Donald Drives Off with Honda Title

By Sports NetworkMarch 12, 2006, 5:00 pm
2005 Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Luke Donald birdied the 72nd hole Sunday to capture The Honda Classic. Donald closed with a 3-under 69 to end at 12-under-par 276.
Geoff Ogilvy, who won the WGC-Accenture Match Play title two weeks ago, also closed with a 69 to take second place at 10-under-par 278.
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Luke Donald won for the first time on the PGA TOUR since the 2002 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
David Toms made a late run to finish at minus-9 with a closing 69 of his own. He shared third place with Billy Mayfair (72) on the Sunrise Course at Country Club of Mirasol. Tom Pernice, Jr. took fifth place at 8-under-par 280 thanks to a 4-under 68 in the final round.
Donald was in a tight battle all day. He drained a birdie on the first to get to minus-10, which gave him a one-shot lead. He ran in a 20-footer for birdie on the fourth.
That birdie gave him a brief two-shot cushion, but Mayfair matched Donald's birdie to get back within one. Mayfair dropped a stroke on the sixth.
Donald three-putted for bogey on the seventh to slip to minus-10, one ahead of Mayfair, Jeff Gove and Ogilvy.
Gove made a run at the lead with birdies on the sixth and ninth to move to 10 under. Donald tripped one behind Gove when he bogeyed the 10th. Gove began his fall off the pace with a bogey on 13. After that, he played the final five holes at 3 over to fall to seventh place.
'I was struggling on the greens (early on the back nine) and had lost a little bit of confidence and had a couple three-putts in a row, but I was still right there,' said Donald, who collected $990,000 for the win. 'I knew if I played my golf that hopefully it would be good enough.'
Donald climbed back into a tie for the lead at minus-10 with a 10-foot birdie putt at the 13th. His co-leader was Ogilvy, who birdied 13 and 14 to grab his share of the lead.
The big swing came as Ogilvy played 15 and Donald No. 14. Ogilvy, playing two groups ahead of Donald, missed the 15th green and hit a poor pitch and that led to a bogey to dropped him to 9 under.
Donald drained a 26-footer for birdie on 14 to take a two-shot advantage. Ogilvy fought right back with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 16th. Just after Ogilvy could not convert a birdie try on the par-five 17th, Donald missed a 17-footer for birdie on 16.
The Englishman two-putted for par on the 17th and Ogilvy did the same on 17 and 18.
Donald closed out his the win with a fabulous approach to the 18th. His second shot stopped 4 feet from the cup and he sank the birdie putt to close the event in style and pick up his second PGA TOUR win.
'It's nice to finish with a great shot like that,' Donald said. 'It was a nice way to finish up. It looked pretty good in the air. I had a little mud on the ball, so I was hoping it would fly straight. I had a perfect yardage and it came off beautifully.'
Dudley Hart, like the winner, closed with a 69 to grab sixth place at 7-under-par 281. Gove's late struggles gave him a 2-over 74. He finished alongside Frank Lickliter and Stephen Ames at minus-6.
D.A. Points and Mathew Goggin shared 10th place at 5-under-par 283. Padraig Harrington, the 2005 champion, closed with a 74 to share 16th place at minus-2.
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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.