Creamer Hangs on to Win Jamie Farr

By Associated PressJuly 13, 2008, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newSYLVANIA, Ohio -- Paula Creamer shot a 2-over 73 Sunday and did just enough to make a big lead stand, going wire-to-wire to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic by two strokes.
 
Creamer, who captured her seventh career win and her third this season, had worse scores every day after breaking the tournament record with an 11-under 60 in the first round. She followed that with a 65 and a 70 to finish at 16-under 268, two shots better than Nicole Castrale who closed fast with a 64.
 
The 21-year-old Californian saw her lead drop to a shot when rookie Shanshan Feng'the first exempt player from China to play on the LPGA Tour'pushed her with five birdies through the first 11 holes. But Feng fell back with three straight bogeys down the stretch.
 
South Koreas Eun-Hee Ji, second to Creamer after each of the first three rounds, shot a 72 and was third at 271. Feng had a 69 for a total of 272, followed by Karrie Webb who shot a 70 and was at 273.
 
After the lead fell to one stroke, Creamer recovered with her only birdie of the round at the 13th hole'around the time Feng began her string of bogeys. After Creamer missed a 3-foot par putt at the 16th hole, she had safe, two-putt pars on the final two holes to clinch the victory.
 
Creamer, with earlier wins in Hawaii and Tulsa this season, had 21 birdies and three bogeys the first 54 holes'and one birdie and the same number of bogeys in the final round.
 
She made a lot of friends on the course despite not playing well. She waved to little kids behind the ropes, chatted with tournament officials between holes and even made a point to walk over to get a close look at some ducks splashing in the creek near the eighth green.
 
On top of that, she also represents the tournaments principal sponsor, which features a pink panther in its advertising. Creamer is well known for her pink clothing ensembles, not to mention using pink golf balls, pink grips on her clubs and a pink golf bag. She wore a pink hat and shirt on Sunday.
 
Ahead by four shots to start the round, Creamer made the best of a bad situation on the first hole. Her drive on the short par-4 hole was in heavy, sodden rough near a trap. Rather than try to muscle a long iron to the green and run the risk of hitting into a wide creek, she punched out a few feet into the fairway. From there, she spun her approach off the front of the green and down the middle of a large hill. Her third shot barely stayed on the front edge' almost spinning back down to where she hit it. But then she made an uphill 15-foot putt to save bogey.
 
She had seven pars in a row until reaching the par-4 ninth, where her approach flew over the green. After getting a free drop, she hit a flop shot that stopped about 10 feet away. She pumped her right fist'just as she had on the long bogey putt at No. 1'after rolling in the par-saving putt.
 
Although a decorated amateur player in China, the 18-year-old Feng was an unlikely candidate to contend this week against Creamer, who is No. 3 on the tour money list and leads the U.S. Solheim Cup points race.
 
In her 16 starts this year, Feng had missed the cut 10 times and withdrew once. Her earnings of $20,662 put her 146th in tour earnings. She had broken 70 just three times in her 35 rounds before coming to suburban Toledo.
 
Castrale was 1 under on the day through 10 holes but had birdies at 11, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17 in a 6-under 31 back nine.
 
Creamer had vowed to get back at the course after missing the cut a year ago. She did that in style, breaking the Highland Meadows record in the opening round with an 11-under 60 before shooting a 65 in the second round. She had a 70 in the third round, yet still maintained a four-stroke lead heading into Sunday.
 
The ineffective final round was nothing new for her. Two weeks ago, she sagged to a 78 in the U.S. Womens Open to fall out of contention and finish in a tie for sixth. A week ago at the tour stop in Arkansas she had a 74 to fall back.
 
But this time she had enough of a lead to hang on.
 
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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.