Gulbis Shares Lead in Rainy NY

By Sports NetworkMay 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Sybase ClassicNEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Natalie Gulbis, who is still looking for her first tour win, opened with a 3-under-par 68 Thursday to grab a piece of the lead during the weather-delayed Sybase Classic.
 
Gulbis was joined atop the leaderboard at Wykagyl Country Club by Beth Bauer and 2003 champion Hee-Won Han, who is a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour.
 
Paula Creamer
Defending champion Paula Creamer fought for a 1-over 73 Thursday.
The first round was delayed for 83 minutes due to heavy rain. Action was called for the night at 8:03 p.m. EDT with 15 players remaining on the course. The first round will resume at 7:00 a.m. Friday with second-round play scheduled to start on time at 7:15 a.m.
 
Nancy Scranton posted a 2-under-par 69. She was joined in a tie for fourth place by Kim Saiki, Teresa Lu and Allison Hanna. Soo Young Yoo is also at minus-2 through 17 holes.
 
Women's world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam and defending champion Paula Creamer share 24th place at 1-over-par 72.
 
Sorenstam, coming off her first missed cut since 2002, opened on the back nine and bogeyed No. 11. She moved to 1 under thanks to birdies at 13 and 15. After nine straight pars, the Swede bogeyed Nos. 7 and 8 to drop to plus-1.
 
'I thought I played well. It was very difficult, very, very difficult,' admitted Sorenstam. 'I hit a lot of good shots. It would have been nice if I converted. I thought I played really, really good, but just had two bogeys in the end.'
 
Creamer was 5 over par through 11 holes after a bogey and two double bogeys. The 19-year-old birdied three of the next four holes, then closed with a birdie at the 18th to end at plus-1.
 
Gulbis struggled out of the gate with bogeys on two and four. She recovered those lost strokes in remarkable fashion as she holed a wedge shot for eagle on the par-4 eighth.
 
'I three-putted for bogey on four and had missed a green at the second, then I holed out on No. 8 with a wedge,' Gulbis stated. 'That changed my momentum and I played well on the back nine.'
 
Around the turn, Gulbis used that momentum to birdie the par-4 10th to move to minus-1. The 23-year-old parred her next four holes.
 
Gulbis collected her next birdie on No. 15. She made it two straight to get to 3 under. However, she stumbled to a bogey at the 17th. Gulbis recovered that lost stroke with a birdie on the last to gain a share of the lead.
 
'It definitely got windy today,' Gulbis admitted. 'It was not crazy, but it was tough. The rough is up too.'
 
Han, who was a playoff loser in 2002 along with her win here in 2003, jumped out of the gate with birdies on one and three. She cruised to 10 consecutive pars from there.
 
The Korean moved to 3 under with a birdie at 14. Han tripped to a bogey on 16, but came right back to birdie the 17th to end at 3 under.
 
'The key was I actually had pretty good shots today,' said Han. 'I had a couple birdie putts that I made.'
 
Bauer started her round with five straight pars. She posted back-to-back birdies from the sixth. Bauer claimed the lead at 4 under with birdies at the 10th and 14th. However, she stumbled to a bogey on the par-three 16th to end at minus-3.
 
Mi Hyun Kim shares ninth place at 1-under-par 70 with Marilyn Lovander, Louise Stahle, Heather Young and Seon-Hwa Lee.
 
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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.