Goosen Extends Advantage in France

By Sports NetworkSeptember 12, 2003, 4:00 pm
PARIS, France -- Retief Goosen shot a 6-under 65 Friday to extend his lead after two rounds of the Trophe Lancme. Goosen, who won this event in 2000, finished 36-holes at 14-under-par 128, four strokes ahead of the field.
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and Spain's Carlos Rodiles posted matching rounds of 66 to finish in a tie for second at 10-under-par 132. Ireland's Paul McGinley was one shot further back at 9-under-par 133.
Goosen torched Saint-Nom-La Breteche Golf Club on Thursday with an opening- round 63 to take the early lead. Nothing much changed for the South African on Friday and Goosen began to pull away from the field after his approach to the par-4 fifth landed in the cup for an eagle.
'I got off to a slow start today and made a good save from the bunker on the third before the eagle really got me going,' said Goosen, who was the runner-up to Sergio Garcia at this event in 2001.
The 2001 U.S. Open champion followed that remarkable shot with a string of three consecutive birdies to jump well ahead of his competitors at 13 under par.
Goosen cooled down on the inward half but tallied a birdie at the par-5 16th to pad his lead.
'Once I get in front I seem to be pretty comfortable there,' said the reigning Order of Merit champion, who has yet to win on the European Tour in 2003.
Rodiles started on the back side and collected four birdies over his first nine holes to make the turn at 9 under.
The 28-year-old stumbled with a bogey at the par-4 first but recovered nicely down the stretch with back-to-back birdies from the eighth. Rodiles remains in contention entering the weekend, but he has plenty of work ahead of him to catch a front-running Goosen at this the last edition of the tournament.
'It's just a pity that this is the last Trophe Lancme,' said Rodiles. 'I like the course and just seem to play well here, although I shot an 80 the first time I played it.'
South Africa's Hennie Otto, who held the first-round lead at this year's British Open Championship, finished six shots off the pace along with Mikael Lundberg of Sweden at 8-under-par 134.
Eduardo Romero of Argentina and Zimbabwe's Mark McNulty were one shot further back at 7-under-par 135.
Padraig Harrington carded a 3-under 68 to join Peter Fowler, Damien McGrane, Ian Poulter, Fredrik Widmark and leading Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin in a tie for ninth at 6-under-par 136.
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under-par 141 with 81 players qualifying for the weekend. Among those who didn't make the grade was France's Thomas Levet, who lost to Ernie Els in a playoff at the British Open in 2002.
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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.