Haas Collects Second Win in Three Weeks

By Sports NetworkOctober 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 SBC ChampionshipSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Jay Haas posted his second straight round of 5-under 66 Sunday to win the SBC Championship by two shots. Haas completed the event at 14-under-par 199.
Haas, playing just his ninth Champions tournament of the season, won for the second time in three weeks. He was victorious earlier this month at the Greater Hickory Classic.
Tom Purtzer fired the low round of the day as he carded an 8-under 63 to take second place at 12-under-par 201. Mark James ended one stroke further back at minus-11.
Dana Quigley, who led most of the round, bogeyed each of the last three holes to slide into a tie for fourth place at 10-under-par 203 after a round of 1-over 72. He was tied there by R.W. Eaks (66).
Eaks was rushed to the hospital shortly after completing his round. According to The Golf Channel, he had his blood pressure tested several times during the round and it was high.
Eaks' blood pressure was checked again after the round and was taken to a local hospital for tests immediately after signing his scorecard. Despite the health issues, Eaks earned enough money to move into the 30th spot in the money list, gaining him a spot in next week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Haas started steady at Oak Hills Country Club as he parred his first four holes. Haas then birdied the par-5 fifth for the third straight round.
The nine-time winner on the PGA Tour came right back with a birdie on No. 6 to tie Quigley in the lead at 11 under. Haas parred seven, then birdied the eighth. He made it two straight, and again tied Quigley in the lead at minus-13, as he birdied the ninth.
Haas parred the first five holes around the turn to stay at minus-13. He then got up and down for birdie from just short of the 15th green to move one shot clear of Quigley.
The 51-year-old closed with three straight pars as Quigley, his playing partner, collapsed late. Haas won for the third time at Oak Hills, as he won the Texas Open here in 1982 and 1993.
'I'll tell you, I was leaking oil coming in there. That was really a hard last hole,' said Haas, who collected $232,500 for the win. 'It was 202 yards into the wind and I was kind of between clubs. It's hard to play when all you have to do is bogey. I was trying to screw that up, but I managed to make the putt.'
Quigley, who entered the day 2-2 in playoffs this year alone, opened with a birdie on the second, before tripping to a bogey at three. He drained back-to- back birdies from the seventh to briefly move one clear of Haas.
After Haas tied him on nine, Quigley regained the lead with a birdie on 11. However, he stumbled to a three-putt bogey on the next to fall back to 13 under.
Quigley fell apart down the stretch. He found a fairway bunker off the 16th tee. He nearly shanked his second shot out of the bunker as the shot came up well short and right of the putting surface.
The leader of the money list and the Charles Schwab Cup points list then hit a tree off the tee on 17. Quigley knocked his second down the fairway, but was unable to save par. He missed the green right in a bunker on 18 and could not save par again to finish four back.
Despite the late collapse, Quigley has two wins and five second-place finishes among his 14 top-10s this year. However, he has led four times entering the final round this year and has not won one of those four events.
'I got a bad break on 16. My shot was 6 inches from probably a pretty good shot,' Quigley said. 'I got a little flat after the bogey at 16. I knew (Haas) wasn't going to give it up. I didn't capitalize when I needed to.'
Purtzer ran off four consecutive birdies from the third to jump to 8 under. He eagled the par-5 10th for the second day in a row. Purtzer birdied the 12th, but dropped a shot on 14. He closed with birdies on 15 and 17 to get within two of Haas.
Tom Kite, Gil Morgan and Jerry Pate shared sixth place at 9-under-par 204. Dan Pohl and Bruce Fleisher were one stroke further back at minus-8. Mark McNulty, the 2004 champion, was among three players tied for 11th place at 7-under-par 206.
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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.