Sunday Showdown Ochoa vs Stacy P

By Associated PressSeptember 29, 2007, 4:00 pm
Navistar LPGA Classic 2007 LogoPRATTVILLE, Alabama -- Lorena Ochoa and Stacy Prammanasudh will be dueling for a tournament win on a Sunday -- just like old times.
 
Ochoa, seeking her fourth consecutive win, shot a 3-under-par 69 and overtook Prammanasudh on the last hole Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the Navistar LPGA Classic.
 
The pair competed against each other in junior golf and college, Ochoa at Arizona and Prammanasudh at Tulsa, making this scenario seem awfully familiar to Ochoa. And not just because the Mexican is in the front-runner position again.
 
'It seemed like we were paired every Sunday round in the last group,' said Ochoa, who has returned strong after taking a four-week break. 'That makes the day even more special.'
 
Saturday's round took a big twist on the final hole.
 
Prammanasudh, who carried a three-stroke lead into the day, three-putted for bogey on the 18th hole. She overshot the hole on the 12-foot downhill birdie putt, starting the trouble and shot a 73 -- 10 strokes worse than her opening round.
 
'I was not trying to make it,' Prammanasudh said. 'I did not think I hit it that hard. That was a misjudgment, I guess.'
 
Ochoa had few such misjudgments in moving to 13-under with a bogey-free round and a second straight strong finish on Capitol Hill's Senator Course. She had birdied the final three holes to help cut a six-stroke deficit in half on Friday, and added two more on 12 and 15.
 
She has been hard to catch on Sundays. Ochoa entered the final day with the lead in five of her six victories this year.
 
'I'm going to try to build momentum,' she said. 'I trust myself, I have faith and know I can win the tournament. I'd like to be on the 18th green with the trophy.'
 
That would put her in select company. Only Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam have won four in a row on the LPGA Tour, but Ochoa said she didn't want to focus too much on that milestone heading into Sunday.
 
'It's not good to think too much ahead of what could happen if I win,' she said. 'I'm just going to come out here with the same routine I always do. '
 
But, she added, 'I really want to win.'
 
Ochoa tied it up with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole, completing a two-stroke, two-hole turnaround. Prammanasudh hit her tee shot into the rough just above a bunker and two-putted for bogey on No. 14.
 
Both parred the next two holes before Ochoa grabbed the lead.
 
'She is No. 1 in the world for a reason,' Prammanasudh said. 'She is a great player but at the same time she hasn't won them all. We both have an equal shot of winning out there.'
 
Ochoa nearly took the lead on 16 but her birdie putt lipped out. She parred the first seven holes, one fewer than her string of eight to open Friday's round.
 
Her final-day strategy: 'I'm going to try to make a couple of birdies before hole No. 8. That would be the best scenario for me,' Ochoa said.
 
Lindsey Wright opened the day four strokes off the lead and playing in the lead group but quickly fell back and shot a 75.
 
Maria Hjorth and Virada Nirapathpongporn both finished the day with 70s and are four strokes back. Angela Stanford's 65 put her within five strokes of Ochoa.
 
With the big gap from the rest of the pack, it might seem like a match-play scenario between Ochoa and Prammanasudh. But Ochoa doesn't want to approach it that way.
 
'I don't want to feel like it's a match play because then you get too involved in the other players,' she said. 'You know, if she misses, then you're fine. And if she makes par, then you're fine with par.
 
'I think that is the wrong way to play the tournament. I'm trying to play my own game and be aggressive. I want to make a lot of birdies.'
 
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    Gooch chooses 'life over a good lie' with gators nearby

    By Ryan LavnerApril 26, 2018, 11:31 pm

    AVONDALE, La. – A fairway bunker wasn’t Talor Gooch’s only hazard on the 18th hole at TPC Louisiana.

    Gooch’s ball came to rest Thursday within a few feet of three gators, leading to a lengthy delay as he sorted out his options.

    Chesson Hadley used a rake to nudge two of the gators on the tail, sending them back into the pond surrounding the green. But the third gator wouldn’t budge.

    “It woke him up from a nap,” Gooch said, “and he was hissing away and wasn’t happy.”

    The other two gators remained in the water, their eyes fixed on the group.


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    “I’m sure we would have been fine, but any little movement by them and no chance I would have made solid contact,” he said.

    A rules official granted Gooch free relief, away from the gator, but he still had to drop in the bunker. The ball plugged.

    “I chose life over a good lie in that situation,” he said.

    He splashed out short of the green, nearly holed out his pitch shot and made par to cap off an eventful 6-under 66 with partner Andrew Landry.

    “It was my first gator par,” he said. “I’ll take it.”

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    Koepka's game 'where it should be' even after injury

    By Ryan LavnerApril 26, 2018, 11:18 pm

    AVONDALE, La. – Brooks Koepka didn’t look rusty Thursday while making six birdies in the first round of the Zurich Classic.

    Making his first start in four months because of a torn ligament in his left wrist, Koepka and partner Marc Turnesa shot a 5-under 67 in fourballs at TPC Louisiana.

    “It felt good,” Koepka said afterward. “It was just nice to be out here. I played pretty solid.”


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    The reigning U.S. Open champion felt soreness in his wrist the week after he won the Dunlop Phoenix in the fall. He finished last at the Hero World Challenge in December and then the following month at the Tournament of Champions before shutting it down.

    He only began practicing last week and decided to commit to the Zurich Classic after three solid days at Medalist. He decided to partner with one of his friends in South Florida, Marc Turnesa, a former PGA Tour winner who now works in real estate.

    Koepka hasn’t lost any distance because of the injury – he nearly drove the green on the 355-yard 16th hole. He’s planning to play the next two weeks, at the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players.

    “I feel like I’m playing good enough to be right where I should be in April,” he said. “I feel good, man. There’s nothing really wrong with my game right now.”

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    Like a tattoo: Ko shares early Mediheal lead

    By Randall MellApril 26, 2018, 10:45 pm

    Lydia Ko put herself in early position Thursday to try to extend her birthday celebration through Sunday at the LPGA Mediheal Championship.

    Ko, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is off to a strong start at Lake Merced Golf Club, where she has a lot of good memories to draw upon as she seeks to regain the winning form that made her the greatest teen phenom in the history of the women’s game.

    With a 4-under-par 68, Ko moved into a four-way tie for the lead among the morning wave in the first round. I.K. Kim, Jessica Korda and Caroline Hedwall also opened with 68s.

    All Ko has to do is look at her right wrist to feel good about returning to San Francisco. That’s where she tattooed the date April 27, 2014, in Roman numerals. That’s how she commemorated her Swinging Skirts victory at Lake Merced, her first title as an LPGA member. She won there again the following year.

    “This is a golf course where I've played well,” Ko said. “The fans have been amazing. They’ve been super supportive every single time I've come here, even since I played the U.S. Juniors here.”


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    Ko made it to the semifinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Lake Merced in 2012.

    “It just brings back a lot of great memories,” she said.

    Ko got this week off to a good start with friends from South Korea and New Zealand flying to California to surprise her on her birthday. She was born in South Korea and grew up in New Zealand.

    “Turning 21 is a huge thing in the United States,” Ko cracked. “I’m legal now, and I can do some fun things.”

    Ko is looking to claim her 15th LPGA title and end a 21-month winless spell. Her ball striking was sharp Thursday, as she continues to work on improvements under her swing coach, Ted Oh. She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation.

    “My ball striking's been getting better these last few weeks, which has been really nice,” Ko said at week’s start. “But then I've been struggling with putting, which was the aspect of the game that was going really well. I feel like the pieces are there, and just, sometimes, the hardest thing is to kind of put all those pieces together. Just have to stay patient, I know there are a lot of good things happening.”

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    Watch: Rose drops trou despite gator danger

    By Golf Channel DigitalApril 26, 2018, 10:12 pm

    We all know how fashion-conscious pro golfers are, and sometimes that even trumps modesty.

    Take Justin Rose, whose tee shot on the par-3 third hole in Thursday's opening round of the Zurich Classic found the water. But the ball was close enough to shore for Rose to try to play it. Not wanting to get his light-colored pants dirty - what is up with all the white pants on Tour these days, anyway? - he took them off to play the shot.

    If there were any gators in the water hazard - and this being Louisiana, there almost certainly were - they showed no interest in the Englishman.

    It was only appropriate that Rose should strip down for a shot, as his partner, Henrik Stenson, famously did the same thing (to an even greater degree) at Doral in 2009.

    Finally, just to provide some closure, Rose failed to get up and down.