Creamer hopes to keep Cali karma

By Associated PressOctober 8, 2008, 4:00 pm
DANVILLE, Calif. ' Paula Creamer is proving that maybe you can go home again.
 
Creamer returned last week to the San Francisco Bay Area and won the LPGAs Samsung World Championship at Half Moon Bay, less than 50 miles west of her childhood home in Pleasanton.
 
This week, Creamer will try to double her hometown fun at the Longs Drugs Challenge, just a 20-minute drive from her old backyard in the East Bay suburbs.
 
The last few days Ive been a little bit exhausted, but Im ready for this tournament to start, said Creamer, who will tee off in the first round Thursday in a group with Morgan Pressel and defending champion Suzann Pettersen. I have to be focused, and I have to know this is another big event for me. Id love to do well here. Id love to win this event, especially now that were a little closer to Pleasanton.
 
Thats a goal of mine. I said it last week. Ive always wanted to win in my hometown. This really is basically my hometown.
 
Creamer is having a superb year with four victories, doubling her career total to eight. Shes No. 3 in the world rankings, trailing only top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam. She is second behind Ochoa on the LPGA money list with a career-best $1,742,733.
 
Last Sunday, Creamer became the first American woman to win four times on the LPGA in a single season since fellow Bay Area native Juli Inkster won five tournaments in 1999.
 
When Creamer began playing the LPGA full time in 2005, she said one of her goals was to become the No. 1 player in the world. Shes gaining on that target.
 
I just have to keep working hard, Creamer said. Its all a matter of timing. I dont want to just get there. I want to stay there.
 
Creamers challenge this week is to win back-to-back tournaments for the first time in her career.
 
To do that, shell have to top a strong field that features four of the top players in the world rankings: Ochoa, world No. 4 Yani Tseng and No. 5 Pettersen, who beat Ochoa on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff last year at Blackhawk Country Club.
 
Pettersen captured five tournaments in 2007, including the Kraft Nabisco, her first major. But she has yet to win an LPGA event this year, tying for second at the Kraft Nabisco and finishing alone in second at the Wegmans LPGA.
 
She tied for third at Half Moon Bay last week, finishing two shots behind Creamer after shooting a final-round 68.
 
Its been a very good year for me, Pettersen said. I just havent pulled off those wins like I did last year. Ive been very close. Last week I was right there.
 
The potential sale of Longs Drug Stores, the title sponsor, makes the tournaments future cloudy, which concerns Creamer.
 
The fans here are phenomenal, she said. There are so many people that come out and watch. It would be very disappointing to see it leave (Blackhawk) or no longer even have it. I love coming home. I think wherever we get great crowds is where we should have our events.
 
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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.