Coincidence Jacks Back Murphys Law

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 12, 2003, 4:00 pm
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Mike McCullough has no idea why he is so successful at the Senior Players Championship.
He is just hoping that he can finally finish one off.
McCullough, who has four top-10 finishes at the tournament held in suburban Detroit in the last five years, enters Sunday's final round in a three-way tie for the lead at 11-under par.
'I don't know why this place works so well for me,' the 58-year-old said. 'I've had so much success here that I've almost started to put too much pressure on myself. My son reminded me today that one bad round wouldn't make people forget my success here, and that helped me relax.'
Unlike the two men he will face in Sunday's final round -- Tom Watson and Craig Stadler -- McCullough did not have a big career on the regular tour. He won twice on the Champions Tour in 2001, but has never won a major.
'I have no idea how it would feel to win a major -- I hope I get a chance to cross that bridge tomorrow,' said McCullough, who tied for second last year. 'It would be very special to win this tournament, because this is the Players Championship -- our event. We all have a special feeling about this tournament because of that.'
Jack Nicklaus, designer of the TPC of Michigan, shot a 1-under 71 to move from a tie for 61st to a tie for 45th.
'This was a better round, because I was able to finish strong,' he said. 'On Friday, I felt like I was in the same spot through 13 holes, but I didn't have a good finish. Today, I was able to avoid that.'
That, though, isn't enough for the 63-year-old, who still feels like he should be winning tournaments.
'I'm not unhappy with the way I am playing right now, but I am discouraged that I cannot post a good score,' said Nicklaus, who has not won since the 1996 Tradition. 'I still feel that I can be competitive, but not if I cannot score better than I am doing.'
Nicklaus has been plagued with injuries for several years, but is healthy now. That adds to his frustration.
'I am normally a very patient person, but I'm coming off three years where I basically haven't been able to play,' he said. 'Now I'm pretty good, but I don't know how much time I have left to get back to where I was. Instead of waiting for my chances, I'm trying to force them, and that's turning 68s and 69s into 72s and 73s.'
Bob Murphy entered the third round in a tie for third and playing in the final group with Watson and Andy North, but his prospects for winning only lasted three holes.
Murphy had a triple-bogey 7 on the second hole, including a penalty shot for a double-hit and a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 third to drop eight shots off the lead.
Murphy finished with a 79 and enters the final round in a tie for 20th, 11 shots off the lead.
Tom Jenkins made a five-foot birdie putt on the final hole to avoid shooting his third straight round of 70. Jenkins is tied for seventh after going 70-70-69. ... The day's worst round was an 87 by Jack Spradlin, who had been 1-under after two rounds. Spradlin had five double-bogies, seven bogies, two birdies and only four pars while dropping from a tie for 24th to a tie for 72nd. ... No player has carded three rounds in the 60s.
Related Links:
  • Full Coverage - Ford Senior Players Championship
  • Ford Senior Players Championship Leaderboard
    Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Getty Images

    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.

    Getty Images

    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

    Getty Images

    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.”

    Getty Images

    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.