Wild Finish on Tap in Spain

By Sports NetworkApril 17, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Open de SevillaSEVILLA, Spain -- Ricardo Gonzalez carded a 3-under 69 on Saturday to take the third-round lead at a highly-contested Open de Sevilla. Gonzalez finished with a 54-hole total of 11-under-par 205 and a one-shot edge over his closest competitors.
Alan McLean shot a 68 to join Emanuele Canonica in a tie for second at 10-under-par 206. Simon Khan, Robert-Jan Derksen, Stephen Gallacher, Mattias Nilsson and Bruno-Teva Lecuona followed at 8-under-par 208.
Gonzalez began the day one shot behind overnight leader and fellow Argentinean Cesar Monasterio, a 40-year-old playing his first full season on the European Tour. While Gonzalez is six years younger than Monasterio, the 34-year-old showed his experience Saturday at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla.
Gonzalez picked up a quick birdie at the par-4 first but gave that shot back with a bogey at the very next hole.
At the par-5 fifth, Gonzalez converted a 10-foot putt for a birdie and knocked his approach inside 30 feet at the par-4 sixth.
Gonzalez again drained the birdie putt to briefly take the lead at 10 under par.
As the top of the leaderboard became more and more congested, Gonzalez bogeyed the ninth to fall back to the pack. He made a push down the stretch, however, to assume the outright position heading into the weekend.
Gonzalez, who was struggling off the tee, showed off his short game and chipped in for a birdie at the par-4 15th.
'I'm embarrassed at my driving but I'm obstinate and kept on trying to hit the driver,' said Gonzalez, who won in Spain last year at the Open de Madrid. 'That's because I knew I was hitting the ball on the right all the time and on the right there isn't much trouble.'
He then two-putted for a birdie at the par-5 16th to reach 11 under in search of his third career victory on the European Tour.
Canonica, who is seeking his maiden victory on the European Tour, collected two birdies and a bogey over his first nine holes to remain near the lead all day.
The hard-hitting Italian took the lead on his own with a birdie at the 14th and moved to 11 under with a birdie at the par-4 15th after his approach stopped within five feet of the hole.
Canonica then bogeyed the 16th to give way to Gonzalez en route to a round of 70.
Soren Hansen posted a 68 to finish four shots off the pace at 7-under-par 209 along with Francois Delamontagne, Steven O'Hara and Jose Manuel Carriles.
Nick Dougherty, Raul Ballesteros, Nicolas Colsaerts, Klas Eriksson, Ivo Giner, Soren Kjeldsen, Jonathan Lomas, Martin Erlandsson and Jean-Francois Remesy are knotted at 6-under-par 210.
Monasterio had a difficult day as a front-runner with a 76 in the third round to finish in a group at 5-under-par 211.
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    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.

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    “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.