Kerr caps comeback with playoff birdie

By Associated PressAugust 24, 2008, 4:00 pm
Safeway Classic Logo 2007PORTLAND, Ore. ' All Cristie Kerr wanted was a chance to win the Safeway Classic with her putter.
 
When she got that shot, she nailed it.
 
Kerr rolled in a downhill 20-foot birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
 
Kerr, who shot a final round 7-under par 65, Alfredsson and Gustafson finished 54 regulation holes at 13-under 203.
 
The three played 18 again and Alfredsson (69) and Gustafson (68) missed birdie putts, opening the opportunity for Kerr.
 
I said to myself, `Get in the fairway, get on the green and give yourself a chance, because putting is what I do best, Kerr said.
 
It was Kerrs 11th career victory on the LPGA. Her last victory was the 2007 U.S. Womens Open. She collected a first prize of $255,000 from the tournaments $1.7 million purse. Kerr trailed Alfredsson, the second-round leader, by four strokes heading into the final round.
 
After making pars on her first four holes, Kerr took off, going 8-under on her final 15 holes, including the playoff.
 
I knew if I hit it good enough with the way I putt, I knew Id have a chance, Kerr said.
 
That chance came as Kerr stood on the 18th green. Alfredsson and Gustafson, tied for the lead and one stroke ahead of Kerr, bogeyed 17 as Kerr looked over an uphill 15-foot birdie putt.
 
Kerr made it, briefly giving her a one-stroke lead. Alfredsson and Gustafson quickly responded by dropping birdie putts at 18 to set up a sudden-death playoff, also played on the 383-yard, par-4 18th.
 
Kerr hit the fairway, then lofted an 8-iron to within 20 feet. Alfredsson and Gustafson also hit the green, leaving slightly longer putting attempts.
 
That putt was a lot more difficult than the one I had in regulation, Kerr said. It broke a couple feet. Its a pretty amazing putt to make in a playoff.
 
It was Kerrs second career playoff win, though this was much easier than her first. In 2004, Kerr needed seven holes to beat Seo-Yeon Jeon in the Takefuji Classic.
 
Neither playoff loser showed disappointment. For Gustafson, it was the second consecutive year she finished in a tie for second at Portland. But this year was nothing like 2007, when Gustafson fell apart and went 4 over on the final five holes.
 
On Sunday, Gustafson made five birdies on the back nine.
 
I am happy. I played well, Gustafson said.
 
Alfredsson, who won in July at the Evian Masters for the first time since 2003, retained at least a share of the lead throughout the final round until the playoffs conclusion.
 
Its fun to show I can play, that I can still make putts under pressure, said the 43-year-old Alfredsson.
 
Katherine Hull (67) finished fourth at 205, two strokes out of the playoff. Hull won the CN Canadian Womens Open last week.
 
Hee-Won Han (66) placed fifth at 206. Annika Sorenstam (69) and defending Safeway Classic champion Lorena Ochoa (70) were among five players to finish in a tie for sixth at 209.
 
Sorenstam got to within two shots of the lead on the back nine, but quickly faded and eventually finished with a double bogey at 18.
 
Ochoa also briefly flirted with contention after making three consecutive birdies early on the back nine.
 
Joining Sorenstam and Ochoa at 209 were first-round leader Angela Park (70), Catriona Matthew (70) and Paula Creamer (72).
 
Karrie Webb (71), Allison Fouch (68), Eunjung Yi (68), Laura Diaz (68), Jee Young Lee (72) and Hee Young Park (71) finished at 210.
 
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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.