Mickelson Wins at Riviera - COPIED

By Sports NetworkFebruary 18, 2008, 5:00 pm
Northern Trust OpenPACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. --Phil Mickelson finally won at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, but it certainly was not easy.
 
Trailing by a stroke with the back nine to go, Mickelson took advantage of several mistakes by Jeff Quinney to post a two-shot victory at the Northern Trust Open.
 
Mickelson shot a 1-under 70 and finished at 12-under 272.
 
It was Mickelson's 33rd PGA TOUR victory, but his first at Riviera. He played in the event 10 times, although once at Valencia Country Club, and once at the 1995 PGA Championship. When you're as good as Mickelson, there aren't many venues where success eludes you.
 
'I've wanted to win this tournament for a long time,' acknowledged the three-time major winner. 'It is pretty cool. Riviera is such a great golf course.'
 
Quinney had the longest active streak on TOUR without a three-putt, but snapped it en route to a bogey at 13.
 
Then he three-putted the 14th for a bogey.
 
Quinney bogeyed 15 and 17 as well to give Mickelson a commanding edge on the 18th tee. Quinney finished strong with a birdie at 18. He posted an even-par 71 to come in at minus-10.
 
Mickelson began the final round with a one-shot lead, but extended quickly thanks to a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 1. Quinney gave him one at the third with a bogey and Mickelson amassed a three-shot lead.
 
He would need all of it.
 
At the par-3 sixth, Quinney converted a 4-foot birdie putt to cut the margin to two. The eighth hole became crucial when Quinney sank a 16-footer for birdie and Mickelson missed his birdie effort from half that distance.
 
Mickelson now owned a one-shot lead and the par-4 ninth changed that. He drove into the rough and could not save par. Quinney made an 11-foot birdie putt at nine to move one shot clear of his fellow Arizona State Sun Devil alum.
 
Mickelson answered shortly after he fell behind. He rolled in a 7-foot birdie putt at 10 and both players birdied the par-5 11th. Mickelson had a tap-in, while Quinney made a 21-footer to stay tied.
 
Quinney hit his approach to 45 feet at the par-4 13th and might blame CBS for part of his problems. He had the longest active streak of no three-putts on the PGA Tour.
 
Until CBS put up the graphic.
 
Quinney recorded his first three-putt in 215 holes and the bogey dropped him one behind Mickelson. Quinney could not start a streak right away. He three-putted the 14th from 36 feet and Mickelson saved par from 8 feet to stay two clear.
 
Both players bogeyed 15 and neither converted makeable birdie chances at 16. Quinney missed a short par putt at the par-5 17th, essentially handing the title to Mickelson.
 
'It was a tough fight today because Jeff played so well,' said Mickelson. 'He gave a couple back coming in the end, but he played very well throughout the day.'
 
For Quinney, he will have to try again for PGA TOUR win No. 1, but summed up the differences between himself and Mickelson.
 
'The advantage Phil has is the extra length,' said Quinney. 'That's the advantage he has over me. It puts that much more pressure on my wedge game and short to keep up with his power.'
 
Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald both shot rounds of 3-under 68 on Sunday to share third place at minus-7.
 
Ryuji Imada (68) and Scott Verplank (70) tied for fifth place at 6-under 278.
 
K.J. Choi (70), J.B. Holmes (70), Robert Allenby (68) and Stuart Appleby (71) shared seventh at 5-under-par 279.
 
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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.