Nelson Fires 63 to Win the SBC Championship

By Sports NetworkOctober 21, 2001, 4:00 pm
Larry Nelson matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Sunday and came from two shots back and win the SBC Championship at Dominion Country Club. His 17-under-par 199 also established a new tournament record and gave him a two-shot win over Bob Gilder and Gary McCord.
The 63 also equaled the mark Fred Gibson set in last year's event and the first-round score of McCord on Friday. The 199 broke Larry Mowry's 1982 score of 201.
Nelson went at the 18th green in two, a move that most players avoided all week because of water guarding the green. His three-wood approach from 220 yards landed safely on the putting surface, but his eagle putt stopped on the lip. Nelson tapped in for the birdie and a one-shot lead over Gilder, and a two-shot edge over McCord.
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Gilder laid up at No. 18 but his second shot landed in the left rough and put him in a position where he could only get the ball 40 feet from the hole. Gilder's birdie putt that could have forced a playoff stopped five feet short of the hole and Nelson won for the fifth time on the Senior Tour in 2001.
'Pretty good day,' said Nelson, who earned $210,000 for the win. 'I knew I probably needed birdie on the last hole. I had laid up on Friday and Saturday. I felt the gamble on 18 was worth it.'
Nelson started a birdie tear at the second hole when he played a 7-iron to three feet. He added another at the third with a 15-footer. It was not until the sixth hole that Nelson really turned it on.
At No. 6, he converted a six-foot birdie putt and after a sand wedge into the seventh green left him with only a three-footer for birdie, he was already near the lead. Nelson drained a 35-foot birdie putt at No. 7 and made it four birdies in a row when he two-putted from 20 feet at the par-5 9th.
The 54-year-old once again had an eagle opportunity at a par-5 hole, this time it was the 512-yard 11th. He had only 15 feet for eagle, but missed the putt and walked off with the birdie. Nelson picked up his eighth birdie of the round at No. 13 when he made a 12-footer.
Nelson won for the fifth time in 2001 but for the first time since the Farmers Charity Classic in July.
'I think there were two or three goals for me this week,' said Nelson, who won for the 16th time on the elder circuit. 'One was to win since I hadn't won since July. Second was to not make any mistakes. To come back and play this well is gratifying.'
McCord, who was tied for the lead going into Sunday's final round, shot a 67, which included a chip-in birdie at No. 15.
Gilder racked up eight birdies and two bogeys on Sunday but failed to grab his second win of the season.
'I played well today,' said Gilder. 'I was just upset with myself on the last hole. I made a mental error. I should have gone for it in two. I just didn't know the golf course well enough.'
Defending champion Doug Tewell finished alone in fourth place at 13-under par.
Ray Floyd, Bobby Wadkins and Bruce Fleisher shared fifth at minus-10.
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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.