Singh Howell Tied at Barclays

By Sports NetworkJune 9, 2006, 4:00 pm
HARRISON, N.Y. - Vijay Singh fired a 7-under 64 on Friday and is tied for the lead with David Howell, who shot a 68, after two rounds of the Barclays Classic. The pair is knotted at 8-under-par 134 at Westchester Country Club.
 
Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson carded a 3-under 68 in round two and is alone in third place at 7-under-par 135. Billy Andrade (70) and Joey Sindelar (68) are tied for fourth place at minus-6.
 
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Phil Mickelson inspects a club during his second round Friday.
Singh, who won this title in a playoff in both 1993 and 1995, parred his first four holes on Friday. He caught fire with back-to-back birdies from the fifth, but the fourth-ranked golfer in the world soared up the leaderboard at the par-5 ninth.
 
Singh drained a 40-footer for eagle at the hole to reach 5 under par for the championship.
 
'I made an eagle on No. 9 that really relaxed me and just gave me a really good mood to go out there and play relaxed golf on the back nine,' said Singh, a three-time major winner.
 
Singh continued his strong play at the 10th. He rolled in a 5-footer for birdie at the par-4 hole, then parred his next three holes, but had several decent looks. Singh came up shy of the green at the 11th and his chip just came up short. One hole later, Singh's look birdie try just missed the hole on the right.
 
At the par-3 14th Singh got back on track with the flat stick. Singh hit his tee ball to 13 feet and drained the birdie putt to get to minus-7. At the 16th, Singh played conservatively short of the flagstick. His 40-foot birdie putt moved just right at the hole, but Singh was tied for the lead at 7 under par.
 
Singh nearly landed on the green with his second at the par-5 closing hole. His chip from the right fringe came up 7 feet short, but Singh converted the birdie try to move into sole possession of first.
 
'I managed to play a good round yesterday, and today I went out there and was struggling in the beginning, not struggling, but hit a few shots over the green,' admitted Singh. 'I just started making some putts and putting good shots together.'
 
Singh is mired in something of a slump. The former No. 1 player in the world has not won on tour since last July's Buick Open. He lost a playoff at the season-opening Mercedes Championships, posted seven top-10s, but has yet to really contend for a title since Hawaii.
 
'This year has been horrible, really,' acknowledged Singh. 'I don't know if it's my game or it's my head. I've been very impatient with my golf game. You cannot play the game of golf from the long grass, and that's what I've been doing. Today finally I started hitting fairways and seeing a lot of good positive things.'
 
Howell, the European Tour's Order of Merit leader, who won the BMW Championship two weeks ago, traded two birdies and two bogeys over his first 10 holes.
 
At the 11th, Howell ran home an 8-foot birdie putt to get to 6 under par. He dropped a shot at the 12th, but rebounded with a 10-footer for birdie at 13.
 
Howell hit an 8-iron 40 feet short and right of the target. He sank the long birdie putt to get to minus-7, then two-putted for birdie from 28 feet at the last to join Singh in the lead at 8 under par.
 
'I felt like I played reasonably nicely, but I probably had a lapse in concentration,' said Howell. 'I'm playing with Vijay tomorrow, which is great. It's going to be a big week for me.'
 
First-round leader Adam Scott struggled to a 1-over 72 on Friday. He is tied for sixth place with Brett Quigley (66), Luke Donald (65), Frank Lickliter (67), Ben Crane (66), Kevin Sutherland (67), Pebble Beach champion Arron Oberholser (69) and WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy (68). The group is knotted at 5-under-par 137.
 
Reigning Masters champion Phil Mickelson posted his second consecutive 1-under 70 and is part of a group tied for 29th place at minus-2.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-over-par 143 with 84 players advancing to the weekend.
 
One player who won't be teeing it up on the weekend is Sergio Garcia. The two- time winner of this event hurt his back and pulled out before he made the turn on Friday.
 
'I hurt my back Wednesday practicing and playing in the Pro-Am, and struggled with it the last two days,' said Garcia, who expects to play in next week's U.S. Open. 'After nine holes today, I wasn't able to continue.'
 
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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.