Friday, September 08, 2006

John Q. Hammons Classic - 1st Round

Annika Sorenstam tied the course record with a -7 round of 64 to take a two shot lead after the first day of the John Q. Hammons Classic (sorry, I misspelled "Hammons" yesterday). Diana D’Alessio is alone in second after her round of 66, and Dina Ammaccapane and Jill McGill are three shots back.

A bogey at 12 was the only blemish on Sorenstam’s day as she birdied eight holes. D’Alessio birdied three of the last four (including the tough 17th) to close within two. Other scores included Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Nancy Scranton with 69, and Cristie Kerr, Julieta Granada and Hee-Won Han with 70. In all 24 players were under par, but that was with ideal scoring conditions.

No notables had a particularly bad day, but Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 74 (+3) when I was expecting the local girl to have a solid tournament. Natalie Gulbis (73) continued her recent struggles – I think her failure to win at the Jamie Farr really sent Natalie down the chute.

I almost wrote the following line in my tournament preview and now I wish I had – it would have looked a lot better before seeing today’s result:
Get ready to see Annika Sorenstam roll off three or four straight victories. That 62-bomb you saw her drop on the field last Sunday gave notice that she’s had enough of this “Ochoa-Webb-Kerr” bulls—t, and the World’s Number One Player is about to re-assert herself.

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