Scranton Takes Lead in Tennessee

By Sports NetworkMay 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Franklin American Mortgage Champ.FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Nancy Scranton fired a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead of the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
 
Stacy Prammanasudh is alone in second place after an opening-round, 5-under-par 67. Candy Hannemann, Pat Hurst, Wendy Ward and Mi-Hyun Kim share third place at minus-4.
 
Overnight rain and a 30-minute delay to start the round made the Ironhorse Course at Vanderbilt Legends Club quite soggy. Players took relief from casual water and some wind made play difficult in the inaugural event.
 
Scranton parred her first six holes then took advantage of the par-5 seventh. She pitched her third to inches and tapped in for the birdie. Scranton made it back-to-back birdies with a 4-footer at the par-4 eighth.
 
Scranton played steady early in her back nine with a 3-foot birdie putt at the 10th. She made her move to first with a 10-footer for birdie at the 15th hole.
 
The 43-year-old hit a sand-wedge to four feet to set up birdie at the 17th and match Prammanasudh in first place. Scranton laid up at the closing par-5 at Vanderbilt Legends Club, then hit another sand-wedge to 4 feet. She holed the birdie putt to polish off her bogey-free round.
 
'It's nice and was very easy today,' said Scranton, whose last victory on the LPGA Tour came in 2000. 'I've been playing so much better than my scores. I'm getting a little bit better and a lot closer.'
 
Prammanasudh opened on the back nine Thursday and wasted little time in getting into red figures. She knocked a 9-iron to 6 feet at the par-4 11th to set up her first birdie of the round. She made it two in a row at the par-3 12th when she rolled home a 20-footer.
 
Prammanasudh, a two-time winner last year on the Futures Tour, hit a poor wedge for her third shot at the par-5 14th but drained the 25-foot birdie putt to reach 3 under for the championship.
 
The University of Tulsa graduate parred her next nine holes while no player made a move up the leaderboard. Prammanasudh returned to her birdieing ways at the sixth when she sank her second 25-footer of her opening round.
 
At the par-4 eighth, Prammanasudh's 17th, she hit a spectacular 9-iron to 4 feet. She converted the birdie try to break free of the logjam for sole possession of second place.
 
'I was just hoping to play well today,' said Prammanasudh. 'I'm hitting the ball a lot better than I have the last few weeks, so I'm just going to try and keep it going.'
 
Angela Stanford, who lost in a playoff at last year's U.S. Women's Open, shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday and is tied for seventh place with Wendy Doolan, Lorie Kane and Gloria Park.
 
Karrie Webb opened with an even-par 72.
 
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  • McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

    By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

    When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

    Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

    Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

    While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

    Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.

    Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai

    By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.

    Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    "I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."

    But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.


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    With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.

    Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.

    The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.

    "I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."

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    By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 2:05 am

    NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

    A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

    In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

    “I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

    Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.


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    “I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

    Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

    “We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

    How does she feel?

    “I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

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    New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

    By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:32 am

    NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

    Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

    She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

    “I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

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    Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.

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    “Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

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    “I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”