Wies Second Verse Worse Than the First

By Sports NetworkSeptember 8, 2006, 4:00 pm
European TourCRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Michelle Wie on Friday missed the cut in last place at the European Masters -- 22 shots behind co-leaders Bradley Dredge, Andrew McLardy and Marcel Siem.
'I am still in shock. I just couldn't get any of my shots to go,' Wie said after a round of 8-over 79. 'I don't know why it was. I don't even know what sport I was playing today.'
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Michelle Wie reacts to a missed putt in her second round 79.
Wie, 16, had consecutive double-bogeys at the 14th and 15th holes, both par-5s, and ended two rounds at 15-over-par 157.
Having now missed the cut in nine of the 10 men's events she has played worldwide, Wie will give it another shot next week at the 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA TOUR.
'I feel like I know what I have to work on and I know what I have to do next week,' said Wie, who made her only cut against the men in May at the SK Telecom Open on the Asian Tour.
'I have got to get my shots back into the fairway. I'm going to work hard for next week.'
Laura Davies, the only other woman to play in an event sanctioned by the European Tour, missed the cut and finished second-to-last at the ANZ Championship in 2004.
Friday, Wie was dead last out of 152 players.
'Days like this don't scare me away,' she defended, 'they just make me more motivated.'
At the top of the leaderboard, it was an international affair with the Welshman Dredge, the South African McLardy and the German Siem sharing the top spot at 7-under-par 135.
McLardy fired a 6-under 65 with eight birdies and two bogeys in his second round, moving up from a tie for 28th place overnight.
'This was huge. I knew if I could make one more cut I would basically have my card (for next year),' said McLardy, who currently ranks 118th on the Order of Merit.
'They say take one shot at a time and don't think about it, but of course you think about it. It is a great confidence boost...my lowest round of the year.'
Dredge and Siem had matching 4-under 67s to move from a tie for eighth place into a tie for the lead. Dredge had five birdies in the round, all on his final nine holes, while Siem mixed six birdies with two bogeys.
'Last week I decided to leave my swing alone and go back to what I was doing before,' said Dredge, who made his first cut in five starts last week. 'Straight away I have seen some results. It's tough -- you are trying to improve but it is not always in the swing, it is a culmination of everything.'
Siem credits an unlikely source for a recent positive turnaround in his play: a feature on himself in European Tour Weekly.
'ETW is good fun,' he admitted. 'You don't feel like a nobody...if people want to talk to you, you must be a good player and maybe that helps give you confidence.'
Francesco Molinari, a stunning winner at the Italian Open in May and the younger brother of 2005 U.S. Amateur winner Edoardo, is alone in fourth place at 6-under 136 following his second consecutive 68.
One stroke further back, defending champion Sergio Garcia lead a group of three players who are tied for fifth place. Garcia, who owns a cottage just yards from the first tee, began his round with a 55-foot eagle putt on the first green.
'I have to go out and keep giving myself good chances, taking advantage of the par fives,' said Garcia, who shot a 69 Friday. 'Hopefully [I'll] have a lot of eagle putts.'
The cut line fell at plus-1 with 66 players moving on to the weekend. Among those missing the cut was Edoardo Molinari.
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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.