Furyk Jumps into Lead in Westchester

By Sports NetworkJune 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Jim Furyk fired a 6-under-par 65 on Thursday to take a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Barclays Classic at Westchester Country Club.
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Vijay Singh had one eagle, five birdies and four bogeys in the first round.
Vijay Singh, Kenny Perry, John Rollins, Brian Bateman, Ian Leggatt and Hidemichi Tanaka share second place at 3-under-par 68.
Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, broke into red figures early with a 10-foot birdie putt at the third. He added another at the par-5 fifth when his 3-wood came up 20 yards short of the putting surface. Furyk chipped to 2 feet and converted the birdie try.
At the par-5 ninth, Furyk hit his third shot to 20 feet. Unfortunately, the man who is ranked 14th on the PGA Tour in putting, three-putted for a bogey.
Furyk rebounded from the miscue at nine. He rolled in a 3-footer for birdie at the 10th and made it two in a row with an 8-footer at the 11th. Furyk parred 12, then at 13 he hit a pitching-wedge to 12 feet to set up birdie.
Furyk parred his next three holes, but closed strong. He knocked a pitching-wedge to 3 feet to set up birdie at 17. Furyk hit driver off the tee at the par-5 closing hole, then laid up with a 3-iron. The former U.S. Open winner played a sand-wedge to 8 feet and drained the birdie putt to take the three-shot lead.
'Overall I'm pleased with the day and anxious to get out there tomorrow and try to get after it again,' said Furyk, who tied for 28th last week at Pinehurst No. 2. 'I'm just going to go out tomorrow and play the round from scratch again, starting from even par tomorrow and try to shoot a round tomorrow, see where it puts me for Saturday's round and go out and do it again. It's so early in the tournament, whether I'm ahead, behind, doesn't really matter.'
Furyk is fully healed from wrist surgery last year. He has not won since, but the four-time Ryder Cup member thinks he's ready to return to the winner's circle.
'It takes a while to build confidence where you go out and you play a good round and you play a good tournament and you have a good, solid month and you have a good, solid six months, you have a good solid year,' said Furyk. 'I don't view myself as really coming back from anything now. It was last year, it's over. Same player I was before. I expect myself to play at a high level and I expect myself to compete to win golf tournaments. That's what I'm trying to do.'
Singh was even-par on his round as he played his ninth, the par-5 18th. He eagled that hole then mixed three birdies and two bogeys on his back nine to shoot 68.
The No. 2 player in the world was happy with his round, but disgruntled about the pace of play. Each round took close to five-and-a-half hours and Singh admitted that ruined his rhythm.
'It's ridiculous, I mean, you play a round of golf in five hours and wait on every shot,' said Singh. 'Every shot out there on the front nine, you had to wait. You get fed up with it. I don't know if anyone ever withdrew after nine holes for slow play.'
Perry, a two-time winner so far in 2005, was three-under through nine holes thanks to an eagle at No. 9. Perry bogeyed 12 and 13 to fall down the leaderboard, but rebounded with a pair of birdies in his final three holes to get into a tie for second.
Fred Funk, the winner of The Players Championship, Patrick Sheehan, J.L. Lewis, John Senden, Brian Gay and Joe Ogilvie are tied for eighth place at 2-under-par 69.
Ryan Moore, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, is making his debut as a professional this week and his pro career got off to a decent start. He shot an even-par 71 and is tied for 28th.
'That was a nice way to start,' said Moore, who birdied his first hole as a professional. 'I felt great out there today. I didn't feel any different. I made a few poor swings, but I felt like I was really close all day long, on the verge of playing some really good golf. So, looking forward to the next few days.'
Defending champion Sergio Garcia, who tied for third last week at the U.S. Open, carded a 1-over-par 72 and shares 40th place.
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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.