Archer Almost Shoots 59 Leads in Wales

By Sports NetworkJune 1, 2006, 4:00 pm
NEWPORT, Wales -- Philip Archer flirted with becoming the first European Tour player to shoot a 59 in the opening round of the Wales Open on Thursday -- only to see the hope dashed with a missed 6-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole.
 
Archer holds the first-round lead after a 9-under-par 60, having scorched the par-69 Celtic Manor Resort Roman Road Course for 10 birdies with just one dropped shot.
 
He set a course record and became the 13th player in tour history to shoot a 60 -- but that was little consolation for Archer, who had his sights set on history.
 
'It's never been done before, so I'm more disappointed at not shooting a 59 than I am happy at shooting a 60,' Archer admitted.
 
The 34-year-old Englishman leads by one shot over Robert Karlsson of Sweden, who carded a spectacular bogey-free 61 to stand at 8 under par. Karlsson, like Archer, covered his first nine holes (the back nine) in 29 shots.
 
'There were a lot of easy birdies out there, and on a day like today it is little surprise that there are so many low scores,' said Karlsson.
 
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, the reigning Order of Merit winner, shares third place with Francois Delamontagne of France at 6-under 63. Montgomerie missed the cut last year after ending at 8 over par through two rounds. Like Karlsson, he shot a 29 on the back nine.
 
Englishmen Paul Broadhurst and Lee Slattery are knotted one shot further back in fifth place with Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey and Stephen Scahill of New Zealand.
 
Archer began his round with a par at the first hole -- his only par on the front nine. He followed that up with consecutive birdies, then bogeyed the par-4 fourth before stringing together five straight birdies to make the turn at 6-under 29.
 
The back nine for Archer was less spectacular, but steady. He carded birdies at the 11th, 15th and 16th holes to get to minus-9.
 
After battling for par with a 10-foot putt at the 17th, Archer split the fairway with his drive at the 426-yard 18th. He knocked a wedge within 6 feet, but missed the cup just left on his downhill birdie putt.
 
'I read the putt as being on the left edge and firm, but maybe I hit it a little too firm,' Archer said. 'It was nice to give myself the chance, but it wasn't to be.'
 
At the Moroccan Classic last week, France's Adrien Mork became the first player to shoot a 59 on the European Tour's Challenge Tour. It was a fate which eluded not only Archer, but those following his progress on the course Thursday.
 
'The last hole was great seeing all the people around the green waiting to see if I could do it,' Archer said. 'I just wanted to give myself a chance at it.
 
'It was a little bit bittersweet at the end there, but it was a great round. I was a little nervous, I would be daft to say I wasn't. I was shaking a little bit coming down the last, but not over the putt because everything was focused on it. You just try and distract the pressure as much as you can.'
 
Andrew Oldcorn, Marcel Siem, Johan Skold and Graeme Storm share ninth place at 4-under-par 65. Behind them, 15 players are tied for 13th place at minus-3.
 
Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez opened with a 1-over 70 to sit in a tie for 83rd place with 21 other players.
 
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - Celtic Manor Wales Open
  • Full Coverage - Celtic Manor Wales Open
  • Golf Channel Airtimes
  • Getty Images

    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.

    Getty Images

    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

    Getty Images

    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.”

    Getty Images

    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.