Rookie Class of 2003 Part III

By Lpga Tour MediaMarch 5, 2003, 5:00 pm
LPGA logo for LeaderboardsDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' For the third and final week, we continue our in-depth look at the 24 members of this LPGA Tour rookie class. Not only will the Tours first year members be battling it out for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, but they also will be looking for valuable experience that can pay dividends for their future professional careers.
 
The 24 rookies that compose the 2003 class are a mixture of world talent as they represent 11 different countries: Brazil; Chile; Denmark; England; France; Japan; Korea; Mexico; Norway; Spain; and the United States. Christina Kim and Lorena Ochoa earned their 2003 LPGA Tour card by finishing in the top three on the 2002 Futures Tour money list, while the remaining 22 rookies earned their cards at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in October 2002.
 
The final eight rookies profiled today are listed in alphabetical order.
 
Suzann Pettersen, Norway ' In her native country, golf and the name Suzann Pettersen are basically synonymous. Pettersen is a five-time Norwegian champion and made her Solheim Cup debut in 2002 for the European Team. In 2002, she notched three top-10 finishes on the Evian Ladies European Tour (LET), including two runner-up finishes. Pettersen has exempt status for the 2003 Tour season after finishing tied for 10th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music and enjoys working out.
Stacy Prammanasudh, United States ' Prammanasudh is the owner of the longest un-hyphenated last name on Tour. She will make her 2003 debut at the Safeway PING Presented by Yoplait in Phoenix after accepting a sponsor exemption. Prammanasudh was a four-time First-Team All-American at the University of Tulsa, where she won 10 collegiate events, second most in school history behind LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer Nancy Lopezs 11 titles. While at Tulsa, she earned her degree in exercise and sports science and finished her senior season ranked second nationally. Prammanasudh earned non-exempt status for 2003 after finishing tied for 24th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Her hobbies include watching movies and swimming.
Carrie Roberts, United States ' Roberts has a degree in community health from Brigham Young University, where she also won six collegiate events and was a three-time Utah State Match Play champion. She tied the knot last September when she married Corey Roberts, who will caddie for her during her rookie season. Her maiden name is Summerhays, and yes, her father is Bruce Summerhays, who has played on the Champions Tour since 1998. Dad was on the bag for Roberts successful attempt at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, where she tied for 21st to earn exempt status. Roberts enjoys basketball, knitting and religion. She is the only player on Tour from Utah.
Georgina Simpson, England ' Simpson is the only rookie from the 2003 class to hail from England. She attended San Jose State University' well known for its tradition of supplying strong womens golfers'where she received her degree in advertising. She turned professional in 2001 and played on the Evian LET. Simpson qualified for the Tour on her first attempt and is exempt in 2003 after tying for 10th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Her tastes in sports are extreme. When not under the sun on the course, she sometimes can be found indoors on the ice, playing hockey. Simpson also has an avidity for Leeds United soccer games.
Lisa Strom, United States ' Strom joins LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Famer Marlene Hagge as the only other player on Tour born in South Dakota. She attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in exercise science. In 2002, she played on the Futures Tour and recorded seven top-10 finishes. She is non-exempt for 2003 after finishing tied for 59th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Wedding bells are in Stroms future, as she is engaged to Rich Fernandes. The two are planning a December ceremony. Some of Stroms hobbies include playing the piano, working out and shoe shopping.
Iben Tinning, Denmark ' Tinning became the first player from Denmark to compete in Solheim Cup competition when she represented the European Team in 2002. In 2002, she also won the LETs Ladies Irish Open and the La Perla Italian Open. She made headlines in 2001 when she tied for third at the Weetabix Womens British Open, one of the LPGAs four majors. Tinning earned non-exempt status for 2003 after finishing tied for 24th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She enjoys watching movies in her free time.
Ashley Palmer Winn, United States ' A graduate from Louisiana State University with a marketing degree, Winn recorded a pair of top-10 finishes on the Futures Tour in 2002. She was a three-time NCAA All-American at LSU before turning professional in 1999. She qualified for the Tour on her third attempt and has non-exempt status in 2003 after finishing tied for 47th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Winn enjoys an active off-season, as she fancies snow skiing, traveling and exercising.
Young-A Yang, Korea ' Born Nov. 18, 1978, in Seoul, Yang now calls Knoxville, Tenn., home. She attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a degree in psychology. She finished second at the 1999 and 2000 SEC Championships and placed fifth at the 2001 NCAA Championship. Yang qualified for the Tour on her first attempt and is exempt for 2003 after finishing tied for 21st at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She started playing golf at the age of 10, and her hobbies include watching football and shopping.
 
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry