Perfect no more: Ko misses first LPGA cut

By Randall MellJune 13, 2015, 1:22 am

HARRISON, N.Y. – Lydia Ko’s perfect streak is over.

She missed the cut Friday at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, ending a streak of 53 consecutive cuts made in LPGA events, a run that dated back to her LPGA debut as an amateur at the Women’s Australian Open in 2012.

Ko’s missed cut also puts her Rolex world No. 1 ranking in jeopardy of ending after 19 weeks.

Ko shot 3-over-par 76 to miss the cut by a shot. She penalized herself one shot in Thursday’s first round after her ball moved when she addressed it on the 13th green. It proved a decisive penalty stroke. Ko was dealt a similar blow in the season-opening Coates Golf Championship. She penalized herself a shot in the first round there when her ball moved after she addressed it and she ended up losing the tournament by a shot.

No. 2 Inbee Park and No. 3 Stacy Lewis are both well positioned now to overtake Ko as the Rolex world No. 1. Park enters Saturday’s play tied for second, one shot off the lead. Lewis is tied for sixth, three shots back.

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Park has a chance to take the No. 1 ranking back with a finish of 29th or better. Lewis can move to No. 1 only if she wins and Park finishes worse than a three-way tie for third, or worse than a six-way tie for second.

Ko, 18, was three shots inside the cut line Friday until shooting 40 on her second nine. She made a double bogey at her 11th hole and followed that with back-to-back bogeys.

“I made a double and just couldn’t get anything turned around,” Ko said. “I tried to finish strong ... It  was already too late.”

Ko’s iron play was off Friday at Westchester Country Club. She missed just three fairways but missed 10 greens.

“I just kind of made bogey after bogey,” she said.

Ko made a double bogey, four bogeys and three birdies in the round.

Her worst two performances this season have now come in the first two major championships of the year. She tied for 51st at the ANA Inspiration in April, her worst finish in a major until she missed the cut Friday at Westchester.

Ko leads the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year race and the money winning list, but she has been off her best form since winning the Swinging Skirts Classic in late April. She tied for 41st in her next start at the North Texas Shootout, tied for 16th in her following start at the Kingsmill Championship and tied for 27th at the Manulife LPGA Classic last week.

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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.