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Jones shoots for first major championship

By BOB HARIG and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 2, 2001


SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- Her resume is filled with accomplishments. Eleven LPGA Tour titles, more than $5-million in career earnings. But Rosie Jones never has won a major championship.

Among active players, Jones has more victories than anyone who has not captured one of the four most prestigious tournaments: Nabisco Championship, U.S. Women's Open, LPGA Championship and Women's British Open, a new major that replaces the du Maurier.

"I think I've played well enough to win majors," said Jones, who shot 2-under-par 68 on Friday at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and was six strokes behind Karrie Webb in the U.S. Women's Open. "Unfortunately there's been one or two people who have just played better than me at that time. And that's the name of the game out here. I really, really have prepared hard for these majors. I feel really good about everything right now. I just need to stay solid."

Jones, 41, won the Kathy Ireland Championship in April, defeating Mi Hyun Kim in a playoff.

LONG DAY AHEAD: A.J. Eathorne is one of many players faced with a long day today. The first-round co-leader completed just four holes of her second round on Friday, parring all. She remained at 3 under, two shots behind Webb. She has 14 holes to play, then the third round, time permitting.

"I think everyone is going to be grinding it out," she said. "It's going to be tough. You just have to pace yourself and hit one shot at a time. That's all we can ask of ourselves."

LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Morgan Pressel, the 13-year-old seventh-grader from Boca Raton, won't make the cut. She had two holes remaining in her second round and was 8 over par for the round, 15 over for the tournament. Many in her position would not come back, but obviously this is different for her.

"I want to finish my experience here," Pressel said. "I want to find my round. My goal is to shoot two rounds in the 70s (she shot 77 Thursday).

"I've had a great experience. It's not as easy as you think out there. People are like, "You missed that 2-foot putt, you should have made it.' But it's not that easy standing over it. It's really hard. It's really, really hard out there."

SORE FEET: Brenda Corrie Kuehn, eight months pregnant and with a bit of swelling in her feet, got in one hole before play was halted. "It's no big deal," Kuehn said of her sore feet. "I put on some shoes and I went out again. I am not going into labor for you guys."

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