Stanford Maintains Lead Over Kerr

By Sports NetworkAugust 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Canadian WomenLONDON, Ontario -- Angela Stanford shot a 2-under 70 on Friday and remained atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the CN Canadian Women's Open. She stands at 10-under-par 134 and is three ahead at London Hunt and Country Club.
 
Cristie Kerr and Jee Young Lee both posted rounds of 2-under 70 and are knotted in second place at 7-under-par 137. Canadian Lorie Kane also carded a 70 on Friday and is alone in fourth place at minus-6.
 
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Angela Stanford is looking for her second career LPGA Tour victory.
Stanford, who matched the tournament record on Thursday with a 64, started on the back nine Friday. She flew out of the gate with a two-putt birdie from 40 feet at the par-5 10th, then made birdie from a fairway bunker at the par-4 11th.
 
She parred the 12th, but found trouble with her approach at the 13th. Stanford's 6-iron shot ran through the green and her chip flew 8 feet past the hole. She narrowly missed the par putt and fell back to 9 under par for the championship.
 
Stanford drained a crucial par save at the 18th, then parred her next three holes on the front side. At the par-5 fourth, Stanford laid up short of the putting surface with her second, then wedged her third to 8 feet. She holed the birdie putt to move to minus-10.
 
From there, Stanford continued to make pars. She finished with five in a row to close her round, but owns a three-shot margin in her bid for LPGA Tour victory No. 2.
 
'I was more frustrated today than I was yesterday obviously,' said Stanford, who lost a playoff at the 2003 U.S. Women's Open. 'I think a lot of it has to do with playing in the morning and the afternoon. The greens felt like they were getting firmer and firmer.'
 
Stanford has owned the second-round lead twice on tour with mixed results. She held on for her lone LPGA Tour victory at the 2003 ShopRite LPGA Classic, but tied for second earlier this year at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.
 
This week, she's armed with a three-shot advantage heading into the weekend, but the 28-year-old knows that no lead is safe.
 
'It's never enough, never enough,' acknowledged Stanford. 'You can give me 10 shots right now and it wouldn't be enough. These ladies, they're so good, and on any given day, they can do what I did yesterday.'
 
Kerr was 1 over through her first 10 holes on Friday, but turned it on down the stretch. She rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt, then chipped in for birdie at the 12th.
 
Kerr, who overtook Stanford at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship, hit a pitching-wedge to 5 feet to set up birdie at the 15th. She had makable looks at 16 and 18, but missed, leaving her three behind.
 
'Regardless of who is at the top of the leaderboard, I have to go out and play the course as best I can,' said Kerr, who tied for second last week at the Women's British Open. 'I think the course is going to do nothing but get harder, with the hole locations and the firmness of the greens. So I've really just got to go out and play my game.'
 
Lee, who has not missed a cut since the second event of the season at the Fields Open in Hawaii, mixed four birdies and two bogeys in her round. Three of her birdies came in her last five holes.
 
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman shot a 1-over 73 and Pat Hurst, who lost to Annika Sorenstam in a playoff at this year's U.S. Women's Open, posted a 71 to share fifth place at minus-4.
 
Sophie Gustafson, who shared second with Kerr last week, fired a 3-under 69 and is tied for seventh place with defending champion Meena Lee, who shot a 1-over 73 on Friday. The pair is knotted at 3-under-par 141.
 
The 36-hole cut fell at 5-over-par 149 with 83 players making it to the weekend.
 
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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.