Creamer Extends Lead in Alabama

By Associated PressNovember 10, 2007, 5:00 pm
2006 Mitchell Co. Tournament of ChampionsMOBILE, Ala. -- Even when things didn't go Paula Creamer's way on Saturday, it ended up fine.
For example, she missed the green at the par-4 18th hole at the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove Golf Course, but chipped in for a birdie from right of the putting surface.
'Honestly when I was walking up there, when I looked at it, I thought it was definitely makeable,' acknowledged Creamer. 'I felt like I'm either going to make it, or it's going to be very close.'
That birdie gave her a round of 4-under 68 and a commanding six-shot lead through three rounds of the LPGA Tournament of Champions.
Creamer finished 54 holes at 16-under-par 200 and is six clear of Pat Hurst, who also shot a 68 on Saturday. Jin Joo Hong posted a 2-under 70 and is alone in third place at minus-nine.
Annika Sorenstam carded a 2-under 70 and is tied for fourth place with former U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim (66) and five-time winner this season Suzann Pettersen (68). The trio is knotted at 8-under 208.
They will have their work cut out for them if they are to catch Creamer.
She collected her first birdie at the par-four fifth, then parred out for an opening nine of 35. The lack of birdies did not hurt Creamer since she made the turn with a five-shot cushion.
At the par-four 12th, Creamer ran home a 10-foot birdie putt to extend her lead to six. One hole later, Creamer hit a low second shot at the par-5 hole that ended up as a good lay up down the fairway. Creamer hit her third to 12 feet, but her birdie effort stayed above ground.
Creamer recorded her third birdie of the round at the 15th, a hole she has now birdied in every round this week. She failed again to take advantage of a par five, this time the 16th, then missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th.
With a surging Hurst now within five, Creamer hit a good drive down the 18th fairway. With just a wedge in her hand, Creamer sprayed her approach right of the green. Once again with a wedge, Creamer chipped in to take a six-shot lead into the final round.
'I know I can make a lot of birdies out here,' said Creamer, who has three LPGA Tour wins, including this year's SBS Open at Turtle Bay. 'It's just hitting fairways and greens, and kind of making them chase you at the same time. I want to go as low as I can tomorrow.'
Six shots is a large margin, but Creamer does not have a great record with the 54-hole lead. Saturday marked the fifth time in her LPGA Tour career that Creamer grabbed a piece of the 54-hole lead, but only once did she make it to the winner's circle.
'I really feel that I've played good this week,' said Creamer, who shared second here last year. 'I just need to close it out with one more round.'
Hurst tallied only one bogey and eight pars on her front side, but caught fire on the back, starting with a 20-foot birdie putt at 10. She rattled off four consecutive birdies from the 13th, with only one coming from inside 10 feet.
Things were not all great for Hurst on Saturday. She had good looks at birdie at both 17 and 18, but Hurst will be in Sunday's final group with Creamer and has not abandoned hope.
'Anything can happen,' acknowledged Hurst. 'I lost a tournament to Annika with 10 shots. She's playing well. I have to go out there and do the best I can.'
Natalie Gulbis and Seon Hwa Lee both fired rounds of five-under 67 and are tied for seventh place at minus-6.
LPGA Player of the Year and defending champion Lorena Ochoa managed a 4- under 68, but is only tied for ninth place with Wendy Ward at 5-under-par 211.
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    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

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    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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    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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.