Notes Weather Forces Change In Cut Line

By Associated PressAugust 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Rain that delayed the first round to Friday has also changed the unique way the International approaches the weekend.
In an attempt to play four rounds in three days, PGA Tour officials decided to cut to the top 60 players after the second round Saturday, pair them up and have those groups play the third and fourth rounds in the same pairings Sunday.
Normally at the International, the first cut to 70 is made for the third round. Then, in a unique twist, another cut to 36 is made for the final round.

PGA Tour official Slugger White said there wouldn't be enough time to make the cut between the third and fourth rounds and still get the fourth round in Sunday.
Players who finish in the top 70 and ties will still be paid, as is usual on Tour, even if they don't make the cut.
The forecast for the weekend is good, with less than a 10 percent chance of storms both days.
The first-round leaderboard included two players who are often mistaken for one another.
Australian Geoff Ogilvy sits in a tie for fifth with 11 points, while American Joe Ogilvie is tied for 12th with nine points.
The two are often confused because of their phonetically identical last names, whether it's cheers from spectators or deliveries to the locker room.
``It's quite funny,'' Ogilvy said. ``I get a lot of his stuff in my locker and this week I got asked, 'Can you sign next to your brother please?' because Joe's signature was on his hat and he wanted me to sign next to my brother. It's a bit of fun because we're both playing well, so it's kind of nice.''
Fittingly, the ``brothers'' each had six birdies on the day.
David Duval confirmed Friday he will tee it up in next week's PGA Championship at Balustrol.
``I'm playing next week and then in Reno, but I don't know much after that,'' Duval said. ``I'll play four or five more, but I don't know how it's going to flow out yet.''
Duval finished with zero points and is tied for 98th after recording an eagle, two birdies, six bogeys and a double-bogey in the opening round.
Six players in this year's field have ties to Colorado.
Brandt Jobe, a graduate of Kent Denver High School, leads the group and is second overall with 13 points.
Duval, who lives in Cherry Hills Village near Denver, is tied for 98th heading into second-round play.
``It's always good,'' Duval said of playing so close to home. ``You're in the hotels enough, so I enjoy it.''
University of Colorado alumni Jonathan Kaye and Steve Jones are two of those six. Jones is in a tie for 54th after recording three birdies against two bogeys. Kaye is tied for 83rd with two points after a pair of birdies and bogeys.
Kevin Stadler, also of Kent Denver, is tied for 40th with five points.
Finally, Denver resident Mark Wiebe is tied with Duval for 98th with zero points.
The first round of The International may have been postponed after Thursday's washout, but Castle Pines Golf Club superintendent Marshall Fearing said the situation could have been worse.
According to Fearing, approximately 2.53 inches of rain fell on the 7,619-yard course in a 12-hour period Wednesday and Thursday.
The course drained well and soaked up much of the rainwater, but players still played lift, clean and place during Friday's first round.
Fearing said the major challenge for his 62-man crew, which included staff members from neighboring courses, was getting the course's 67 bunkers in playable condition.
Players were generally pleased with the course conditions.
``I thought the course held up very well,'' Corey Pavin said. ``I didn't see a puddle out there on the golf course, and for the most part, the golf course looked great today. The greens were soft, but they weren't to the point where you'd walk around and they would get really bad from your footprints and stuff.''
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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.