A Big Break for Annika Sorenstam and Danielle Amiee

Torrential downpour stopped the ladies from playing their Friday round at the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill.

Originally postponed at 10:37am and officially cancelled at noon, the second round of the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill will start over on Saturday morning. “The golf course is just not playable,” LPGA Rules Official, Jim Haley said. “We felt like, to be fair to everyone, we would scratch the round and start over.”

Although the newly renovated River Course greens were in good shape this morning as the first golfers took the field, the fairways and tee boxes quickly filled with water, which delivered over a half-inch of rain.

Danielle Breaks 80, Annika Struggles at the Michelob Ultra Open

Annika finishes her Thursday round at the Michelob Ultra Open only a few shots ahead of Big Break III attraction Danielle Amiee.

sorenstam_kingsmill.jpgToday was Sorenstam’s worst round since the second round of the 2002 British Open. In all fairness, she’s been out of the loop for several weeks, taking it easy. Annika’s 5-over 76 today and tie for 107th place puts her nine strokes behind another Swede, Catrin Nilsmark (67) and Italian import Silvia Cavalleri (67). Only the top 70 players and ties make the cut, and 82 are now at 2-over or better, so it’s up to Annika to step it up if she doesn’t want to miss the cut.

Danielle Amiee (79) now has just about the same chance of making the cut as Annika. It would be interesting to see Amiee make a move tomorrow and prove herself. Who knows? The two blondes could even be duking it out to see who stays in for the weekend!

Danielle Amiee at Kingsmill

Danielle Amiee will get her “big break” today at 12:55pm EDT. Will she even break 80?

The pairings have been released, and Danielle Amiee will get her “big break” at 12:55pm EDT. She’ll be playing with Emily Bastel and Shani Waugh. Who? Yeah, exactly. The threesome will head off the first tee at the Kingsmill Golf Club’s River Course in Williamsburg, VA.

Will the loudmouth, plastic, over-confident, under-attractive, über-ego Amiee even break 80? I wouldn’t bet on it. If you’ve got an opinion, share it in our forum.

Danielle Amiee Pairing

We’ll update this story as news – and scores – become available.

Round 1 Update: +8 (79) and T135, only one shot better than dead last.
Round 2 Update: After her +6 through 11 start was wiped out in round two, she played Saturday to the tune of a 77, finished next to last, and missed the cut at +14 total. The Golf Channel will air an Amiee special on Monday, May 9, at 10pm ET. (Thanks, BogeyLounge.)

Teeing It Up at the Michelob Ultra Open

Se-Ri Pak defends her championship title against Annika Sorenstam and the top LPGA players at the Michelob Ultra Open.

LPGAThe LPGA returns to the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia for the “5th Major” of the year. With a purse of $2.2 million (the second largest pay-out on tour), and a first place check of over $300,000, this tournament attracts the top contenders in the world. Money leader Annika Sorenstam, number two Lorena Ochoa and last week’s winner of the Franklin, Stacy Prammanasudh, are all scheduled to attend. Defending champion Se Ri Pak, number 78 on the 2005 Money List with a meager $20,000 in earnings, has yet to make a move this season. Tied for 81st in birdies, tied for 90th in sand saves and tied for 104th for greens in regulation, it is unlikely that the 25-year old has the mental game to challenge this hot field.

LPGA Sex Scandal

Caddie of LPGA Tour player claims he’s the father of her child and threatens legal action.

jackie_gallagher_smith.jpgI’m a little late to the game on the news of LPGA Tour player Jackie Gallagher-Smith seducing her former caddie, but I figure it’s time I show up to the party (fashionably late and to make an entrance, of course) to sound off on this scandal. To be honest, I’m not sure what I really think of this story.

So, for those of you not in the know, here’s the four sentence overview. LPGA Tour player hires a caddie who is 11 years younger to loop. She flirts with him and talks to him about the difficulties she (and her husband) are having trying to conceive a child. The caddie and Tour Player end up having relations and she thus becomes pregnant, and it’s a strong likelyhood the Caddie is the father of the child. The Caddie is emotionally distraught and is now taking legal action against Tour Player.

Now, I’ll dive into a few questions I have about this case.

Will Danielle Amiee Get Her Big Break at the Michelob Ultra?

Big Break III winner, Danielle Amiee, is scheduled to compete against top LPGA superstars at the Michelob Ultra. Will she be eliminated?

Danielle_Amiee.jpgTrash-talking Danielle Amiee, probably the most outspoken and condescending of the Big Break III contestants, will be up against 49 of the top 50 players on the LPGA tour this week at what is called “the fifth major.” Currently playing golf on the Futures Tour, the 28-year old resident of Newport Beach, California, is no stranger to challenges. Amiee has already competed in both the Australian Open and LPGA Qualifying Finals. Is battling through a grueling nine week reality stint similar to a week-long tournament?

Some folks don’t even think she’ll break 80! The conensus is that there is no consensus: the pundits are split 50/50 on both her ability and her overall demeanor. “Glad she won. What a grinder, although I must say, she’d better get her head on straight before next week!”, and “I can’t stand the witch, but she won the match fair and square. It will now be interesting to see how she does in the LPGA tournaments. Maybe they can pair her with Michelle Wie during one of her invites? One thing for sure, the LPGA players will scratch her eyes out if she tries to pull this gamesmanship stuff on them. She’ll be playing with the big girls now.”

Stacy P. Collects First Win on the LPGA Tour!

Armed with a guitar-shaped trophy and $150,000, Vince Gill handed Stacy Prammanasudh her first LPGA victory check at the Franklin American Mortgage Tournament.

stacy_prammanasudh.jpgWith wind and rain attacking the Ironhorse course all weekend, Sunday’s sunshine was a welcome surprise. Leading by two strokes in the morning, Stacy Prammanasudh took control of the Franklin American Mortgage Championship and never gave it back.

Challenging Stacy throughout the final round was Lorena Ochoa, who received her first LPGA victory at this event last year. The Mexican sensation could not compete with Stacy, who hit all but four fairways this entire week, also hitting over 90% of greens in regulation. Returning to Tennessee after a 3rd place finish at last year’s event, Stacy managed back-to-back birdies on six and seven and again at the 16th and 17th holes with only one early bogey to finish with a 3-under 69.

First Round Seized by Tschetter

40-year old Kris Tschetter leads in first round action at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefitting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

Kris_Tschetter.jpg“Mom-on-Tour” and leader Kris Tschetter is sitting pretty in the clubhouse tonight after firing a 3-under 69 battling wind and rain. When asked if she considers herself a good player in tough conditions, Kris stated, “I don’t really mind playing in bad weather. I figure it’s the same for everyone, so you just have to stay patient. But for the last few years with my back, it was hard because my back gets so stiff, it’s hard to keep swinging. I just try not to let it bother me. I think a lot of players show up, ‘Oh, this is going to be a long day,’ and their attitude gets bad right away.”

Using a therapy that takes the inflammation out of her back called an ARP machine, advanced recovery performance, Tschetter credits an improvement in her game to this system, “I’ve already seen such a difference. I’m not as tired when I get done playing, and they say that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m leasing one of their machines. I’ll tell you what, it’s unbelievable how much it’s helped me.”

Franklin Templeton Mortgage Championship Preview

Defending champion, Lorena Ochoa, sets out to conquer the field at the Franklin Templeton Mortgage Championship live from Tennessee.

LPGAThe ladies of the LPGA will return to the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin Tennessee for a charitable tournament to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The Ironhorse, a par-72, 6,450 yard challenge, is one of two courses located at the club and the choice for this year’s event. Lorena Ochoa is once again attempting to conquer a field of the best LPGA players in the world, including Wendy Ward, who lost by one stroke to Ochoa at last year’s championship.