Whitsett Cruises to US Junior Am Title

By Associated PressJuly 28, 2007, 4:00 pm
USGAAUGUSTA, Mo. -- Cory Whitsett overcame an early two-hole deficit by winning five consecutive holes in an 8-and-7 victory over Anthony Paolucci to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on Saturday.
 
Whitsett had birdies at Nos. 7 and 9 and parred Nos. 8, 10 and 11 at Boone Valley Golf Club in the morning portion of the 36-hole match play final to turn a 2-up deficit to a 3-up advantage. He finished with five birdies and just two bogeys in becoming only the second lefty to win the championship in its 60-year history.
 
'I tried not to get a match back with just one swing,' said Whitsett, 15. 'I just tried to take it one shot at time and be patient. There's a lot of birdies out there, and I knew it would come, eventually.'
 
Whitsett -- a sophomore from Houston -- said the match turned in his favor on the third hole. After hitting his tee shot into rough and getting a bad lie, he recovered to half the hole by chipping in for par.
 
He lost the next hole and went 2 down after Paolucci sank his second and final birdie of the day on No. 6. Still, Whitsett said the recovery at No. 3 proved vital psychologically.
 
'That chip in was very important and set the tone,' he said. 'It told him I wasn't going to get flustered by stuff like that.'
 
The all-Texas championship -- Paolucci, 14, is from Dallas -- guaranteed the winner would be from the state for the first time since Plano's Matthew Rosenfeld won the championship in 2000. The previous lefty to win was Brian Harmon in 2003.
 
Whitsett also became just the fifth 15-year-old to win the title, joining Mike Brannan (1971), Tiger Woods (1991), Henry Liaw (2001) and Sihwan Kim (2004). Woods is still the youngest to win the tournament at 15 years, 6 months and 28 days. Whitsett turns 16 on September 29.
 
The loss ended a surprise run for Paolucci, who had never played in match play competition before this week and had never qualified for the championship. He beat two of the top-ranked junior golfers during match play before he struggled in the final match.
 
'I wasn't supposed to get this far,' he said. 'I'm just enjoying what I've accomplished. If I had got knocked out in the first round or second round, I would have been disappointed. But I got to the finals. That's a big accomplishment.'
 
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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.