Allenby Takes Second Australian PGA

By Sports NetworkNovember 18, 2001, 5:00 pm
Robert Allenby sank a six-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday to complete a successful defense of his title at the Australian PGA Championship.
 
The 30-year-old from Melbourne led from start to finish this week in becoming the first player to win this event in back-to-back years since Greg Norman in 1984-85.
 
Allenby closed with a 3-under 69 for a 72-hole total of 15-under-par 273 at Royal Queensland Golf Club. The victory was his seventh on the Australasian Tour and his 15th worldwide.
 
Allenby began the day with a one-shot lead over fellow Australians Geoff Ogilvy and Craig Parry. But while Parry fell by the wayside with an early double-bogey, Ogilvy was able to wrestle the lead away from Allenby with a pair of birdies through the first six holes.
 
Allenby then fell two shots back of the 24-year-old Ogilvy with a bogey at the seventh hole and made the turn at 11-under.
 
Ogilvy dropped to 12-under after bogeying the 11th and Allenby pulled even with a birdie at the next hole. Allenby came up big at the par-5 13th, holing a bunker shot for eagle to regain the lead at 14-under par.
 
Although Ogilvy, who birdied No. 13, slipped two off the pace with a bogey at the 14th, a two-shot swing at the 15th -- an Ogilvy birdie against an Allenby bogey -- leveled the competitors at 13-under.
 
But the more experienced Allenby tallied birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to move two shots clear of his playing partner. When Ogilvy rolled in a 35-foot birdie to close within a stroke at the 18th, Allenby responded with the clutch par save to take the title for a second straight year.
 
'I knew it was going in,' said Allenby of his victory clinching putt. 'I knew if I put it on line there was no chance it was going to miss.'
 
Had Allenby missed the putt he still would have been favored to win. He owns a career playoff record of 7-0 and has earned three of his four U.S. PGA Tour victories in extra holes.
 
Ogilvy, who is still seeking his first win, shot 69 to finish alone in second place at 14-under 274.
 
Gareth Paddison, a New Zealander making his debut as a professional this week, had a share of the top spot earlier in the day but wound up with a 69 of his own to tie for third with Parry at minus-11.
 
Parry, who set the tournament record of 19-under-par 269 when he captured the Australian PGA in 1992, carded an even-par 72 in the final round.
 
Mathew Goggin finished solo fifth at 10-under after a 71, while Norman fired the day's best round of 6-under 66 to climb into sixth place at 9-under.
 
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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.