Rumford Cruises to Wire-to-Wire Victory

By Sports NetworkJune 15, 2003, 4:00 pm
LUMBRES, France -- Brett Rumford closed with a 4-under 67 Sunday to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Aa Saint Omer Open. Rumford finished the tournament at 15-under-par 269 for his first career title on European Tour.
 
'I am proud of myself for playing some very good golf,' said Rumford. 'I just want to enjoy this week as I have waited so long for it.'
 
Ben Mason was Rumford's closest challenger at 10-under-par 274. He carded a final-round 69 to finish alone in second, four strokes ahead of Federico Bisazza.
 
Rumford held a three-shot lead heading into the final round and tallied his first birdie of the day at the par- third on the Val Course at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club. His lead dropped to one stroke, however, after a hot start by Mason.
 
Mason birdied three of his first five holes to quickly move to 11-under. The Englishman's charge was short-lived, however, and a bogey at the eighth halted his progress.
 
'Ben came at me early and he holed some good putts,' said Rumford. 'Not much was happening from my side so I had to dig deep and stay in the present and play the golf I had been playing all week.'
 
Rumford kept plugging along with a birdie at the seventh but almost gave the tournament away with an errant drive at the ninth that nearly went out of bounds. The 25-year-old ultimately managed to save par to keep his lead intact.
 
'I was extremely lucky but they are the breaks you need if you are to win golf tournaments,' said Rumford. 'Fortunately it went my way this week.'
 
He then birdied the 10th and ran off a pair of birdies starting at the 12th to open a six-shot lead over the field.
 
With the tournament in hand, Rumford coasted down the stretch but tripped slightly with a bogey at the 17th. Despite the late blemish on his card, the Australian walked away with his first European Tour victory and playing privileges through 2004.
 
After his hot start and the bogey at the eighth, Mason failed to make a move throughout the remainder of his round. He closed with 10 consecutive pars for his best career finish on the European Tour.
 
'I made a good start, put a bit of pressure on Brett but he responded very well,' Mason said. 'This continues the learning curve. Last group on the final day is always nice and hopefully many more to come.'
 
James Hepworth shot a 4-under 67 to finish at 5-under-par 279. He was joined by Damien McGrane, Mattias Eliasson and Peter Hanson in a tie for fourth.
 
Stuart Little, Alvaro Salto, Garry Houston, Cesar Monasterio and Martin Lemesurier were one shot further back at 4-under-par 280.
 
Sebastien Branger had the best finish of the French contingency. He shared 13th place with Bjorn Pettersson and Martin Erlandsson at 3-under-par 281.
Australian Brett Rumford fired a 4-under-par 67 in Sunday's final round to complete his wire-to-wire victory at the Aa St. Omer Open in northern France.
 
Rumford finished the tournament at 15-under par, five strokes clear of his nearest competitor, for his first European Tour title. His course-record 64 on Thursday set the tone for the week.
 
England's Ben Mason, who had cut Rumford lead to a single stroke early in the round, carded a 2-under 69 to close out the tournament alone in second place.
 
Federico Bisazza (70) of Italy came in third at 6-under par, a full nine shots behind the champion.
 
Peter Hanson, James Hepworth, Damien McGrane and Mattias Eliasson finished in a tie for fourth at 5-under par.
 
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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.