Four Share Lead at NCAA Mens

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 28, 2003, 4:00 pm
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Lee Williams shot a 3-under 69 Tuesday to lead Auburn into a four-way tie for first place after the opening round of the NCAA men's golf championships.
Clemson and Oklahoma State joined the Tigers and North Carolina State in the lead with 11-over 299s despite disappointing rounds from their stars. Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan shot a 1-over 73, and Clemson's D.J. Trahan finished the round 3-over.
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Just 12 of 156 golfers shot par or better at the Karsten Creek Golf Club, a par-72 carved out of the blackjack and scrub oak trees.
'This is probably the most patience-demanding course I've ever seen,' Clemson coach Larry Penley said. 'If you lose your patience for even a minute, it's a double bogey waiting to happen.'
Williams bogeyed just one hole, the par-4 17th, while making four birdies. Augusta State's Oliver Wilson and Chris Stroud of Lamar each shot 2-under 70s. Texas' Matthew Rosenfeld (71) was the only other golfer below par.
'The rough's high, the greens are lightning fast and the pins are placed in impossible places to make a birdie,' said Wichita State's Jason Novascone, who shot a 72.
Duke and Southern California were both one back at 12 over. Florida was another two strokes back after shooting a 302. UCLA shot 303. Defending champion Minnesota is in 11th place after shooting 305.
Mahan, who shared this year's Ben Hogan Award with Arizona's Ricky Barnes as collegiate player of the year, was tied for 13th in the individual champion competition.
'I'm pretty disappointed in it,' Mahan said. 'I hit the ball better than what I shot. I hit a lot of fairways and I hit a lot of greens, but I just didn't put well.'
Barnes hit a hole-in-one on the par-3, 192-yard third hole, but shot just 75. Barnes, who shot a 69 in the first round of this year's Masters, double-bogeyed the par-5 first hole and the par-4 10th.
Trahan, last year's Ben Hogan winner, shot 75 despite making birdie on three of the last four holes. He missed just one fairway.
'It's the hardest course I've ever played in competition,' he said. 'I made a couple of errors out there that I shouldn't have made.'
The course is so wooded that players can't see the next hole until the 16th. With weeds knee-high in the rough and thick trees, miscues on drives led to long ball searches. It typically took about six hours to complete all 18 holes, and play ended just after the sun set.
'I don't think it's acceptable to play golf that slowly,' Oklahoma State coach Mike Holder said. 'But it's tough when you've got 156 people out here. That's full.'
Clemson has a share of the lead even though the Tigers lost six strokes on the par-3 seventh when Matt Hendrix triple-bogeyed the 215-yard hole.
'Someone with a 20 over is probably going to win this championship,' Trahan said.
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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.