    The majority of the video, which includes a Q&A element, focuses on how to avoid match fixing. Although the circuit has made it clear there is no indication of current match fixing, it’s obviously something to keep an eye on.

    The other element that’s worth pointing out is that although the Tour may be taking the new program seriously, some players are not.

    “My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.


    Missed Cut

    Groundhog Day. To be fair, no one expected Patton Kizzire and James Hahn to need six playoff holes to decide last week’s Sony Open, but the episode does show why variety is the spice of life.

    After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

    It’s worth noting that the playoff finally ended with Kizzire’s par at the sixth extra hole, which was the par-3 17th. Waialae’s 18th is a fine golf hole, but in this case familiarity really did breed contempt.

    Tweet of the week:

    It was a common theme last Saturday on Oahu after an island-wide text alert was issued warning of an inbound ballistic missile and advising citizens to “seek immediate shelter.”

    The alert turned out to be a mistake, someone pushed the wrong button during a shift change, but for many, like Peterson, it was a serious lesson in perspective.

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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.”