Chun: Pairing with Jang has led to healing

By Randall MellJune 11, 2016, 12:15 am

SAMMAMISH, Wash. – In Gee Chun said her pairing with Ha Na Jang on such a large stage at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship made her more nervous this week than she let on, but she said their two rounds together have led to some healing.

Chun said the pairing made it tough for her to focus on her game, but she’s glad an inevitable meeting inside the ropes came off so well.

Chun and Jang are tied going into the weekend, both at 2 over par overall. They were among the top 20 through the morning wave.

Chun shot 2-over-par 73 Friday in tough conditions, Jang 70.

They hugged on the 18th green after Friday’s round.

“To be honest, it was not easy to face her again at the tournament site,” Chun told “But it was nice to see her back, at the same time. Things can happen. Things got screwed up, but like I said before, what’s done is done. We are cool now.”

Chun is the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion. Jang won two LPGA events earlier this year. They’re South Korean stars, both within the Korean Olympic team qualifying mix. They became embroiled in controversy in March after Jang’s father dropped a 15-pound travel bag that went crashing down an airport escalator in Singapore and hit Chun in the tailbone, knocking Chun out of three tournaments while she recuperated.

The escalator incident set off a social media tempest in South Korea.

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This week’s pairing marked the first time Chun and Jang were grouped together since the incident.

With a buzz over the pairing building in South Korea, Chun saw Jang practicing at Sahalee earlier this week and approached her.

“I said hello to Ha Na and her father and welcomed her back to the LPGA tour,” Chun said. “I gave my best wishes to her as well. Pretty soon we will get back to where we used to be. It’s just a matter of time.”

Chun said the attention the pairing has drawn was challenging.

“It was tough for me to focus on my game, but I’m glad we finished in a very friendly way,” Chun said. “I knew it drove a lot of attention to our group. I’m OK with it. I appreciate the LPGA and PGA offering this opportunity to Ha Na and me.”

Chun said she felt bad Melissa Reid was put in the awkward position of being the third player in their pairing, but she was grateful for the gracious way Reid interacted with both of them.

Reid said there wasn’t an issue.

“They were lovely to each other,” Reid said.

Jang is making her first start after six weeks off. She last played at the Swinging Skirts Classic, withdrawing with complaints of dizziness. She also said she had been suffering from anemia with headaches, insomnia and vomiting. She visited a hospital in Korea for treatment. While Jang said stress might have been a factor, she believed exhaustion was a larger factor. She said she rested and didn’t play for five weeks before returning to practice last week.

“I did my best to make Ha Na and Melissa feel comfortable,” Chun said.

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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.