Prammanasudh Eyes Return to Site of Win

By Associated PressMay 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
Stacy Prammanasudh still is getting used to the belly putter she switched to during the offseason. Returning to the site of her lone LPGA Tour victory might help that transition.
'It's kind of like coming home again,' the defending champion said of the Vanderbilt Legends Club, site of this week's Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
'I've always played well here in the past, and I've been here before. I'm sure I'll be a little bit nervous. It's another golf tournament, and I have to go out and play like I normally do week-to-week, so I'm excited.'
Defending that title won't be easy because Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb, Nos. 1 and 2 on the year's money list, are here. Both Ochoa and Webb are playing well with a victory apiece on the tour this year and having tied for second last week at the Ginn Clubs & Resort Open.
Annika Sorenstam is bypassing this event, which benefits the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University in nearby Nashville for a third straight year.
Ochoa leads the tour in scoring, averaging 69.37, and she became the first Mexican to win on tour here in 2004. Prammanasudh won her title by three strokes over Ochoa last year.
'Lorena and Karrie have been playing great golf this year no doubt about that,' Prammanasudh said. 'But with how wet it is, you can shoot right at the pins, and you know you have to make birdies out here. You can only do what you can do. You can't control what anybody else is doing.'
Prammanasudh's season so far can't compare with what Ochoa or Webb have done.
She has been steady with four finishes in the top 13 in seven events and a tie for ninth at Safeway in March. She missed the cut in Stockbridge, Ga., last month, but was 24th last week.
This is Prammanasudh's third visit to this course as a pro, and she finished 14-under par both times. She also played here as a junior and knows the par-72, 6,458-yard course well.
'It's just a fun course. You know you can go out and make a lot of birdies and when it's wet conditions the way it has been in years past, you can go shoot at the greens and be aggressive,' Prammanasudh said.
Get her on the greens with the new putter, and she's feeling much more confident. She has an average of 29.7 putts per round through seven tournaments compared to 30.56 putts per round in 2005.
'Still it's a learning process, using it, and I've always used a conventional putter my whole life. That's helped me with my consistency on the greens a little bit,' she said.
Everyone likely will get the chance to shoot at the pins. Rain has fallen on this course in each of the five LPGA tournaments held here and there's a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms for the first round Thursday. Webb said everyone understands this when signing up for this tournament.
'It's just that time of the year up here and the weather is either pretty good or, you know, we could have a storm,' Webb said.
'I know coming in here that you're going to have to have patience as far as delays and maybe possibly play more than 18 holes in a day. But that's just the way it is. You just try and hope that you're switched on when it's your turn to play,' Webb said.
This event will feature a pair of local high school seniors. Sara Hunt of Columbia Central High automatically was entered into the field after several withdrawals, avoiding Monday's qualifier. She recently finished third in an event on Pinehurst No. 2 and tees off Thursday afternoon with Naree Song and May Wood. Callie Nielson is a senior at University School of Nashville and will tee of Thursday morning with Danah Ford and Cathy Johnston-Forbes.
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    Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

    Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.

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    McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

    McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

    But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

    Said Harmon:

    “Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.

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    “He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

    “This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

    McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

    “Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

    McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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    How The Open cut line is determined

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

    Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

    The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:

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    • After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

    • There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

    • There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

    The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.

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    How to watch The Open on TV and online

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:30 am

    You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

    Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

    In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

    Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

    (All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

    Monday, July 16

    GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

    GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

    GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

    Tuesday, July 17

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Wednesday, July 18

    GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

    Thursday, July 19

    GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

    GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Friday, July 20

    GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

    Saturday, July 21

    GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

    Sunday, July 22

    GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

    NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

    GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (