Inksters 62 Gives Her Corning Title

By Sports NetworkMay 25, 2003, 4:00 pm
CORNING, N.Y. -- Juli Inkster fired a remarkable 10-under-par 62 Sunday to come from three shots back to win the LPGA Corning Classic. Inkster finished at 24-under-par 264 for her 29th career victory on the LPGA Tour.
'I just was really calm today. I felt good,' said Inkster. 'I felt like I was playing well enough to go out there and shoot a good score. I was just kind of focusing on what I needed to do and just get the ball on the green and get an opportunity for birdie.'
Lorie Kane was four shots back in second place at 20-under-par 268. She was followed by overnight leader Catriona Matthew at 19-under-par 269.
Inkster, who made her first appearance at Corning since 1996, rocketed out of the gate to start her record final round. After a par at the first, she birdied the second and hit her tee shot to 12 feet for a birdie at the par-3 third.
Inkster landed her approach within three feet for a birdie at the fourth and made it four in a row with a birdie at the fifth to surge to the top of the leaderboard.
She added back-to-back birdies starting at the seventh to go out in 30 and notched the first of three consecutive birdies from the 10th to move to 23-under.
With six holes remaining, Inkster had the magical mark of 59 in sight but the veteran had to scramble down the stretch until trouble found her at the 16th.
Inkster was in the rough at the par-4 hole and her third shot fell short of the putting surface. She nearly saved par from off the green when her ball bounced off the cup but the end result was a crucial 10-foot bogey putt that remained.
The 42-year-old made the putt to fall back to 22-under as Kane began to close in. Inkster recovered almost instantaneously at the par-4 17th when her second shot from a fairway bunker stopped four feet from the hole for a birdie.
At the 18th, Inkster hit her approach to 20 feet and capped her first victory since the 2002 U.S. Women's Open in fine fashion, draining the birdie putt to establish a new course record at Corning Country Club.
'It's great to have those records, but some day they'll be broken,' said Inkster, whose 62 was the lowest final round by a winner in LPGA Tour history. 'But you'll always be a winner here, which is great.'
Kane battled throughout the round to keep pace with Inkster. She had a hot start with four birdies over her first nine holes but could not keep up with the eventual champion on the inward half.
The Canadian birdied the par-5 12th to reach 20-under and parred in for her second runner-up finish of the season.
'I made some good saves, but I didn't get it done coming down the stretch, simple as that, with Juli ahead of me, knowing what she was doing,' said Kane. 'It's been a very positive week, to play the weekend with no bogeys is something that I'm going to carry with me for the rest of the season, I hope, and build from there.'
Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel each carded rounds of 68 to finish tied for fourth at 18-under-par 270.
Rosie Jones, who won this event in back-to-back seasons starting in 1996, was two shots further back along with Anna Acker-Macosko and Soo-Yun Kang at 16- under-par 272.
Last year's winner Laura Diaz made a splash early with a 9-under 63. She finished 12 shots off the lead at 12-under-par 276.
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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.