Gulbis Leads Outright Through 36 Holes

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Corning ClassicTOLEDO, Ohio -- Natalie Gulbis, seeking her first career LPGA win, battled floodwaters and a stellar field on Saturday to take the 36-hole lead at the storm-plagued Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
 
Gulbis was on the 10th tee when second-round play was suspended Friday after monsoon-like weather dumped 1.5 inches of rain in three hours onto Highland Meadows Golf Club.
 
Mi Hyun Kim
Mi Hyun Kim is vying for her second win of the season (Ginn Open).
Along with 70 other players in the 143-player field, she returned to the sodden course Saturday morning to complete the round, playing the back nine at 1 under for a 5-under 66 that left her at 9-under 133.
 
'It was really clean -- I hit a lot of fairways and hit a lot of greens and had a lot of birdie chances,' said Gulbis, playing in her 126th LPGA tournament. 'It seemed like one of those easier rounds where every hole I had a shot to make birdie.'
 
After a brief respite for the cut and pairings to be finalized, Gulbis was set to start the third round. She had a simple plan.
 
'Make a lot of birdies,' she said.
 
Paula Creamer, who finished off a second consecutive 67, was a shot back in second with Reilley Rankin and Mi Hyun Kim.
 
'I'm feeling really good going into the last two rounds,' said Creamer, seeking her first win of the season after winning rookie of the year honors last season with two victories.
 
First-round leader Liselotte Neumann followed her opening 65 with a 70 and was at 135 along with Sung Ah Yim.
 
Se Ri Pak, trying to match Mickey Wright's LPGA record of five victories in one event, led the group at 136. Annika Sorenstam, the 2000 winner, shot a 67 and was at 137.
 
A couple of holes at Highland Meadows Golf Club now feature island greens because of the overflowing Ten Mile Creek which meanders through the layout.
 
Players on the first three holes had to be driven in carts through foot-deep rapids. The water flowed over the wheels of the carts, with the players putting their feet up on the hood in order to avoid the water flooding the floor.
 
'You hope you make it through,' Sorenstam said of fording the deep water. 'It's kind of like you're at Disney World on one of the flume rides. I'm amazed that we're playing.'
 
Tournament director Judd Silverman said there were as many as 80 people working on the course through the night, pushing standing water toward drains and the overflowing creek.
 
Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, playing in her first LPGA event in over a year, received a lengthy standing ovation after chipping in for birdie on the 18th hole to close out a 77. After shooting an 81 in the first round, she missed the cut of 2-over 144.
 
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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.

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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.