Webb in Search of First Win in 2003

By Sports NetworkApril 26, 2003, 4:00 pm
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Karrie Webb fired a 6-under 66 on Saturday to lead the suspended Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship. Webb stands at 11-under-par 133 and owns a two-shot lead over Shani Waugh.
 
A five-hour weather delay on Friday forced the golfers to complete their first rounds Saturday morning. Play was called on Saturday due to darkness and once again the second round will be completed Sunday morning starting at 7:30 AM ET.
 
Se Ri Pak is alone in third place at 8-under-par 136, followed by Hall of Famer Beth Daniel (65), Christina Kim (67), Mi-Hyun Kim (68) and Soo-Yun Kang (71). That group is tied at minus-7.
 
Webb completed her first round Saturday morning and was quickly back on the 10th tee to begin her second round. She birdied the par-5 13th then chipped in for birdie from off the green at the par-3, 188-yard 16th.
 
Webb closed out her front nine with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 to make it three in a row and send her around the turn at 4-under-par 32. Webb capitalized on the two par-3s on the front nine at Eagle's Landing Country Club. She birdied four and eight to take sole possession of first place but had other chances down the stretch.
 
She missed a 12-footer for birdie at the seventh hole then saw her 15-foot birdie putt lip out at the ninth. Still, it was flawless round of 66 for the world's third-ranked golfer.
 
'It was two really solid rounds. I haven't made a bogey and I really am not putting myself in any bad spots for any chance to make too many bogeys,' said Webb, who won last year's Women's British Open. 'It was pretty solid from tee to green and then I putted pretty solidly as well.'
 
Webb has only one top-10 finish so far this season, a tie for ninth place at the Welch's/Fry's Championship. She won twice in 2002 but has been upstaged by the amazing play of Annika Sorenstam.
 
'I've been trying to avoid big numbers in the middle of my rounds or anywhere in my round,' said Webb. 'That stops a lot of momentum. You have to play catch up golf from there. You have to make up for your mistakes so I just want to keep building on good golf.'
 
Waugh had a much more eventful round than Webb did on Saturday. Waugh bogeyed No. 1 but then rattled off five birdies in her next seven holes to close the front nine at 4-under 32.
 
On the second nine, Waugh drained a 10-foot birdie putt at the 13th. She dropped a shot at the next hole when she missed a four-footer for par but birdied 15 and 16 to vault into a solo second.
 
Waugh, an Australian still seeking her first win on the LPGA Tour, will most likely be paired with Webb and Pak in Sunday's final group.
 
'Hopefully the attention will be on those two,' said Waugh. 'I'll just go along and hope to make some birdies. I'm looking forward to it.'
 
Pat Hurst, Kate Golden and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman share eighth at 6-under-par 138. Natalie Gulbis, Meg Mallon, Donna Andrews, Dorothy Delasin and Grace Park are in the clubhouse at 5-under par while Suzann Pettersen and Denise Killeen are 5-under and will have to return Sunday morning to polish off their second rounds.
 
Sophie Gustafson, who owned the first-round lead, struggled to a 2-over 74 and is part of a group tied for 18th at 4-under-par 140.
 
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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.