Weibring leads Lehman by two at Tradition

By Associated PressAugust 21, 2010, 5:42 am
Champions Tour

SUNRIVER, Ore – D.A. Weibring has only two top-10 finishes the past two years on the Champions Tour. The second-round leader of the Jeld-Wen Tradition thinks he’ll remember how to handle the pressure of being in a final pairing.

Weibring shot his second straight 5-under par 67 on Friday at Crosswater Club to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Lehman.

The Tradition is the fourth of five majors on the Champions Tour.

Weibring, who has struggled the past two years with a bone spur on his left shoulder, hasn’t won a tournament since the 2008 Senior Players Championship. Weibring said when he’s been healthy, he’s done well on the Champions Tour, pointing to 2004, 2005 and 2007, years when he reached double digits in top-10 finishes.

“I feel pretty good,” said the 57-year-old Weibring, who is 49th on the tour’s money list. “I look forward to the weekend and that I can challenge myself. If I can keep doing what I’m doing and build on that, good things will happen.”

Weibring made five birdie putts ranging from 12 and 18 feet.

Weibring by no means has separated himself from the field. There were 13 players within five strokes of the lead, including Bernhard Langer and Lehman, who have combined to win the three Champions majors during 2010.

Lehman is lurking despite some spotty play the first two days. Lehman, who shot a 69 Friday and was at 136, made birdies on three of his final five holes to move into second place.

Lehman described his day as “difficult,” saying he started out strong without results, got mad at himself midway through the round before rallying down the stretch.

The key to Lehman’s round was the par-5 12th, when he got up and down from 270 yards to save a par.

“I feel good about this round, that I was able to squeeze three birdies in the end. It’s gratifying and satisfying to do that,” Lehman said.

Gil Morgan, Jay Don Blake, Bob Tway and Fred Funk were tied for third at 137.

Morgan, who will be 64 in September, is the most surprising of that group after shooting a second-round 69. Morgan doesn’t have a top-20 finish this year and hasn’t won on tour since 2007. He admits at his age, his game is deteriorating.

“But we keep plugging along. There are days we play good, when we’re feeling good,” Morgan said.

Tway shot a 67 that included five birdies on the back nine.

Funk, who shot a second-round 69, continued his hot play at Crosswater. In 14 Tradition rounds at the central Oregon golf course, Funk is 42 under par.

Four strokes off the lead at 138 were Bernhard Langer and Jay Haas.

Langer, who shot a second-round 69, is attempting to become the second player in Champions Tour history to win three consecutive majors. Earlier this summer, Langer won the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open.

Haas had Friday’s low round with a 65. He shot a 6-under 30 on the front nine, then added a birdie at No. 15.

Five strokes behind Weibring was a group of five including local favorite Bob Gilder of Corvallis.

Heading a group of five players at 140 was David Frost, who tied a Champions Tour record with a 25-under 191 total at the 3M Championship two weeks ago. Frost shot a 66 Friday, though the round was marred with a double-bogey at 18.

Also shooting 66 on Friday was Hal Sutton, who was at 141.

Defending champion Mike Reid bounced back from an opening-round 79 with a 69.

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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.