Jenkins Makes It 10-for-10

By Sports NetworkMay 4, 2003, 4:00 pm
HOOVER, Ala. -- Tom Jenkins fired a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Bruno's Memorial Classic. Jenkins finished with a 54-hole total of 16-under-par 200, which was good for a three-shot win over Bruce Fleisher.
'It was a great day,' said Jenkins, who pocketed $210,000 for the win. 'It's hard to explain how these things happen especially when you're playing with two of the best players on the Champions Tour.'
Hale Irwin, who led after the first two rounds, struggled to a 1-over 73 and shared third place with Jim Colbert, who posted a 3-under 69 in Sunday's final round at Greystone Golf and Country Club. The duo finished at minus-11 as Irwin remains winless in 2003.
'It was just one of those days that, if I hit it close, I missed the putt,' Irwin said. 'Tom played spectacularly. I just never seemed to get my feet under me.'
Jenkins broke into red figures quickly with a pair of birdies at two and three but the 55-year-old dropped a shot at the par-3 fourth. Jenkins closed his front nine with birdies at six and nine to make the turn at 3-under 33.
Jenkins birdied 11 and 14 to reach 16-under par-but it was Irwin's play down the stretch that sent Jenkins atop the leaderboard. Irwin birdied 12 to stay near first but he bogeyed 13 and 14 to fall down the leaderboard.
Irwin birdied 12 but bogeyed 13 and 14 after playing even-par golf until that point.
'I seemed to be left-footing myself all day,' said Irwin, who won this event in 2001. 'Nothing against left-footers, but I'm right-footed.'
Fleisher drained a 15-foot birdie putt at the 13th to match Jenkins at 15-under par. Jenkins knocked an 8-iron to two feet to set up birdie at the 14th to go ahead by one but Fleisher had the best chance of keeping things interesting with Jenkins.
Fleisher, down one to Jenkins, missed a sliding five-footer for par at the 15th to fall two back but Fleisher still had a chance as the 18th at Greystone is a par-5.
Fleisher hit a poor drive at the 18th hole and never recovered. He bogeyed the hole and Jenkins parred out to take the title.
'The better man won today,' said Fleisher. 'I made quite a few mistakes today. You learn from your mistakes and hopefully I will. Tom played very well today, he really did. He's an excellent player from 100 yards in. That's his strength.'
Jenkins became the 10th different winner in 10 events on the Champions Tour in 2003 and also the 12th different champion of the Bruno's Memorial Classic in its 12-year history.
Jenkins won for the fourth time since joining the Champions Tour in 1998 and the title was his first since last year's Canada Senior Open Championship, a tournament he also captured in 2000.
'Words can't describe the feeling of winning,' said Jenkins. 'To go head to head with those guys and win -- it's a nice feeling. We have a lot of great players out here and it's going to get better and better.'
Rodger Davis came in fifth at 10-under par, followed by Graham Marsh (69), Bruce Summerhays (68), John Jacobs (70) and Bob Gilder (72), who shared sixth place at 9-under-par 207.
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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.