Trump Watson Beat Annika Gulbis
The extravagant developer had a real good one Sunday in the Manhattan Golf Classic, teaming with five-time British Open champion Tom Watson to beat Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis 10-8 in the skins event on Governors Island.
'I need all the help I can get,' Trump said.
The 6-handicapper helped Watson as well in the friendly competition, earning skins with net birdies on three holes where he received strokes.
'Donald played very well,' Watson said. 'He hit three 5-woods that he just smoked. He had it under control today.'
Watson made the two biggest shots of the day, driving the par-4 15th to set up a 6-foot eagle putt that pulled the team to 8-7 and taking the final three skins with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
'That sure made for an exciting finish, although the ladies probably didn't enjoy the ending as much as the boys did,' Watson said. 'We had a good time. What a unique golf course. It was very interesting.'
Built around historic Fort Jay on the small island just off the southern tip of Manhattan, the playing area was roughly the size of three holes on a regulation course. The course, featuring spectacular skyline views, has six small greens that can be played from numerous tees, with one tee inside the red brick fort.
'At some point it will be developed,' said Trump, who once hoped to build a casino on the island. 'It's a great and amazing place.'
Watson and Trump were down 6-3 after nine holes and 8-3 after 11.
'We need more strokes. These ladies are killing us,' Watson said at the turn.
The Champions Tour star pulled the team within one with his eagle on No. 15, a 385-yard hole that played into the wind on the cool afternoon.
'That was the shot of the day for me,' Watson said. 'I caught that perfect on the middle of the clubface.'
After the teams halved 16 and 17, Watson took the final three skins with his birdie putt on the 18th.
'It was a fantastic day. We really had a good time,' said Sorenstam, headed to Dubai for a Ladies European Tour event.
Sorenstam's parents, Tom and Gunilla, walked with her, and sister Charlotta, also an LPGA Tour player, caddied on the final nine holes.
'Never,' Charlotta said when asked if she had caddied before.
Gulbis, No. 19 in the world rankings, won four skins with a birdie on No. 4 and also birdied No. 8 to give the team a 6-2 lead.
'What a fun group that was. It was a lot of fun,' Gulbis said. 'It's been really a good few days here. I actually even had time to go shopping one afternoon.'
The first-year event raised about $250,000 for the New York City Parks Foundation, First Tee junior golf program and two local children's charities.
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.