Sorenstam Storms in First Place

By Sports NetworkNovember 22, 2003, 5:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam fired a 5-under 67 Saturday to grab a three-stroke lead through three rounds of the ADT Championship. Sorenstam stands at 5-under-par 211.
Overnight co-leader Meg Mallon posted an even-par 72 and shares second place at 2-under-par 214 with Cristie Kerr, who shot a third-round 71.
Beth Daniel carded a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for fourth at 1-under- par 215. She is joined there by Se Ri Pak, who shot a 72. Rosie Jones and Michele Redman are one stroke further back at even par.
Sorenstam, who owns six LPGA Tour wins this season and 17 over the past two years, began the day two shots off the pace. She birdied the first from four feet out to get to minus-1 and her five-foot birdie putt on No. 6 gave her a share of the lead.
However, she quickly fell three shots back as she bogeyed the seventh at Trump International Golf Club and Laura Davies, playing behind Sorenstam, holed out for eagle at the sixth.
Sorenstam moved within two strokes as she came right back with a birdie at the eighth. Davies fell off the pace with a triple bogey on No. 8 and the lead fell to Jones.
Jones then bogeyed the 10th to drop back into a share of the lead with Sorenstam and Kerr. Sorenstam moved into the lead by herself at 4 under with a kick-in birdie on the 14th, while Jones fell off the pace with a double bogey at the 12th.
Sorenstam seized control with a two-putt birdie at the 15th, that moved her to minus-5. Her lead was two strokes at that point, but grew to three as Mallon bogeyed the 16th and Kerr the 17th.
'I'm very happy the way I played today,' said Sorenstam, the defending champion. 'I hit a lot of greens. The winds picked up a little more than I expected and then it seemed like it died, and then when I came to 16, again it picked up. So again I thought it was a tricky day.'
Despite what some of her foes did, Sorenstam was able to stay away from some big numbers that hurt other players.
'I think you've got to play smart here,' Sorenstam said. 'Play for the big areas, the wind really plays a big role here. It seems like we had cross wind on every hole. I was just trying to play smart. Sometimes I laid up where in the past I might have tried to go for it. But it's just not worth it. I was just trying to play smart.'
Kerr managed just one birdie, at No. 6, on her opening nine to move to 2 under. Around the turn, the 26-year-old birdied the 14th to climb to minus-3. However, she dropped a shot on 17 to fall to minus-2.
'I played really solidly this week,' said Kerr. 'I put a new routine into play and it's holding up under pressure, which is good. I played really very, very well coming down the stretch.'
Mallon fell out of the lead as she bogeyed the first and fell farther off the pace with another bogey on No. 8. Around the turn, Mallon climbed back into contention with three consecutive birdies from the 12th. She slipped back to 2-under when she bogeyed the 16th.
Laura Diaz, the first-round leader, stands alone in eighth place at 1-over-par 217. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Sophie Gustafson and Becky Morgan are two strokes further back at three-under-par 219. Grace Park follows that trio at plus-4.
Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb are tied at 5-over-par 221, with Lorie Kane right behind them at 6 over.
Davies, who shared the overnight lead, had an up-and-down day. She mixed two birdies and two bogeys over her first five holes. The Englishwoman holed out for eagle at the par-4 sixth but she stumbled around the turn with a triple bogey at No. 8 and a double bogey on the ninth.
On the back side, Davies birdied 10 and 15, but struggled to close out the round. She double bogeyed the 16th, quintuple bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the last to finish with a 9-over 81. She shares 16th place at 7-over-par 223 with U.S. Women's Open runner-up Angela Stanford, Mi Hyun Kim and two-time winner this season Rachel Teske.
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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.