Ochoa Wins Wraps Up POY

By Sports NetworkNovember 12, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Mitchell Co. Tournament of ChampionsMOBILE, Ala. -- Lorena Ochoa knew what she needed to do Sunday to win the Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions. A solid round would give her a sixth win of the season.
 
Ochoa responded. The Mexican fired a stellar 7-under 65 to romp to a 10-stroke win, a record winning margin for this event. She finished at 21-under-par 267, which is a new tournament scoring record. It was also Ochoa's third straight win.
 
With the win, Ochoa earns her first Player of the Year award. Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb combined to win 10 of the last 11 Player of the Year awards. Other than Sorenstam and Webb, Ochoa is the first woman since 1996 to win Player of the Year.
 
'It's kind of hard to describe. After what happened on Friday on my first hole, it was a big challenge and a big thing,' said Ochoa, who started with a double-bogey on Friday. 'I was just trying to keep myself in a good position in the tournament. Winning the tournament was very special. I think this is going to be a place I will remember for the rest of my life and just achieving my goal of being the best player in 2006. It was a great day today.'
 
Juli Inkster closed with a 4-under 68 to join Paula Creamer in second place at 11-under-par 277. Creamer closed with a 70.
 
Angela Stanford also shot 70 on Sunday to take fourth at minus-7. Joo Mi Kim managed a 72 in the final round to end alone in fifth at 4-under-par 284 at Magnolia Grove Crossings Course.
 
Ochoa, who has struggled in the past at closing tournaments, made sure this would not be close. She two-putted for birdie on the par-5 fourth and made it two straight with a tap-in birdie on five.
 
The Mexican also birdied the sixth to make it three in a row. Those birdies moved her to 17 under par. Ochoa made her only mistake on the par-3 eighth. She bogeyed that hole for the second straight day as she was unable to get up and down for par from a bunker.
 
Ochoa quickly atoned for that error with a 15-foot birdie putt on nine. Around the turn, she pulled away from the field. She birdied No. 11 and came right back with her fourth birdie in four days at the 12th.
 
The 24-year-old made it three in a row with a birdie on the par-5 13th. Ochoa went on to birdie 15 as well. She closed with three straight pars to finish at minus-21, breaking Se Ri Pak's tournament record of 268, which was set in 2002.
 
'I was glad it was Friday and that it happened on the first hole,' said Ochoa, who earned $150,000 for the win, of her double-bogey at the first on Friday. 'It didn't make me mad... It was just the beginning, just the start, and I thought, no problem. So I challenged myself and I tried really hard and worked really hard and it ended up being good.'
 
Creamer got as close as anyone to Ochoa on Sunday. Creamer posted three front- nine birdies to move to 12 under. She also birdied the 11th to remain five behind Ochoa.
 
As Ochoa kept making birdies, Creamer cooled off. She tripped to bogeys on 12 and 14 to slip back to 11 under. Creamer closed with four pars to join her Solheim Cup teammate, Inkster, in second place.
 
'The last three holes I had some big putts to make to get second on my own,' admitted Creamer. 'I knew that going on to the 16th. I am pleased with how I played. I started off real strong on the front nine today. I put some pressure on Lorena, but she has been playing awesome so what are you going to do.'
 
Inkster stumbled to a bogey on the first. She bounced back with an eagle on the fourth to move to minus-eight. After five straight pars, the Hall-of-Famer posted consecutive birdies from the 13th. Inkster notched her final birdie on 16 to finish at minus-11.
 
Dorothy Delasin struggled to a two-over 74 Sunday. She ended in a share of sixth place alongside the last two Women's British Open champions Jeong Jang (68) and Sherri Steinhauer (70). Cristie Kerr and Soo-Yun Kang both closed with rounds of three-under 69 to share ninth at minus-two.
 
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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.