Campbell falls short yet again in a major championship

By Associated PressApril 12, 2009, 4:00 pm
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AUGUSTA, Ga. ' Falling short hurts worse the second time around.
 
Just as he did at the PGA Championship in 2003, Chad Campbell had to watch Sunday as someone else won a major that could have been his. Making it sting even more was that it was the Masters.
 
Im probably a little more disappointed this time because I hit a lot of good shots on the last hole, Campbell said. And today, I kind of blew it myself.
 
Kenny Perry birdied 16 to go two strokes up on Campbell and eventual winner Angel Cabrera, and it looked as if the tournament was over. But Perry bogeyed 17 when his chip shot tumbled off the front of the green. Perry then pushed his tee shot on 18 into the left bunker and pulled his approach shot.
Chad Campbell waits on the 18th green during the final round of the 2009 Masters Tournament. (Getty Images)

With Campbell watching on TV in the scorers shed, Perry missed a 15-footer for par and Campbell had another chance.
 
He came out of the scorers shed with a determined look on his face, nodding yes when someone asked if he was ready to go. While Perry and Cabrera signed their cards, he and his caddie headed to the 18th tee for the first playoff hole.
 
Cabreras tee shot sailed into the trees on the right side, landing squarely behind a tree. Perry and Campbells drives, meanwhile, sat in the middle of the fairway.
 
I was pretty excited to hit the fairway, Campbell said. I havent hit the fairway there all week, I think.
 
But just as Cabrera was wiggling out of trouble, Campbell was finding some of his own. He had a perfect 7-iron shot, but he hung onto it a touch too long and it dropped into the rightside bunker in front of the green. He made a great bunker shot, and it rolled 6 feet past the hole.
 
With Perry already making par, all Campbell had to do was make his putt.
 
But he pushed it ever so slightly, and it lipped out. The crowd groaned and his wife Amy, who was watching from behind the green, doubled over.
 
Cabrera beat Perry on the second playoff hole.
 
In 2006, Tim Clark had made the same bunker shot and for some reason I was thinking of that, Campbell said. All you have to do is dump it out and chase it down there. It was just a little bit outside-right. Thats what I was thinking. Unfortunately, I missed the putt.
 
It was a much different scenario in 03, when he went to the 18th a stroke behind playing partner Shaun Micheel.
 
Micheel made one of the most memorable shots in PGA Championship history at Oak Hill, getting a mere two inches from the hole from 175 yards out. Thats whats known as a gimme, and Campbell would have had to hole out just to tie.
 
He didnt, and finished two strokes behind Micheel.
 
Once hailed by Sports Illustrated as the next great American player, Campbell has won four times since Oak Hill, including the Tour Championship and Bay Hill in 2004. A surprise pick for the Ryder Cup last year, he wound up going 2-1 as the Americans won for the first time in eight years.
 
But hes never quite lived up to that glowing early praise. In fact, his biggest splash this year before getting to Augusta National was because of a blunder. On the plane to the Sony Open in January, he realized hed forgotten to enter the tournament.
 
He had just one top-10 finish before the Masters, a tie for ninth at the Bob Hope Classic. He hadnt cracked the top 20 since.
 

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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.