Rain Puts Sorenstams Quest on Hold

By Associated PressMay 6, 2005, 4:00 pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Annika Sorenstam will definitely play this weekend. So will the rest of the field at the Michelob Ultra Open. Sorenstam's quest for a record sixth straight win, in jeopardy after a rough opening round, was put on hold Friday when rain washed out play. The second round will start from scratch Saturday, and LPGA rules official Jim Haley said 36 holes will be played Sunday.
 
'The golf course is just not playable,' Haley said. 'We felt like, to be fair to everyone, we would scratch the round and start over.'
 
A steady rain had been falling since early Friday, but Haley said the golf course at Kingsmill, renovated over the winter, was still in good shape when the first group began play. The greens held up fine, but the fairways and tee boxes quickly got water-logged.
 
By the time the round was wiped out at noon, Haley said more than a half-inch of rain had fallen and more was on its way.
 
The forecast for the weekend, though, is clear.
 
'It's just frustrating, but what can you do?' said Natalie Gulbis, who was at 1 under for the day, one of the few players under par, when play was halted. 'I'm still in a good spot. Take the day off and start over tomorrow.'
 
After a 5-over-par 76 in Thursday's first round, Sorenstam has some work to do just to make the cut, let alone keep her winning streak going. She's won her last five starts, tying Nancy Lopez's long-standing record.
 
'I just want to move forward,' said Sorenstam, who is nine strokes behind first-round leaders Silvia Cavalleri and Catrin Nilsmark. 'I've got to go low the next three days, and I know I can do it.'
 
Her score was her highest in relation to par since a 5-over 77 in the second round of the 2002 British Open. That, by the way, also was the last time she missed a cut. She shot a 76 in the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship last year.
 
It also was her highest score in an opening round since a 76 in the 2000 Rochester International, and it ended a stretch of 43 rounds at par or better.
 
'I don't know what to say about this round,' she said. 'I thought I played pretty good today. It just didn't go my way at all.'
 
Sorenstam hasn't played since winning the Kraft Nabisco and had a five-week layoff. But she said she felt good going into the round. She wasn't feeling pressure about the streak, either, forgetting all about it after making a bogey on her second hole.
 
She just had a bad day, something most golfers know all too well.
 
'She is human,' Nilsmark said, smiling. 'Thank God.'
 
Her drives were solid, but the rest of Sorenstam's game was devoid of its usual finesse. Shots that normally would have landed a few inches from the hole were several feet off the mark. Putts that normally would go in stopped short or raced past the hole.
 
And on the par-5 No. 7, pretty much everything went wrong.
 
After pushing her second shot into a thicket of trees off the green, Sorenstam hit a rock and chunked her first attempt to get out. The next shot flew over the green, landing in the rough. She chipped within 8 feet, but her putt rolled 6 inches past the hole and she finished with a double bogey.
 
'I felt good about my game, I really do,' she said. 'I think I am hitting good putts. It's got to turn around for me to have a chance.'
 
And Sorenstam has rallied before. She shares the LPGA record for biggest comeback victory, rallying from 10 shots back on the final day to win The Office Depot in 2001.
 
She also made up four strokes in the final three holes, then won in a playoff, at the Safeway International, her fourth victory in her current streak.
 
'I wouldn't be surprised if she shot a low number tomorrow, even in bad weather,' said Leta Lindley, one of five players at 3 under on Thursday. 'It's only one round. A lot can happen in three more rounds. I would not count her out, by any means.'
 
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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.