Sorenstam Storms Past Park for Win

By Sports NetworkOctober 17, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 Samsung World ChampionshipPALM DESERT, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam used a strong finish on Sunday to surpass Grace Park and win the Samsung World Championship. Sorenstam finished at 18-under-par 270 after a round of 67.
 
'It's a wonderful day,' said Sorenstam, who won for the 54th time on the LPGA Tour. 'I'm very pleased with the way I played today. To win this championship again means a lot to me.'
 
Park, who held the lead after each of previous three rounds, was fighting hard to stay in control at Bighorn Golf Club until some costly mistakes on the back nine opened the door for Sorenstam. Park carded a 1-over 73 to take second place at 15-under-par 273. Lorena Ochoa was two shots further back at 13-under-par 275.
 
Sorenstam was three behind Park to start the day and managed a lone birdie on the front side to continue to lurk. The back nine was a different story as the Swede began her climb up the leaderboard with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 12th.
 
'It seemed like all day Grace had a nice little lead,' Sorenstam said. 'I felt like I had a lot of chances, but really didn't make anything. Then I got a little extra adrenalin pumping.'
 
At the par-5 15th, Sorenstam missed the green with her second shot, but chipped in for eagle to join Park in the lead at 17 under. While Park was falling apart on the closing holes, Sorenstam hit her approach to 6 feet at the par-4 17th and drained the birdie putt to take the outright lead.
 
Park had gotten it to 18 under with a birdie at the 12th, but she missed the green at the par-3 13th and was unable to get up and down en route to a bogey.
 
The Korean found trouble again at the 17th after her second shot missed the putting surface. She played her third to 6 feet, but missed the putt to fall two shots behind Sorenstam.
 
Park needed to hole out on the closing hole, but was unable to do so, granting the win to Sorenstam.
 
Park, who has a strong record when carrying a lead into the final round on the LPGA Tour, had a rocky front nine with a bogey at the second. She recovered with a birdie at the following hole, but a double bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped her back to minus-14.
 
She regained her composure with back-to-back birdies from the seventh and hit her second shot to 8 feet for a birdie at the par-4 11th. Park then birdied the 12th and was seemingly on the way to her sixth career victory on the LPGA Tour, but when she started to drop shots down the stretch, Sorenstam seized the opportunity for her fourth victory at this event.
 
'This is special to come from behind,' said Sorenstam, who earned her sixth victory of the season. 'I played really well today.'
 
On the other side was Park, who had to deal with the disappointment.
 
'I fell apart and didn't get it done, and that's it,' she said. 'I missed a few shots in the beginning, but just couldn't get the job done.'
 
Last year's winner Sophie Gustafson posted a 1-under 71 to finish alone in fourth place at 11-under-par 277. Cristie Kerr followed at 10-under-par 278 after a round of 75.
 
Juli Inkster and Jeong Jang shared sixth place at 9-under-par 279 while Karen Stupples and Shi Hyun Han were one shot further back at 8-under-par 280.
 
Amateur sensation Michelle Wie continued her fine play on the weekend with a 2-under 70 to finish at 5-under-par 283 along with Jennifer Rosales.
 
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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.