Haas Stiles Share Lead in Suspended First Round

By Sports NetworkJune 26, 2003, 4:00 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jay Haas shot a 7-under 64, which featured a span of seven consecutive birdies, to grab a share of the lead at the St. Jude Classic. Haas was joined atop the leaderboard by Darron Stiles as play was suspended due to darkness.
Play was delayed twice throughout the afternoon due to inclement weather. The first round resumes at 8:15 AM ET Friday morning.
Stiles had a birdie putt waiting for him at the 18th when play resumed after the first weather delay that would have given him the outright lead. Upon returning to the course, Stiles' 12-foot try horse-shoed out of the cup.
'It was a lot easier having just to hit the putt than if I had to go hit the shot still,' said Stiles. 'I never really thought about it the whole time during the delay.'
Stiles got things started with a birdie at the first and sank a six-foot putt for a birdie at the third. At the par-5 fifth, Stiles sent his second shot 15 feet from the cup and drained the putt for an eagle.
He added a birdie at the eighth and collected two additional birdies on the inward half for a 64.
'Really, I did everything pretty well today,' said Stiles. 'I drove the ball really good, hit some great iron shots pretty much all day and then made the putts.'
Stiles' co-leader Haas stumbled out of the gate with a bogey at the opening hole but began a remarkable run moments later. Haas two-putted for birdie at the third, added another birdie at the fourth and ran home an 18-foot birdie putt at the fifth to make it three in a row.
At the sixth, Haas knocked a pitching-wedge to 12 feet for a birdie and converted a putt from the same distance for a birdie at the seventh.
The 49-year-old then hit a 9-iron within 12 feet for his seventh consecutive birdie, one shy of matching the all-time record.
'Well, I had never made seven birdies in a row before. Six was my best prior to today,' said Haas. 'I just can't afford to give too many away here, and then it turned around most quickly and I started hitting a lot of good shots and making every putt I looked at.'
Haas found trouble with a bogey at the 12th but recovered with back-to-back birdies starting at the 16th to secure a share of the early lead.
'Golf-wise, for the last year and a half, two years I've really putted well, putted very consistently,' said Haas. 'I've told many people that I still have a passion for the game. That kind of comes and goes, but right now I feel very fortunate to do what I'm doing and be a professional golfer. I've made a living at it for this long.'
Robert Damron shot a 6-under 65 to finish one shot off the lead. David Peoples was also at 6-under par through 16.
David Gossett, Stan Utley and Dennis Paulson finished at 5-under-par 66. Defending champion Len Mattiace was at 5-under through 17 holes when play was called for the day.
'I love coming back here,' said Gossett. 'I feel very comfortable playing here on my home golf course, and I'm working on a lot. It's not like I'm breezing through here. I've got a lot of areas to improve on. It's nice to get off to a good start.'
Kirk Triplett, Bob Estes, John Huston, Paul Azinger, Brenden Pappas, Aaron Baddeley and Jim Gallagher, Jr. were one shot further back at 4-under-par 67.
David Toms was one of several players at 4-under par through 16 holes.
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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.