Prammanasudh In Control

By Futures Tour MediaJuly 26, 2003, 4:00 pm
Futures TourSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- OK, she admits it. Stacy Prammanasudh has already been surfing on for cheap flights home.
And in her mind, she can already see her dachshund, yellow Labrador retriever, cat and fianc standing in the door to greet her. Maybe not in that order, but theyre at home in Enid, Okla., where she hasnt been in five weeks.
And why is Stacy P. (as shes called) daydreaming about her menagerie when she is leading the $60,000 M&T Bank Loretto Futures Golf Classic heading into Sundays final round? Why is this two-time season winner and Futures Tour top money winner so anxious to vacuum pet hair with only three tournaments remaining on the schedule?
Because my dad says if I win, I get to go home for a week off, said Prammanasudh, who posted a 2-under score of 69 in the second round to lead the field by one shot (5-under 137) at The Links at Erie Village. Thats my ultimate goal right now ' to win so I can go home.
Prammanasudhs lead over Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea and Seol-An Jeon of Seoul, Korea, both at 138 (-4), is slight and gives the South Koreans a second chance to face off against the Thai-American for the second time in three weeks. The trio played together when Stacy P. won the Lincoln Futures Golf Classic in Connecticut three weeks ago.
For Jeon, who lost this weeks second-round lead on the 14th hole with a double-bogey debacle on a water hazard, the question still remains: How do you beat Stacy P.?
Somebody tell me, please, said Jeon, who shot an even-par 71 with three errant drives that found left-side water hazards. Im usually very accurate. I never hit my driver like this, but these mistakes made a lot of difference.
While Jeon was fishing for her tee shots and Moon was missing four or five putts from 12-15 feet, Prammanasudh was playing her usual steady game on the par-71, water-laden 6,089-yard course. Moon rattled in two 18 footers for birdie to play the front nine at two under and had two birdies and one bogey on the back to finish at 68.
Tricky, gusting crosswinds kept everyone guessing all day, but Prammanasudh birdied the 15th from three feet then received a gift on the 16th when her tee shot hooked left and landed on a tongue of ground that jutted out into the water hazard. The Oklahoman had already removed her shoes once on the 14th hole to hack out of a hazard, take her bogey and move on. This praise-worthy peninsula of dirt rendered a good lie that Prammanasudh was able to use her gap wedge to set up her final birdie from 15 feet.
I got lucky a few times today and I think the golf gods were looking out for me, said Prammanasudh, who has eight top-10 finishes this season. Theres so little room for error, especially with a crosswind. Even from the fairway, its not a given that youll hit the green where you want to be.
Four players are tied at 139, with three tied at 140, including Jennifer Huber of Dallas, who jumped from a tie for 45th into a tie for eighth in the second round with her 4-under-par score of 67.
First-round leader Kim Adams of Fredericton, New Brunswick, had the toughest day when she ballooned with a 78 to drop into a tie for 28th at 144. Adams ran into deep trouble with water hazards on the par-4 10th hole, where she took a quadruple-bogey-8 with two shots into the water, and a double-bogey-6 on the par-4 11th.
Im definitely very disappointed, said Adams. It was an amateur move that I wasnt ready to hit my tee shot and I hit it anyway. I never committed to the shot and I paid for it.
If Prammanasudh pulls out her third season win Sunday, it will be a pricey last-minute ticket for which shes happy to pay.
Elsewhere on the course, Futures Tour rookie Randy Meadows of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, disqualified herself Saturday after discovering that the face of her putter was hooked. Meadows tried to bend the club back to its normal position. According to the rules of golf (Rule 4-3b), the damaged club is considered non-conforming. Meadows had already played eight holes when she discovered the irregularity.
Seventy-five players made the 36-hole tournament cut at 150 (+8).
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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."