Saiki Alone in First at Wegmans

By Sports NetworkJune 26, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Wegmans RochesterPITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Kim Saiki regained the outright lead Saturday at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA after a third-round 68 put her at 13-under-par 203. Saiki, who is seeking her first career victory on the LPGA Tour, finished one stroke ahead of Rosie Jones.
Candie Kung carded a 73 to finish alone in third place at 8-under-par 208. Annika Sorenstam, Mi Hyun Kim, Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Becky Morgan were one shot further back at 7-under-par 209.
Saiki, a runner-up on four different occasions in her LPGA Tour career, has put together three solid rounds at Locust Hill Country Club as she tries again for a breakthrough victory.
The 38-year-old had a slow start to her round with 10 straight pars before her third shot to the par-5 11th landed behind the pin and almost spun back in for an eagle. Saiki tapped in for her first birdie of the day and played her approach to 7 feet for a birdie at the very next hole.
At the par-4 13th, Saiki flew her approach over the green, but knocked her third shot in the cup for her third consecutive birdie to move two clear of the field.
Jones, a two-time winner of this event, was putting on the pressure with three birdies over her first 10 holes and drained a long birdie putt at the 14th to move to 11 under. Jones then hit her tee shot to the fringe at the par-3 15th to join Saiki atop the leaderboard.
Saiki persisted, however, but appeared to be in trouble at the par-5 17th. She found a fairway bunker off the tee and left her second shot in the rough. Saiki buckled down and played a remarkable third that stopped within 5 feet of the cup.
She ran home the birdie try and parred the 18th to carry a slim lead into the final round.
'Actually, I wasn't aware until the 16th green,' said Saiki of Jones' run up the leaderboard. 'I felt very comfortable with the way my round was going and I really didn't look at the leaderboard a whole lot today. I felt that I was in very good position shooting what I was shooting.'
Jones, who had made a couple of long birdie putts to move into contention, also tallied a birdie at the 17th, but sent her second shot into a greenside bunker at the last en route to a bogey for a round of 67 and 12-under-par 204 total.
'I like to be one shot back,' said Jones. 'I can handle one shot ahead. I've been there enough times to go ahead and go home and not be as nervous about it or have anxiety about it or lose any sleep over it. I'm very pleased with my round today and looking forward to tomorrow.'
Sorenstam, who has never won this event, hit her approach to 3 feet for a birdie at the third and after a bogey at the ninth, the Swede dropped her second inside 5 feet for a birdie at the 10th.
She found trouble with another bogey at the 14th, but countered with a birdie at the 17th to finish six shots off the pace after a round of 71.
Defending champion Rachel Teske shot her third straight 70 to join Juli Inkster and Catriona Matthew at 6-under-par 210.
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.