Haas in Position for First Win in Florida

By Sports NetworkJune 2, 2007, 4:00 pm
2006 Boeing ChampionshipSANDESTIN, Fla. -- Jay Haas, the reigning Champions Tour Player of the Year, shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday to move in front after two rounds of The Boeing Championship at Sandestin.
 
Haas, who has never won in his entire career in the state of Florida, finished 36 holes at 13-under-par 139 and is one clear at the Raven Golf Club at Sandestin.
 
Overnight co-leader Tom Purtzer managed a 3-under 67 and is alone in second place at minus-12. His fellow first-round leader, Eduardo Romero, was one shot worse on Saturday with a two-under 68 and came in third at 11-under- par 131.
 
Loren Roberts was one behind until a horrible double-bogey at the closing hole. He shot a 4-under 67 to join last week's Senior PGA champion Denis Watson (67) and Brad Bryant (67) in fourth place at minus-10.
 
Haas started slowly with only one birdie in his first five holes, a 12-footer at the third. He added another birdie at six, then did not collect his next birdie until the par-5 11th, when he two-putted from the fringe. That birdie got Haas to 10 under par for the championship.
 
At that point, Haas trailed Purtzer and Romero, who were both at 12 under par. That did not last long as Purtzer hit a horrible approach at 13 that stopped well left of the green. Purtzer bogeyed the hole to fall back to minus-11, but both he and Romero would tumble further down the leaderboard.
 
One hole later, Romero drove into the water and Purtzer went through the fairway on the right side. Romero could do no better than double-bogey, while Purtzer made his second consecutive bogey and now Haas assumed control.
 
Haas, the leading money earner so far this season on the elder circuit, hit a pitching-wedge to 6 feet to set up a birdie at the 15th. He tallied back-to-back birdies when his 35-footer at the par-3 16th found the bottom of the cup.
 
Haas added one more birdie when he two-putted from the back fringe at 17. He parred 18 to post his 13-under-par score.
 
'I probably played better today than yesterday,' said Haas, who owns two wins this season on the Champions Tour. 'I hit better shots today and managed to get it around.
 
'My mindset will be aggressive. I'll have to play well. The pins will be in some tough spots. I won't be thinking about not winning in Florida before.'
 
Purtzer rebounded from the mistakes in the middle of the back nine. He landed in the front bunker off the tee at 15 and blasted out to three feet, where he holed the birdie putt.
 
At the 17th, he too found the back fringe with his second and Purtzer two-putted for a birdie to get within one of Haas' lead.
 
'The bogeys I made were unforced errors,' said Purtzer, who has also never won in Florida in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. 'Anytime you're chasing Jay, it will be tough. You have to do your best.'
 
Mark James carded a 7-under 64 and is alone in seventh place at 9-under-par 133. David Eger (64), Mark McNulty (66), James Mason (67) and Massy Kuramoto (67) are knotted in eighth place at minus-8.
 
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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.