Race to the Finish at Canadian Q-School

By Marty HenwoodFebruary 5, 2004, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeEUSTIS, Fla. -- American Bryan Conway will carry a one-shot edge into Friday's final round of the Canadian Tour's first Winter Q-School of the season.
Conway, a former Tour member, carded a 2-under 70 Thursday and sits at 10-under 206. Mexico's Daniel DeLeon, who played on the Canadian Tour last season, is one stroke back while another former member, Josh Lower is two shots off the lead with New Jersey native Eugene Smith.
After play wraps up Friday, the Canadian Tour will award exempt cards for the 2004 season to the low five scores, while the next eight, plus ties, will gain non-exempt status.
This week marks the first of three consecutive Winter Q-Schools. Next week, the scene shifts west to Los Serranos G&CC in California before the final school is staged the week of February 16-20 in Austin, Texas. The 2004 Canadian Tour season gets underway with the Austin Classic at Barton Creek (Feb. 23-29) followed by the Austin Challenge at Barton Creek the following week.

1. Conway, Bryan Frankfort, KY 69 67 70 206
2. DeLeon, Daniel Mexico 70 68 69 207
3. Lower, Josh Placida, FL 70 66 72 208
3. Smith, Eugene Glen Ridge, New Jersey 72 66 70 208
5. Erickson, Tyler Tempe, AZ 70 69 70 209
6. Bradford, George Columbia, MD 67 72 71 210
6. Labritz, Rob Hobe Sound, FL 68 71 71 210
8. Jackson, Scott England 68 70 73 211
8. O'Leary, John Celebration, FL 70 70 71 211
8. Quinn, Ryan Galesville, WI 73 68 70 211
11. Bourque, Casey Wolfeboro, NH 69 71 72 212
11. Parker, Adrian Brookhaven, MS 71 67 74 212
11. Spittle, Rod Niagara Falls, ON 69 69 74 212
14. Alizzeo, Mark Orlando, FL 72 69 74 215
14. Anderson, Jeremy Las Vegas, NV 69 73 73 215
14. Widerstedt, Bjorn Sweden 71 74 70 215
17. Herberth, Erik Avon Lake, OH 70 69 78 217
17. Okushima, Tomoaki Japan 75 70 72 217
19. Concha, Carlos Reno, NV 76 69 73 218
19. Hale, Damian Trinidad 68 73 77 218
19. Wall, JJ Austin, TX 69 70 79 218
22. Martin, Jason Morgantown, WV 68 76 75 219
22. Soria, Marcelo Argentina 75 73 71 219
24. Staples, Whit Tequesta, FL 70 79 72 221
25. Davidson, Graham Langholm, Scotland 74 74 74 222
25. Gibson, Patrick Thonotosassa, FL 75 72 75 222
25. Jang, Jai Los Angeles, CA 74 73 75 222
25. Meierling, Jan Germany 77 73 72 222
25. Sauger, Mark Cape Coral, FL 70 76 76 222
30. McLeod, Mac Brandon, MB 73 73 77 223
31. Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA 75 73 76 224
32. Gatchel, Matt Tampa, FL 71 74 80 225
32. Vazales, Kaj Petoskey, MI 77 71 77 225
34. Akutsu, Yoshiki Japan 78 73 75 226
35. Sitterley, Rob Orlando, FL 75 73 79 227
36. Beckstrom, J.J. Naples, FL 77 76 75 228
37. Koskinen, John Baroga, MI 73 76 81 230
37. Procaccino, Mike Pipersville, PA 75 76 79 230
37. Williams, Daniel England 75 76 79 230
37. Wyatt, Charles Tampa, FL 77 75 78 230
41. Gray, Chris Orlando, FL 75 76 80 231
41. Yarvi, Matt Orlando, FL 79 72 80 231
43. Riley, Sean Ambler, PA 74 81 77 232
44. Hrynkiw, Jason Winnipeg, MB 77 75 81 233
44. Nakatsuka, Kazuta Japan 76 77 80 233
46. Makino, Yuji Japan 78 79 79 236
46. Robinson, John Orlando, FL 76 82 78 236
46. Stevenson, Nate Tampa, FL 74 78 84 236
49. Begley, J.P. Jacksonville, FL 75 84 79 238
50. Starchuk, Nick Ottawa, ON 82 76 81 239
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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.