Prammanasudh Eyes Return to Site of Win

By Associated PressMay 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
Stacy Prammanasudh still is getting used to the belly putter she switched to during the offseason. Returning to the site of her lone LPGA Tour victory might help that transition.
'It's kind of like coming home again,' the defending champion said of the Vanderbilt Legends Club, site of this week's Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
'I've always played well here in the past, and I've been here before. I'm sure I'll be a little bit nervous. It's another golf tournament, and I have to go out and play like I normally do week-to-week, so I'm excited.'
Defending that title won't be easy because Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb, Nos. 1 and 2 on the year's money list, are here. Both Ochoa and Webb are playing well with a victory apiece on the tour this year and having tied for second last week at the Ginn Clubs & Resort Open.
Annika Sorenstam is bypassing this event, which benefits the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University in nearby Nashville for a third straight year.
Ochoa leads the tour in scoring, averaging 69.37, and she became the first Mexican to win on tour here in 2004. Prammanasudh won her title by three strokes over Ochoa last year.
'Lorena and Karrie have been playing great golf this year no doubt about that,' Prammanasudh said. 'But with how wet it is, you can shoot right at the pins, and you know you have to make birdies out here. You can only do what you can do. You can't control what anybody else is doing.'
Prammanasudh's season so far can't compare with what Ochoa or Webb have done.
She has been steady with four finishes in the top 13 in seven events and a tie for ninth at Safeway in March. She missed the cut in Stockbridge, Ga., last month, but was 24th last week.
This is Prammanasudh's third visit to this course as a pro, and she finished 14-under par both times. She also played here as a junior and knows the par-72, 6,458-yard course well.
'It's just a fun course. You know you can go out and make a lot of birdies and when it's wet conditions the way it has been in years past, you can go shoot at the greens and be aggressive,' Prammanasudh said.
Get her on the greens with the new putter, and she's feeling much more confident. She has an average of 29.7 putts per round through seven tournaments compared to 30.56 putts per round in 2005.
'Still it's a learning process, using it, and I've always used a conventional putter my whole life. That's helped me with my consistency on the greens a little bit,' she said.
Everyone likely will get the chance to shoot at the pins. Rain has fallen on this course in each of the five LPGA tournaments held here and there's a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms for the first round Thursday. Webb said everyone understands this when signing up for this tournament.
'It's just that time of the year up here and the weather is either pretty good or, you know, we could have a storm,' Webb said.
'I know coming in here that you're going to have to have patience as far as delays and maybe possibly play more than 18 holes in a day. But that's just the way it is. You just try and hope that you're switched on when it's your turn to play,' Webb said.
This event will feature a pair of local high school seniors. Sara Hunt of Columbia Central High automatically was entered into the field after several withdrawals, avoiding Monday's qualifier. She recently finished third in an event on Pinehurst No. 2 and tees off Thursday afternoon with Naree Song and May Wood. Callie Nielson is a senior at University School of Nashville and will tee of Thursday morning with Danah Ford and Cathy Johnston-Forbes.
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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.