Broadhurst Wins in Bizarre Finish

By Sports NetworkApril 3, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourALGARVE, Portugal -- Paul Broadhurst bogeyed the 72nd hole Sunday to close out a round of 4-under 67, which was good enough to win the Estoril Open de Portugal. Broadhurst finished at 13-under-par 271.
 
Barry Lane and Paul Lawrie shared the lead at 15 under par heading to the 17th, but both players hit their tee shots well left off the tee.
 
Lawrie took a penalty drop and eventually walked away from the hole with a triple-bogey leaving him at minus-12. Lane pitched out and hit his third short and left of the green. He two-putted for bogey to slip to minus-14, but that wasn't the last of his troubles.
 
Lane again drove into the left trees off the 18th tee at Quinta da Marinha Oitavos Golfe. The five-time winner on the European Tour played his second shot out of a bush. That shot flew way right and nearly out of bounds.
 
The 44-year-old had a restricted back swing for his third shot. He managed good contact, but the ball hit a rock and caromed out of bounds. Lane then took an unplayable lie penalty before he played his sixth shot short of the green. He left the final hole with a quintuple-bogey nine.
 
Lawrie, meanwhile, knocked his second shot to 25 feet at the last. He had a birdie try to tie Broadhurst at minus-13, but Lawrie's putt came up short and the title belonged to Broadhurst.
 
Lawrie ended alone in second place at 12-under-par 272 after a round of 70. Jose-Filipe Lima took third place at minus-11, while Richard Sterne ended alone in fourth at 10-under-par 274. Lane finished with a 72 to take fifth place at minus-9.
 
'With the 18th the way it is, anything can happen,' said Broadhurst, whose last win came at the 1995 Open de France. 'It's just a really tough finish the last two holes. I said to my caddy, 'if I can get in at 13 or 14 under, you never know.''
 
Broadhurst opened his round two strokes behind Lawrie, the third-round leader. Broadhurst fell further off the pace with bogeys at the third and fifth that dropped him to minus-7.
 
The Englishman fought back with consecutive birdies from the sixth. Broadhurst then birdied the ninth to move to 10 under. He kept climbing the leaderboard with birdies at 11 and 13.
 
Broadhurst jumped to 14 under par and within one stroke of Lane with back-to-back birdies from the 16th. The 39-year-old drove left off the tee at the 18th, pitched out and knocked his third to 25 feet. Broadhurst two-putted for bogey to end at 13 under.
 
'I started poorly and fell away and thought my chance had gone, but a strange thing happened on the 11th tee,' Broadhurst said. 'A Portuguese guy came up to me and asked if I was going to win this. I said, 'I don't think so, I'm four behind.' He says, 'I still think you're going to win.''
 
Lane and Lawrie went back and forth throughout the round atop the leaderboard. Lane birdied the third to tie Lawrie at minus-11. After Lawrie birdied the fifth, Lane again forged a tie for the lead at 12 under with a birdie at six.
 
Each player birdied the seventh, but Lawrie pushed one ahead with a birdie on the eighth. The first turning point came at 12 and 13.
 
Lawrie was unable to get up and down for par to drop back into a share of the lead at 13 under on No. 12. Lane ran home a 25-foot eagle putt at the next to move two clear of his playing partner.
 
Lane stumbled to a bogey on the 14th, while Lawrie birdied the same hole to create another tie. Lane bounced right back with a birdie on 15 and Lawrie joined him at 15 under with a birdie at 16.
 
Lawrie and Lane both struggled over the final two holes to fall out of the lead.
 
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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.