Yim Leads Suspended Futures

By Sports NetworkAugust 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
Futures TourALBANY, N.Y. -- While Florida was being hammered by Hurricane Charley, the Futures Golf Tour was dealing with torrential rains in the Northeast. First-round play of The City of Albany Futures Golf Classic was delayed for two and half hours, then suspended again at 5:22 p.m., after more than two inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours.
 
Seventy-two players will return to Capital Hills at Albany for resumption of the first round at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The second round will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Players will remain in the same groups as the first round, but will play the reverse tees from their opening rounds.
 
'The course became quickly unplayable as soon as it started raining again today,' said Christy Barks, director of tournament operations. 'It is saturated.'
 
Players reporting for morning tee times today entertained themselves in a variety of ways during the delayed start. Some drank coffee, chatted and watched TV. Some played cards. Some read quietly.
 
Rookie Sung Ah Yim went back to her hotel and slept for another half hour, then returned for her noon tee time. Her power nap must have worked because the native of Seoul, Korea turned in the day's low completed score of 2-under-par 69 to grab the clubhouse lead on the par-71, 6,026-yard course.
 
'I was lucky today because the course condition was very hard,' said Yim, 20, who is ranked sixth on the Futures Tour Money List and is looking for her first Tour victory. '[Because it has been] raining a lot, the course was playing long and the greens were slow.'
 
Yim used 30 hard-earned putts, but finished the day with three birdies and one bogey. Starting on the back nine, she bogeyed the 17th when she missed the green and didn't save par from 5 feet. She birdied the 18th with a 4-foot birdie, the fourth hole with a birdie from 10 feet and her final hole, the ninth, from 5 feet.
 
Rookies Rachel Bailey of Faulconbridge, Australia and Julie Tvede of Copenhagen, Denmark, tied with matching scores of 1-under 71. Both also struggled with the course's greens, that couldn't be mowed because of the previous night's downpour and early-morning rain. Bailey hit 15 greens in regulation, but used 33 putts for her round that included an eagle-2 on the sixth hole. Bailey punched a 7-iron into the cup for eagle from 140 yards out to offset a round that included three bogeys and two birdies.
 
'I've gotten used to rain delays now,' said Bailey. 'I screwed up six holes in Lima [Ohio] worrying about it and I handled the delays in Beltsville (Md.) better. Now, I know how it works. You just have to handle it.'
 
Seven players tied at even-par 71, including Lindsey Wright, who won last year's tournament in nearby Altamont, N.Y. Wright also struggled with the pace of the greens, recording 32 putts in a round that rendered three birdies and two bogeys -- one resulting from a two-stroke penalty at the 11th hole after her local caddie caught a disallowed ride on the back of a cart.
 
But Wright was upbeat about her day, saying it was possible to fire approach shots into holes with receptive greens. Making putts was the tougher assignment.
 
'It's easy to fall into a negative attitude with rain delays,' said Wright, ranked No. 2 on the Futures Tour's Money List. 'Man, I hate them, but it's the same for everybody. It's about maturity, experience and going out there with the right attitude.'
 
Players will have that opportunity bright and early Saturday, with a better weather forecast on the horizon for the $70,000 event, presented by the City of Albany and I Love N.Y. Vacations.
 
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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.