Duke Rolls to ACC Championship Title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The top-ranked Duke women's golf team claimed its 10th straight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship on Sunday in record fashion as the Blue Devils won by an ACC-record 47 strokes at the 6,318-Yard, Par 72 Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. The title is the 13th overall and 12th under the direction of Head Coach Dan Brooks.
'It feels great to get the win,' said Brooks. 'It was nice to widen the margin today and that is probably because everyone was trying to win the individual title. The win is good but we are looking to prepare ourselves for the NCAA Championship and want to have teams nipping at our heels. But to win our 10th title feels good.'
The Blue Devils shot a four-over-par score of 292 on the final day and finished with a three-day total of 886, which was ahead of Wake Forest (933), N.C. State (944), Virginia (944), Miami (946), Florida State (949), North Carolina (963) and Maryland (989) round out the teams. Duke's 47-stroke victory broke the previous ACC-record of 34-stroke victory in 2000 at the Salem Glen Golf Club in Clemmons, N.C. The margin of victory is also a new overall school record for Duke.
Duke sophomore Brittany Lang claimed her second straight individual ACC Championship as she registered a final round 70 on her way to finishing with a 54-hole total of 219. Lang, a product of McKinney, Texas, becomes only the second golfer in ACC history to notch back-to-back ACC Individual titles. The only other golfer was Jenny Chuasiriporn in 1996 and `97. A Duke golfer has won the ACC Individual title now a record 11 times and six out of the last seven years.
'The win feels good,' said Lang. 'The team played well as we battled tough course conditions the first two days. We stayed with it and played well. Today I played well and made a lot of good par saves. I didn't putt very well, but I had a lot of good up and downs.'
On the final day, Lang collected three birdies, three sand saves and only one bogey, which came on the par-five hole 18. Overall in three days, Lang notched eight birdies, only six bogeys, one double-bogey and one triple-bogey in 54 holes. Over the final 45 holes of play, Lang played the course at even par and the victory is the sixth of her career, which is tied for third on Duke's all-time wins list.
'Brittany looked solid out there today and I was very happy with her swing,' said Brooks. 'She hit some great shots and was sticking it all over the course. She had a very tough bunker shot on the 16th hole to save par that was key.'
Overall, Duke finished with four golfers in the top four of the individual standings as Lang was first, Anna Grzebien was second, Liz Janangelo third and Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh had the best finish of her career in an ACC Championship at fourth.
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.