Kerr 54-Hole Leader in Womens Open

By Associated PressJuly 1, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 U.S. WomenSOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- Cristie Kerr overcame a lone bogey on her first hole Sunday morning and finished off a 5-under 66 in the third round of the U.S. Women's Open, giving her the 54-hole lead for the first time in a major championship.
 
Lorena Ochoa, the No. 1 player in women's golf seeking her first major, was poised to join Kerr atop the leaderboard until she got too aggressive with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and wound up with a three-putt bogey for a 68.
 
Kerr, at 4-under 209, was to start the final round in the last group, one shot ahead of Ochoa and Kraft Nabisco champion Morgan Pressel, who saved par with a 25-foot putt for a 69.
 
A tournament that has lacked rhythm because of so many thunderstorm delays finally took shape Sunday morning under a blue sky at Pine Needles.
 
On a tour dominated by players who skipped college or didn't spend much time there, Kerr was among the pioneers. She turned pro 11 years ago upon high school graduation and has compiled nine victories, although the 29-year-old from Miami has been overlooked in recent years with the arrival of young Americans such as Pressel, Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome.
 
Ji-Yai Shin, a 19-year-old from South Korea, left Pine Needles at 5 under through 10 holes on Saturday evening, but bogeyed the first two holes of the morning before finishing with six straight pars for a 71. She also was at 210 with Ochoa and Pressel.
 
Angela Park, the 36-hole leader, never made another birdie after the first hole and shot 74 to finish at 2-under 211. They were the only five players under par.
 
Ochoa played 29 holes Saturday because of the delays, including the final 22 holes in 7 under par. Determined as ever to validate her No. 1 ranking, the 25-year-old Mexican hit an 8-iron to 12 feet on the 12th hole for her first shot of the day and holed the birdie putt, which put her in the lead for the first time all week.
 
But she missed three putts inside 7 feet over the last five holes, and it kept her from building a big lead.
 
Ochoa hit hybrid into a bunker on the 14th, blasted out to 7 feet and missed the par putt. She got a bad break on the par-5 15th when her 3-wood took a hard hop to the left, and instead of the ball going into the bunker, it was gobbled up by thick grass on the back. She did well to chip to 6 feet, but again missed the putt.
 
Then came the final hole, when her birdie putt raced 6 feet by the hole and she missed it coming back.
 
Still, her spirits were high.
 
Ochoa blew a chance to win the Women's Open in 2005 at Cherry Hills when she was on the verge of posting a score an hour before the leaders finished, but hooked her tee shot into the water and took 8 on the last hole. She was in the lead in the third round of the Kraft Nabisco until taking a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 17th hole, and never recovered.
 
This might be her best chance, although it figured to be a tough test.
 
Pressel was runner-up at Cherry Hills as a 17-year-old amateur, and she won the Kraft Nabisco at age 18 by making no worse than par over the final 24 holes, becoming the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history.
 
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam's hopes of joining Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls as the only four-time champions of this event likely ended with a 72, leaving her 10 shots behind.
 
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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.