Monty Wins Hong Kong Title Kingston Folds

By Sports NetworkDecember 4, 2005, 5:00 pm
European TourHONG KONG -- For the second straight year, James Kingston was looking victory in the eye at the Hong Kong Open. And for the second straight year, the 18th hole at Hong Kong Golf Club refused to yield the South African his maiden European Tour win.
Playing in the final pairing and needing only a par to beat Colin Montgomerie, Kingston hit into the trees off the 18th tee and instead carded a double bogey six that gave Montgomerie the victory.
It was a similar ending to last year's event, when Kingston's drive on 18 landed next to a fence, leading to a bogey and a win for Miguel Angel Jimenez.
But last year Kingston and Jimenez were tied heading to 18. This year, the 40- year-old was one shot clear of Montgomerie heading to the final hole.
For his part, Montgomerie scrambled for a tough par at the 16th and then added two more par putts to finish off an even-par 70 round. His 9-under-par 271 for the tournament was good for a one-shot lead over Kingston and four other players.
Ever the classy player, Montgomerie was less than happy with the way he won his 30th European Tour title. In fact, the Scotsman looked downright depressed as Kingston walked off the 18th green.
'Everyone's heart goes out to James Kingston there on the last,' sighed Montgomerie, who just wrapped up his eighth European Tour Order of Merit title at the end of the 2005 season.
'That should have been a playoff at worst, to be honest, and then we would have had more drama coming down that last hole (in a playoff). It's a shame and I think we all feel for him -- every golfer who's ever played the game feels for someone that doubles the last to lose with a one shot lead.'
Indeed, things looked to be falling into place for Kingston to earn his first win. Playing partner and overnight leader Simon Yates stumbled to a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey at the fifth to fall back.
And with no player really taking charge of the final round, Kingston led around the turn after a birdie at No. 3 put him at minus-10.
He reached 11 under with his second birdie of the day at 15, but then began exhibiting jitters at the 16th, where an errant tee shot into the rough led to his first dropped shot since the second round.
But Kingston caught a break when Montgomerie missed a 12-foot birdie putt ahead at 17 that would have tied him with the leader.
Montgomerie played it conservative with an iron off the tee at the par-4 18th. He then missed an uphill birdie putt after his approach shot left him short of the cup.
Kingston also pulled an iron for his tee shot at the final hole. Only instead of hitting the fairway like Montgomerie, he sliced his ball into a group of moderately-spaced trees off to the right.
The only shot he had was sideways back onto the fairway, which he took. Then, in an aggressive move, Kingston attacked the pin with his third shot.
But the ball landed short of the hole on the right side of the green and spun back off the putting surface. A horridly short chip shot then left Kingston with an 8-foot knee knocker that he missed.
The double bogey left Kingston with a 1-over 71 for his final round and an 8-under-par 272 for the tournament. He shared second place with K.J. Choi (69), Keng-Chi Lin (69), Edward Loar (69) and Thammanoon Srirot (68).
First round leader Kang Wook-Soon, the last Asian player to win here when he titled in 1998, shot a final-round 71 and led a group of three players tied for seventh place. He was joined at minus-seven by Thongchai Jaidee (70) and Damien McGrane (71).
Finishing one stroke further back and alone in 10th place was Yates, whose final-round 75 included two double bogeys and two bogeys.
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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.