Killeen Alone on Top at ShopRite

By Sports NetworkJune 19, 2004, 4:00 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Denise Killeen posted her second straight round of 6-under 65 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Killeen stands at 12-under-par 130, two shots clear of Giulia Sergas, who shared the lead with Killeen after round one.
Cristie Kerr carded a 3-under 68 to finish at 8-under-par 134. Paula Creamer, a 17-year-old amateur from Pleasanton, California, had grabbed the lead when she finished at 8 under, before being passed by Killeen and Sergas. Creamer fired a 7-under 64 and joins Kerr in third place, one stroke clear of Mi Hyun Kim.
Killeen parred the first five holes of her round before sinking a 6-foot birdie putt at the sixth at the Marriott Sea Resort Bay Course. She then birdied the eighth from 5 feet out to get to 8 under.
The 42-year-old Georgia native caught fire down the stretch. She dropped her gap-wedge within 10 feet of the cup at the par-4 15th to set up her third birdie.
Killeen, who owns just nine top-10s in her 12 years on tour, came right back with a short birdie putt at the 16th. She knocked her second shot to 3 feet for birdie at No. 17 and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 closing hole to match the 36-hole scoring record of 130, which was set by Amy Benz in 1996.
'Today, I watched everybody else make birdies,and once again, I made a couple,' Killeen said. 'I kind of hung in there and finished with a little flurry there.'
Killeen, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, posted her best career finish in 2001 when she tied for fourth at the Longs Drugs Challenge and matched that finish later that year at the Michelob Light Classic.
'I still have my goal in front of me,' said Killeen, who played with Kerr and Sergas. 'Still have six more birdies to make tomorrow. I feel I can only control what I do, not what everybody else does.'
Sergas stuck her second shot 3 feet from the cup at the second for her first birdie of the day. She sank a 3-footer at the next and a 9-footer, both for birdie, at the fourth to climb to minus-9.
The 24-year-old missed the fairway at the eighth and that led to her first bogey. Sergas stumbled to a three-putt bogey at the 12th to slip back to 7 under.
Sergas hit a 6-iron to the par-3 14th and knocked it 4 feet from the hole. She drained that putt and two-putted for birdie at the par-5 16th to get back to 9 under. Sergas got within two shots of Killeen with a birdie at the last.
'I played with two really good players and it's fun to see good golf,' said Sergas. 'And it's fun to play good golf too. So I'm happy.'
Creamer opened at minus-1 and dropped a shot at the first with a three-putt bogey. She then rolled off five straight birdies, including two from 35 feet out.
The young Californian was unable to get up-and-down for par at the 10th, but she quickly made up for that mistake. Creamer drained consecutive birdies from the 13th and again from the 17th to jump into a share of third place.
Maria Hjorth and Joanne Mills share sixth place at 6-under-par 136. Juli Inkster, Carin Koch, Miriam Nagl, Kelly Robbins, Jenny Rosales, Sherri Steinhauer and Karrie Webb are one stroke further back at minus-5.
The cut line fell at 2-over-par 144. Defending champion Angela Stanford rallied with a 69 on Saturday, but missed the cut by one stroke at plus-3.
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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.