Notes Wie Not Likely to Play Womens Am

By Associated PressJune 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 McDonaldHAVRE DE GRACE, Md. -- Playing in the Women's British Open might keep Michelle Wie from competing in the U.S. Women's Amateur.
 
The U.S. Women's Amateur starts Aug. 1 in Atlanta, the day after the final round of the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale in England.
 
Wie is having trouble finding a flight that would get her to Atlanta in time for the first of two rounds of stroke play at Ansley Golf Club.
 
'It's kind of tough, we're trying to look for tickets but we arrive on the day the tournament starts,' Wie said Wednesday after her practice round for the LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock. 'We arrive in the afternoon.
 
'We're still thinking about it, but the chances are very, very low.'
 
Wie has until her Monday tee time at the Women's Amateur to withdraw, according to the U.S. Golf Association.
 
Wie received exemptions into the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open. She also has qualified for the U.S. Women's Open later this month, having tied for 13th last year as a 14-year-old. In the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wie tied for 14th.
 
HEADED TO THE HALL:
The opening round of the LPGA Championship on Thursday will be more important to Karrie Webb than the other 149 players in the field.
 
The moment Webb's ball hits the bottom of the cup at No. 18 at Bulle Rock, the 30-time winner will be in the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame.
 
The 30-year-old Webb is competing in her 10th event in her 10th LPGA Tour season, the final requirement for her entry into the hall.
 
The whole scenario might seem anticlimactic, but Webb is thrilled.
 
'Obviously, I'm very excited,' Webb said. 'I've known for a few years that all I've got to do was show up 10 times a year to complete the rest of the criteria. It's not like winning a tournament to get in -- but it's official.
 
'It's made me look back on things and made me appreciate what I've done.'
 
Webb is the only player to win the 'Super Slam.' She won the Kraft Nabisco (2000), U.S. Open (2000-01), LPGA Championship (2001) and du Maurier Classic (1999). The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier in 2001, and Webb won at Turnberry a year later. She also has won at least once every year on tour.
 
She has a chance to make a memorable week extra special.
 
'I want to play well no matter what. It's a major,' Webb said. 'Hopefully, I don't get too caught up in it.
 
'I want to enjoy myself, but I want to play well, as well.'
 
ROOM SERVICE:
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster was on the move Wednesday, forced to leave the condo she was renting after the hot water heater and air conditioner broke.
 
'The hot water heater exploded last night and the air conditioning stopped,' Inkster said. 'On a winter day, I don't think I'd mind it. But it was cooking last night. So I've got to move.'
 
Inkster had a nice setup when the LPGA Championship was played at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. She stayed with friends in nearby Malvern, Pa., along with her family.
 
Playing at Bulle Rock in Maryland for the first time, Inkster said she misses that comfortable feeling.
 
'Yeah, it's tough,' she said. 'I miss them. It was kind of like coming into an old shoe -- you just put them on and it fits.'
 
Inkster is looking for her third LPGA Championship title, after wins in 1999-00. And she enters the second major of the year on the heels of a second-place finish at the ShopRite Classic and five top-10 finishes in eight tournaments.
 
PROCEED WITH CAUTION:
Michelle Wie can finally drive more than 300 yards at a time.
 
The 15-year-old Wie has her driver's permit and recently put it to use at an off-course trail in Western Pennsylvania.
 
'I got my permit, and we're driving back and forth, and I feel really proud,' Wie said. 'After I got my permit, we were in Pittsburgh, and they had a Hummer off-course trail, so I was doing that, going over logs and going into water. That was really cool.'
 
Wie is out of school for the summer, but admitted she was feeling pressure during final exams.
 
'I was so stressed out the last week of school,' she said. 'It was like exam, exam, exam, exam, and after the last one I felt so good and relieved.'
 
Wie found a unique way to work off the pressure of final exams.
 
After all my exams, I go out on the range and hit tons and tons of balls, like every teacher: Whack! My teachers were great this year, but after those exams, hitting balls was so good,' she said.
 
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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.