More of Moore Less of Mickelson at Frys

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 FrySCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Moore had a talk with himself a week ago after a third-round meltdown in Las Vegas. He must have been a good listener.
 
The bearded 24-year-old former U.S. Amateur champion matched his career low round with a 7-under 63 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the Fry's Electronics Open at Grayhawk Golf Club. Moore, who has three second-place finishes in his three years on the tour, was at 11-under 129.
 
Moore, who underwent surgery on his left hand a year ago, said a minor change in his grip made all the difference.
 
'I just felt comfortable out there,' he said. 'I've played well on this golf course before. I actually won a tournament (Thunderbird International Junior) here when I was 18. I just struck the ball well and gave myself a lot of chances.'
 
Australian Mark Hensby was one of three tied at 8-under 132 after a career-low round of 61. Ben Crane and Daisuke Maruyama also were at 132. Canadian Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, joined Carl Pettersson and Nick Watney four shots back at 7-under 133.
 
The event's biggest name, Phil Mickelson, shot 70 for a 1-over 141 and missed the cut.
 
Moore has finished second three times, including the Memorial in June, but has never won since turning pro after the 2005 Masters. He said he's been inconsistent since last year's surgery.
 
He was at 12 under after his eighth birdie of the day, on the par-4, 332-yard 15th, before losing a stroke with a bogey on the 17th.
 
'Something just kind of clicked and made sense to me after the round Saturday (in Las Vegas),' Moore said. 'I played absolutely terrible on Saturday. I just was so frustrated, I went and sat down for about 30 minutes, just had a Coke and sat there and was like, `All right, I can't take this anymore, shooting 76s on Saturday. It's just driving me crazy.''
 
Then he thought of a minor adjustment to his hand position he might make.
 
'Something started making a little bit of sense to me,' he said, 'and I went out on the range and tried it and it's exactly what I've been missing for the last, you know, year, really.'
 
Hensby said this is his first time playing the 7,125-yard Raptor course at the Grayhawk Golf Club in north Scottsdale, where it was sunny and the temperature reached 90 degrees.
 
'I went to Geoff Ogilvy's wedding here,' he said. 'That was the only time.'
 
The tournament, in its first year, is part of the PGA TOUR Fall Series. The purse is $5 million, with $900,000 going to the winner. It's an event that could make or break players scrambling to finish in the top 125 on the money list to keep their tour card.
 
Hensby entered the tournament ranked 151st.
 
'That's why it's exciting,' he said, 'because a guy can be having the worst year of his life, and win, and all of a sudden he's having a great year.'
 
With so many PGA TOUR pros living in the Scottsdale area, the field was the strongest of the seven Fall Series events, led by Mickelson, the No. 2 tour's money winner behind Tiger Woods and a Grayhawk member.
 
But three weeks after his strong performance in the Presidents Cup, Mickelson missed the cut by a stroke on a course he has played hundreds of times.
 
'I didn't think I played that poorly, I just scored terribly,' he said. 'Every time I made a birdie, I followed it with a bogey and never got anything going.'
 
It was a bad year for Mickelson in his former home state. He also missed the cut in the FBR Open, held just down the road at TPC Scottsdale in early February.
 
'Missing a cut is just missing a cut,' he said. 'It's just frustrating every way you look at it, whether it's a major, whether it's a tour event or your home course like Grayhawk, it's always frustrating.'
 
Among other notables who missed the cut were FBR winner Aaron Baddeley (141), John Daly (141) and David Duval (144).
 
Weir was just three weeks removed from his emotional victory in his native Canada over Tiger Woods in the Presidents Cup. Weir followed an opening 69 with a 6-under 64.
 
First-round leader Michael Allen, who lives a 10-minute drive from Grayhawk, began the day with a two-shot lead after an 8-under 63 in the first round. But he shot a 1-over 72 on Friday and was in a group of 10 five back at 6-under 134.
 
GOLF CHANNEL analyst Brandel Chamblee, who lives in Scottsdale, made his first PGA TOUR appearance in three years, and it was a short one. He finished at 3-over 143 and missed the cut.
 
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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.