Moodie Takes Home Number Two

By Martha BrendleMay 19, 2002, 4:00 pm
Scotlands Janice Moodie shot 2-under 70 during the final round of the Asahi Roykuken International Championship outplaying Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies.
 
Despite weather that reeked havoc on womens golf for the third week in a row, Moodie recorded rounds of 70-66-67-70 (273) to finish at 15-under with a cool seven-stroke lead over Englands Laura Davies. Credit to Janice, she didn't give us a chance, Davies said. Two decent players chasing her and she never looked back. She just went forward.
 
This marks Moodie's second win on the LPGA Tour - her first victory came at the 2000 Shoprite LPGA Classic.
 
Although Moodies best finish this season, prior to today, was a tie for 12th at the Welchs Circle K, she had some success in 2001. I've come so close so many times. The British Open last year, second at Nabisco the year before, she said of her performance. I've just been knocking on the door. It's all timing.
 
More from Janice on her win
 
Today, the Scotswoman won $187,500 - all of which, she inclinated, would be going towards a wedding fund. I'm getting married October 19th. His name is Tim Carnaval. He used to work with IMG. That's where we met. I am with IMG, and hes finally making an honest woman out of me.
 
It's only taken five years.
 
Moodie was among the 39 players who were unable to finish the third round due to a five-hour weather delay and darkness that forced officials to stop play at 8:08PM Saturday evening.
 
After returning to the course at 8AM this morning and finishing up 5-holes, Moodie turned around and played a solid final round paired with Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam.
 
Although Davies was unable to oust Moodie from the lead, she hung tough throughout the weekend, and managed to finish in sole possession of second place. Her final round 1-over was just enough to edge out Rosie Jones and Annika Sorenstam who tied for third at 7-under-par.
 
Davies did start out strong this morning making birdie on the par-4 4th and eagle on the par-5 6th before finishing her round with four bogeys on the back nine ' the final of which fell on the 18th after three-putting.
 
I think I did what I had to do, the Englishwoman said. I birdied 4. I hit close to 5 and missed the putt. I eagled 6. Hit a lovely shot onto 7. I had a good chance on 8, good chance on 9, and didn't make any of them. And Janice just wasn't making mistakes. She played very well. I felt 10 onwards, once I bogeyed 10, I was fighting Annika for second place.
 
I'm disappointed I bogeyed the last two holes. I would have liked to have finished with a couple of birdies. I should have birdied 16. And it would have been nice to birdie the last two and finish 10 or 11. I finished on a low note, bogey, bogey. But second place, it puts me on the money list. And it's only the fifth or sixth tournament. It's early yet. And second place is nice.
 
Sorenstam, a player who loves to come from behind on the final day, made a substantial play for second before incurring a two-stroke penalty on the 16th after grounding her in the bunker club in frustration. It was unfortunate, Moodie said of her playing partner. I think Annika, in thinking about it now, is probably disappointed herself because she knows the rules too. After that, the Swedish superstar had no choice but to settle for the $73,437 third place prize money.
 
Once again Mount Vintage G.C. was playing tough and most of the field failed to break 70. But Rosie Jones managed to record low round of the day shooting 67 during the final round.
 

 
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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.