Park Leads Suspended SBS Open

By Sports NetworkFebruary 16, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 SBS OpenKAHUKU, Oahu, Hawaii -- Grace Park posted a 6-under-par 66 Thursday to take the clubhouse lead during the first round of the SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
Becky Iverson is tied with Park at 6-under-par through 15 holes, after making back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14.
Grace Park
Grace Park had a flawless 66 Thursday to take the early lead in Hawaii.
Allison Hanna, Sherri Turner and Meena Lee are tied for second place at 4-under-par 68. They were joined there by Kyeong Bae, who is through 15 holes of her opening round.
Rachel Hetherington carded a 69 to share sixth place. She was joined at minus- 3 by Johanna Head, Marisa Baena, Stacy Prammanasudh, Sung Ah Yim and Jimin Kang.
Morgan Pressel, who tied for second at last year's U.S. Women's Open, finished her round at 2 under par in her 2006 debut as a professional on the LPGA Tour. Pressel reached 4-under-par after 14 holes, but three straight bogeys dropped her back to minus one, but she rebounded with a birdie on the last for 70.
The first round on the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort was delayed for 50 minutes due to rain, then eventually suspended for the night due to darkness.
Park got off to a fast start as her approach to the first stopped 6 feet from the cup. She sank that birdie try, the drained an 8-footer for birdie at the second.
The 26-year-old ran home a 20-foot birdie putt on the sixth to get to 3 under. Park parred her next three holes then made a 6-foot birdie try on 10.
Park moved to minus-5 as she birdied the 16th from 4 feet. She closed with a 10-foot birdie putt on the last to end at minus-6.
'I'm looking forward to this year and I'm happy and relieved to get the first round out of the way,' said Park, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour. 'Shooting a first score of 66, I'm very happy. I had a little butterflies in my stomach starting off the round. That is why I'm relieved.'
Hanna drained a 40-footer from the back of the green for birdie on the second. She birdied the third and fourth, both from inside 10 feet, to get to 3 under.
The 23-year-old dropped a shot on the fifth, but got that stroke back at the sixth. Hanna parred 11 straight before making a 3-foot birdie putt at the last.
'I putted well and made good par putts on the back nine,' Hanna said. 'I kept the ball in play.'
Turner played the back nine first and picked up her first birdie on the 12th. She left herself 20 feet for birdie on 14 and was able to make the putt.
The 49-year-old made a 10-foot birdie try on the first. Turner, the 1988 LPGA Championship winner, got up and down for birdie on the par-5 third. She faltered to a bogey at the fifth, but atoned for that error with a 6-foot birdie putt on six to share second place.
Lee birdied the third, but fell to plus-1 with bogeys on five and seven. The Korean birdied each of her next two holes to turn at minus-1. Lee ran off three consecutive birdies from the 11th to jump to 4 under. She parred her last five holes to remain there.
European Solheim Cuppers Maria Hjorth, Sophie Gustafson and Catriona Matthew each posted rounds of 2-under-par 70. They were joined there by Julieta Granada, Jill McGill and Soo Young Moon. Shi Hyun Ahn and Nicole Perrot are also at 2 under and were playing their final hole when play stopped.
Defending champion Jennifer Rosales is plus-2 after round one along with Paula Creamer.
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.