Senior Shares Top Spot in N Zealand

By Sports NetworkFebruary 28, 2004, 5:00 pm
Nationwide TourCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Peter Senior carded a 3-under 69 in very windy conditions Saturday to grab a share of the lead after three rounds of the New Zealand PGA Championship.
Senior, who posted the lone score under par in the third round, stands at 4-under-par 212, alongside Bill Lunde, who shot 1-over 73.
Doug Barron and last week's winner Euan Walters both posted rounds of even-par 72. They share third place with Scott Sterling (74) at 3-under-par 213.
Former PGA Tour winner Franklin Langham and Gavin Coles, the 2002 Jacob's Creek Open Championship winner, are one stroke further back at minus-2. They are joined there by Steven Alker, Bradley Hughes and Brendan Jones.
Senior began his day six shots behind overnight leader David Diaz. Senior opened quickly with a birdie at the first. After a series of pars, he converted another birdie try at the par-four eighth.
The 44-year-old fell back to minus-2 as he bogeyed the par-3 11th. He fought back to birdie the 15th.
Senior capped his round with a birdie at the par-4 closing hole at the Clearwater Resort to move to 4 under.
'I just tried to make no mistakes, especially on the easy holes,' said Senior. 'I made a birdie on eight which was like picking up two on this course. I've been hitting a lot of good iron shots and driving the ball pretty well this week. Tee to green's been good and I made a couple of good putts today.'
Lunde birdied the fourth, but stumbled to a bogey at the very next hole. However, he stood at minus-5 and owned a piece of the lead when Jon Mills bogeyed the sixth.
Lunde made another bogey at the 10th, but responded to reclaim a share of the lead at 5 under with a birdie on No. 11. He faltered to a late bogey on the 17th to drop back into a share of the overnight lead with Senior.
Senior, who was in one of the early groups to tee off, stood three shots behind the leaders when he finished.
Lucas Parsons tied Diaz for the lead at one point at minus-7. Parsons fell out of the lead with a triple-bogey at the fifth. He stumbled to another triple-bogey and also had a double-bogey en route to a 7-over 79 to fall to 2-over-par 218 for the tournament.
Diaz did not fair much better. He dropped out of the lead with a double-bogey at the fifth. Diaz carded three more bogeys and a double-bogey on his way to a 6-over 78. He stands at 1-under-par 215.
He is joined at minus-1 by Shane Bertsch (73), Richard Best (75) and Paul Sheehan (73). These four are the final of just 14 players under par, the result of nearly 50 m.p.h. winds and driving rain.
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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.