Ahn Extends Lead Wie in Last

By Sports NetworkNovember 1, 2003, 5:00 pm
Jeju Island, South Korea - - Shi Hyun Ahn carded a 1-under 71 Saturday and extended her lead to three strokes after two rounds of the CJ Nine Bridges Classic. Her two-round total of 8-under-par 136 shattered Se Ri Pak's record of 141 set in 2002.
Pak, the 2002 champion, posted a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for second place. She stands at 5-under-par 139 alongside Catriona Matthew, Grace Park and Laura Davies.
Ahn got off to a fast start on Saturday. She rolled in a birdie at the first and followed with another at the third to climb to minus-9.
The teenager however stumbled to a bogey at the par-4 fourth. Ahn settled down from there as she ran off nine straight pars around the turn.
Ahn, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour, moved back to minus-9 with a birdie at the par-4 14th, but trouble loomed. She double bogeyed the 16th to drop to minus-7.
The South Korean closed out her round with a birdie at the par-5 closing hole at Nine Bridges Golf Club for the second straight day. Her birdie on the last hole gave her the new 36-hole scoring record by five strokes.
Pak, a 21-time winner on the LPGA Tour, reeled off seven consecutive pars to open her round. She moved to 4 under for the tournament with a birdie at the par-4 eighth.
The 26-year-old dropped a shot with a bogey at the 11th. She came back to birdie the par-3 13t and the three-time winner this season closed out her round with birdie at the last.
Davies, who hasn't won on the LPGA Tour since 2001, struggled out of the gate Saturday with three bogeys over her first four holes. She did manage to birdie at No. 3 in the midst of the bogeys.
She recovered from those mistakes as she ran off three straight birdies from the seventh to make the turn at 5 under. Around the turn, she carded a birdie and a bogey to maintain a share of second place.
Matthew spread two birdies and two bogeys over her 18 holes.
Park, who began the day alone in second place, struggled to two bogeys and a double bogey on the front side. She did manage a birdie at the eighth.
On the back nine, she fought back with consecutive birdies from the 12th before bogeying the 16th. She regained a share of second place with a birdie at the 18th.
Marisa Baena and Lorie Kane posted matching rounds of 3-under 69 Saturday to climb into a tie for sixth. They stand alongside Jeong Jang (68) and Soo-Yun Kang (71) at 4-under-par 140.
Lorena Ochoa recorded the best round of the day as she shot a 5-under 67. Candie Kung, Jung Yeon Lee and Rachel Teske are tied one stroke further back at minus-2.
Michelle Wie's struggles continued on Saturday. She posted a 6-over 78, seven shots better than her opening-round 85, and stands in last place at 19-over-par 163.
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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.