Rose Earns First European Tour Victory

By Sports NetworkJanuary 20, 2002, 5:00 pm
Justin Rose birdied three of his last four holes on Sunday en route to a 7-under 65 and his first win on the European Tour at the Dunhill Championship. His 20-under-par 268 missed Adam Scott's tournament record by one shot but was good for a two-stroke win over Mark Foster, reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and overnight leader Martin Maritz.
 
Anthony Wall (65), Mark Mouland (67) and Paul McGinley (68) shared fifth place at 17-under-par.
 
Rose was tied for the lead at 17-under with Foster and Ernie Els as he stood on the par-3 15th tee. He roped his 5-iron approach at the 225-yard hole to two feet to set up birdie and reach 18-under for the tournament.
 
A hole behind at No. 14, Els found trouble off the tee. He took a double-bogey at the 14th and then a bogey at No. 15, falling out of the tournament and finishing alone in ninth at 15-under-par, one shot behind Sandeep Grewal.
 
Foster and Maritz played the 14th very differently in the last group. Foster bogeyed the hole to fall to 16-under while Maritz holed his approach at the hole to get to 15-under for the tournament.
 
Rose held a one-shot lead at 18-under-par when he missed the green left at the par-5 16th. He blasted his third to tap-in range to card his second birdie in as many holes and move to 19-under, which gave him a one-shot edge over Goosen, who reached the clubhouse at 18-under.
 
Rose, who was born in South Africa but moved to England at the age of five, parred No. 17 but was feeling the heat as Maritz eagled the 16th and birdied the 17th to get within one of Rose's lead. Foster birdied Nos. 15 and 16 to also get to 18-under as the stage was set for Houghton Golf Club's closing hole to determine the outcome.
 
The 21-year-old chipped his third at the final hole inside a foot to card his third birdie over the final four holes. He reached 20-under-par, the same score he posted last year when he fell one shot shy of Adam Scott, and watched as Foster and Maritz both missed eagle chips.
 
'There was a couple of key moments where I was brave and pulled the trigger, especially at the 16th,' said Rose. 'I just kept saying to myself: Justin, youre a winner. You are going to win this week. Its your turn.'
 
The win was Rose's first on the European Tour. He came close last season, not only losing by a stroke to Scott at this event, but also taking a second at the South African Open.
 
Rose burst on to the scene at the 1998 British Open. He holed out a chip that gave him a fourth-place finish as an amateur and turned professional the next day. Rose missed 22 consecutive cuts on the European Tour after that but he never lost his resolve to win.
 
'I've always believed deep down I have the talent,' he said. 'But my family's support really helped me through all those missed cuts. I never lost belief. I knew it would come right and it has.
 
'I wanted my first win to be the one which stops people just remembering me for Birkdale. But, in a way, I feel all those missed cuts I had prepared me for this moment.'
 
Goosen fired a final-round 65 but he knew before the round started that score might not be enough.
 
'I thought I needed a 63 and so it proved,' said the 2001 Order of Merit champion.
 
Foster, the European Challenge Tour champion last year, carded a 69 but the bogey at No. 14 stopped him from earning his first title on the European circuit.
 
'I put myself in contention and it was another good week,' said Foster, who took fourth at the Omega Hong Kong Open in November.
 
Maritz, the third-round leader, struggled to a one-under 71 on Sunday.
 
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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.