Imada Wins Wild Playoff in Carolina

By Sports NetworkMay 2, 2004, 4:00 pm
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ryuji Imada birdied the fifth playoff hole Sunday to defeat Paul Gow and win the Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs. Imada closed with a 3-under 69 to join Gow (66) at 17-under-par 270.
 
Imada three-putted for bogey on the first extra hole, while Gow was unable to get up-and-down for his par at the par-3 11th. Both players then two-putted for par at the par-4 12th.
 
They moved to the par-5 13th at the Cliffs Valley Course where Imada had a chance to win, but he was unable to sink his birdie putt. Gow meanwhile saved par from a greenside bunker.
 
Imada dropped his tee shot some 12 feet from the cup on the 11th, which was the fourth extra hole. Gow found a hazard off the tee, but managed to play out of it and save par. Imada missed his birdie putt and it was back to the 12th.
 
After both men found the fairway off the tee, Imada stiffed his second shot within three feet of the cup. Gow was not much worse off as he knocked his second shot to 15 feet.
 
Gow missed his birdie try setting the stage for Imada. The 2000 Virginia Beach Open winner calmly sank his birdie putt for his second Nationwide Tour crown.
 
'It wasn't a surprise, but it was great to see that ball go in the hole,' said Imada, who earned $108,000 for the win. 'It feels like forever since the last win. I didn't know how hard it was to win on this tour.'
 
Jason Gore and Bryant Odom posted matching rounds of 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under-par 271. They were joined in a tie for third by Rick Price (69), Shane Bertsch (68) and Richie Coughlan (68). Jeff Klauk and third round co-leader Kyle Thompson finished one stroke further back at minus-15.
 
Gow started his day three shots behind Imada and Thompson and began with a birdie at the second, but stumbled to a bogey at the very next hole. He came back to birdie Nos. 5, 7 and 9 to get to minus-14.
 
Around the turn, Gow dropped in a birdie putt at the par-4 12th. He jumped into the lead at 17 under as he closed with back-to-back birdies from the 17th, including a 30-footer at the last.
 
'I made birdie on the last two holes and then just had to hang on and wait,' said Gow, who lost the 2002 B.C. Open in a playoff to Jeff Sluman.
 
Imada quickly jumped out in front with birdies at the first and third. However, he faltered to a bogey at the fourth but erased that mistake with a birdie at the par-5 sixth.
 
The 27-year-old Imada dropped another stroke when he bogeyed the par-4 eighth. He came right back with a birdie at the next to return to minus-16.
 
Imada tallied another birdie at the par-4 12th to get to 17 under. After five straight pars, he had a chance to win it at the last, but missed a 7-foot birdie try to create the extra session.
 
'The miss on No. 18 was the easiest putt you could have,' said Imada. 'It was to win and I tensed up a little bit.'
 
Darron Stiles fired a 6-under 66 to finish at 14-under-par 273. He was joined in a tie for 10th by Anthony Painter, Sonny Skinner, Steven Alker, Brad Bryant, Tony Carolan and Vance Veazey.
 
Jody Bellflower and Tyler Williamson both closed with 69s to end one stroke further back at minus-13.
 
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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.