Kite Wins Ninth Career Champions Tour Title

By Sports NetworkAugust 20, 2006, 4:00 pm
Champions TourSNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Tom Kite birdied the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Keith Fergus and win the Greater Seattle Classic.
Fergus fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to get in at 15-under-par 201. Kite had a chance for birdie at the last, but could not convert and closed with a 66 to join Fergus at minus-15.
In the playoff, Fergus found the left rough after Kite's drive split the fairway on the 18th at TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge. Fergus lost his second well right of the green.
His ball bounced off a cart path and was caught by a fan in the stands, then dropped. No matter as Fergus would have gotten a free drop from the grandstands regardless.
Kite's second shot bounced off the green and into a back bunker. He had a long wait for his third as Fergus got his drop from the stands.
Fergus' third again hit a cart path short of the green and he needed another drop from the path after his ball came to rest on the cement. He finally pitched his fourth to 15.
Kite blasted out to 4 feet. After Fergus two-putted for bogey, Kite rolled his birdie effort in for the win. It was his second title this season and ninth of his career on the Champions Tour.
'Other than 17 and 18 down the stretch, this putter was on fire this week. It's the reason (I won),' said Kite, who collected $240,000 for the victory. 'I'm so juiced right now. I'm really playing well right now. This putter is so much fun right now.'
Fergus got into the clubhouse first. He birdied the first, but parred five straight from there. Fergus ran off three consecutive birdies from the seventh to move to 11-under.
The 52-year-old birdied the 12th and converted back-to-back birdies from the 15th to get to minus-14. Fergus got into the clubhouse at 15-under with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
Kite drained a 5-foot eagle putt on the first and came back with a birdie on No. 3. He converted a birdie effort on the seventh and made it two in a row with a birdie on eight.
The 1992 U.S. Open champion gave a stroke back with a bogey on 12. Kite fought back with birdies on 14 and 15 to grab the lead at 15 under. He made it three straight with a birdie at 16.
'That's a great hole,' Kite said of No. 14. 'Jack (Nicklaus) has to be admired for being able to build in my opinion what is truly one of the great, great short par fours in the game of golf. If you can't have fun and get your heart pumping on that hole, something's wrong with you.'
Kite faltered to a three-putt bogey on 17 to fall back to minus-15. At the last, he had a chance to win outright, but he was unable to sink his 10-foot birdie putt and it was off to the playoff.
Second-round leader Don Pooley struggled to a 2-under 70 to come in at 14- under-par 202. He was joined in a share for third place by David Edwards (66), Tom Jenkins (61), Wayne Levi (66) and Scott Simpson (69). Jenkins' 61 matched the course record, which Simpson set on Saturday.
Walter Hall took eighth place 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.