Cink on the Rise at Colonial

By Sports NetworkMay 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Bank of America ColonialFORT WORTH, Texas -- Stewart Cink fired a 6-under-par 64 on Thursday and holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the Colonial.
Several players took a run at Cink's clubhouse lead, but none managed to surpass it. Bubba Watson, Arron Oberholser, Stephen Ames, Zach Johnson and Charley Hoffman all finished at 5-under-par 65.
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk is two back after a 4-under 66 Thursday.
Defending champion and two-time Colonial winner Kenny Perry opened with a 4-under 66 at Colonial Country Club and leads a group of eight players tied for seventh place.
Perry is playing in his second tournament after missing two months due to arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He was joined at minus-4 by Nick O'Hern, Jason Gore, Mike Weir, Bill Haas, Ryan Palmer, Peter Lonard and Jim Furyk, the highest-ranked player in the field at world No. 5.
Cink orchestrated a bogey-free round despite hitting too many of what he called 'anyway shots' -- where he felt like he wasn't ready to hit but did so anyway.
'A lot of times you mess those shots up and you wish you had them back. But really the most dangerous times is when you hit those types of shots and you hit them perfect,' Cink said. 'Then you lull yourself into thinking you can do it every time. I really have to watch that.'
At least some of those 'anyway shots' found their intended targets early on, as Cink opened his round with three consecutive birdies.
He called the first two birdies 'stress-free' -- two-putts at the par-5 first, and a 2-foot putt for birdie at the second -- but Cink needed a 20-footer for his birdie at the third.
His almost-instant, 3-under score helped calm some nerves.
'Not that I was real anxious starting today or anything,' Cink said. 'I was not getting too excited. I knew the hard holes were coming and [I was] just trying to take each shot for what it was. It is what it is -- I was telling myself that all day.'
Cink followed those birdies with consecutive pars, then birdied two of the next four holes to make the turn at minus-5.
After missing a 6-foot birdie try at the ninth, Cink was within striking distance on every hole on the back nine, though a 6-foot birdie putt at the par-4 14th was the only interruption to the long string of pars.
'I definitely left some (shots) out there,' Cink admitted. 'On the back nine every hole I was 15 feet at the most. I had a few long putts, but for most I was looking for birdies.'
Cink ranked tied for 36th in the field with 29 putts in his first round. Not bad, but not great for the leader.
'To shoot that low you have to putt really well, and you are not going to make them all,' Cink said. 'It could have been better. I'm not complaining -- everyone is going to come off their round saying they could have done a little better. I'm pleased with the way I played.'
A four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Cink has made the cut in nine of his 11 starts this season, with top-10 finishes coming at the Sony Open and The Masters. He hasn't won a tournament in two years.
'If I can keep going like this, you know, stay in the present and just keep on doing my thing, then I think I might be there at the end,' said Cink.
Ames tied Cink for the lead with a birdie at the first -- his 10th hole -- then surpassed him with a 3-foot birdie putt at the next to reach 7 under. But he bogeyed the next two holes, and three of his final seven overall, while getting one back with a birdie on his final hole.
Oberholser birdied four holes during one five-hole stretch to pull within one shot of Cink's lead. He ended his round with five straight pars.
Watson played his first nine holes at even-par, then was 5 under over the next nine.
Johnson was bogey-free over his final 15 holes after stumbling to bogeys on two of his first three holes.
Hoffman claimed his place behind Cink with a bogey-free round that included three birdies on his final six holes.
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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.