Annika Takes Control Wie Five Back

By Sports NetworkOctober 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Samsung World ChampionshipPALM DESERT, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam caught fire late in her third round on Saturday and that vaulted the Swede to the top of the leaderboard at the Samsung World Championship. She fired a 6-under 66 and completed 54 holes at 15-under-par 201 at Bighorn Golf Club.
 
Michelle Wie, who shot into contention with a 65 on Friday, struggled in Saturday's final group. She dropped three shots in her first three holes, but calmed down to shoot a 1-under 71.
 
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie got off to a troubling start but was able to right the ship and sits in third place.
Wie is alone in third place at minus-10, one shot worse than Gloria Park, who carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday.
 
Wie three-putted the second green and made bogey. Things got worse on the next hole as the 16-year-old, who is making her debut as a professional this week, missed a 4-foot par save at three. She failed on her 3-footer for bogey and suddenly walked off with a double bogey.
 
The new pro cooled down and rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the sixth. Wie holed another birdie putt from that length at the 12th and clawed her way into third with some late birdies.
 
She birdied 15 and 17 and has a chance for a large paycheck the first time she can collect one.
 
Wie may be in good shape, but she will have to pull off an amazing feat to topple Sorenstam.
 
The No. 1 player in the world moved into a share of the lead with three consecutive birdies from the second, where she holed a 20-footer. Overnight leader Grace Park bogeyed six to fall one back, then Sorenstam blasted ou a bunker at seven to 5 feet. She made the birdie try and was two ahead, but things got ugly around the turn.
 
At the ninth, Sorenstam hit a 7-wood 60 feet left of the stick. She ran her birdie try 4 feet past the hole, then pushed her par putt.
 
Grace Park stopped being a threat when she made a complete mess of the par- 3 eighth and took quadruple-bogey. Sorenstam had the lead, but missed another shortish par putt at 11 and the advantage was only one.
 
She had 6 feet for birdie at 12, but the putt lipped out. Sorenstam made another routine par at 13 and posted her four-shot lead with some outstanding putting late in the round.
 
Sorenstam, the defending champion, ran home an 18-foot birdie putt at the 14th to move two clear. Her approach at 15 stoppght feet short of the cup, and she drained the birdie try.
 
Gloria Park got into the clubhouse at minus-11, so Sorenstam had a two-shot lead. But not for long, as the Swede converted a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th, her third in a row.
 
Sorenstam's 20-footer for birdie at 17 nearly fell in the hole, but stayed above ground. At the closing hole, Sorenstam nearly holed out, but the ball did not spin into the cup. She settled for a tap-in birdie and the lead heading into the final round for the 64th time in her career.
 
'I thought I played really well all day,' said Sorenstam, who has gone on to victory 43 times with the lead heading into the final round. 'I started really strong, had a little tougher stretch in the middle, but played really solid in the end.'
 
If Sorenstam visits the winner's circle on Sunday, not only would it be her eighth victory of 2005 and her 64th on the LPGA Tour, but the Hall of Famer would accomplish something she has never done before.
 
A win would be her fifth at the Samsung World Championship. Mickey Wright won the Sea Island Open five times and is the only player in LPGA Tour history to title at the same event five times.
 
'I'm looking forward to a great Sunday,' admitted Sorenstam. 'It was one of those days where I made some. I did miss a few, but that's to be expected. It feels good to finish better than yesterday.'
 
Cristie Kerr and Catriona Matthew are knotted in fourth place at 9-under-par 207. Both players managed rounds of 1-under 71 in the third round.
 
Pat Hurst (68), Marisa Baena (70), Sophie Gustafson (70) and Rookie of the Year and two-time winner this season Paula Creamer (73) are tied for sixth place at minus-8.
 
Grace Park ended up with a four-over 76 and shares 10th with Rosie Jones, who posted an even-par 72. The pair is knotted at seven-under-par 209.
 
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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.