Short Game Key for Amiée at Corning

By Mercer BaggsMay 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
Editors Note: Dont miss 'Danielles Big Break! A Week on Tour.' This new 30-minute special, which will air Monday, May 30, as part of 'Your Game Night,' will follow The Big Break winner all week at the LPGA Corning Classic, getting exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at her preparations and performance.
 
04 LPGA Corning ClassicCORNING, N.Y. -- Annika Sorenstam walked off the practice range Wednesday afternoon at Corning Country Club. There was no hustle, no bustle. Even without a veil of security, fans didnt immediately flock to the game's No. 1 female player, asking for a snapshot or a signature.
 
Then Danielle Amie made her exit. Fans ' mostly guys ' asked for her autograph, asked her to pose for pictures. You would have thought she was the primary attraction this week at the LPGA Corning Classic.
 
And for some, she probably is.
 
Amie, winner of The Golf Channels Big Break III - Ladies Only! is using her second of two LPGA exemptions this week in New York. The 29-year-old Californian will be trying to improve upon her performance in her tour debut at the Michelob Ultra Open, where she shot 79-77 to miss the cut.
 
I think a great goal (this week) is to make the cut, she said. Coming out shooting Even, Even would be a great number. But that depends on how my putters rolling this week.
 
This best putter wins this week. These greens have a tremendous amount of break.
 
Amie has been working diligently on her short game since her last start three weeks ago. She knows that in addition to making putts she has to improve her wedge game in order to get past the first two rounds this time around.
 
Ive been practicing on my short game all week, she said. (Instructor) Dean Reinmuth has been working with me (on shots) 40 yards and in. The best part about the 40 yards and in, is that was my weakest spot. I would never lay up to that point and now Im praying I can get to that point. Im feeling really confident in my yardage and I hope to compete.
 
Amie said that she learned a lot in her maiden appearance on tour ' and more than just how to manage her game inside the ropes.
 
I have more of an understanding as to whats going to happen. I can set more of routine as to how I want my day to go, she said. The reaction of the fans, the supportiveness of the fans, the welcoming of the girls here ' its been great. This week I can go out, I can focus more on shot-for-shot rather than getting so many nerves involved.
 
The Corning course is a stark contrast to the par-71, 6,853-yard Kingsmill River Course. This par-72 layout snakes its way to only 6,062 yards.
 
Normally my game, Im used to long courses where I can really rip driver on every hole. This course is very short, tight, precise, she said.
 
Amie will also have to battle a lack of familiarity. The 'Big Break III' was contested at Kingsmill, so she had some local knowledge prior to teeing it up in that tournament.
 
This week, however, she was only able to get in one practice round at Corning, doing so Tuesday. Due to the tournament pro-am on Wednesday, she decided to go out to the Donald Ross-designed Mark Twain public course nearby and play 18 holes this morning, before clocking in a little time on the range and practice putting green on the host course in the afternoon.
 
I feel fairly comfortable right now,' she said, before adding, 'My swings a little tight. My timings not with me right now, but thats not to say it wont be there tomorrow. Im just trying to work things out.
 
Amie, who will be wearing a microphone to give fans an 'inside the ropes' experience, goes off on the 10th tee Thursday at 1:40 p.m. ET. Shell be playing alongside Laurel Kean and Janell Howland. Her second round will start on the first tee Friday morning at 8:20 a.m.
 
After two days of chilly, wet weather, Thursday's forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions with temperatures in the upper-60s; however, scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday.
 
As for her final preparations, she said: Have a quiet night tonight and be ready for tomorrow.
 
The Golf Channel will air coverage of the LPGA Corning Classic beginning Thursday at 4 p.m. ET and continuing through Sunday. Each round also will replay in prime time from 9:30 ' 11:30 p.m. ET.
 
Related Notes:
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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.