Wie Lang Among Publinx Winners
Michelle Wie, the defending champion, was 4-up with six holes to play before closing out Brooke Goodwin, 3 & 1, at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club's Green Course.
'All my putts were short to medium length,' said Wie. 'If I'd made my putts, it would have made it a lot easier match.'
Lang advances to a second round match with Jenny Suh, a 2 & 1 winner on Thursday. Wie, meanwhile, will take on Melissa Martin, a 1-up winner over Leigh Klasse.
'Number 12 was definitely the turning point,' said Lang. 'I got off to a fair start, but nothing dropped for me. Then I stuck an 8-iron and made it to go 2-up. It's always good to win and get one ahead, but you have to take all of the matches seriously.'
Other notable winners include In-Bee Park, Jane Park, Aimee Cho and Angela Park. In-Bee Park and Jane Park, no relation, both will join Wie next weekend at the U.S. Women's Open at Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
The biggest winner of the day was Elena Kurokawa, who romped to an 8 & 6 win over Kuan-Pai Chen from Chinese Taipei. Kurokawa will take on Noriko Nakazaki, a 1-up winner in 19 holes over Kwan-Chih Lu.
Lauren Doughtie was also an easy winner, cruising 6 & 5. She downed Karyn Stordahl and moves on to play Janet Dyer.
Stephanie Kono, who attends the same high school as Wie in Hawaii, coasted to a 5 & 3 win over Stephanie Godare.
The players have a lot of golf ahead of them entering the weekend. Second and third round matches will take place on Friday, while the quarterfinal and semifinals will be contested on Saturday prior to a 36-hole final match on Sunday.
Round of 64 - Results
Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas (1) def. Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind. (64), 5 and 4
Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. (32) def. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif. (33), 2 and 1
Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss. (49) def. Taylor Barrett, York, S.C. (16), 3 and 2
Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va. (48) def. Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn. (17), 6 and 5
Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (8) def. Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C. (57), 4 and 2
Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif. (25) def. Maria Gallegos, Argentina (40), 21 holes
In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla. (9) def. Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz. (56), 1 up
Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii (41) def. Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China (24), 3 and 2
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (4) def. Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas (61), 5 and 3
Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif. (36) def. Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo. (29), 2 and 1
Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei (13) def. Violeta Retamoza, Mexico (52), 2 and 1
Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash. (45) def. Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (20), 2 and 1
Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei (5) def. Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill. (60), 3 and 2
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo. (37) def. Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C. (28), 1 up
Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md. (12) def. Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif. (53), 2 and 1
Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz. (44) def. Jooyoung Yang, Korea (21), 4 and 3
Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill. (2) def. Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va. (63), 3 and 2
Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D. (31) def. Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C. (34), 1 up
Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill. (50) def. Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei (15), 19 holes
Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif. (47) def. Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei (18), 8 and 6
Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii (7) def. Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C. (58), 3 and 1
Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif. (26) def. Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn. (39), 1 up
Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (10) def. Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei (55), 5 and 4
Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz. (23) def. Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J. (42), 1 up
Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo. (62) def. Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan. (3), 1 up
Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif. (35) def. Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla. (30), 2 and 1
Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla. (51) def. Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (14), 21 holes
Aimee Cho, Korea (46) def. Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C. (19), 2 and 1
Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (6) def. Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla. (59), 3 and 1
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif. (27) def. Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C. (38), 2 and 1
Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio (11) def. Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif. (54), 1 up
Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn. (43) def. Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash. (22), 1 up
Williamsburg, Va. ' Pairings for the second round of match play in the 2004 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship at the 6,159-yard, par 72 Green Course of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
Round of 32 - Matches
7:30 am Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas (135) vs. Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. (146)
7:38 am Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss. (148) vs. Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va. (148)
7:46 am Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (141) vs. Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif. (145)
7:54 am In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla. (141) vs. Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii (148)
8:02 am Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii (139) vs. Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif. (147)
8:10 am Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei (143) vs. Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash. (148)
8:18 am Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei (140) vs. Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo. (147)
8:26 am Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md. (143) vs. Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz. (148)
8:34 am Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill. (137) vs. Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D. (146)
8:42 am Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill. (148) vs. Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif. (148)
8:50 am Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii (141) vs. Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif. (145)
8:58 am Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (142) vs. Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz. (145)
9:06 am Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo. (149) vs. Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif. (147)
9:14 am Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla. (148) vs. Aimee Cho, Korea (148)
9:22 am Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (141) vs. Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif. (146)
9:30 am Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio (143) vs. Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn. (148)
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.
Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026
SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.
“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.
In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.