Right Brain vs. Left Brain

By Associated PressJuly 27, 2011, 5:22 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Defending champion Yani Tseng believes she’ll have to be at her creative best to master the links course at Carnoustie and claim a fifth major title at the Women’s British Open.

The top-ranked Tseng tops the LPGA money list and is full of confidence heading into the year’s fourth and final major after her victory at the LPGA Championship last month.

“There are so many ways you can play this course, you can be aggressive, you can be safe, you can hit driver, you can hit iron,” the 22-year-old Taiwanese player said. “You’ve just got to use your imagination and hit creative shots.”

Tseng was grouped with Morgan Pressel and Ai Miyazato in a high-profile three-ball for the first two rounds, teeing off just before noon Thursday.

Last year at Royal Birkdale Tseng led from the start, with 68s in the first three rounds before closing with a 73 to clinch the victory.

“I love the links courses. I’m so excited to be here and I just can’t wait to go out tomorrow,” Tseng said. “It’s a very, very fun course for me. I have so many good memories of the British Open, so I’m just so excited to be here.”

Miyazato, winner of the Evian Masters in Paris last week, will be one of the favorites alongside Tseng to lift the title on Sunday. The sixth-ranked Miyazato said she would be ready for the challenge of Carnoustie.

“This is the British Open. The wind is going to pick up and it will be raining, I’m pretty sure,” Miyazato said. “I feel very confident and I feel comfortable. You can’t control the wind and the rain you just have to play the golf course as it is on the day.”

Michelle Wie, whose sixth-place finish at this year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship was her best performance at a major since 2006, said she is still working on mastering her long putter coming into Carnoustie.

“I decided to make the change the week after the Open back home,” Wie said. “I’m obviously just trying it out, different grips and different ways to do it. I thought it was time for a change. I’m a pretty tall person so I thought I would give it a try.

“This is a pretty unique golf course. The greens are pretty bumpy and slopey, which make it difficult. So it will be a challenge for me this week.”

Paula Creamer traveled to Carnoustie before the Evian event for a couple of practice rounds.

“I had a local caddie, the club champion, and played with the pro and I really learned a lot,” the 2010 U.S. Open champion said. “I love links golf, this tournament and this golf course. I feel I can play well here.

“I like the challenge, in fact the harder the better. I believe it’s going to rain tomorrow. I want it to be blowing and bouncing during the tournament.”

For Catriona Matthew of Scotland, the 2009 champion, Carnoustie is like coming home.

“I played a lot here as an amateur … so I know it very well,” said Matthew, who won at Royal Lytham two years ago, 10 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter and three weeks before her 40th birthday.

“It’s a tough test, but like any links course it depends on the wind. If there’s no wind, none of them are overly difficult,” she said. “If you can drive the ball well, you’ll have a lot of birdie chances out there. Keep out of the bunkers and you’ve got a great chance.”

Melissa Reid of England won the Dutch Open in June and is fourth on the European Tour money list.

“I certainly feel my game is more mature than it was a year ago. My swing feels a lot better, and I feel very calm this week,” Reid said. “This is definitely one of the top five courses I have played and I feel quite settled here.”

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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.