Top Three Seeds Go Down at Match Play

By George WhiteFebruary 20, 2002, 5:00 pm
Peter OMalley will win the World Golf Championships'Accenture Match Play Championship if the Tiger Woods Trend holds true.
 
OMalley created a sensational uproar when he defeated top-ranked Woods in the opening round, 2-and-1, Wednesday at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. And you can look it up ' the man who has defeated Woods has always won this tournament.
 
Jeff Maggert took Woods out in a semifinal in 1999 ' and won. Darren Clarke toppled him in the finals of 2000 ' another winner. Tiger, of course, didnt play last year.
 
Second-seeded Phil Mickelson also lost. John Cook, No. 63, pulled the upset, 3-and-2. No. 3 David Duval was shocked as well, losing to No. 62 Kevin Sutherland in 20 holes.
 
I had a no-lose situation, really, said Australian OMalley, ranked No. 68 in the world. No one expected me to win, so I can just go out there and play my game. And if I win, well, its great. If I dont, it doesnt really matter.
 
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OMalley dropped a 30-foot putt on the par-5 17th to win it. Woods was also putting for birdie - from only six feet - but the Australians bullseye ended it.
 
Thats the nature of the format, sighed Woods. Anything can happen.
 
'I played with him a couple of months ago in New Zealand and he played well. He had a chance to win the tournament. He's just real consistent, which I expected, and he played his normal game.'
 
OMalley won the ninth hole to go 1-up and led from then on. He was 3-up after a birdie at 15, but Woods fought back on 16 with a 25-foot putt. That meant OMalley was only 2-up with two holes to play. When Woods cozied the third shot at 17 up to six feet - and OMalley faced the 30-footer - it looked like a patented Woods rally. Then came OMalleys coast-to-coast putt.
 
Woods made just one birdie ' the long putt at the 16th.
 
He was a little bit frustrated in his game, said OMalley, but I think he was still pretty relaxed until probably I holed that putt at 15 (to go 3-up). I dont think he was ' he certainly was not on his game.
 
In other matches, Davis Love III only had one ironed shirt. Iron one, and you might have a chance to play again. Iron all six ' in case you survive to play six matches ' and the odds are you will lose.
 
Love survived to play another day ' which means he has to iron another shirt. He defeated Philip Price of Wales, 2-and-1.

When I was unpacking, I unpacked and lined up my shirts in the closet and Im like, Theres got to be a system to this, said Love. Its bad luck if you iron all your shirts for six days. It is a weird feeling. You dont know ' its not like you make your return flight. Its hard to figure out what to do.
 
And Love isnt about to commit the deadliest of sins. You dont want to get cocky and iron all your shirts and have it backfire on you. And you especially dont want to send cleaning out, because you can really get in trouble.
 
Love was 5-up after the 12th hole, but then Price came sneaking back, winning the 14th, 15th and 16th. Love won it on No. 17 when he was able to gain a tie.
 
When I got 5-up, I fell into the, Well, all Ive got to do is halve the hole, and I should have been trying to win every hole, said Love. Youve just got to play aggressively and play the golf course and not worry too much about him.
 
Sergio Garcia is the highest seed remaining, following his 3-and-2 victory over Lee Janzen. He will next face Charles Howell III. Howell, No. 36, defeated No. 29 Stewart Cink, 4-and-3.
 
The No. 5 seed, Ernie Els, advanced with a 4-and-3 win over Jeff Sluman. I knew it was going to be a tough day with Jeff, said Els. Hes that kind of player that never goes away. He doesnt hit too many bad shots and doesnt make too many mistakes.
 
Els made five birdies and only one bogey, so he matched Sluman for toughness. Els strung together three birdies on Nos. 12'14 to put it away.
 
Matt Gogel defeated Clarke. It was Gogels putting that won it. He (Clarke) didnt make his putts, and that left the door open for me, Gogel said.
 
I think (No. 9) was a momentum swing a little bit in the sense that I still had the honor (off the tee), and he reached the green (on the par-5 10th) in two and left his eagle putt about a foot short (for birdie). And I made a birdie from about 12 feet, so I didnt give up anything there.
 
In a rematch of the infamous Ryder Cup match of 1999, Jose Maria Olazabal defeated Justin Leonard, 1-up. The match was close throughout with Olazabal easing ahead by three holes at the turn, then hanging on as Leonard chipped in on 17 to send it to 18 with Olazabal ahead by only one hole. The Spaniard won the match when he and Leonard both parred.
 
Olazabal did not drive the ball particularly well. It has not been as consistent and as good as it has been the last few weeks, and thats the only shame on my part, Olazabal said.
 
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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.