Everythings Rosie An American Finally Wins

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 11, 2003, 4:00 pm
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) -- Rosie Jones shot a 1-under-par 70 Sunday to win the Asahi Ryokuken International, ending a streak of 17 straight LPGA Tour victories by foreign-born players.
 
Jones, who led after each round at Mount Vintange Plantation Golf Club, finished at 15-under 273, three strokes ahead of Wendy Ward, who closed with a 70. Laura Diaz (73), Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (67) and rookie Lorena Ochoa (70) tied for third another shot back.
 
Jones is the first American to win on the LPGA Tour since Meg Mallon took the Canadian Women's Open in August. Two years ago, Jones ended a 10-tournament winless run by the Americans with a victory at the Kathy Ireland event in Texas.
 
'I was talking about that on the drive here,'' Jones said. 'It's just kind of funny that, two years ago, that it was 10 wins before an American hit one and I got it there. And I'm just glad to do it'' this time.
 
The 43-year-old Jones won for the 13th time in her career and the first time since taking the Big Apple Classic in 2001.
 
Jones and other Americans brushed aside the international rivalry, saying they were proud the world's best women played on their tour. However, U.S. golfers have struggled this year.
 
In addition to not winning a tournament, only two of the top-10 players on the money list before the event were Americans -- Cristie Kerr (sixth) and Pat Hurst (ninth).
 
There were a few times this week when patriotism was on display. Ward and Jones, U.S. Solheim Cup teammates last year, shared a fist pump and a shout of 'Americans .... yeah,'' when the United States held the first five places after the second round Friday.
 
Ward said Sunday she didn't think questions about the streak ``have a whole lot of value, but it makes it fun to see a good friend win.''
 
Jones led Diaz by two strokes at the start of the final round, and quickly extended the advantage. Jones rolled in birdie putts of five feet at No. 1 and eight feet at the fourth.
 
The fiery Jones swept her arm across as the putt at No. 4 dropped, lifting her four shots clear of the fading field.
 
Jones played the remainder of the round steadily and safely, hitting fairways and greens. She squandered chances to extend the lead, missing a five-foot birdie try on the sixth, and an eight-foot attempt on the seventh.
 
Jones came up big when she needed it most.
 
After chunking a sand shot at the par-3, 15th, Jones rolled in a 15-foot putt for bogey. And earlier on the eighth hole, she curled in a testy, 12-foot par putt and kicked her leg high as if she'd already won the tournament.
 
Essentially, she had.
 
The 28-year-old Diaz could only watch as her playing partner hit approach shots closer and made the putts.
 
Diaz's charge all but ended at the fifth hole when she drove into the woods, chipped out and made a double bogey to fall six off the pace.
 
Ward made four straight birdies on Nos. 3-6 to get to 13-under, within two shots of Jones. But she faltered with a run of four bogeys in her next five holes. Ward tried to rally later in the round, making eagle on the par-4 13th and birdie on the 14th, but she couldn't get closer to the final margin.
 
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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.