Goosen Among Leaders in Germany

By Sports NetworkSeptember 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
2004 Linde German MastersCOLOGNE, Germany -- World No. 5 Retief Goosen shot a 6-under 66 at the Linde German Masters on Saturday and shares the lead with three other golfers heading into the final round.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson fired the best round of the day with an 8-under 64 to join Goosen at 15-under-par 201. Nick Dougherty (66) and co-overnight leader Anthony Wall (68), both of England, are also at minus-15.
The leaders stand one stroke clear of Briton David Lynn, who shot a 67 to hold fifth place at minus-14. Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal, who shared the overnight lead with Wall, is one stroke further back in sixth place after a 70.
Goosen held the outright lead at 16 under after an eagle at the par-5 13th, where he rolled in a 25-foot putt, and a birdie at the 15th, his fifth of the round.
But the two-time U.S. Open winner dropped his first stroke of the day with a bogey at par-3 16th, where he hooked his tee shot left of the green. That dropped him into a tie with Stenson and Dougherty, who were already in the clubhouse at minus-15. Otherwise, the South African would hold the lead.
'I am delighted to be in this position because, to be honest, I haven't really done well here in the past,' admitted Goosen. 'But it is going very well for me this week so far, and if the weather stays like this tomorrow, then I am going to need another low round to win.'
The 29-year-old Stenson collected eight birdies in his bogey-free round, including five on the back nine to move from a tie for 10th place into a share of the lead. With a pair of second-place finishes already this season, the two-time European Tour winner will be seeking his first title since The Heritage last year.
'I think tomorrow I just have to give it a hundred percent and play aggressive and make some birdie putts, because there is going to be someone coming out and making a charge when it is this bunched up,' said Stenson.
'Birdies are the only thing which matter, really. You just want to go out and shoot another low score and hope it is good enough.'
Dougherty, who entered Saturday tied for fourth place with Goosen and two others, is seeking his second career title on tour after collecting his maiden victory at the Caltex Masters in January.
The 23-year-old stumbled to a double bogey at the par-5 seventh, which put him at even par through the front nine. But he made up for that mistake by scorching the inward nine with four birdies and an eagle at the 13th.
'I'm very pleased with what I did out there today,' said Dougherty. 'I made more of my fair share of birdies on the back nine today...Hopefully there are more birdies out there waiting for me tomorrow.'
Wall dropped a shot at No. 1 after shooting a bogey-free 62 in the second round. He stumbled to three bogeys on the front nine, actually, and made the turn at minus-11.
But the 30-year-old ended his round by playing the final six holes at 4 under. Like Goosen and Dougherty, his back nine included an eagle at the par-5 13th, and he joined the leaders with a birdie at 18.
'I know I'm going to need another low round, but there is no reason why I shouldn't score one,' said Wall, whose lone European Tour victory came at the 2000 Alfred Dunhill Championship.
'I am looking forward to it,' he added. 'It is a great challenge and a great test for me. It is nice to be back in the mix again...nice to still know that I can do it.'
England's David Howell fired a 6-under 66 to move into a tie for seventh place with Thomas Levet (67) of France and Scott Drummond (68) of Scotland. The trio stands at 12-under-par 204, one stroke ahead of six players tied for 10th 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.