Oh Canada Three Canadians Lead In Edmonton
EDMONTON, AB'Canadians Rob McMillan, David Hearn and Todd Doohan share the lead after Thursdays opening round of the Canadian Tours $150,000 TELUS Edmonton Open.
All three opened with a 7-under 65, one shot shy of the Glendale G&CC course record set by Lee Trevino in 1985. Eight others, including Darren Griff (Salt Spring Island, BC), Brennan Webb (Bracebridge, ON), Eddie Maunder (Whitby, ON) and Stuart Anderson (Fort McMurray, ON) are just one shot back. Americans David Mathis, Mike Grob and Steve Pleis, as well as Brazilian Alex Rocha, are also at 6-under. Three more Canadians, Derek Gillespie, Wes Heffernan and Matt Daniel, sit at 5-under 67 with Bob Conrad of Seattle, WA.
Coming off a tie for second at last weeks Victoria Open, Hearn, 23, picked up where he left off on Thursday with an eagle on the par-5 opening hole. He had a chance at equalling Trevinos benchmark coming up the final fairway, but just missed a long par putt and had to settle for bogey.
I got off to a quick start and was just able to carry it from there, said Hearn, a former standout at the University of Wyoming. Im not at all happy with the bogey coming in, but I felt very comfortable out there all day long.
Just a year after playing on Canadas championship Four Nations Cup squad, Hearn is enjoying a stellar rookie campaign on the Canadian Tour. He also finished runner-up to Chris Wisler at the Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship in May, and added a third-place showing at the Barefoot Classic.
Hearn, who currently sits eighth on the Order of Merit, has watched a few of his friends, including Gillespie and McMillan, win Tour events this year and wants to get in on the act.
Ive been working really hard in the off-season, and its starting to show results. A lot of good buddies have won this year, and Id like to join them. I think I am getting close, and hopefully my time will come soon.
Last Thursday, just before the opening round of the Victoria Open, Griff ran into a stroke of bad luck. Just minutes before his tee time, he locked himself out of his car, with his clubs still inside. Griff played the first five holes with just three clubs- by the time his sticks were delivered to him on the sixth tee, Griff was 5-over and well on his way to missing the cut. On Thursday, he was taking everything in stride.
For the most part, Ive been playing decent when I have all my clubs, smiled Griff, who finished third at the Greater Vancouver Classic two weeks back. Now that I have them all in my possession, everything seems to be OK. But its early yet, and there is a lot of golf to be played before Sunday.
McMillan and Gillespie won back-to-back events in Myrtle Beach, SC earlier this year, the first time since 1997 that Canadians pulled off that feat. After grabbing a share of the lead late Thursday, McMillan stressed the future looks bright for Canadian golf.
I think its great to see so many guys from Canada near the top of the leaderboard, said the three-time Tour winner. Its been a great year for us. To have three guys in the top ten on the money list (McMillan, Gillespie, and Hearn), when was the last time that happened? Ive always said weve had the talent, and now the guys are starting to play with confidence.
NOTES: Former N.H.L. star goaltender Grant Fuhr, who received a sponsors exemption into the event, carded a 2-over 74.Temperatures reached the high 90s Fahrenheit Thursday, with much of the same forecast for Fridays second round.Defending champion Aaron Barber opened with a 1-under 71.
Full-field scores from the Telus Edmunton Open
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.