Pressel Wins Womens Am In a Rout

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2005, 4:00 pm
U.S. WomenROSWELL, Ga. -- Morgan Pressel rolled to a 9 and 8 win over Maru Martinez on Sunday to win the 36-hole final at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
'I came here this week expecting big things of myself, had a lot of expectations from everybody, and just to pull through and to be able to play as well as I did this week, this means a lot,' Pressel said. 'It's definitely encouraging.'
Pressel was 7-under par during the final match and an impressive minus-40 for the entire week, including the stroke play portion of the tournament.
'That's a lot,' stated Pressel. 'I struck the ball extremely well this week. I made a lot of putts and 40-under par is a lot. I don't know, I just played well.'
Pressel, who never trailed in the final, won the first when Martinez bogeyed the par-5 opening hole. Pressel moved 2-up on her opponent with a birdie on the par-4 third.
Martinez, who beat Alison Whitaker 4 and 3 in the semifinals, fought back with birdies on five and seven to square the match. Pressel took a 1-up lead to the second nine with a birdie on the par-four ninth.
Each player made a mess of the 10th, as they halved the hole to double-bogey sevens. Martinez squared the match for the final time with a birdie on the par-three 12th at the Settindown Creek Course at Ansley Golf Club.
Pressel, who tied for second place at this year's U.S. Women's Open, was conceded birdies on 13 and 16 to grab a 2-up lead. She never looked back from there.
The 17-year-old ran in a 28-foot birdie putt on the 17th and two-putted for birdie on 18 to finish the opening 18 holes 4-up.
The second 18 was more of the same and was played in a fairly steady rain. Pressel, who got to the final with a 3 and 1 win over Angela Park, was conceded birdie on the No. 19. She made it two in a row with birdie at the next to take a 6-up.
Pressel won three consecutive holes from the 22nd thanks to three straight bogeys by Martinez.
Martinez tried to fight back with a win on the 23rd, but the 21-year-old made a mess of the next to again fall 9-down.
Pressel tripped to her first bogey of the afternoon at the 27th hole as her lead dropped to 8-up. However, she closed out the match at the next by securing a par on the par-5 28th.
'I thought it was going to be good for me to take a break,' said Martinez of the break between the morning and afternoon 18s. 'I thought it was probably that I was tired and I needed to rest a little bit. When I came out for the second round, I came out with the best thoughts. Four-down is nothing, you can make four birdies and come back, but it never happened.'
The champion has a busy schedule the remainder of the year. Pressel is playing in the North & South Amateur next week. She has accepted a pair of invitations into LPGA events, the Wendy's Championship and the State Farm Classic. She then has the Junior Solheim Cup and after that will head to the first stage of LPGA Qualifying School in California.
'I would love to do that. I just don't know,' Pressel said of her defending this crown next year. 'If I don't make it at Q-School, then I would imagine I'd stay an amateur, but I don't know.'
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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.