Singhs Sizzling 61 Good for Lead in Boston

By Associated PressSeptember 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNORTON, Mass. -- All that hard work finally paid off Sunday for Vijay Singh, who shot the best round of his PGA TOUR career and put himself in position to end another streak by Tiger Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
Singh played his first five holes in 5 under par, then finished with three straight birdies for a 10-under 61 to set the course record at the TPC of Boston and build a three-shot lead over Woods, who shot 67.
 
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Tiger Woods trails Vijay Singh by three strokes entering the final round in Boston.
Two years ago, Singh went toe-to-toe with Woods in the final round on Labor Day and beat him by three shots to rise to No. 1, ending Woods' record 264 consecutive weeks atop the world ranking.
 
Woods now has won four straight times on the PGA Tour, and Singh is poised to end that streak.
 
'It would be good,' Singh said. 'I'm not going to be thinking about his streak or beating him. I've been playing long enough to know that you don't go out there and worry about the guys who are playing with you. You worry about your own game and see what happens.'

There were no worries Saturday.
 
Even more impressive than his score were the miserable conditions in which Singh shot his 61.
 
A light rain at the start of the third round never let up, coating the fairways with a thin layer of moisture, making it difficult to keep clubs dry. With little wind, however, Singh took dead aim at the flags and was never too far off.
 
'This is one of the worst conditions you want to play golf in because it gets everything wet,' Singh said. 'I just kept on plodding.'
 
And he kept making birdies, finishing at 11-under 202.
 
Woods had a chance to get closer, if not catch him over the final two hours after Singh was done. Woods missed four birdie putts inside 15 feet on the back nine, including putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 8 feet on No. 17.
 
He looked out of sync over the closing holes, letting his hand fly from the club even on shots that turned out well. There was frustration even when he reached the par-5 18th in two, setting up a two-putt birdie that put him in the final group with Singh.
 
Justin Rose also birdied the 18th for a 69, leaving him tied with Woods at 205.
 
J.J. Henry, three weeks away from playing in his first Ryder Cup, shot 68 and was at 207, along with Shaun Micheel (68).

'Hopefully, I can play a little better than last time,' Woods said of his duel with Singh. 'I just know that tomorrow, given that conditions are as soft as they are, I'm going to have to make some birdies.'
 
Circumstances were far different two years ago.
 
Singh was at a level few others have reached, winning nine times in 2004 and setting a PGA Tour record by winning nearly $11 million. Perhaps the most significant victory came at Deutsche Bank, where he beat Woods in the final round to become No. 1 in the world.
 
Now, the roles are reversed again.
 
Woods has won six times this year, including his last four starts, and is so far ahead in the world ranking that he probably could take a year off and still be No. 1.
 
For Singh, it has been nothing but frustration.
 
He missed the cut in the final two majors and has not finished in the top 10 since the Western Open. His only victory this year was at the Barclays Classic, and Singh still isn't sure how that happened.
 
But he kept pounding away on the range, and finally reaped the reward in a big way.
 
'I kept telling myself, and everybody that is associated with me said, 'You're playing well. Just go out there and enjoy it, and it's going to happen.' And it was really difficult to keep practicing and not seeing results,' Singh said. 'And finally it showed up, and I did it in a great way. It didn't feel like it was difficult to do the way I played.'
 
Singh has been around long enough to know that some low scores can be the result of a few more putts going in.
 
Not this one. This was pure from the start.
 
He teed off 90 minutes before the leaders and was atop the leaderboard before Woods stuck a tee in the ground. He hit wedge into 5 feet on the opening hole, hammered a 3-wood over the water hazard to 30 feet for eagle on No. 2, then fired at the flags on the fourth and fifth holes for two more birdies.
 
Two more bursts followed -- one that gave him the lead, the other that should make him hard to catch on Monday.
 
Singh was one shot ahead of Woods when he hit 3-iron into 12 feet on the 16th, spun a wedge back to tap-in range on the 17th, then finished his record round with an 18-foot birdie. His previous best on tour was a 62 in the final round at Hartford in 1998.
 
The 43-year-old Fijian didn't see this one coming.
 
'Each time I made a birdie, I got even calmer for the next hole,' he said. 'And I just had a great time out there. I hit a lot of great shots and just tried to play hole-by-hole and never look ahead.'
 
It was difficult not to look ahead to Labor Day and his showdown with Woods.
 
Woods was still rebuilding his swing with Hank Haney in 2004, about two months away from the pieces falling together. Singh was about to embark on three straight victories, and the hole looked huge.
 
'It seems so far away, two years ago, the way I was playing then and now,' Singh said. 'I think this golf course ... it brings back great memories, and hopefully, it's the start of another great run.'
 
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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.