Roberts Hangs on to Win Sr British

By Sports NetworkJuly 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
Senior British OpenTURNBERRY, Scotland -- Loren Roberts parred the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Eduardo Romero and win the Senior British Open.
Roberts struggled to a 5-over 75 in the final round to end at 6-under-par 274. Romero managed a 1-over 71 to join Roberts in the playoff at the Ailsa Course at Westin Turnberry Resort.
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With his win at the Sr. British Open, Loren Roberts now has four victories this season.
The playoff was the par-5 18th hole. Roberts drive went well right into the rough, while Romero found the fairway off the tee. Roberts played his second 50 yards from the green.
Romero knocked his second shot to the back of the green, then watched Roberts drop his third shot within 20 feet. Romero's birdie effort stopped 6 feet from the cup.
Roberts poured in his par putt, then Romero missed his 6-footer, giving Roberts the crown. This was Roberts fifth Champions Tour win -- fourth this year -- and second major title on the senior circuit after the 2005 JELD-WEN Tradition.
Dick Mast carded the low round of the day with his 3-under 67, moving him to 5-under-par 275 for third place. He was one of four players to shoot in red figures in the final round.
Former Masters champion Craig Stadler shot an even-par 70 to take fourth place at 2-under-par 278. Tim Simpson was one stroke further back at minus-1 after a 4-over 74 on Sunday.
Roberts and Romero dueled throughout the round. Roberts was in command at the outset, but Romero caught him on the 10th and that was when things really got interesting.
The 51-year-old Roberts opened with back-to-back pars and led by five as Romero bogeyed the second. Roberts tripped to a bogey on No. 3 and another at the fifth.
Romero birdied No. 5 to close within two of Roberts. The 52-year-old Romero moved within one thanks to a birdie at the seventh.
Both players birdied the ninth, then Romero joined Roberts at minus-10 with a birdie on No. 10. Roberts regained the top spot with a birdie on 11.
Roberts bogeyed the 12th, then stumbled to a double bogey at 14 to drop to minus-8. He still led by one, though, as Romero bogeyed 12, 13 and 14 to slide to 7 under par.
At the 16th, Romero gave another stroke back with a bogey that left him at minus-6. However, Roberts double bogeyed the same hole to fall into a tie for the lead. They each parred the final two holes to head to the playoff.
The struggles down the stretch for Roberts were reminiscent of the Senior Players Championship where he led by two entering Sunday and by as many as five strokes during that final round. Roberts stumbled to a 2-over 74 and eventually finished two shots behind winner Bobby Wadkins.
Senior PGA champion Jay Haas and D.A. Weibring each posted rounds of 2-under 68 Sunday to end in a tie for sixth place at 1-over-par 281. Gil Morgan and David Edwards were two strokes further back at plus-3.
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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.