Campbell Clarke Chasing Casey

By Sports NetworkMay 13, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Quinn Direct British MastersSUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- Paul Casey bogeyed the 18th hole Saturday to close a round of 2-under 70. With that, Casey's lead through three rounds of the British Masters dropped to two shots. He completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 203.
Saturday's round was played in damp, chilly conditions with a very wet golf course. Overnight rain drenched The Belfry and made it play much longer in round three.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell posted a 4-under 68 to move into second place at 11-under-par 205. Darren Clarke is one stroke further back at minus-10 after a 70 in round three.
Stephen Gallacher and Johan Edfors share fourth place at 9-under-par 207 after they both shot 70 in round three.
Casey stumbled to a bogey on the par-5 third to drop to 10 under and a share of the lead with Campbell, who birdied each of the first three holes.
The 28-year-old Casey managed to recover that stroke with a birdie on the par- 3 seventh. He made it two straight with a birdie at the eighth.
Casey faltered to another bogey at 10 to slide back to minus-11 after he found water next to the green with his approach shot. He poured in a long birdie putt on the 13th for the second straight day to atone for that error.
The Englishman birdied No. 15 for third consecutive round to move to 13 under, three clear of Campbell and Jarmo Sandelin. Casey came right back with a birdie on 16. However, he tripped to a bogey at the last to slip back to 13 under.
Casey owns the 54-hole lead for the seventh time in his European Tour career. He has gone on to win two of the previous six events, including the 2005 TCL Classic.
'I am very happy to be playing with Michael (Campbell) tomorrow,' Casey admitted. 'He's a major champion and I've learned a lot from him and it will be tough again. Darren is a good player too and if he is hot tomorrow, then he will be a very big danger.'
Campbell parred four straight after birdies at the first three holes. The New Zealander got within one of Casey's lead thanks to a birdie on the eighth.
He stumbled to a double bogey at the next though to fall to minus-9. Campbell got one of those strokes back with a birdie on No. 14. He moved back to 11 under as he birdied the 17th.
Campbell has a side bet going with Casey this week. That extra incentive has helped him stay in contention this week.
'Paul went through a bad patch there last year, but he's got so much talent. I was just telling him, be patient with yourself. We started a betting system, he and I,' Campbell stated. 'When I'm out there playing and I see certain guys up there ahead of me, it makes me try a little bit harder.
'This week is a prime example between myself and Paul. We've had a bit of a thing going on, and it's really helped me a lot these last three days, let me tell you.'
Clarke, who entered the round in second place, was 2 over par for his round through 11 holes after two bogeys, two birdies and a double bogey.
The Ulsterman birdied three of four holes from the 12th to get back to minus-9. Clarke posted his final birdie at the 18th to end three back.
Sandelin is alone in sixth place at 8-under-par 208 after shooting 70 on Saturday. Peter Hanson (72), Tom Whitehouse (69) and Oliver Wilson (68) share seventh at minus-6.
Anders Hansen, Jonathan Lomas, Graeme McDowell, Peter O'Malley, Ian Poulter and Gary Emerson are one stroke further back at 5-under-par 211.
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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.