England Nips Spain for World Cup

By Sports NetworkNovember 21, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 WGC-EMC World CupSEVILLE, Spain -- Paul Casey and Luke Donald of England fired an 8-under 64 in the alternate-shot format Sunday to win the World Golf Championships - World Cup. They completed the event at 31-under-par 257.
'It was amazing to shoot 16 under in foursomes,' said Donald. 'We somehow gelled pretty well together in foursomes. Paul obviously got very hot with the putter both times, and that was the difference.'
Casey and Donald, who each played for Europe in this year's Ryder Cup, posted a 16 under par score in foursomes play, while going 15 under in fourballs. Casey, in the current format of this event, has finished fifth, third and second prior to winning this time around.
The Spanish duo of Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who led entering the final round, closed with a 6-under 66 to take second place at 30-under-par 258. Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley from Ireland took third place at minus-28 after a closing 65.
The Englishmen began the day one stroke behind the Spaniards, but joined their playing partners in a tie for first with a birdie at the opening hole. Casey and Donald teamed for a birdie at the fourth from 30 feet out to take the outright lead.
The Irish duo made an early charge with birdies at one, two and five to get within one shot of the lead at minus-24. England responded with a birdie at the fifth to move two strokes ahead of Ireland and remain one shot clear of the Spanish duo, who also birdied No. 5.
The Englishmen extended their lead to two strokes with a birdie at the seventh. Spain fought back with a birdie at the eighth to get within one. Ireland joined them there with birdies at eight and nine.
Spain and England both birdied the ninth, but Casey drained a 30-footer for birdie at 10 to again give the English duo a two-shot lead. Casey made a 15- foot birdie putt to keep England rolling at Real Club de Golf Sevilla.
Casey wasn't done there. He drained a 12-foot birdie putt at the 12th, their fourth straight birdie, that padded his team's lead to four strokes. The Irish duo made their final charge with an eagle at the par-5 13th and a birdie at 14 to get within two.
Spain matched the Irish eagle at 13 to also get within two of the Englishmen's lead. Garcia and Jimenez climbed within one shot of the leaders with a birdie at the 15th.
The turning point came at the 16th. The Englishmen combined to birdie the par- 5, while the Spaniards faltered to a bogey after Garcia dropped his second shot into the water, before missing a 5-foot par putt to fall three strokes back with two holes to go.
The English team needed the cushion as they bogeyed the last and Spain birdied the closing hole to set the final margin of one shot.
'Because we're such good friends and we trust each other's game, we played as good of golf as when we played in the Walker Cup,' Casey said. 'You know, it's one of those partnerships that I think we'll always play good golf together. I can't explain it. It's just one of those things that clicks.'
Spain is a four-time winner of this event, but the second place showing by Garcia and Jimenez was the nation's best since a runner-up finish in 1999. Spain last won in 1984.
'Of course we are disappointed, but you have to give a lot of credit to the English team,' said Garcia, who like Jimenez was the Englishmen's Ryder Cup teammate this year. 'I think Paul and Luke played unbelievably today, to go out there on Sunday in the World Cup and shoot 8 under in foursomes is a great effort. We tried as hard as we could, but we didn't get lucky.'
Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman, the 2003 champions from South Africa, posted a final-round 68 to take fourth place at 25-under-par 263.
The Austrian team of Martin Wiegele and Markus Brier, who gained entry into the event when the team from Thailand withdrew, closed with a 67. They shared fifth place at 23-under-par 265 with Holland's duo of Robert-Jan Derksen and Maarten Lafeber.
Kariem Baraka and Marcel Siem, the team from Germany, tied for seventh at minus-21 thanks to a final-round 68. They were joined there by Sweden (Joakim Haeggman & Fredrik Jacobson) and the United States (Scott Verplank & Bob Tway), as those teams both posted even-par 72s in the final round.
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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.