Perk Up Kiwi Takes Early Lead

By Associated PressMay 20, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Bank of America ColonialFT. WORTH, Texas -- Craig Perks carded a 6-under-par 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Bank of America Colonial. Perks, the 2002 Players Championship winner, stands one stroke clear of Jesper Parnevik.
 
Stewart Cink posted a 4-under-par 66. He shares third place with Tim Petrovic, Steve Flesch Jeff Maggert and John Senden.
 
Perks, a native of New Zealand, opened with a birdie on the par-5 11th after dropping his sand-wedge within a foot of the cup. He then ran off five straight pars at the Colonial Country Club.
 
'I got off to a great start. I hit a poor drive on 11, then hit a sand wedge real close,' said Perks. 'That kind of got me going. I did struggle with the driver a little bit, but hit some really, really good iron shots. And my short game was as good as it always has been.'
 
The 37-year-old rolled home a 15-foot birdie putt at the 17th and followed that up by chipping in for birdie at the next to head to the front side at minus-3.
 
Perks moved to 4 under after dropping a 9-iron within 8 feet of the cup at the par-4 third.
 
He birdied the par-4 sixth before another chip-in birdie at the seventh got him to minus-6. He parred the final two holes to cap a bogey-free round.
 
'I saw some good things last week, although the results really don't show it,' Perks said. 'I'm still really struggling with my driver, but I've been working hard. I think what paid off today, I didn't have to drive every hole. I hit a lot of 3-woods and 2-irons. I hit solid iron shots.'
 
Parnevik got off to a quick start with a two-putt birdie at the first and a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 2. He moved to 3 under as he dropped in a birdie at the fifth.
 
Parnevik, a five-time winner on tour, cruised to seven straight pars from there. At the 13th, he dropped a 7-iron within 10 feet and drained that birdie try.
 
The Swede tripped to a bogey at the next, however. He erased that mistake by rolling in a 20-foot birdie try on No. 15. Parnevik climbed into second place after dropping a wedge within 15 feet to setup his final birdie at the 17th.
 
'A great day. This is one of the courses I love to play every year, and I think the feeling is similar with most of the players on tour because it's a very old traditional style and it's not the grip it and rip it type of golf we play every week,' Parnevik said. 'I've been struggling pretty bad last year, and my No. 1 goal this year was to really make a strong effort to come back into the top 10 again.'
 
Defending champion Kenny Perry notched a 3-under-par 67. He shares eighth place with Chris Riley, Dennis Paulson, Carl Pettersson and Robert Allenby.
 
Olin Browne, the 1999 winner here, heads a group at 2-under-par 68. Among the notable players joining him there are Dallas-native Harrison Frazar, former Masters champion Mike Weir and five-time tour winner Stuart Appleby.
 
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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.