Record Lows in Canada

By Sports NetworkJuly 6, 2002, 4:00 pm
Tom Jenkins posted a 3-under 68 to hold on to a share of the lead at the Canada Senior Open Championship. Jenkins finished alongside Morris Hatalsky at 11-under-par 131 after Saturday's second round, a day that featured a number of low scores at Essex Golf & Country Club.
Bruce Lietzke tied his career-low round with a 9-under 62 to take over third place at 10-under 132, but a more remarkable feat was accomplished by a player who finished two shots off the pace at minus 9.
Walter Morgan fired a sizzling round of 11-under 60 to tie the all-time 18-hole scoring record on the Senior Tour.
In addition to matching the record score established by Isao Aoki at the 1997 Emerald Coast Classic, the 61-year-old Morgan became the youngest player to shoot below his age on the elder circuit.
'I was just playing one hole at a time,' said Morgan, who also set new tournament and course records. 'On Tuesday in the practice round, a kid told me I would shoot 61. I wasn't really thinking about shooting a 59. I was just trying to shoot my age.'
Morgan opened with six birdies over his first eight holes and added a stretch of four straight birdies from the 10th to go to 10-under on his round. A bad chip at the 14th resulted in his only dropped shot.
Morgan recovered with a birdie at the 15th, then hit a wedge inside 12 feet for birdie at the very next hole to complete the record-setting round.
Jenkins played a modest round, given the conditions for scoring, to maintain a share of the lead he held alone after the first day. He got off to a solid start with a pitch-in birdie at the first and added another at the second.
'The guys shooting 60 and 62 used up all the birdies ahead of us,' joked Jenkins, who admits to being a bit under the weather this week. 'I still have something left in the tank.'
He ran into trouble with a bogey at fourth but responded with two birdies on the back side to stay atop the leaderboard. At the par-4 18th, Jenkins suffered a three-putt bogey and fell into a share of first with Hatalsky.
Hatalsky used a brilliant back nine to finish at 11-under. The 50-year-old ran home a 25-footer for eagle at the 10th and reached the green in two at the par-5 13th to set up another.
At the par-4 16th, Hatalsky hit his approach inside eight feet of the cup for a birdie and a round of 7-under 64.
'Very solid day,' said Hatalsky. 'Anytime you shoot a low score like that, you're doing something right. The eagles really jump-started me.'
The course played to an scoring average of 69.395, the lowest on the Senior Tour this season.
Bruce Summerhays posted a round of 6-under 65 to finish two shots off the pace alongside Morgan. Butch Sheehan and Canadian Gar Hamilton were one shot further back at 8-under-par 134.
Mike McCullogh, Tom Kite and Allen Doyle were tied for eighth at 7-under-par 135.
Defending champion Walter Hall carded a 2-under 69 to finish six shots back at 5-under-par.
Full-field scores from the AT&T Canada Senior Open
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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.