Webb Inkster Among Leaders
Danielle Ammaccapane, who won this event in 1998, finished two back, alongside Kelly Robbins, Jenna Daniels, Penny Hammel, Denise Killeen and Karen Stupples.
Webb opened in spectacular fashion at Columbia Edgewater Country Club with a chip-in birdie at the par-3 second. She hit an 8-iron to 20 feet for birdie at the fourth and left herself with an eagle try from the same distance at the par-5 seventh. Webb two-putted for birdie to quickly reach 3-under.
'I missed a couple of fairways and a couple of greens early on,' said Webb. 'But I managed not to do too much damage on those holes.'
The Australian struggled with a three-putt bogey at the ninth, but regained her form after she chipped to four feet for birdie at the par-5 12th.
Webb, who won the Women's British Open in August, knocked a 5-iron inside two feet for birdie at the 16th and capped her round with a 15-foot birdie putt at the very next hole to grab a share of the lead.
The 27-year-old got off to a rocky start in 2002, but has since picked up her game.
'I really feel like I can finish this year off better than I finished any of the years off,' said Webb, who has three top-10 finishes in her last four starts, including her win in Turnberry.
Inkster, who titled at this tournament in 1999, also has a major title to her name this season, the U.S. Women's Open. Inkster started her day with a birdie at the second and picked up steam with an eagle at the par-5 seventh after she left her second shot inside eight feet.
The 42-year-old added a birdie at the following hole to make the turn at minus-four. Inkster rolled in a 15-footer for birdie at the 10th and took the outright lead at 6-under with a 20-foot birdie at the par-3 13th.
Inkster held her lead late into the round until she found trouble at the closing hole. She hit her second shot at the par-4 18th into a bunker behind the green and failed to get up and down for her only bogey of the day.
'I played pretty well today,' said Inkster. 'I putted well today, and it was kind of a good solid round.'
Jones, the runner-up at this event in 1991, used a strong finish to take her share of first. She made the turn at 2-under and continued her climb with birdies at the 13th and 15th. Jones hit a 8-iron to six feet at the 17th and made the birdie to finish at 5-under with a high opinion of the course.
'The course is beautiful,' said Jones. 'It's wonderful. The best golf course we played in a long time.'
Andrews had eight birdies on her round to go along with three bogeys to complete the logjam.
'I have been working really hard this week on my putting and it paid off,' said Andrews. 'I haven't made that many putts all year.'
Annika Sorenstam, who earned her seventh victory of 2002 at last week's Williams Championship, collected four birdies and one bogey to finish at three-under-par 69. Sorenstam was joined by Emilee Klein, Laura Davies, Lorie Kane, Laura Diaz, Beth Bauer, Suzann Pettersen, Jamie Hullett, Gloria Park and Michele Redman in a tie for 11th.
The 2001 edition of this event was canceled following the tragedies of September 11th. Mi Hyun Kim, who won in 2000, carded a 1-under 71 to finish four shots off the lead.
Full field scores from the Safeway Classic
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.