Annika Paired With Kerr at US Womens Open

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 U.S. WomenAnnika Sorenstam will be paired with Cristie Kerr and 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Virada Nirapathpongporn in the opening rounds of the U.S. Women's Open at Orchards Golf Club from July 1-4.
Sorenstam, who owns 52 LPGA Tour titles, won the U.S. Women's Open in 1995 and 1996. Last year, she finished alone in fourth place and so far in 2004, Sorenstam has visited the winner's circle four times, including at the LPGA Championship. The Swede has an afternoon tee time on Thursday, with a 7:44 a.m. (ET) back-nine start on Friday.
Kerr is a two-time winner this season and will be in search of her first major victory. Nirapathpongporn, who made her professional debut in May on the Futures Tour, has missed the cut in her two previous appearances at the U.S. Open.
Defending champion Hilary Lunke had to work overtime last year at Pumpkin Ridge. Lunke will meet up with her 2003 playoff foes Kelly Robbins and Angel Stanford in the first two rounds this year. That trio will go off the first tee at 7:55 a.m. on Thursday and off the 10th tee at 1:10 p.m. Friday.
Teenage sensation Michelle Wie, who was granted a special exemption, is paired with Candie Kung and Jill McGill. Wie, who is defending her Women's Amateur Public Links championship title this week, goes off at 7:22 a.m. on the back nine Thursday. So far in 2004 on the LPGA Tour, the 14-year-old has made the cut in each of her three starts, including a fourth-place finish at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Juli Inkster, the 2002 U.S. Women's Open winner, will join Aree Song and Meg Mallon in the opening rounds. Karrie Webb, who won this event in 2001, is paired with Jennifer Rosales and Liselotte Neumann with a 12:48 p.m. start on Thursday.
Se Ri Pak, who won the 1998 U.S. Women's Open, has an afternoon start on Thursday with Lorena Ochoa and Carin Koch.
Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Grace Park is paired with amateur Jane Park and Kelli Kuehne with a 7:33 a.m. start off the 10th tee on Thursday.
Far Hills, N.J. ' Groupings and starting times (All times EDT ) for the first two rounds of the U.S. Womens Open, Thursday and Friday at the par 36-34--70, 6,321-yard, Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. (A=amateur)
Thursday (July 1), hole No. 1; Friday (July 2), hole No. 10
7:00 a.m. ' 12:15 p.m. ' A J. Eathorne, Canada; Katherine Hull, Australia; Jamie Hullett, Mesquite, Texas
7:11 a.m. ' 12:26 p.m. --Michelle Ellis, Australia; A-Kim Shin, Shoreline, Wash.; Michelle Simpson, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
7:22 a.m. ' 1: 37 p.m. --Marilyn Lovander, Punta Gorda, Fla.; Smriti Mehra, India; Kris Lindstrom, Richfield, Minn.
7:33 a.m. ' 12:48 p.m. --Jeong Jang, Korea; Wendy Doolan, Australia; Michele Redman, Minneapolis, Minn.
7:44 a.m. ' 12 :59 p.m. --Jung Yeon Lee, Korea; Kristin Tamulis, Naples, Fla.; Nicole Perrot, Chile
7:55 a.m. ' 1: 10 p.m. --Hilary Lunke, Edina, Minn.; Kelly Robbins, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; Angela Stanford, Saginaw, Texas
8:06 a.m. ' 1:21 p.m. --Young Kim, Korea; Dorothy Delasin, Albuquerque, N.M.; Stacy Prammanasudh, Enid, Okla.
8:17 a.m. ' 1:32 p.m. --Johanna Head, England; Siew-Ai Lim, Malaysia; Victoria Goetze-Ackerman, Valrico, Fla.
8:28 a.m. ' 1:43 p.m. --Heewon Han, Korea; A-Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif.; Mhairi McKay, Scotland
8:39 a.m. ' 1:54 p.m. --Elisabeth Esterl, Germany; Heather Bowie, Fort Worth, Texas; Gloria Park, Korea
8:50 a.m. ' 2: 05 p.m. --Ji Yeon Lee, Korea; A-Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla.; Allison Hanna, Portland, Ore.
9:01 a.m. ' 2:16 p.m. --Russamee Gulyanamitta, Thailand; Liz Earley, Canada; Moira Dunn, Utica, N.Y.
9:12 a.m. ' 2:27 p.m. --A-Erica Blasberg, Corona, Calif.; Kyeong Eun Bae, Korea; Bernadette Luse, Orlando, Fla.
Thursday (July 1), hole No. 10; Friday (July 2), hole No. 1
7:00 a.m. ' 12:15 p.m. -- Michele Saiki, Las Vegas, Nev.; Mardi Lunn, Australia; Cindy Figg-Currier, Austin, Texas
7:11 a.m. ' 12:26 p.m. --Loraine Lambert, Australia; Young-A Yang, Korea; Tiffany Faucette, Ormond Beach, Fla.
7:22 a.m. ' 12:37 p.m. --A-Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii; Candie Kung, Chinese Taipei; Jill McGill, San Diego, Calif.
7:33 a.m. ' 12:48 p.m. --Grace Ji-Eun Park, Korea; A-Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Kelli Kuehne, Dallas, Texas
7:44 a.m. ' 12:59 p.m. --Juli Inkster, Los Altos, Calif.; Aree Song, Korea; Meg Mallon, Ocean Ridge, Fla.
7:55 a.m. ' 1:10 p.m. --Ji-Hee Lee, Japan; Jean Bartholomew, Garden City, N.Y.; Michelle Estill, Scottsdale, Ariz.
8:06 a.m. ' 1:21 p.m. --Soo-Young Moon, Korea; Courtney Swaim, Duluth, Ga.; A-Megan Grehan, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
8:17 a.m. ' 1:32 p.m. --Beth Bauer, Tampa, Fla.; A-Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas; Karen Stupples, England
8:28 a.m. ' 1:43 p.m. --Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, France; A-In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla.; Brandie Burton, San Bernardino, Calif.
8:39 a.m. ' 1:54 p.m. --Michelle Bell, Melrose, Mass.; Cathy Johnston-Forbes, Kitty Hawk, N.C.; Dottie Pepper, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
8:50 a.m. ' 2:05 p.m. --Shi Hyun Ahn, Korea; Christina Kim, San Jose, Calif.; Natalie Gulbis, Las Vegas, Nev.
9:01 a.m. ' 2:16 p.m. --Catherine Cartwright, Bonita Springs, Fla.; A-Amie Cochran, Torrance, Calif.; Emily Bastel, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
9:12 a.m. ' 2:27 p.m. --Kim Augusta, Rumford, R.I.; Mee Lee, Korea; A-Briana Vega, North Andover, Mass.
Thursday (July 1), hole No. 1; Friday (July 2), hole No. 10
12:15 p.m. ' 7:00 a.m. --Kylie Pratt, Australia; A-Jennifer Ackerson, Allen, Texas; Young Jo, Korea
12:26 p.m. ' 7: 11 a.m. --Anne-Marie Knight, Australia; Tina Barrett, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kristal Parker-Manzo, Cable, Ohio
12:37 p.m. ' 7: 22 a.m. --Kate Golden, Jasper, Texas; Donna Andrews, Southern Pines, N.C.; Betsy King, Limekiln, Pa.
12:48 p.m. ' 7: 33 a.m. --Karrie Webb, Australia; Jennifer Rosales, Philippines; Liselotte Neumann, Sweden
12:59 p.m. ' 7: 44 a.m. --Annika Sorenstam, Sweden; Cristie Kerr, Miami Beach, Fla.; Virada Nirapathpongporn, Thailand
1:10 p.m. ' 7:55 a.m. --Silvia Cavalleri, Italy; Alicia Dibos, Peru; Charlotta Sorenstam, Sweden
1:21 p.m. ' 8:06 a.m. --Lorena Ochoa, Mexico; Se Ri Pak, Korea; Carin Koch, Sweden
1:32 p.m. ' 8:17 a.m. --Karine Icher, Switzerland; Laura Myerscough, Charleston, Ill.; Jenna Daniels, San Diego, Calif.
1:43 p.m. ' 8:28 a.m. --Becky Morgan, Wales; Yuri Fudoh, Japan; Ashli Bunch, Morristown, Tenn.
1:54 p.m. ' 8:39 a.m. --Dawn Coe-Jones, Canada; Eva Dahllof, Sweden; Deb Richard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
2:05 p.m. ' 8:50 a.m. --Sooyun Kang, Korea; Janice Moodie, Scotland; Laura Diaz, Scotia, N.Y.
2:16 p.m. ' 9:01 a.m. --Seon Hwa Lee, Korea; A-Tina Miller, Miami, Fla.; Li Ying Ye, Ppls Rep. of China
2:27 p.m. ' 9:12 a.m. --Lisa Chang, Los Angeles, Calif.; Jessica Lewis, Bethesda, Md.; A-Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Thursday (July 1), hole No. 10; Friday (July 2), hole No. 1
12:15 p.m. ' 7:00 a.m. --Jennifer Gleason, Clearwater, Fla.; Ria Quiazon, Union City, Calif.; A-Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh, Switzerland
12:26 p.m. ' 7:11 a.m. --Hong Mei Yang, Peoples Republic of China; Joan Pitcock, Fresno, Calif.; Allison Finney, Winnetka, Ill.
12:37 p.m. ' 7:22 a.m. --Emilee Klein, Graeagle, Calif.; Seol-An Jeon, Korea; Catriona Matthew, Scotland
12:48 p.m. ' 7:33 a.m. --Mi Hyun Kim, Korea; Suzann Pettersen, Norway; Wendy Ward, San Antonio, Texas
12:59p.m. ' 7:44 a.m. --Laurie Rinker, Stuart, Fla.; Audra Burks, Little Rock, Ark.; Joanne Mills, Australia
1:10 p.m. ' 7:55 a.m. --Rosie Jones, Atlanta, Ga.; Laura Davies, England; Sophie Gustafson, Sweden
1:21 p.m. ' 8:06 a.m. --Pat Hurst, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Helen Alfredsson, Sweden; Sherri Steinhauer, Madison, Wis.
1:32 p.m. ' 8:17 a.m. --Lorie Kane, Canada; Rachel Teske, Australia; Beth Daniel, Delray Beach, Fla.
1:43 p.m. ' 8:28 a.m. --Marianne Morris, Middletown, Ohio; Lynnette Brooky, New Zealand; Kris Tschetter, Sioux Falls, S.D.
1:54 p.m. ' 8:39 a.m. --Beth Bader, Eldridge, Iowa; Shani Waugh, Australia; Luciana Bemvenuti, Brazil
2:05 p.m. ' 8:50 a.m. --Amy Langhals, Kalida, Ohio; Juli Hilton, Saratoga, Calif.; Chris Johnson, Tucson, Ariz.
2:16 p.m. ' 9:01 a.m. --Elisa Kase, Albuquerque, N.M.; Linda Ishii, Japan; Leah Hart, Australia
2:27 p.m. ' 9:12 a.m. --Yvonne Cox, Charleston, W.Va.; Chiharu Yamaguchi, Japan; Amanda Wilson-A, Hilo, Hawaii
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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.