C Sorenstam Five Behind Korean Phenom

By Martin ParkFebruary 4, 2005, 5:00 pm
Ladies European TourSINGAPORE -- Charlotta Srenstam from Sweden carded a course-record 8-under-par 64 during the second round of the $200,000 Samsung Ladies Masters and is the nearest challenger to runaway leader Bo Bae Song from Korea, who tacked on a 6-under-par 66 on to yesterdays 65 and extended her lead to five shots.
 
Song, who won the Korean LPGA Money list, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2004 sits at 13 under par and is on course to add her third professional title at just 18-years-old.
 
Another Korean player, Mi Ye Na, is alone on 7 under par after a second round 69.
 
Lynnette Brooky from New Zealand is a shot further back in fourth spot on six under after her second round 70 and is tied with Englands Laura Davies, who after a 3-under 69, admitted her disappointment that she was probably playing for second place.
 
Three players are tied for sixth place, Linda Wessberg from Sweden, Libby Smith from the USA and 20-year-old Spanish rookie Elisa Serramia, who backed up her opening 68 with a level par 72.
 
But it was bad news for Minea Blomqvist from Finland, who was in second place after the opening round. The 19-year-old from Helsinki endured a day she would rather forget, racking up a 9-over-par 81, which included quadruple bogey on the second hole.
 
However Song, who has not dropped a shot in 36 holes, had an added stroke of luck on Friday with an eagle two at the fourth after dunking her 9 iron from 139-yards and will be the player to catch on Saturdays final round in search of the $30,000 first prize. The glimmer of hope for the field is that the teenage has never completed a professional tournament without dropping a shot. But that is a long-shot.
 
And there is plenty of incentive for the young Korean because should she win and join the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour as will be her opportunity, Song would be a fully exempt player all the way through to 2008 and qualify for this years Evian Masters and Weetabix Womens British Open.
 
Normally when you get a good start its very difficult to maintain momentum over the next few days, said Song, nicknamed BB by her peers.
 
Today, although I was very tired and my muscles ached, I was fortunate to start with an eagle, as I did yesterday. From there I had some luck and everything went my way and that put me up in the lead.
 
I played very well last year throughout the season, so tomorrow I am confident I can rely on my experience. Ill just let the round play out and hopefully that will be another victory.
 
However, high on Srenstams wish list is another victory as it has been almost five years since she won the Standard Register PING event, her only professional victory.
 
A win would mean a great deal, its been a while. Not only to win, but to play well again would be great, said Srenstam who was the epitome of consistency and played what many people would consider a perfect round.
 
I hit every fairway and every green and I hit a few tight to the pin and I reached three out of four par fives and that helped.
 
If I had hit 18 putts and been 18 under par, it would have been the perfect round!
 
She (Song) seems to be playing really well. I had a little slow start and well see what happens tomorrow. Ill play my own game and see if thats enough.
 
After struggling for two seasons with a nagging shoulder injury, Srenstam feels she has turned the corner and now that she can practice more and is beginning to find her confidence on the course, she has ambitious plans.
 
I want to get my card back on the LPGA Tour and hopefully play well enough in the European events I am going to enter and maybe have a chance for The Solheim Cup, she added.
 
Im planning on playing four or five events (in Europe) to try and qualify. I know thats a long shot but in 1998 when I played Solheim it was great and I really want to do it again. I had so much fun.
 
But pre-tournament favourite Laura Davies could not make a dent in Songs lead and will hope for a dramatic turnaround in results to give her any chance of lifting her 67th career title.
 
It was really hard work out there today and made a lot harder knowing that I was ten shots behind before I had even teed off, said Davies, who was playing in the afternoon matches.
 
Making up three shots is not enough in-roads and I think seven behind is too many to win it unless she has a blow-out, which she doesnt show any signs of doing. So I feel I am playing for second place right now, which is disappointing.
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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.