LEXI THOMPSON SET TO MAKE HISTORY IN FRANKLIN TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT

One person who has been accustomed to making history is Lexi Thompson and this week will see her make some more in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, as she becomes the second woman to ever participate in a Greg Norman’s PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament holding at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, at the Tiburon Gold Club.


When she was 10 years old, she had tried to qualify for the U.S. Women’s open at the Imperial Country Club. However, she didn’t go far as she ended up shooting a 77, which saw her dreams shattered at the local qualifier.

Two years later, she finally qualified at the age of 12 and also over the next two years in 2009 at 14 years of age. She also tied for a 27th to qualify for an LPGA event.

At the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour championship in Nov, Thompson didn’t play too well as she tied for the 40th, even though she went on to end the season as one of the only two Americans to win during the LPGA Tour. (more…)

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Masters: Knoxville man Josh Cassell caddying for Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner called up an audible before going to the Augusta National Golf Club for Masters Tournament, this week.


The 4 time PGA Tour champ and 1 time major champ worked most of the last thirteen seasons with caddy Kevin Baile, before he made a switch in February.
Fountain City native and veteran caddy Josh Cassell is Jason Dufners caddie for Masters. Cassell, who is a Central High School graduate, told that he met Jason through a friend of a friend. A buddy of his had contacted him. He does not really know the specifics on Kevin. This is not for him to comment on.
He is working for Jason for the rest of the year. Jason Dufner, who won the 2013 PGA Championship, denied an interview request with News Sentinel later on Tuesday. Baile denied another through social media. The twain spent most of the last thirteen seasons working with each other, save Baile’s 2013 neck injury which forced veteran caddy Adam Hayes to take his place for a short period of time.
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