Ochoa Going One Way Wie Another

By Associated PressOctober 12, 2007, 4:00 pm
  PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Samsung World Championship.
 
Ochoa's bogey-free round moved her to 9-under 135 through 36 holes, one shot in front of Paula Creamer, Angela Park and Angela Stanford.
 
'It was easy today,' Ochoa said. 'I felt like it was important to be if not in the lead, within one or two shots.
 
'Now, I'm where I like to be and I can't wait for tomorrow.'
 
Knocking her drives straight down the fairways and steady with her irons and her putter, Ochoa birdied all four of the par 5s at Big Horn Country club, and made another birdie putt on the par-4 14th.
 
'I kind of had a lot of confidence in my driver,' she said, noting that she had overcome a tendency to hit the ball to the right that had affected her first round.
 
Stanford moved into contention with the lowest round of the day, a 66. Creamer and Park, who were tied for the lead after the first day, had second-round 69s.
 
For Michelle Wie, it was another bad day in a mostly bad year on the course, her round including shots straying into brush and water on the way to her second consecutive 79. She remained in 20th and last place in the elite field.
 
'I obviously had a tough time today,' Wie said for the second day in a row. 'I made a couple of putts, but there is tomorrow, so I'm going to play better tomorrow.
 
'I just have to work on my tee shots, but other than that, I think that my irons have been stroking well and are pretty solid. I just have to keep the ball in the fairway and go from there.'
 
Her shot into a bush on the par-5 seventh and a drop led to a double-bogey 7 there, and a shot into the water at No. 14 cost her another double bogey. Her first 7 didn't look quite so bad, however, compared with the quintuple-bogey 10 playing partner Bettina Hauert of Germany had to write on her card.
 
Hauert finished with an 81, but held onto 19th place, one shot in front of Wie.
 
Wie, the Stanford freshman who turned 18 on Thursday, finished 17th in the tournament last year. She made her pro debut in the event in 2005 but was disqualified after the final round for signing an incorrect scorecard for the third round. If she hadn't been disqualified, she would have finished fourth.
 
Ochoa, the 2006 player of the year and far ahead in the standings this year, came from three shots behind on the final day of the tournament last year to beat Annika Sorenstam. The 25-year-old Mexican star already has won six times this year and earned a record $3,068,421.
 
Creamer, 21, is threatening for the third consecutive year at Big Horn. She finished second behind Sorenstam in 2005 and was fifth last year.
 
'I didn't feel like I hit the ball as well as I have,' Creamer said after her second round. 'I hit 11 greens, which is low for me. I missed a lot of opportunities, but I made a lot of up and downs.'
 
She is third on the money list this year with $1,088,871 in earnings.
 
The 19-year-old Park, who already has wrapped up this year's rookie of the year award, had six-top 10 finishes in 23 tournaments this season and her $882,476 ranks ninth on the money list.
 
'I kept it pretty steady out there, nothing exciting,' said Park, still looking for her first tour title. 'I'm glad I kept it close.'
 
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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.