Thorpe Tops Hatalsky in Monday Playoff

By Sports NetworkMay 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Blue Angels ClassicMILTON, Fla. -- Jim Thorpe birdied the third hole of a playoff Monday morning to win the Blue Angels Classic over Morris Hatalsky. The victory was Thorpe's second in a row on the Champions Tour.
 
Thorpe and Hatalsky finished regulation tied at 16-under-par 194 after a series of weather delays Sunday at The Moors Golf Club. With little daylight left, the duo began the playoff and both players parred the first extra hole before they decided it was too dark to continue.
 
They returned to the course Monday morning and Hatalsky hit his second shot to 8 feet at the second playoff hole, the par-4 10th. Thorpe followed and watched his ball hit the flag and roll within 9 feet of the cup. Thorpe missed his birdie try and Hatalsky was unable to convert to send the playoff back to the 18th.
 
'I never thought I'd miss my putt on 10,' said Thorpe, who won the FedEx Kinko's Classic two weeks ago.
 
At the 18th, Hatalsky was unlucky with his approach and left his second shot in a greenside bunker. Thorpe attacked the pin and dropped his second within 5 feet of the hole. Hatalsky got up and down for par, but Thorpe converted his birdie try for the win.
 
'It's a shame that we both played as well as we played and somebody's got to lose,' said Thorpe, who won for the 11th time on the Champions Tour. 'Whoever won the tournament earned it. My hat's off to Morris.'
 
Thorpe shot a 3-under 67 in Sunday's final round, while Hatalsky carded a 4-under 66 to force the playoff.
 
Defending champion Tom Jenkins shot a 4-under 66 and tied for third place with reigning U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen (65), Fuzzy Zoeller (64) and Don Pooley (63). The group came in at 13-under-par 197.
 
Thorpe was one ahead with Sunday's final round to go, but Hatalsky pulled one clear when play was halted for the second time. When the two came back, Hatalsky knocked his approach to 8 feet at the 14th and Thorpe's second spun back to 30 feet. Thorpe left himself with 3 feet and Hatalsky missed his birdie try, but tapped in for par. Thorpe lipped out his par putt to fall two behind Hatalsky.
 
Thorpe reclaimed the lost stroke at 15 when his 5-footer for birdie found the bottom of the cup. At the par-3 16th, neither player landed on the putting surface, but Thorpe chipped to 2 feet. Hatalsky blasted out of a bunker to 7 feet, then pushed his par putt right.
 
The two were now tied, but Hatalsky went one shot ahead at 17 when his 10-foot birdie putt fell.
 
Hatalsky made a questionable decision off the 18th tee when he hit 3-wood. He had 198 yards to the pin and hit a utility club 11 feet over the flag. Thorpe's drive found the light rough and his approach stopped 8 feet from the hole. Hatalsky missed his birdie putt, but Thorpe's found the center of the cup to forge a tie.
 
The two signed their cards and Thorpe walked outside to see how much light was left. Thorpe decided that there was enough light and they went back to the 18th tee. Hatalsky hit first and split the fairway, while Thorpe found a fairway bunker with his drive. Hatalsky played his second 20 feet right of the hole, then Thorpe hit it a foot from Hatalsky's ball. Neither made their birdie putts and the playoff was pushed into Monday morning, when Thorpe was ultimately crowned the champion.
 
Dave Barr (63) and Dana Quigley (67) shared seventh place at minus-12.
 
Craig Stadler, who tied the lowest round in Champions Tour history on Saturday with a 60, shot an even-par 70 on Sunday. He tied for ninth place with Tom Purtzer (65), Allen Doyle (66), Vicente Fernandez (67), Mike Sullivan (68) and David Eger (68) at 11-under-par 199.
 
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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.