Price Earns Fourth Title

By Futures Tour MediaJune 3, 2002, 4:00 pm
SUSSEX, Wis. -- Melinda Price of Jupiter, Fla., fired a one-under-par 71 for a 54-hole total of 218 (+2) and earned her fourth Futures Tour career victory at the $60,000 Aurora Health Care Futures Charity Golf Classic. Price won by one shot over recently-turned professional Lorena Ochoa of Guadalajara, Mexico, and rookie Soo Young Kim of Chung Nam, South Korea. The duo shot respective rounds of 71 (-1) and 73 (+1) for a three-over-par 219 at the 6,022-yard Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, Wis.
 
Price, who was able to fight off wind gusts of 25 mph and a 15 degree drop in temperature in the afternoon, came into the final round tied for sixth with four other players at 147 (+3). She started her round with by making a 15-foot putt for birdie on the par four 293-yard second hole. She carded one more birdie on the seventh hole, making a six-foot putt.
 
At that point, Price was tied with Kim, who had three birdies and two bogeys in her first five holes. Each player recorded one more bogey and turned tied at two-over-par for the tournament.
 
'I felt really great on the front nine,' smiled Price, whose last win was at the 2000 Pacific Bell Futures Classic in Moreno Valley, Calif. 'Coming out today, I knew that I had a good chance at winning. The scores were very close and every shot counted. I just wanted to stay consistent and not let the wind or the temperature drop affect my game. I think it made me concentrate more.'
 
Price was able to live up to her goal. She parred her remaining nine holes and finished at two-over-par 218. Kim, who played in the group behind Price, bogeyed 10, but matched it with a seven-foot putt for birdie on the very next hole. However, on No. 15, the par-5 498-yard hole, Kim misjudged her approach shot and it ended up 150 yards left of the green in the 16th fairway. From there it took Kim two shots to hit it to three feet and she made the putt for bogey. She missed a 20-foot birdie putt on her final hole and finished tied for second with Ochoa.
 
'I was a little nervous watching Soo (Young Kim) make her last putt,' said Price. 'She was having a good day too and I knew we could have easily gone into a playoff.'
 
Kim, who will return to South Korea next month due to visa stipulations, but will return to the Futures Tour in August, stated, 'I thought that the green was on the left, which was a very big mistake. I only made bogey on that hole so I was happy. I'm excited at how I placed and I hope that I can return in August and continue to play well.'
 
Ochoa, who turned professional last week after a stellar year with the University of Arizona, headed into the final round tied with five other players at four-over-par 148. Her even-par front nine included birdies on four and six, and bogeys on five and eight.
 
Ochoa three-putted from 30 feet on the 12th hole for her final bogey of the round, but followed it with a birdie on 17. On her final hole, the par-4 367-yard No. 18, Ochoa was 90 yards away and missed holing her second shot for eagle by inches which would have tied her with Price. She tapped in for birdie and finished tied with Kim at 219 (+3).
 
'My day was so much better than yesterday,' stated Ochoa, who earned $5,250 in her first professional tournament. 'The key to winning this weekend was to play consistent. The course was difficult and I think the wind affected us all. I really wanted to win, but placing in the top-three in my first event is more than I could have asked for.'
 
Price, who was a member of the LPGA Tour in 2000, competed in 15 tournaments and missed keeping her card by $3,000. Her long-term goal is to make it back to the LPGA Tour, but she has set some short term goals to get there: play consistent and swing better.
 
'I learned a lot about myself when I was on the LPGA Tour,' stated Price, who is married to Golden Bear Tour player Rick Price. 'I learned how to practice, how to conduct myself around large amount of spectators and Tour players. I don't think anyone is prepared when they get out on the LPGA Tour. It is a learning experience for everyone and I'm up for the challenge again.'
 
Top finishers for the Aurora Health Care Futures Charity Golf Classic: Melinda Price 74-73-71--218 2-over
Lorena Ochoa 71-77-71--219 3-over
Soo Young Kim 73-73-73--219
Amy Dahle 76-73-71--220 4-over
Catherine Cartwright 74-74-72--220
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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.