Pak Hopes to Build on Momentum

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 27, 2003, 5:00 pm
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea -- Se Ri Pak is no stranger to defending LPGA Tour titles. Pak, who has won 21 times on the LPGA Tour, enters the CJ Nine Bridges Classic Presented by Sports Today ready to defend for the fourth time this year.
Pak has won three times this season and is ranked second on the ADT Official Money List, behind only Annika Sorenstam.
Pak highlights the 69-player field, which consists of 50 players from the LPGA Tour, the top 12 points leaders from the KLPGA, the top two money winners from the LPGA of Japan and five sponsor invitations, including Aree Song and the youngest player in the field, Michelle Wie, who turned 14 on Oct. 11.
Six of the top 10 and 11 of the top 20 from the ADT Official Monday List will compete, while nine of the players participating from the LPGA Tour are from the host country, South Korea.
Ranked second, third and fourth, respectively, are South Koreans Pak, Grace Park and Hee-Won Han.
Trailing Sorenstam by 102.46 points in the Rolex Player of the Year race, Pak could use a successful title defense this week to make up ground on Sorenstam, who is not in the field. There are 150 points available before the end of the year, and a win this week would go a long way for Pak, who will also defend at the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions next month where Sorenstam again is not in the field.
At the inaugural CJ Nine Bridges Classic Presented by Sports Today, Pak, who needed bodyguards to escort her through the mob of adoring fans after play, shot a course record 65 (-7) in the first round, then hung on during the next two days to capture the tournament title.
Paks 65-76-72 was enough to defeat Swedens Carin Koch by six shots. Pak was the only one in the 80-player field to finish under par. In the first round, Paks 65 gave her a four-shot lead over Jackie Gallagher- Smith and Cristie Kerr.
On Saturday morning, players were greeted by rain, 40-degree temperatures and winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour. On a day in which the average score was 79.63, Pak carded a 76 for a 141 total to lead Park by three shots. Park, who shot 71, was the only player on Saturday to card an under-par round. She said at the time that it felt like a 64.
On Sunday, conditions did not improve, but Pak matched a bogey on the second hole with a birdie on No.9 to make the turn at 3-under par, and no one could make a charge at her in the miserable conditions. Pak continued her steady play, distancing herself from the rest of the field with two birdies against two bogeys on the back nine.
Her final-round 72 was the best score of the day. Scotlands Mhairi McKay rolled in a birdie on the 18th hole to finish at 220 (+4) in a tie for third place with Canadas Lorie Kane (70-75-76).
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.