Another Week Another Win for Sorenstam

By Sports NetworkJune 30, 2002, 4:00 pm
GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam fired a 5-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit Sunday and win the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Her 54-hole total of 12-under-par 201 was three better than Carin Koch, Kate Golden and overnight leader Juli Inkster.
 
Sorenstam won for the second time in as many starts, the fourth time in her last six events and the sixth time in 12 appearances this season on the LPGA Tour. The victory was No. 37 in her illustrious LPGA career, good for 10th place on the tour's all-time win list.

'I knew the way I played the last two days that today I needed to have a great start and I made the three birdies on the front nine and then after that I saw my name on the leader board, I was steady from there,' said the 31-year-old Swede, who collected $180,000 for the win. 'I cannot say it enough, I am very thankful and I know how it feels now and I want it to last. I love it.'

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'She is really focused...she has tunnel vision all the time,' said Golden, who played poorly down the stretch for the second consecutive day. 'She knows what she wants to do, and does it.'
 
Golden, coming off back-to-back 10-foot birdie putts at 12 and 13, began to squander her two-shot lead over Sorenstam late on the back nine Sunday. Golden dropped a shot at the par-three 14th and then failed to get up and down for par at the 15th when she knocked her approach over the green.
 
Tied with Sorenstam for the lead at the par-5 16th, Golden bogeyed her third consecutive hole while Sorenstam calmly two-putted for birdie. Now with a two-shot lead, Sorenstam was able to par her remaining holes, while Golden dropped another shot at 18 to fall into the group at 9-under-par.
 
'I got a little greedy sometimes,' said the 35-year-old Texan, who shot a final-round 71. 'I bogeyed four of the last five holes, if I par those then I win it. I don't think we gave it on a platter, but I wish I had played well down the stretch.'
 
Golden's lone victory came in last year's State Farm Classic, where she posted a career-low 63 in the final round to beat Sorenstam by one stroke.
 
Koch tallied one eagle, three birdies and a bogey on Sunday for a 4-under 67. The tie for second was Koch's best finish on tour in 2002.
 
Inkster had won the last six tournaments where she owned the lead heading into the final round, but this Sunday was not her day. Holding steady at even par through eight holes, Inkster missed the green at nine and bogeyed the hole to drop out of the lead for good.
 
'I would have like to make a few more putts to gain momentum out there, but Annika played steady just like she always does,' said Inkster, who carded a one-over 72 Sunday. 'Every time I would look up there she was right down the middle of the fairway and on this golf course you have to play it right down the middle and that is what I did not do today.'
 
Sorenstam wasted little time in erasing Inkster's three-shot lead. Sorenstam birdied three in a row, starting at the third, to grab a piece of the lead forth
 
'To start the day in the position that I was in, it was where I wanted to be, to have the chance to win,' said Sorenstam. 'What can you say. This is why I work hard and this is what I want and everything is all going my way.'
 
Full-field scores from the ShopRite LPGA Classic

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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.