LPGA Plays Solheim Warm Up

By Sports NetworkSeptember 3, 2003, 4:00 pm
With all eyes focused on the Solheim Cup, this week's John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic has great importance on the outcome, as all United States participants along with four European members are scheduled to compete. Not only that, 25 of the top 30 players on the 2003 money list are also battling it out.
 
Leading the way is defending champion and European Solheim Cup member Annika Sorenstam, making her first appearance in the United States since the U.S. Open in July. Since that time, Sorenstam tied for 17th at the Evian Masters, captured the Women's British Open and posted a third at the HP Open on the Ladies European Tour.
 
Last year, Sorenstam carded three straight rounds in the 60s to cruise to a four-shot win over Lorie Kane. In doing so, Sorenstam set a new tournament record of 199, breaking the previous mark of 201 set the year before by Gloria Park. Trailing by four shots after round one, Sorenstam, shot 66-65, including four birdies on the final six holes, as she captured the seventh of her 11 2002 titles.
 
Joanne Mills and Beth Bauer, who finished third and fifth respectively, also shot all three rounds in the 60s.
 
Solheim Cup assistant Jane Geddes along with eight tournament champions from 2003 are scheduled to compete this week.
 
On Saturday afternoon, one lucky participant will win a trip for two to next week's Solheim Cup. All he or she has to do is sink a 75- foot putt on the practice green. If that doesn't work, then the person closest will win two seats on the official LPGA charter flight to Sweden, airport transfer, hotel accommodations and tickets to watch the United States defend The Solheim Cup, at Barsebck Golf and Country Club in Malmo, Sweden. Contestants who finish second through fifth will also receive prizes.
 
The second-place contestant will receive two American Airlines vouchers, while the third-place finisher receives rounds of golf for two at Tulsa Country Club. Fourth place will be rewarded with a complimentary one-night stay at the Renaissance Resort Hotel and Convention Center, Tulsa's only four-diamond hotel, and the fifth-place winner will receive two inside-the-ropes Honorary Observer spots for the tournament on championship Sunday.
 
After 18 years, the LPGA Tour returned to the state of Oklahoma in 2001. The Tour last came through the Sooner State in 1983, when Jan Stephenson captured the last of her three major titles at the U.S. Women's Open at Tulsa's Cedar Ridge Country Club.
 
Next week, the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour will battle it out at the eighth Solheim Cup matches in Sweden. The next full-field event will be the Safeway Classic, September 26th through 28th in Oregon where Sorenstam is again the defending champion.
 
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.


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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.