Notes Ferries Serene Feeling Pink Panther

By Associated PressJune 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenMAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Playing in the final twosome in the U.S. Open with Phil Mickelson is enough to make anyone nervous.
Not Englishman Kenneth Ferrie. He had no angst at all, even though he was participating in his first major tournament in America and was teamed with the guy almost everyone wanted to win.

As he stepped onto the tee on No. 1, Ferrie thought he was going to be the one to walk away from Winged Foot on Sunday with the $1,225,000 top prize.
'I kind of had a bit of a serene feeling,' he said. 'I can't explain it, I don't know why. I kind of had a sneaking suspicion maybe today was meant to be my day. Lots of players say when it's their week, things go their way and they feel a certain way.
Kenneth Ferrie
Kenneth Ferrie shares a laugh with Phil Mickelson's caddie during the final round.
'I felt that way this week.'
Ferrie maintained that winning feeling after parring the fist six holes. But his putter didn't maintain that positive vibe, and he bogeyed four of the next five holes to fall out of contention.
He finished with a 76 for an 8-over 288 total, good for a sixth-place tie.
'I couldn't buy a putt today. That was the problem. Lots of fairways, lots of greens, lot of putts,' he said. 'It was just one of those days. The birdies that went in the first three rounds didn't go in today, and I didn't make too many saves either.
'Six bogeys and 12 pars was about as bad as it could have been,' he concluded.
Ferrie came in tied for the lead with Mickelson, who ultimately experienced his own collapse with a double bogey on 18.
'I'm sure he didn't play his best, but he hit it where he needed to make his saves,' Ferrie said of Mickelson. 'It was kind of a comedy of errors. I feel for him.'
Maybe because he knows what it's like to let a potential victory slip away. Ferrie three-putted on Nos. 7 and 8, and any shot he had of rebounding ended with bogeys on 10 and 11.
'I'll wake up tomorrow when I get back home, sit down and look at things and analyze what happened,' he said. 'I'm sure I'll be really pleased with what I've done this week.'
Ian Poulter wasn't content with merely proving that he's an excellent golfer. He also made a fashion statement Sunday while vying for the U.S. Open title.
The 30-year-old Englishman wore a pink shirt, pink pants and had his caddied tote a pink bag that listed Poulter's Web site (
'I like the color pink. I thought it would be appropriate for Sunday,' said Poulter, who has won six tournaments on the European tour.
One of his head covers was a caricature of himself, with spiked hair and a pink visor. His corporation is selling a limited edition of 300 of them, and Poulter knew a fine performance Sunday could only boost sales.
'It can only help,' he said. 'I'm a noticeable character out there anyway, everybody knows that. It's not just this week's performance that people are going to notice. I am playing great golf and I have been for the last few months.'
Poulter, who teed off in the penultimate twosome with winner Geoff Ogilvy, shot a 74 Sunday to tie for 12th at 9 over.
But he sure put on a show doing it.
'The New Yorkers had a lot to say,' Ogilvy said. 'In New York they've got to yell at somebody, and they decided to yell at the guy that's dressed in pink.'
A quirky putter deprived J.B. Holmes from deriving maximum satisfaction out of playing the final round of the U.S. Open.
Holmes, a strong candidate for PGA Tour rookie of the year honors, shot a second straight 75 to tied for 48th at 17-over 297.
'I should have shot a 65 today, I putted that bad,' he said. 'I had 35 putts yesterday and 36 today. C'mon. Even if you putt bad, you should have 31, 32 putts.
'I feel like I can compete in a major. I'm a good enough ball-striker. I've just got to learn how to putt.'
Holmes last played in the U.S. Open as an amateur in 2003 and failed to make the cut. He entered this Open with far more confidence, because he's already got one win (FBR Open) and two top-10 finishes.
'I've played in tour events all year, made cuts, been successful out there. I'm playing the same people,' he said. 'Being in a major is a big deal, but I looked at it as just another tour event. That's why it's disappointing to play like this.'
Tim Herron decided against playing the final 18 holes with a partner, so he walked the course alone Sunday after starting the round as the lone player at 18 over.
As he walked up the 18th fairway, Herron was a solitary figure while his caddie struggled to keep pace.
If nothing else, Herron's decision to walk alone made for a quick work day. He started at 9:50 a.m. and plunked in a par putt on 18 at 12:32 p.m.
Given the option of taking a partner or doing it alone on Saturday, John Cook took on club pro Andrew Svoboda and carded a 74.
Herron went the other way and shot a 77 to finish 63rd at 25 over.
Afterward, he declined to explain his decision.
'I'm done. Sorry,' he told reporters.
Peter Hedblom, who aced the par-3 third hole on Saturday, double-bogeyed the same hole Sunday. ... Colin Montgomerie's second-place place finish was the best at the Open since a second in 1997. He has five top-10 finishes. ... Four players eagled the par-4, sixth hole: Kent Jones, Steve Stricker, Jeff Sluman and Henrik Stenson. The pin was in front of the green, which made the hole 307 yards instead of the usual 321.
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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.