Quinney In Drivers Seat Entering Final Round

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 30, 2002, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeOn a day when ideal scoring conditions sent scores plummeting, Jeff Quinney of Scottsdale still managed to pad his lead after Saturdays third round of the Canadian Tours Scottsdale Swing near Phoenix.
 
The 2000 U.S. Amateur champion, who held a four-shot lead heading into Saturday, fired a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 19-under 197. Quinney is now seven shots in front of Patrick Moore (Cornelius, N.C.). Jim Rutledge of Victoria remains the top Canadian at 9-under, while Winnipegs Dan Halldorson had a 6-under 66 to get to 7-under 209.
 
The Canadian Tour record for the lowest 72-hole score on a par-72 layout is 27-under, set by South African Tim Clark at the 1998 Royal Oaks New Brunswick Open.
 
With virtually no wind blowing and temperatures reaching the mid-80s, the top 14 players combined to shoot 68-under on the 7,044-yard layout. Drew Scott of Pinehurst, NC, who carded an 8-under 64, one shot shy of the course record set by Quinney on Thursday. Scott is alone in third at 11-under.
 
Quinney, the former three-time NCAA All-American at Arizona State University, has now had 11 consecutive rounds under par in his brief Canadian Tour career, placing second and fifth in the opening two events this year. And while a seven-shot cushion may seem quite comfortable, Quinney stressed no lead is insurmountable.
 
I think this course can be brought to its knees on a good day, so my goal wont be to go out and shoot 72, said Quinney, who has hit 47 of 54 greens through the first three days. Ill try to shoot 4 or 5-under and go from there.
 
The 23-year-old played another bogey-free round Saturday, and has just one bogey through the first 54 holes of this event. Perhaps the most telling sign of Quinneys domination has been his mastery of the par-3 17th, which is playing as the hardest hole this week. Quinney has birdied the hole all three days. Still, Quinney isnt sure if he will be looking at the leaderboards Sunday.
 
Im not sure what works for me - play my ball or checking to see how everyone else is doing. To be honest, this is all new to me. But it would be great to get that first win.
 
After mastering the front nine for a 7-under 29 Saturday, it looked like Scott, 27, not only would shatter the McCormick Ranch benchmark, but might also threaten the 58 Jason Bohn recorded at last seasons Bayer Championship in Sarnia, Ontario. In fact, Scott was 4-under through his first four holes, thanks in part to an eagle on the par-5 third.
 
I looked at my caddy when I was 6-under after seven holes, Hey, I might as well try and shoot 58, mused an elated Scott, who finished tied for 14th at the Texas Challenge two weeks ago. I got a good jump out of the gate today and it just kept going. This is unchartered territory for me, and I am thrilled to be where I am. Ill just go out there Sunday and have some fun.
 
Rutledge felt he didnt hit the ball as well as he did in the previous two days, but was pleased with the way he salvaged the round.
 
I wasnt firing on all cylinders, but I clawed my way back, said Rutledge, a six-time Canadian Tour champion. A good start tomorrow is the key. The kid (Quinney) has a commanding lead, but you never know what can happen. He is playing very good golf though.
 
Todd Demsey of Scottsdale, Ariz., who received a sponsors exemption into the event, took full advantage of the conditions with a 65 and now sits 8-under. The 29-year-old, who is exempted onto the Buy.Com Tour this year, is coming off a back injury that has limited his play.
 
That was my first low round since I started playing again, so I kind of forgot what it felt like, said Demsey. I cant wait to get back out there. Ill keep trying to make birdies until I run out of holes Sunday and see where I am at the end of the day.
 
Full-field scores from the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch
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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.