Moore Collects Second BuyCom Win of 02

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2002, 4:00 pm
FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. -- Patrick Moore carded a bogey-free three- under-par 68 in Sunday's final round to win the inaugural Lake Erie Classic with a 72-hole total of nine-under 275. He captured his second title of the year and took over the top spot on the Buy.com Tour's 2002 money list.
 
The 32-year-old Moore, who won the Richmond Open as a Monday qualifier six weeks ago, earned a check worth $76,500 for the second time this season.
 
'The first win in Richmond was special and it always will be, but this one kind of validates that the first one wasn't just luck,' he said. 'All I ever wanted was an opportunity to play. I just wanted a chance to prove that I could play.'
 
One more victory and Moore will get a shot at the big leagues. Any Buy.com Tour player who wins three times in a season earns an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour.
 
Hunter Haas, the 1999 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, shot an even-par 71 at the Upper Course at Peek 'n Peak Resort to finish second at eight-under.
 
Kelly Gibson and Doug Barron, who both shared the lead after 54 holes with Haas, turned in one-over 72s and wound up in third place at seven-under 277 with Andrew McLardy (69), Tyler Williamson (70) and second-round leader Omar Uresti.
 
Uresti opened with back-to-back 67s but struggled to a 77 in the third round to slip into a tie for 26th place. He rebounded on Sunday with the day's best round of five-under 66.
 
Haas rang up three birdies over the first five holes to reach 11-under, but bogeyed the sixth, ninth, 10th and 13th to back up to seven-under. Although he sank a birdie at the 17th hole to pull within one of Moore, who was already in the clubhouse, Haas failed to force a playoff when he missed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.
 
Gibson made a pair of early birdies but dropped to one-over for the day at the turn after suffering a double-bogey at the seventh and a bogey at the eighth.
 
Barron seemed headed for a runaway win when he birdied four of the first eight holes to take a two-shot lead at 12-under par. But he carded a quadruple-bogey eight on the 500-yard, par-four ninth, where he twice visited the woods lining the fairway before missing an eight-foot putt that would have limited the damage to a triple.
 
Barron was still in the mix at eight-under, that is until he bogeyed the par- five 17th and closed with a par at 18.
 
Moore made it to eight-under with birdies at the first and third holes. After a run of 13 straight pars he two-putted from long range for birdie at 17, which proved to be the difference.
 
Ben Bates (71) and Anthony Painter (71) tied for eighth place at minus six.
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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.