Wide Open Race at BC Open

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 12, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 BC OpenThe old saying, 'When the cat's away the mice will play,' is never more evident than this week on the PGA Tour as the field assembles in Endicott, N.Y., for the B.C. Open.
 
The proverbial cat, however, is actually a Tiger who joins the rest of the world's best across the pond for the 134th Open Championship.
 
But that certainly won't ruin the party for those 156 players staying stateside and doing battle for part of the $3,000,000 purse.
 
In the 34 year history of the event, 12 different players have earned their maiden PGA Tour title at the B.C. Open, most recently by Spike McRoy in 2002.
 
It also is a great opportunity for some of the older tour veterans to revive their careers, as witnessed by Craig Stadler's triumph two years ago. The then 50-year-old Stadler erased an eight-stroke final round deficit to become the fifth oldest player to ever win on the PGA Tour.
 
But mainly, it is the young up-and-comers who relish the chance to come out from under the shadows of the Tiger and Co. and make a name for themselves.
 
And this week the field is loaded with such young prospects with the likes of Kevin Na, Ryan Moore, Casey Wittenberg and Kevin Stadler. Last week's John Deere Classic winner Sean O'Hair was also in the field before electing to head over to St. Andrews.
 
Five for the Title
 
Jonathan Byrd
Coming into his title defense at the B.C. Open, Byrd fired an impressive final-round 64 to move up into a tie for 13th at the John Deere Classic. That confidence building round could go a long way in securing Byrd his third career PGA Tour title. In last year's win, Byrd posted four sub-70 rounds to win by a shot.
 
Hank Kuehne
Like Byrd, coming off a strong outing at the John Deere Classic where he had his best result of the season. His tie for second with Robert Damron earned him $352,000, easily surpassing his totals for the entire year. Hank knocked John Daly from his eight year reign as the tour's longest driver in 2003. Led tour again in 2004 and currently is fourth in that category.
 
Kevin Stadler
Has endured an up and down rookie year on tour, making eight cuts in 20 starts. Not great, but certainly in a better situation than he was in early last year when he wasn't even a member of the Nationwide Tour. Due in part to being son of Craig Stadler, earned exemption into Lake Erie Charity Classic last year and quickly won the title. Later added a second victory to earn PGA Tour card for 2005. Has two top-10s on tour this year - John Deere Classic (10th) and Chrysler Classic of Tucson (9th).
 
Steve Lowery
Has had decent results in past B.C. Opens, his best coming in 2003 when he tied for second, losing to the elder Stadler in his dramatic come-from-behind win. Started year horribly by missing first eight cuts but has since notched a pair of top-25s, including a solid 12th place finish at The Players Championship. Has made the cut in nine of 10 career starts in Endicott.
 
Carlos Franco
Coming off one of his best years ever on tour in 2004, the strong four-time PGA Tour champion from Paraguay has had mixed results thus far in '05. After finishing 29th in earnings last year, he currently sits in the 110th position. Was seventh heading into the final round at John Deere and a closing 1-under 70 was good for a tie for 13th. Also placed 13th in his last trip to the B.C. Open.
 
Playing Out the Front Nine
 
Four more players to keep an eye on
 
*Esteban Toledo
Recently won the Nationwide Tours Lake Erie Charity Classic then followed up with a tie for 13th at the John Deere with Byrd and Franco. Has great results at the B.C. Open with four straight top-25s, including second place effort in 2000.
 
*Ryan Moore
The recently turned pro who had an All-American career at UNLV, missed the cut at last week's John Deere. With the big names gone from the field he may feel more comfortable and be able to tap into the confidence he had in college.
 
*Casey Wittenberg
Another young hotshot who owns the distinction of being the only player besides Tiger Woods to be ranked the top amateur in the United States prior to beginning college. Has just over $60,000 in earnings in 2005.
 
*Spike McRoy
Won his first and only PGA Tour title at the 2002 B.C. Open. Has split time between the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour so far in 2005 with best finish being a 13th at the Rheem Classic.
 
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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.