Four Set the Early Mark in Round Two

By Mercer BaggsAugust 16, 2002, 4:00 pm
Mark Calcavecchia rode a back-nine 31 to a share of the clubhouse lead in the second round of the 84th PGA Championship in Chaska, Minn.
Calcavecchia, who started on the inward half at Hazeltine National Golf Club, shot 4-under 68 to move to 6-under-par 138 through 36 holes. Hes tied with 1997 British Open champion Justin Leonard, 2001 U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and International winner Rich Beem.
Leonard, who finished runner-up to Davis Love III in the 97 PGA at Winged Foot, made seven birdies and one bogey in shooting the lowest round of the event, a 6-under 66.
Beem also fired a 66, birdieing the last after pushing his tee shot into the right gallery.
Goosen's final hole was even more exciting, as he missed the green but chipped in for birdie and a 69.
'I didn't have a good lie, but I had lots of green to work with,' Goosen said of his chip shot. 'I played the back nine great and, obviosuly, to chip in on 18 was a bonus.'
Rain started to fall as the morning groups neared the clubhouse. Overnight showers are expected, as is early morning precipitation Saturday. Day 3 is also expected to bring with it 30-40 mph winds, adding to the importance of Fridays round.
'I think we will see the real teeth of this golf course and I'm looking forward to that,' said Leonard, a Texas native. 'I want to see it play as difficult as possible.'
Overnight leaders Jim Furyk and Fred Funk, both of who shot first-round 68s, are among the afternoon tee times. Furyk teed off at 1:25 PM local time, while Funk went off at 2:35 PM.
Tiger Woods, who opened in 1-under 71, started his second round at 2:05 PM.
Lightning delayed play by three hours on Day 1, leaving 39 players to complete their second rounds Friday.
Calcavecchia wasnt one of them. He escaped under the cover of darkness, finishing his final hole when the horn sounded. He posted a 2-under 70, and then went right back at it about 12 hours later.
The 10-time tour winner started his second round on the 10th tee, and birdied 10 and 12 before dropping a shot at 13. He more than atoned for that mistake by chipping in for eagle on the par-5 15th, and then birdieing 16 and 18.
The front nine wasnt as prosperous, as he shot 1-over 37. Twice he made bogey, and twice he birdied the next hole. After making a 6 on the par-5 seventh, Calcavecchia nearly aced the par-3 eighth. His tee shot from 185 yards landed a foot from the hole.
His round ended on a sour note, however, as he missed the green at the par-4 ninth and failed to get up and down.
'I've always been streaky, sometimes I'm streaky bad,' Calcavecchia said. 'I stay aggressive and I think that's why I'm able to shoot some really low numbers.'
Calcavecchia has been battling a chronically bad back. He was seen spralled out in the fairway Thursday, stretching his lumbar region.
'Better today than yesterday,' Calcavecchia said of his back. 'I don't know what happened, I excercised the other day and threw my back out.'
Calcavecchia has one major on his resume, the 1989 British Open. He defeated Greg Norman and Wayne Grady in a playoff at Royal Troon.
This is Calcavecchias 50th major start since hoisting the Claret Jug, and the big events have seen little results. The 42-year-old has but three top-10 finishes in majors since his British triumph, two of which came last year. He tied for fourth in the 2001 Masters and recorded the same result later that year at the PGA in Atlanta.
This year, he missed the cut in both the Masters and U.S. Open, and tied for 80th ' out of 83 to make the cut ' at Muirfield.
'That'd be the ultimate,' he said about winning a second major. 'I wouldn't think coming into this week, that it was looking too good, certainly my form hasn't been great. But that's the way I play. Any given week I show up and I hit three or four good iron shots in a row and make some putts, I can get hot, get going.'
While his rush up a major leaderboard may be a bit of a surprise, the fact that he reeled off four birdies and an eagle in nine holes should not be.
Calcavecchia set or tied seven PGA Tour scoring records in winning the 2001 Phoenix Open ' his last tour victory. He made a tour record 28 birdies in setting a 72-hole aggregate record of 256.
He also shares the back-nine scoring record at the Masters, shooting 29 in 1992.
Unlike his fellow Open champion, Leonard has fared well in the majors since his maiden triumph.
The 30-year-old lost in a playoff to Paul Lawrie in the 1999 British, and has finished in the top 20 in all three majors this season. He also won the '99 Players Championship.
Beem is making his fourth career major appearance, and first of the season. He has two missed cuts and tie for 70th (1999 PGA) in his three previous starts.
'I don't have a lot of experience at this. I'm coming off a great week two weeks ago at the International so my confidence is high, but there's a lot of golf to be played,' Beem said.
Full-field scores from the 84th PGA Championship
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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.