Pointed in the Right Direction

By Sports NetworkOctober 13, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)LAS VEGAS - D.A. Points fired an 8-under 64 on Friday at the TPC at Summerlin Course to cruise into the lead during the second round of the Frys.com Open. He stands at 14-under-par 129 and is two ahead of the field.
 
The second round was suspended due to darkness after a rain delay during the round knocked the schedule back. The players will return at 10:16 a.m. ET Saturday to complete the second round with the third round scheduled to begin 90 minutes later.
 
D.A. Points
D.A. Points is seeking his first PGA TOUR win.
The par-72 Summerlin Course and the par-71 TPC at Canyons were used for the first two rounds before the TPC at Summerlin takes over on the weekend.
 
Todd Fischer and Tom Pernice, Jr. both shot 65s at Summerlin on Friday and are tied for second place with Aaron Baddeley. The young Australian, who earned his first PGA TOUR victory earlier this year at The Heritage, was tied for the lead with Points until a disastrous double-bogey at 18. He carded a 6-under 65 at The Canyons and joined Fischer and Pernice at minus-12.
 
Points flew out of the gate with a 26-foot birdie putt at the second and an 8-foot eagle putt at No. 3. He hit his approach stiff at the seventh and tapped in the short birdie putt.
 
At the par-5 ninth, Points rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt to make the turn at 4-under-par 31.
 
He continued his strong play on the second nine as he parred his first three holes on the back side. At the par-5 13th, Points tapped in a short birdie putt, then sank a 6-footer at the 14th to reach 13 under par for the championship.
 
Points' first and only mistake of the round came at the par-5 16th. He hammered a drive down the fairway, but was between clubs and hit a poor second that nearly fell into the water. Points was close enough to the pond he took off his shoes and socks, but did not hit his chip hard enough. Points chipped again, nearly holed it out, but missed a 4-footer for par.
 
Points overcame the miscue at 16 with 6-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th and a 2-footer for birdie at the last to grab first place.
 
'My iron game has been pretty solid,' said Points, who is a three-time winner on the Nationwide Tour. 'These courses set up well for me, they're really appealing to my eye and there are a lot of opportunities if you can hit a good shot.'
 
Points is in serious jeopardy of losing his PGA TOUR card unless he turns it on down the stretch. He stands 164th on the tour's money list and needs a push to crack the top-125.
 
'If I was 124th on the money list, I'd be feeling pretty pressured to keep my card,' admitted Points. 'I have a long way to go before I have it. It's much more important for me to look at it as I'm having fun.'
 
What has been fun for Points is his play of late. He started the season making only five cuts in 21 starts with a tie for 10th at The Honda Classic. In his last five tournaments, Points has made the cut in all five and tied for 15th at the Texas Open.
 
'I've been playing well for the last two-and-a-half months,' said Points. 'When I look at where I was six weeks ago and where I am today, I've got to be proud of myself from going through one of the worst slumps I've had as a professional, to having the potential of having a great couple of months.'
 
Troy Matteson (65), Brent Geiberger (64), Charley Hoffman (66) and Shigeki Maruyama (64) are tied for fifth place at 11-under-par 132.
 
Bo Van Pelt (64), Bill Haas (65), Bubba Watson (66), first-round co-leader Bob Tway (70), Duffy Waldorf (68) and defending champion Wes Short, Jr. (65) share ninth at minus-10.
 
Steve Flesch, who shared the lead with Tway after Thursday's first round, struggled to a 3-over 74 at the TPC at Canyons and fell into a tie for 70th at minus-5.
 
Jim Furyk, a three-time winner and the second-ranked player in the world, shot a 4-under 68 and is tied for 36th place at 7-under-par 136.
 
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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.