Wie Manages Up and Down Day

By Associated PressAugust 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
Ricoh WomenST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- For a while, Michelle Wie was back on her game.
 
The 17-year-old from Hawaii was 3-under through 10 holes Thursday in the first round of the Women's British Open, trailed leader Lorena Ochoa by one shot, and the wrist injury that has plagued her for months seemed a distant memory.
 
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Michelle Wie had three birdies and three bogeys in Rd. 1. (Getty Images)
Then it all changed over the final eight holes.
 
It took a 20-foot putt at the 18th to keep Wie from finishing over par. Her par 73 left her six strokes off Ochoa's lead.
 
'Unfortunately, I was unlucky with a couple of bounces and my second shots left some really tough putts,' Wie said. 'But I'd say it was probably my best since last summer, when I was really playing solidly.
 
'I feel like I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My wrist is getting stronger and stronger. I'm just going to be patient with myself and keep my head on, and see where it takes me.'
 
Wie hit a couple of wild drives with her hybrid club on the front nine but got away with them. At the third, she dragged the shot all the way across the adjacent 16th fairway, close to an out-of-bounds fence.
 
She had planned to play some shots to the wrong fairway as part of her strategy, but not that time.
 
'That was a missed shot completely,' Wie said. 'It was not the line where I wanted to hit it.'
 
She still made par, hitting an approach to 25 feet and making two putts.
 
Wie's worst shot of the day was at the 523-yard 14th, where she drove to mid-fairway and then took out her driver again for the second shot. She hit it to the right and her ball finished in a clump of deep rough, her only bad lie of the day.
 
It was an achievement to move the ball forward, but it ended up short of the green. From there, she chipped 12 feet short and two-putted for bogey.
 
The one positive from the hole was that her third shot from the deep rough did not hurt her left wrist.
 
'I just kind of pitched out of there but it wasn't too bad,' she said. 'It was a good positive.'
 
On her steadier front nine, Wie hardly missed a thing, saving par from 90 feet with a chip and a 5-foot putt at the second before making birdies at the fourth and fifth on putts of 10 feet and 7 feet.
 
Wie wedged her second shot to 4 feet at the 10th and sank that to reach 3-under.
 
Then she went into reverse. She pulled her tee shot at the short 11th, leaving a swinging 35-foot across a green sloping from back to front. It drifted 5 feet below the hole and she missed the return.
 
As the wind picked up, Wie parred the next two before the wayward driver from the 14th fairway led to bogey. At the 16th, her approach was 'a really good 6-iron that just kind of bounced right when it should have bounced left,' she said.
 
She faced a tricky 20-footer that she misread and left 8 feet left of the hole, from where she missed.
 
'Overall I felt it was a really solid round,' she said. 'Unfortunately I got some bad breaks.'
 
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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.