No Raining on Phils Pebble Parade

By Sports NetworkFebruary 13, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- -- Phil Mickelson stumbled to a 1-over 73 Sunday, but it was still enough to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by four strokes over fellow Masters winner Mike Weir.
Mickelson ended the tournament at 19-under-par 269 and became the first player to win this event in its 72-hole format in wire-to-wire fashion. He won for the second straight week for the first time in his career.
'It's been fun. I've played well the last couple of weeks,' said Mickelson after winning for the 25th time on the PGA Tour. 'I'm very excited to get the year off with a couple of wins. It sure feels good.'
Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, posted the round of the day as he closed the event with a 5-under 67 to finish at 15-under-par 273. Englishman Greg Owen took third place at minus-13 after a closing 72.
Tim Clark and Paul Goydos carded matching rounds of 1-under 71 to end the tournament at 12-under-par 276.
Mickelson began the week with a stellar 62 to establish a new course record at Spyglass Hill. He went on to set new 36- and 54-hole scoring records before finishing one off the tournament scoring mark owned by Mark O'Meara.
He got his final round going at Pebble Beach with a birdie from 3 feet out at the par-4 fourth to climb to minus-21. At that point, Mickelson led by nine strokes.
Mickelson stumbled to a bogey at the par-5 sixth and another at the ninth. The reigning Masters champion slid back to minus-18 when his par putt at the 10th rolled by the left edge.
His lead had fallen to four shots over Weir, but Mickelson was undaunted. He came right back to sink a 20-foot birdie putt at the 11th to get to 19 under.
From there, Mickelson battled to seven straight pars to close his round. From the 12th to the 16th, Lefty missed makeable birdie putts on each green, then converted an excellent up-and-down par at 16. He two-putted for par on each of the final two greens to close out the win.
'I was trying to get through the first 10 holes without making a big mistake,' said Mickelson. 'The first 10 holes were mostly into the wind. I thought I could make birdies coming in because the wind was starting to help.'
Mickelson was not deterred all week by the slow pace of play. He actually tried to relish his time on the course despite the fact that his final round took just under six hours.
'You have to accept the fact that they're going to be long, long days and relish it,' Mickelson said. 'When you get great partners to play with, you are able to enjoy the day and six-hour rounds don't seem like six-hour rounds.'
Weir, who has come from behind in six of his seven wins, started the day 10 shots behind Mickelson. The Canadian got off to a hot start as he drained birdies at one and two to get to 12 under.
Weir tripped to a bogey at the third, but erased that mistake with a birdie at No. 4. He picked up birdies at nine and 11 to get within four.
However, he ran off six consecutive pars from the 12th. Weir birdied the par-5 18th to secure second place.
'I played one of the better rounds I've ever played,' said Weir. 'It could have been a really special round if a few things could have dropped for me.'
Darren Clarke and Arron Oberholser each closed with 71s to share sixth place at 11-under-par 277. Graeme McDowell also posted a final-round 71 to end at minus-10.
Davis Love III, the 2001 and 2003 champion here, finished in a tie for ninth at 9-under-par 279. He was joined there by 1992 runner-up Jeff Sluman.
Joel Kribel (70), Billy Andrade (73), Luke Donald (71), Robert Gamez (73) and Charles Howell III (72) shared 11th place at 8-under-par 280. Kribel and his amateur partner, Barry McCollam, were the winners of the Pro-Am portion of the tournament.
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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.