Pair Share Top Spot at British Masters

By Sports NetworkJune 6, 2003, 4:00 pm
WARWICKSHIRE, England -- Richard Green of Australia posted a 6-under 66 on Friday to share the second-round lead with Greg Owen at the British Masters. Owen, who shot his second consecutive round of 68, and Green stand at 8-under-par 136 and share a one-shot lead.
David Lynn and Marcel Siem carded matching rounds of 1-under 71 to share third place at 7-under-par 137.
Green did not get off to the start that would make him think he would share the lead at the midway point at the Arden Course at Marriot Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club. He hit a poor second shot at the par-5 third hole and left with bogey but rebounded at the short par-4 fourth. He chipped his second shot in from 51 yards out to go 1-under for the round.
'I just tried to play in a nice pitch close and it decided to go in,' said Green, referring to his play at the 381-yard fourth hole. 'I saw it go in and that really kick-started my day. It gives you a nice feeling and kicks you off.'
Green took advantage of the next par-5, the 524-yard seventh. He reached the green in two with a 6-iron and two-putted for his first birdie of the round. He made it two in a row with a nine-foot birdie putt at the eighth to make the turn at 3-under 33.
Green played steady golf on the second nine with six pars in a row to open. He birdied 16 and 17 for the second time in as many days and closed his round with a 5-iron approach to 12 feet to set up birdie and reach the top of the leaderboard.
'I've made a pact this week that I am not going to change my routine, no matter how hard the shot or how easy,' said Green, who became the first left- hander to win on tour since 1975 when he outlasted Ian Woosnam and Greg Norman in a playoff at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic. 'It's going to be the same every time. It's worked the first two days and I hope it does for the next two.'
Owen started on the back nine Friday and broke into red figures quickly with a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 10. He added a pair of late birdies, including a near chip-in at 18, for a first-nine 33.
Owen collected eight pars on the front side but played the seventh in similar fashion to Green. He landed on the green in two with a 6-iron and two putts later it was a birdie and a share of the second-round lead with Green.
'On this course you can get low scoring or it can come up and grab you,' said Owen, who is winless on the European Tour. 'I have just got to be patient and just try to play the game and keep the scoring going.'
That was Owen's second round without a bogey on Friday. His last mistake hole was a double-bogey at the fourth hole in the third round of last week's Wales Open at Celtic Manor Resort.
Darren Fichardt (66), Matthew Blackey (68) and Mikael Lundberg (69) share fifth place at 6-under-par 138. Ignacio Garrido, the winner of the Volvo PGA Championship two weeks ago, is alone in eighth place at minus-5.
Peter Fowler, the first-round leader, shot a 3-over 75 on Friday and is part of a group in ninth place. Stephen Gallacher and Jean-Francois Lucquin shot matching rounds of 1-under 71 and joined Fowler at 4-under-par 140.
Justin Rose, the 2002 British Masters champion, struggled to a 3-over 75 on Friday and made the 36-hole cut on the number at even-par 144.
Colin Montgomerie was not as fortunate as Rose. He carded rounds of 73-75 and missed the cut at 4-over 148. Montgomerie, who also missed the 36-hole mark last week in Wales, is now limping into next week's U.S. Open at Olympia Fields Country Club outside of Chicago.
'In the past, I've missed a couple of cuts and then I won the BMW after I missed in Switzerland and somewhere else, so yes of course there are quick turn-arounds,' said Montgomerie, who lost the 1994 U.S. Open in a playoff to current Order of Merit leader Ernie Els. 'Whether I have enough time to turn it around before next week, I'm not sure. But I'll turn it around soon, it is just a matter of when.'
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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.