Sorenstam Leads after 36 in Florida

By Sports NetworkNovember 19, 2004, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam carded a 4-under 68 on Friday to extend her lead to three strokes through two rounds of the ADT Championship. Sorenstam completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 134.
 
Karrie Webb (69) and Cristie Kerr (70) had each grabbed at least a share of the lead during the second round, but fell off the pace. They stand in a three-way tie for second place at 7-under-par 137 with Laura Diaz (68).
 
Jenny Rosales also shot 68 to move to 6-under-par 138. Rachel Teske is one stroke further back at minus-5 after a 3-under 69.
 
Sorenstam opened her round with a one-stroke lead and quickly stretched that to two shots with a 5-foot birdie putt at the first. The Swede dropped a stroke at No. 5 to fall into a three-way tie for the lead at minus-6 with Kerr and Webb.
 
Kerr, after a bogey at six, birdied the seventh and eighth to join Webb in the lead at minus-7. Webb got there with a birdie on No. 9.
 
Sorenstam moved to 7 under with a birdie at the ninth from 6 feet out, but she still trailed Webb by one after the Australian birdied the 11th.
 
Sorenstam, the 1997 and 2002 winner of this event, moved back atop the leaderboard as she rolled in back-to-back birdies from the 11th at Trump International Golf Club to move to minus-9.
 
The women's world No. 1 tripped to a bogey at the 13th, but still led by one stroke over four people. Sorenstam rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt at 15 to move her lead back to two strokes. She came right back with a 5-footer for birdie at the 16th before parring the final two holes.
 
'I started off really good. I hit some great shots, then just suddenly started to fall apart,' Sorenstam said. 'That second shot on nine, I had such a good tee shot, I was going for the green in two, thinking maybe I could make three. I just pretty much shanked it way up right. For me to be able to turn it around and make birdie, that was big, it was real big. I want to say that was probably the key for me to have a good back nine.'
 
Webb dropped from the lead with a bogey at the 12th. She managed to par her final six holes to remain at 7 under.
 
'I think you probably don't want to be too much more than three behind going into Sunday,' said Webb. 'It's just going to depend on the weather and the wind. I wouldn't mind seeing it at least as windy as today. Just makes you think about it.'
 
Kerr bogeyed the 10th to slide back to minus-6. She atoned for that error with a birdie at the 13th, but posted five pars on the final five holes to end three back.
 
Diaz began the day three strokes off the pace and remained there with her solid play. She opened with a chip-in birdie at the first, but faltered to a bogey on No. 5 when she was unable to get up and down for par. Diaz came right back to birdie the sixth from 9 feet out.
 
The 29-year-old Diaz carded consecutive birdies from the ninth to climb to 6 under. She moved to 7 under with a birdie on 13 after dropping a 6 iron within 12 feet of the cup. Then, like Kerr, she parred in.
 
'I started with a chip in on No. 1 and that kind of gets you a little excited right off the bat,' Diaz said. 'Then I made some putts along the way. Had a lot of chances again today, but similar to yesterday, I didn't get all of them to drop. Overall, it was a pretty good day though.'
 
Meg Mallon, the defending champion, fired a 6-under 66 to get back into contention. She stands alongside Lorie Kane, who tied the course record of 65, Jeong Jang, Carin Koch and Candie Kung at 4-under-par 140. Grace Park and Shi Hyun Ahn are one stroke further back at minus-3.
 
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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.