Gilder Goes Low for Champions Tour Win

By Sports NetworkSeptember 17, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Constellation Energy ClassicHUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Bob Gilder fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday to sneak up on the field and successfully defend his title at the Constellation Energy Classic. He finished at 14-under-par 202, which was good for two-shot victory at Hayfields Country Club.
 
'I feel great,' said Gilder, who pocketed $255,000 for his ninth Champions Tour win. 'I had no idea out there. I was just playing as hard as I could. Things happened well today, that didn't quite happen as well the last few days. I thought someone else would be making the run, not me.'
 
Gilder became the third player to successfully defend a title this season on the elder circuit. Dana Quigley repeated at the Kansas City Golf Classic, then the following week, Allen Doyle returned to the winner's circle at the U.S. Senior Open.
 
Overnight leader Don Pooley had to hole out his third at the closing hole to force a playoff. He knocked it to 5 feet, but did not get it to drop. Pooley missed that birdie try to shoot a 2-under 70 and tie for second place with a pair of two-time winners this season, Jay Haas and Brad Bryant, both of whom shot 68s on Sunday. The trio finished 54 holes at minus-12.
 
Gilder began the final round three shots behind Pooley, but back-to-back birdies to start his round, brought him closer to the lead. He birdied the ninth and was now in the lead after Pooley bogeyed No. 7.
 
Gilder made it two in a row with a 5-footer for birdie at the 10th. Pooley made things interesting with birdies at nine and 11, but Gilder kept pace thanks to a great approach at 12. He drove into the rough, but slashed it out to 12 feet and converted the birdie putt.
 
Pooley stopped making birdies, but Gilder certainly did not. At the par-4 15th, Gilder sank a 5-foot birdie putt to move to 13-under par and grab a two-shot lead. He padded the advantage at the par-5 16th when he two-putted for another birdie.
 
Gilder did not take advantage of the difficult par-5 18th. He was forced to watch from the clubhouse to see if anyone would threaten his lead.
 
Bryant and Haas finished regulation no closer than two, which meant it fell to Pooley, the 2002 U.S. Senior Open champion, who had not visited the winner's circle since 2003.
 
He made things interesting at the 17th with a birdie to get within two. Pooley needed an eagle at the closing hole, but since it wasn't reachable in two, he would have to hole out from the fairway.
 
Pooley gave it his best effort as his third landed 12 feet right of the flag, but spun on line with the hole. Unfortunately for Pooley, the ball stopped 5 feet short, so the title belonged to Gilder.
 
'I was going along, minding my own business, and not paying attention to the board at all,' admitted Gilder. 'When I asked my caddy, 'how many we behind?' on the 17th fairway, he said, 'we're not.' Then I got nervous.'
 
Gilder acknowledged there were some differences in the two titles.
 
'This was a little unexpected,' said Gilder. 'I was having fun last year, too. I knew what was going on the whole time last year.'
 
Chip Beck had a fine Champions Tour debut. He fired a final-round, 6-under 66 and tied for fifth place with Tom Watson, who shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday. The pair came in at 11-under-par 205.
 
R.W. Eaks (68), Tom Purtzer (68) and Tom Jenkins (70) shared seventh place at minus-10. Tom Kite (66) and Bruce Summerhays (70) were knotted in 10th place at 9-under-par 207.
 
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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.