Wind Causes Havoc In Winnipeg

By Marty HenwoodJuly 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeWINNIPEG, Man. -- Mother Nature flexed her muscles and overpowered the field Thursday during the opening round of the MTS Classic.

On a day when southerly winds reached more than 60 km/h at Pine Ridge Golf Club, only five of 156 players were able to get in under par. Lee Williamson, Mike Grob and Michael Sabo each opened with a 2-under 69, with current money leader Jaime Gomez and Daniel DeLeon of Mexico one back.

Adam Short of Vineland, Ont., who began his day on the back nine, had it to 2-under before taking a double bogey on the par-4 eighth, the toughest hole of the day, en route to a 72.

Winnipegs Adam Speirs and Dustin Risdon of Calgary are the top Canadians at even par 71.

Williamson, who finished third in Winnipeg two summers ago, marked his scorecard with four birdies and a pair of bogeys and figured any player under par Thursday made up a few shots on the rest of the field.

It sounds funny, but I still think I left a couple out there, said Williamson, who was in the lead group Thursday morning. Its getting tougher as the day goes on. I think that rough is growing as we speak.

Sabo, the Ohio amateur runner-up in 2002, is now into his third season on the Canadian Tour. After a double-bogey on his opening hole of the day, he bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 second and drained an eight-footer on six. Making the turn at even par, Sabo hit a 7-iron from 185 yards to within 15 feet on the 12th before making the eagle putt.

I knew it was going to be a tough day, so I tried to stay positive, said Sabo of his start. You had to take your lumps and take advantage of the opportunities when they came. This is a shot makers course. With that wind and that rough, if you dont keep it in the fairway, youve got no chance.

Teeing it up on the afternoon side of draw, Grob arrived at Pine Ridge Thursday and was caught off guard when the top number on the leaderboard was a 1-under as the morning draw continued.

Grob was the only player in the afternoon to get in the red.

Ive played this course a lot, and it has beaten me up a lot more than Ive beaten it, laughed Grob, who will become the all-time Canadian Tour earnings leader with a top five finish in Winnipeg. With the wind the way it was today, I try not to get too worried about playing it low or high. You want to play the wind instead of battling it.

Less than a month after qualifying for the Bell Canadian Open at a regional qualifier in Vancouver, Short has put himself in early contention in the Manitoba capital. He hit his tee shot into the woods on number eight, had to chip back out onto the fairway and couldnt save bogey from nine feet away.

I had a couple of bad breaks coming down the stretch, but other than that I played well, he said. Besides the double, I was solid. Those were crazy conditions out there.

With a $15,000 lead atop the money list, Gomez knows a strong showing this week could almost put him out of reach with just three events remaining on the Tour schedule.

With the wind dictating big numbers all day long, Gomez was pleased to be on the happy side of par heading into Friday.

On this course, on a day like today, if you are shooting 1 or 2-over, that is a good round of golf, reasoned Gomez. You cant let the bogeys get to you. Everyone is going to make them. Its playing tough out there.

Winnipeg amateur Scott Loewen created a stir Thursday afternoon when he turned at 4-under before struggling over his inbound nine to post a 74.

Clint Jensen of Florida was 3-under but had a five-hole stretch where he went 8-over, including a triple on the eighth, to come in at plus-5.

NOTES: The par-4 eighth gave up a 4.83 scoring average Thursday and yielded just eight birdies. There were 53 bogeys, 16 doubles and 14 in the vaunted 'Other' category...The weatherman and Pine Ridge brought the field to its knees Thursday. While there were 21 eagles and 324 birdies, there were also 778 bogeys, 158 double-bogeys and 42 'Others'.....The scoring average was 76.63 on the day.
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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.

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    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.

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    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

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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.

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    “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.”

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    “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.

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    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.