Four Share Lead at Wendys Champ

By Sports NetworkAugust 24, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Wendys ChampionshipDUBLIN, Ohio -- Stacy Prammanasudh fired a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to share the lead after one round of the Wendy's Championship for Children.
Prammanasudh was joined atop the leaderboard at Tartan Fields Golf Club by the soon-to-be retired Kristal Parker-Manzo, Jee Young Lee and Katie Futcher.
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Natalie Gulbis is in a large group just one back.
Kraft Nabisco champion Karrie Webb and world No. 2 Lorena Ochoa share fifth place at minus-5. They were joined there by Natalie Gulbis, Tina Barrett, Soo-Yun Kang, Brittany Lincicome, Mikaela Parmlid and Kris Tschetter.
Prammanasudh started on the back nine and converted a birdie right away on the 10th. However, she ran off nine straight pars from there.
The 26-year-old birdied the second and came right back with a birdie on No. 3. A birdie on the seventh moved her to minus-4.
Prammanasudh made it two straight as she birdied the par-3 eighth. She ended her round with a third straight birdie on the ninth to gain a share of the lead.
'I actually got quite lucky on the first hole,' Prammanasudh admitted. 'I drove it through the fairway just a little bit so I was in the rough. I had a decent lie, but I caught it a little thin. It didn't look like it was going to make it over the water at all. It hit just short of the green and then jumped up. Luckily I made birdie, so that set the tone for the day.'
Parker-Manzo started on the 10th tee Thursday. She birdied that hole, then sank back-to-back birdies from the 14th. Parker-Manzo made the turn at minus-4 thanks to a birdie on the par-4 18th.
She dropped a shot at the first, but erased that error with a birdie on No. 5. Parker-Manzo closed with birdies on eight and nine to get in a minus-6.
Parker-Manzo said afterward that she is going to retire, again, after this event. She did the same two years ago due to an elbow injury, but returned once she was recovered.
'I don't know if you know, but this is supposed to be my last week. I'm retiring,' said Parker-Manzo, whose husband, Ken, caddied for her Thursday. 'It happened to me two years ago, too. I just wanted to go out and have some fun. I retired two years ago because I had a bad elbow. When I announced my retirement, I went out and finished fourth that week.
'I had some time off and got my elbow fixed and then I got the fever to play again. I've only made the cut in one event this year, out of seven. I haven't played bad, but I just haven't been cashing in. I think it's time to go home and be a mom.'
Lee also started on the back nine and got going with a birdie on the par-5 11th. She came right back to birdie the 12th and made it three straight at the 13th.
The Korean drained her fourth birdie on the par-3 15th. Around the turn, Lee stumbled to a bogey on the first. She atoned for that error with a birdie on the second.
Lee then birdied the fifth to get to minus-5. She followed that up with an eagle on the par-5 fourth. Lee faltered to a bogey on No. 6 and closed with three straight pars to remain in a tie atop the leaderboard.
Futcher, like the other three leaders, played the back nine in minus-1 with her birdie coming on the 16th. On the front nine, Futcher birdied the first. She poured in consecutive birdies from the third to move to 4 under.
The 25-year-old Futcher eagled the par-5 ninth, her last, to jump into a tie for the lead.
Among the nine players tied for 13th place -- just two strokes off the lead at 4-under-par 68 -- are Erica Blasberg, Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato and Morgan Pressel.
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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.