Medalist Gets Bounced at US Amateur
Mundorf matched the 18-hole record for a U.S. Amateur with a nine-under-par 63 on Tuesday but missed the green long with his tee shot at the long par- three 18th on Wednesday and lost the match.
The match, the final one of the first day of match play, was all-square until the 14th when Mundorf won the hole with a birdie three. The players halved the 15th but Earnhardt won the next two holes thanks to bogeys by Mundorf, giving him a 1-up lead with one hole to play.
Earnhardt and Mundorf halved the 18th with pars as Mundorf was able to save par but it was too late as Earnhardt will move on to face Robert Hamilton, a 3 & 2 winner over Andrew Svoboda, in the second round.
The defending U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney advanced with a 4 &3 win over former Arizona State teammate Chez Reavie. He will square off with Walker Cup teammate D.J. Trahan on Thursday.
'He hits it pretty far and he's pretty aggressive,' said Quinney, referring to his opponent on Thursday. 'So I'm going to have to make some birdies to beat him.'
Quinney is looking to become only the fourth player since World War II to successfully defend his title, joining Harvie Ward, Jr. (1955-56), Jay Sigel (1982-83) and Tiger Woods, who won three in row from 1994-1996.
Quinney's runner-up last year, James Driscoll also moved on Wednesday but it took him a little longer than expected. He needed 19 holes to best 43- year-old Jay Childs, who competed in his first U.S. Amateur in 21 years.
On the 19th hole, Childs found the right rough off the tee while Driscoll blew a 315-yard drive down the fairway. Childs' second shot missed the green short and left and then he flew his chip 15 feet past the hole. Driscoll wedged his approach shot on to the putting surface and collected his par, while Childs missed his par save.
'I could just tell on the first tee that he was the kind of player that could sneak up on you and the kind of guy you never heard of but could sneak up and do some crazy things at the end of the match -- like I was expecting him to chip in,' said Driscoll, who will face Casey Yates in the second round. 'I know hes played a long time and has a lot of experience. But, I cant even compare to last years match so Im not going to try. But, I am just glad to be playing (Thursday).'
Among the other morning winners were; 2000 quarterfinalist Jerry Courville and Dan Summerhays, who is the youngest player remaining in the field at 17 years of age.
Both the second and third rounds will be contested on Thursday, culminating in a 36-hole final on Sunday. Upper Bracket
Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) def. Chris Mundorf, Raleigh, N.C. (134), 1 up
Robert Hamilton, Carmichael, Calif. (141) def. Andrew Svoboda, Stamford, Conn. (141), 3 and 2
Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143)def. Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (139), 4 and 3
Daniel Ozley, Birmingham, Ala. (143) def. Steve Sokol, Oxford, Conn. (140), 1 up
Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) def. Oliver Wilson, England (137), 2 up.
Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah (142) def. Michael Carlisle, Aiken, S.C. (141), 1 up
Jerry Courville, Milford, Conn. (137) def. Craig Steinberg, Los Angeles, Calif. (143), 3 and 2
Billy Harvey, Las Vegas, Nev. (142) def. Matt Hendrix, Aiken, S.C. (141), 3 and 1
James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) def. Jay Childs, Kennesaw, Ga. (143), 19 holes
Casey Yates, Fouke, Ark. (142) def. Chris Wisler, Dover, Del. (141), 4 and 3
Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) def. Brock Mackenzie, Yakima, Wash. (138), 1 up
Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles, Calif. (142) def. Atsushi Takase, Japan (141), 2 and 1
Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. (136) def. Cameron Yancey, Blackstone, Va. (143), 4 and 2
Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.(141) def. Scott Hailes, West Bountiful, Utah (142), 2 and 1
Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) def. Ben Portie, Westminster, Colo. (138), 4 and 3
Manuel Merizalde, Colombia (142) def. John Robertson, Olympia, Wash.(141), 3 and 2
Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) def. Scott Feaster, Columbia, S.C. (144), 5 and 4
Brian Nosler, Lake Oswego, Ore. (141) def. Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, Va. (141), 1 up
Jamie Elson, England (139) def. Brad Morris, Clay City, Ky. (143), 5 and 4
Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga. (142) def. Mike Plate, Ogallala, Neb. (140), 7 and 6
John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) def. Alan Morgan, Lake Charles, La. (143), 19 holes
Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock, Ga. (142) def. David Griffiths, England (141), 5 and 4
D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) def. Scott Wingfield, Las Vegas, Nev. (143), 4 and 2
Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore. (142)def. Chez Reavie, Mesa, Ariz. (141), 4 and 3.
Michael Sims, Bermuda (135) def. Steve Christophel, Vacaville, Calif. (143), 23 up
Simon Nash, Australia (142) def. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (141), 3 and 2
John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) def. Mike McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa (138), 21 holes
Ryan Blaum, Coral Gables, Fla. (142) def. Wayne Raath, South Africa (140), 1 up
Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) def. Richard McEvoy, England (143), 1 up
Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.Dak. (142) def. Jay Morgan, Choctaw, Okla. (141), 2 and 1.
Chris Nallen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) def. Lucas Glover, Greenville, S.C. (138), 20 holes
Bubba Dickerson, Hilliard, Fla. (141) def. Steve Paramore, Ashland, Ohio (142), 6 and 5Pairings for Thursday's second round of match play:
7:30 a.m. - Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. (144) vs. Robert Hamilton,
Carmichael, Calif. (141)
7:40 a.m. - Scott Abbott, Dallas, Texas (143) vs. Daniel Ozley,
Birmingham, Ala. (143)
7:50 a.m. - Brooks Kelly, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (143) vs. Daniel Summerhays,
Farmington, Utah (142)
8:00 a.m. - Jerry Courville, Milford, conn. (137) vs. Billy Harvey, Las
Vegas, Nev. (142)
8:10 a.m. - James Driscoll, Brookline, Mass. (136) vs. Casey Yates, Fouke,
8:20 a.m. - Taichiro Kiyota, Japan (143) vs. Sandy Horacek, Los Angeles,
8:30 a.m. - Nick Watney, Fresno, Calif. vs. Nicholas Thompson, Coral
Springs, Fla. (141)
8:40 a.m. - Nick Cassini, Athens, Ga. (143) vs. Manuel Merizalde, Colombia
8:50 a.m. - Robert Godfrey, Clemson, S.C. (135) vs. Brian Nosler, Lake
Oswego, Ore. (141)
9:00 a.m. - Jamie Elson, England (139) vs. Michael Webb, Elberton, Ga.
9:10 a.m. - John Engler, Augusta, Ga. (136) vs. Kris Mikkelsen, Woodstock,
9:20 a.m. - D.J. Trahan, Inman, S.C. (137) vs. Jeff Quinney, Eugene, Ore.
9:30 a.m. - Michael Sims, Bermuda (135 vs. Simon Nash, Australia (142)
9:40 a.m. - John Carlson, Bagley, Minn. (143) vs. Ryan Blaum, Coral
Gables, Fla. (142)
9:50 a.m. - Camilo Villegas, Colombia (136) vs. Andy Doeden, Fargo, N.D.
10:00 a.m. - Chris Nalen, Hackettstown, N.J. (143) vs. Bubba Dickerson,
Hillard, Fla. (141)
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.