Mickelson Makes Major Move Tiger Makes Cut - COPIED

By Associated PressAugust 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Phil Mickelson gave himself breathing room at the PGA Championship on Friday, shooting a 5-under 65 that broke a logjam at the top of the leaderboard. Tiger Woods was nowhere near the lead but he will be playing on the weekend thanks a birdie on his final hole.
 
Woods put himself in danger of missing the cut for the first time in a major, making four bogeys -- including three in a row -- and two birdies in his front nine to fall three shots above the projected cut line for the low 70 and ties.
 
But Woods, who won this tournament in 1999 and 2000, made three birdies in a five-hole stretch to get to 4 over, the cut number.
 
After a par on 16, he went for the green in two on the 650-yard 17th. His fairway wood kicked into a greenside bunker and a terrible lie. He was able to get it out into heavy grass, flopped out to 15 feet and missed the par putt, dropping back to 5 over.
 
Needing a birdie on the 550-yard closing hole to stay around, Woods hit his second shot onto the green from 196 yards and two-putted to finish a 1-under 69 and get back to 4 over.
 
``I got through somehow,'' he said. ``I grinded it out the best I could all day.''
 
Mickelson was one of six players to shoot a 67 in the opening round and another 11 players were one stroke back. After two rounds, Mickelson was at 8-under 132, three shots in front of Jerry Kelly, who matched his 65 as the best rounds of the tournament.

Rory Sabbatini, who had a 69, and Davis Love III and Lee Westwood, who had 68s, were at 136.
 
Mickelson opened his second round with a 5-under 31 on his front side, capped by an 18-foot eagle putt on the 550-yard 18th at the 7,392-yard Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.
 
He also had seven birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey in the round.
 
``What I was most proud of today was that when I did make a mistake I let it go,'' he said. ``When I made the double on 1, I came back with birdies on 3 and 5. I bogeyed 6 and birdied 8. I let go of some bad shots, forgot about it and moved on.''
 
Mickelson, the 2004 Masters champion, hasn't had a great year in the majors. He was 10th in the Masters, tied for 33rd in the U.S. Open and tied for 60th in the British Open.
 
``I did the same thing I did preparing for this week as I did for the previous three majors this year and all four last year,'' he said. ``I'm feeling very confident after the first two rounds but there's a lot of golf left.''
 
Woods opened his second round with a 5-foot birdie and appeared to be off to a hot start until a three-putt bogey from 8 feet on the second hole. Then came a drive behind a tree that led to a bogey, and a tee shot that found the water on the par-3 4th. Woods had to make a 12-footer to save bogey.
 
He birdied No. 6, but missed a 6-foot par putt on 8 to fall back to 7 over, 15 shots behind Mickelson.
 
Woods started this tournament looking to win three majors in one year for the second time in his career; the first time he did it was 2000, matching Ben Hogan's feat in 1953.
 
His record overall cut streak ended in May at 142 consecutive tournaments when he missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Classic.
 
Defending champion Vijay Singh followed his opening 70 with a 67 that left him among the contenders entering the weekend.
 
This year, Woods won the Masters and British Open and was second in the U.S. Open.
 
Woods had three brushes with the cut in majors since turning pro, including last year's PGA when he made it by two after an opening 75. He made the cut by one stroke in the 2001 PGA, and he finished on the number at the 2003 Masters.
 
Mickelson was going low despite missing fairways off the tee.
 
His first birdie was from 4 feet on No. 11 and his second, on No. 13, was a foot closer but came after a great shot from a fairway bunker.
 
That was the shot that got the gallery going and they started to get behind the left-hander.
 
Mickelson made a birdie on No. 14 after hitting into the left rough off the tee. His lone bogey of the nine was on the 16th when he missed a 5-foot par putt after hitting into a bunker.
 
He ended the nine with a flourish on the closing par-5s, the only two on the course.
 
He hit a sand wedge to 15 feet with his third shot on the 650-yard 17th, and then closed with the eagle.
 
Mickelson had a double-bogey 6 to open his second nine when he drove into the left rough, hit an 8-iron short of the green and then fluffed a chip shot from heavy grass.
 
He made up for half of that two holes later when he dropped a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 3. His last birdie of the day was a 25-footer on No. 8. That gave him five birdies putts of at least 25 feet in the opening 36 holes.
 
``I'm entering the last two rounds with more confidence than I've had in a while,'' Mickelson said.
 
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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.