Rinker Takes Lead As Play Suspended

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 23, 2003, 4:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- LPGA veteran Laurie Rinker is the clubhouse leader at 9-under 207 after firing a 7-under-par 65 in the third round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Rinkers 65, which is one stroke off the tournament record of 64 set by Marilyn Lovander last year, included five-straight birdies on holes 11-15 and leads Brandi Jackson (73-71-66=210, -6) by three strokes
 
The third round was suspended due to darkness at 6:58 p.m. (ET), with 31 players remaining on the golf course. Second-round leader Diana DAlessio, as well as the final four threesomes of second-round leaders, were to return to LPGA Internationals Legends Course at 7:45 a.m. ET Friday to complete their third rounds.

The 130-player field will then be cut to the low 70 players and ties before the final round. The final round will begin at approximately 10 a.m. with players teeing off from the first and 10th tees in groups of three. The leaders will tee off at approximately 12 p.m.

A total of 28 exempt spots on the 2004 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a sudden-death playoff will be held to determine the 28th spot if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn non-exempt status for 2004.

LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2003
Current Leader Board & Results, Round 3
1 Laurie Rinker 70-72-65 207 -9
2 Brandi Jackson 73-71-66 210 -6
3 Chiharu Yamaguchi 70-72-69 211 -5
3 Maggie Will 69-72-70 211 -5
5 Siew-Ai Lim 72-70-70 212 -4
5 Ashley Winn 69-73-70 212 -4
5 Mikaela Parmlid 67-74-71 212 -4
8 Lisa DePaulo 72-72-69 213 -3
8 Nadina Taylor 72-70-71 213 -3
8 Isabelle Beisiegel 68-74-71 213 -3
11 Susan Ginter-Brooker 73-74-67 214 -2
11 Luciana Bemvenuti 73-71-70 214 -2
11 Laura Myerscough 71-73-70 214 -2
11 Celeste Troche 70-74-70 214 -2
11 Carmen Hajjar 72-71-71 214 -2
11 Jessica Reese 71-71-72 214 -2
17 Seol-An Jeon 72-72-71 215 -1
17 Lisa Hall 70-74-71 215 -1
17 Hyun Soon Park 75-68-72 215 -1
17 Sunny Lee 73-70-72 215 -1
17 Clarissa Childs 73-70-72 215 -1
17 Juli Hilton 71-72-72 215 -1
23 Il Mi Chung 74-71-71 216 E
23 Carrie Roberts 76-68-72 216 E
23 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 73-71-72 216 E
26 Meredith Duncan 73-75-69 217 +1
26 Allie Blomquist 75-70-72 217 +1
26 Katherine Hull 72-71-74 217 +1
26 Silvia Cavalleri 72-70-75 217 +1
30 Nicole Jeray 76-75-67 218 +2
30 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 71-76-71 218 +2
30 Annette DeLuca 74-70-74 218 +2
30 Karen Davies 72-72-74 218 +2
30 Marcy Hart 74-69-75 218 +2
35 Kelly Cap 74-76-69 219 +3
35 Karine Icher 75-73-71 219 +3
35 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-75-71 219 +3
35 Diane Irvin 72-75-72 219 +3
35 Kristen Bloomer 74-71-74 219 +3
35 Leslie Spalding 76-68-75 219 +3
35 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 70-72-77 219 +3
42 Kris Lindstrom 76-73-71 220 +4
42 Michelle Bell 74-74-72 220 +4
42 Connie Ross 73-75-72 220 +4
42 Stacy Snider 70-78-72 220 +4
42 Michelle Estill 74-73-73 220 +4
47 Namika Omata 75-76-70 221 +5
47 Leigh Ann Mills 74-77-70 221 +5
47 Kylie Pratt 75-74-72 221 +5
47 Stefania Croce 73-76-72 221 +5
51 Katie Bakken 73-77-72 222 +6
51 Penny Hammel 76-72-74 222 +6
51 Marianne Morris 72-76-74 222 +6
51 Susie Parry 71-77-74 222 +6
51 Sarah Johnston 73-74-75 222 +6
51 Hong Mei Yang 71-76-75 222 +6
51 Nuria Clau 77-68-77 222 +6
51 Dina Ammaccapane 73-71-78 222 +6
59 Charlotta Sorenstam 75-78-70 223 +7
59 J.Y. Cho 76-75-72 223 +7
59 Dale Eggeling 75-75-73 223 +7
59 Jeanne Cho 73-76-74 223 +7
59 Danielle Amiee 76-72-75 223 +7
59 Michelle Murphy 72-76-75 223 +7
59 Lori Atsedes 75-72-76 223 +7
66 Kimberly Freeman 76-74-74 224 +8
66 Georgina Simpson 74-76-74 224 +8
66 Nicole Dalkas 74-76-74 224 +8
66 Liz Earley 74-73-77 224 +8
66 Kellee Booth 72-75-77 224 +8
71 Mitzi Edge 78-73-74 225 +9
71 Wendy Martin 78-73-74 225 +9
71 Michele Fuller 76-75-74 225 +9
71 Caroline Goasguen 74-74-77 225 +9
75 Nicole Materne 74-83-69 226 +10
75 Yvonne Cox 75-79-72 226 +10
75 Minny Yeo 77-75-74 226 +10
75 Angie Rizzo 71-80-75 226 +10
75 Lisa P. Jensen 78-72-76 226 +10
LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2003
Current Leader Board & Results, Round 3
DAYTONA BEACH FL10/21/2003 - 10/24/2003PURSE: $50,000
LPGA INTERNATIONAL-LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6443

NAME SCORES
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75 Jennifer Huber 73-77-76 226 +10
75 Lisa Strom 75-72-79 226 +10
82 Tamie Durdin 78-77-72 227 +11
82 Lesley Henderson 75-77-75 227 +11
82 Stephanie George 72-79-76 227 +11
82 Shiho Katano 73-75-79 227 +11
86 Nicole Perrot 79-77-72 228 +12
86 Michelle Simpson 74-77-77 228 +12
88 Kirsty Taylor 77-79-73 229 +13
88 Donna Wilkins 75-76-78 229 +13
88 Vicky Uwland 75-75-79 229 +13
91 Alena Sharp 76-83-71 230 +14
91 Becky Lucidi 80-76-74 230 +14
91 Danielle Masters 75-77-78 230 +14
91 Pam Wright 77-74-79 230 +14
91 Collette Matthes 74-76-80 230 +14
96 Hye Jung Choi 80-79-72 231 +15
97 Misia Lemanski 79-83-72 234 +18
98 Laura Baugh 80-76-79 235 +19
99 Krissie Register 79-81-81 241 +25
DNF Diana D'Alessio 66-70 136 DNF
DNF Kelly Lagedrost 71-68 139 DNF
DNF Catherine Cartwright 69-70 139 DNF
DNF Iben Tinning 68-71 139 DNF
DNF Jenna Daniels 67-72 139 DNF
DNF Marlene Hedblom 72-68 140 DNF
DNF Aree Song 71-69 140 DNF
DNF Jean-Marie Busuttil 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Karen Pearce 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Michele Vinieratos 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Cherie Byrnes 69-71 140 DNF
DNF Riko Higashio 73-68 141 DNF
DNF Pamela Kerrigan 70-71 141 DNF
DNF Lindsey Wright 72-73 145 DNF
DNF Russamee Gulyanamitta 72-73 145 DNF
DNF Jinny Lee 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Jen Hanna 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Smriti Mehra 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Carri Wood 69-76 145 DNF
DNF Krista Bartlett 75-71 146 DNF
DNF Angela Buzminski 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Kristy McPherson 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Heather Lee 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Mardi Lunn 73-73 146 DNF
DNF Amy Hung 73-73 146 DNF
DNF Emily Bastel 71-75 146 DNF
DNF Jimin Kang 71-75 146 DNF
DNF Mayumi Nakajima 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Kim Augusta 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Kathryn Cusick 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Vikki Laing 75-72 147 DNF
Mary Kay Marino 78-76 154 WD
Ara Koh 78-81 159 WD
 
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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.