Watney Leads Singh Tiger Seven Back

By Sports NetworkJuly 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Buick OpenGRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Nick Watney fired an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Buick Open. Watney stands one stroke clear of defending champion Vijay Singh and Jason Bohn.
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Tiger Woods is seven back and in danger of missing the cut.
Jim Furyk, the 2003 champion, posted a 6-under-par 66. He shares fourth place with Mark Brooks, Neal Lancaster, Craig Barlow, Olin Browne and Geoff Ogilvy.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods returned to action for the first time since his win at St. Andrews two weeks ago. He opened with a 1-under-par 71. He parred his first eight holes, then birdied the 18th, his ninth. After a bogey at two, Woods got back to minus-1 with a birdie at the par-3 eighth.
Watney recorded a birdie on the first to quickly get into red figures. He came back with a 6-iron shot to 20 feet to set up birdie at the third. The Californian dropped a sand-wedge within 12 feet to set up birdie on the sixth to move to minus-3.
The 24-year-old made the turn at 4 under after draining an 18-foot birdie putt on the ninth. Watney knocked his third shot to 4 feet to set up birdie at No. 14 on Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.
Watney dropped in another 4-foot birdie putt at 16 to get to minus-6. He came right back with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th.
Watney secured the outright lead with a 12-foot birdie putt at the last that closed out a bogey-free round. His second shot was remarkable as he blasted it through a bunch of trees.
'I hit not such a good drive and did not have a clear shot,' Watney said. 'So it was just a matter of hitting through the trees and the shot came out well and I was able to make the putt. I think when you shoot 7 or 8 under par, you definitely get some good breaks, and that was one of them.'
Singh drained a birdie putt at the first, but tripped to a bogey at the next. He then got hot with eight birdies over the next 12 holes.
The world's No. 2 player dropped in back-to-back birdies from the fourth. Singh then birdied seven and nine to head to the back nine at 4 under.
The Fijian made consecutive birdie putts from the 10th and again at the 14th to jump to minus-8. After a pair of pars, Singh stumbled to a bogey at the last to slip into a tie for second.
'The key was making good putts. I made some really good putts out there,' Singh said. 'This is a golf course where you need to hit the fairways. Once you hit the fairways, you have short irons at most of the flags and as soft as the greens are right now, you can fire at the flags and know it's going to stop.'
Bohn started on the back nine and picked up his first birdie at the 12th. He came right back with an eagle on 13. Bohn then birdied No. 14 to get to minus-4.
The 32-year-old made the turn at minus-5 after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th. Around the turn, Bohn birdied the second. He parred the next four holes before dropping in a birdie putt on the seventh.
'Just having a lot of fun playing golf now,' said Bohn. 'I think it's carrying over into the shots I'm hitting. I'm playing with a lot of confidence and I played really well today and I didn't make many mistakes.'
Paul Goydos and Glen Hnatiuk each posted rounds of 5-under-par 67. They are tied for 10th place with Frank Lickliter, Roland Thatcher, Tommy Armour III and Rod Pampling.
Fred Funk and Zach Johnson lead a group of 15 players one stroke further back at minus-4.
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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.