Matthew Struggles to Maintain Lead

By Martha BrendleAugust 4, 2001, 4:00 pm
Catriona Matthew narrowly holds on to the lead of the 2001 Weetabix British Womens Open by a single stroke.
She began the day confidently with a two-stroke lead and birdie on the first. All looked good for the Edinburgh native. An eagle on the par-4 9th, her third eagle of the championship, extended the 31-year-olds lead. Things were going as planned, her front nine was flawless.
The winner of one LPGA Tour title was 6-under-par as she made the turn with just 27 holes standing between her and a major championship title.
Then the rain started to fall.
It came in droves and flooded the greens - subsequently causing a 40-minute delay and derailing Matthews game. Back-to-back bogeys ensued on Nos. 11 and 12. The Scotswoman struggled through the inclement weather recording three more bogeys before it was all said and done.
With a total of five bogeys, it was evident that Mother Nature had rendered Matthew ineffective on the back nine.
I guess I was lucky on Thursday, missing the rain,' she said. 'I dont know if I lost my concentration, but it was tricky in the rain. I played so well on the front nine and then just let it go a little bit on the back nine.
Matthew has a lot of pressure heading into the final round. Trailing by a stroke are Lora Fairclough, Mi Hyun Kim and first round co-leader Janice Moodie. All three finished in a tie for eighth.
Moodie is confident that she is contention. With all the birdies that are out there if you get off to a flying start you never know. I am really looking forward to it.
Past Womens British Open Champion, Karrie Webb continues to work her way up the leaderboard recording 4-under par 68 today to finished tied with Trish Johnson just two strokes off the lead.
I just love the setup, the Aussie said of Berkshire. You have to be very creative and youve got to take the good bounce with the bad bounces.
Matthew wisely has her eye on Webb who has already taken home two major titles this season.
Obviously shes a big threat there. Shes had two good rounds the last two days.
With only one round standing between the Scot and perhaps the most meaningful win of her life, Matthew ' despite todays frustrations ' maintains a positive attitude.
Im playing well, Like I say, Ive got a one-shot lead so I couldnt ask for a better place to be, really.
For the first time in her professional career, Catriona Matthew played her way into the final group on the final day of competition.
Catriona Matthew and Lora Fairclough tee of at 12:05 p.m. local time.
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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.