Goosen Stalls Drops Five Back in Thailand

By Sports NetworkMarch 3, 2007, 5:00 pm
European TourPHUKET, Thailand -- For the second straight day, Richard Sterne fired a course record tying 8-under 64 Saturday to grab a one- stroke lead after three rounds of the Johnnie Walker Classic.
 
Sterne completed 54 holes at 13-under-par 203. He is one clear of second-round leader Oliver Wilson, who stands at minus-12 after a third-round 70.
 
South African Anton Haig carded a 2-under 70 Saturday and is alone in third at 11-under-par 205, while Richard Lee is two strokes further back after a 70 of his own.
 
Retief Goosen, the 2002 champion, moved into a share of the lead after three straight birdies from the second, but followed that with three consecutive bogeys. The South African went on to shoot even-par 72 after a closing bogey. He dropped from a share of third to fifth at 8-under-par 208.
 
Sterne, who along with Haig matched Greg Norman's course record of 64 on Friday, opened round three tied for 11th. Sterne started with three pars before posting his first birdie at the fourth.
 
The 25 year old made it two straight as he birdied the par-4 fifth. Sterne birdied the par-5 sixth to make it three in a row and get to minus-8.
 
Sterne birdied the ninth at Blue Canyon Country Club for the second day in a row. He got to 10 under with a birdie on 12. Sterne moved within one of the lead as he birdied 15 and 16, each for the third day in a row.
 
For the second time on the day, Sterne made it three straight birdies as he birdied the par-3 17th to move to minus-13. That gave him a share of the lead. Sterne parred the last to close his second straight bogey-free round.
 
'This year my goal is to get into the top 50 in the world and hopefully get to the United States,' said Sterne of his goals for this year. 'I've never played there professionally. I need to learn how to win, especially in tough fields.'
 
Sterne admitted afterwards that he had checked out of his hotel on Friday before his first 64 helped him make the cut.
 
'I checked out of my hotel and took my bags to the course,' Sterne admitted. 'I had a flight home at 8:00 p.m. that I fully expected to be on. Luckily I played well to shoot 64 and was able to check back into the same hotel.'
 
Early on, Wilson and Haig shared the lead at minus-10 after Haig birdied the first. However, Haig bogeyed the second to fall from the lead.
 
Wilson birdied the third, but was joined in the lead by Goosen, who had run off three straight birdies from the second. Goosen fell off the pace as he bogeyed the following three holes.
 
The 26-year-old Wilson birdied five and six to move three clear of Haig at 13 under. From there, Wilson parred his next 10 holes. Sterne, playing eight groups ahead of the leader, caught Wilson during his par run.
 
Wilson stumbled to a bogey on 17 to slip back to minus-12 and a par at the last meant he finished the round one shot behind Sterne.
 
'It was a shame about the 17th, but I just can't see the shot in there,' said Wilson, whose tee ball at the par 3 came up short, right of the green. 'I tried to cut in a four iron, but it came out a bit thin. I did lose a bit of concentration, but managed to regroup and had a solid par at the last.'
 
Wen-Chong Liang and Aron Price each posted rounds of 5-under 67 to move from a share of 32nd into a tie for sixth at 7-under-par 209. They were joined there by eight-time Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie (70), Graeme Storm (70) and Ter-Chang Wang (71).
 
Ernie Els and Phillip Archer each shot 67 to jump from a share of 51st into a share of 11th at minus-6. Also vaulting to minus-6 was Simon Hurd, who fired a 66 to climb 50 places in the standings. Those three were joined at 6-under-par 210 by Richard Bland, Stephen Gallacher, James Nitties and Jeev Milkha Singh.
 
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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.