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By Associated PressAugust 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
the Barclays Logo 2007HARRISON, N.Y. -- Hunter Mahan figures that trying to win The Barclays will make it easier to follow his third 62 of the season with another low round.
 
Mahan's 9-under 62 on Saturday matched the Westchester Country Club record and moved him from a tie for 31st to a tie for third at 12 under -- two strokes behind third-round leader Steve Stricker in the FedEx Cup opener.
 
The Presidents Cup captain's pick also shot 62s this summer in the Travelers Championship and Canadian Open, both in the first round.
 
In the Travelers, Mahan followed with rounds 71, 67 and 65 and went on to beat Jay Williamson in a playoff for his first PGA TOUR title. In Canada, the former Oklahoma State star added rounds of 74, 67 and 69 to tie for fifth.
 
'I feel like it's going to be a little different tomorrow because I have a chance to win the tournament,' Mahan said when asked about the Canadian Open. 'That was a little different and I had three rounds left. Tomorrow, I have a whole different focus of trying to win. So, I'm going to try to put that 62 behind me and just take all the confidence that I gained today and just try to put that into tomorrow and try to win.'
 
Rich Beem also was 12 under after a 69.
 
'Must have played some different holes than I did,' Beem said.
 
FULL THROTTLE
Phil Mickelson, seven strokes out of the lead after a 69, planned to attack the course Sunday.
 
'If I can get off to a good start, I'm going to try to shoot 8, 9, 10 under and see if I can put some pressure on the leaders behind,' Mickelson said.
 
How aggressive will he be?
 
'Very aggressive, because I have to shoot an incredible round to catch them,' Mickelson said. 'The front nine will be important. I've got to get some putts to go in. There's a lot of birdie holes on the front nine, and if I can shoot 4, 5, 6 under, I think I can make a good move and have a chance on the back.'
 
CLASS ACT
Jim Furyk had some short comments to a small group of reporters after a frustrating round, certainly nothing unusual on the tour. What was unusual was that he made his way to the media tent about an hour later to apologize.
 
'I just didn't feel like I could leave it like that,' Furyk told the writers, who assured him that they hadn't been offended in any way.
 
Third in the FedExCup standings, the Canadian Open winner shot an even-par 71 to finish three rounds at 3 under.
 
FAST START
J.B. Holmes was 8 under after 13 holes, but dropped strokes with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 and parred the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65.
 
'I had a little rough finish,' said Holmes, eight strokes back at 6 under.
 
'Just made two bogeys. A couple of bad shots. I was calm all day. Could have been better, but all it comes down to is a great round.'
 
Holmes drove the par-4 seventh, cutting the corner over the trees on the dogleg left with a 328-yard, 3-wood shot. He then three-putted the three-tiered green for par.
 
'It could have been better,' Holmes said.
 
DIVOTS
Justin Rose had a hole-in-one on the 139-yard 14th, hitting a 9-iron. 'It hopped just behind the hole and I shouted it in. It's one of the few balls that's ever listened to me,' said Rose, 5 under after a 70. ... At No. 12, leader Steve Stricker is the highest-ranked player in the FedExCup standings without a victory this year. ... Mahan and Steve Flesch (67) had the only bogey-free rounds Saturday. ... Instead of the usual weekend twosomes, threesomes are being used to avoid long delays on the two drivable par 4s. With each group taking a space on the course, 25 threesomes are far more efficient than 37 twosomes and a single.
 
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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.