Bean claims lead in season finale

By Associated PressOctober 31, 2008, 4:00 pm
  SONOMA, Calif. ' Andy Bean made five birdies in six holes through intermittent rain showers Friday, finishing at 10-under 134 to take a one-shot lead over Nick Price after two rounds in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Bean rolled to a 6-under 66 at Sonoma Golf Club despite regular lashings from a storm thats expected to blast Northern Californias wine country on Saturday. At the halfway point of the Champions Tours season-ending event, he nearly made six consecutive birdies to start the back nine, barely missing a putt on the 12th.
I never mind playing in the weather, as long as it doesnt get too cold, said Bean, an 11-time PGA Tour winner whos 13th on the Champions Tours money list. The wet is never too much of a problem for me. The course is holding up real well. Its going to yield some birdies, and hopefully Im going to get my share.
Price, the first-round co-leader, shot a bogey-free 69 for a 9-under 135. Tom Jenkins, Scott Hoch and Gene Jones are just two strokes behind Bean at 136, and half of the 29-man field is within five shots of the leader.
While Bean attacked the course despite the downpour, Price said he settled for a scruffy day in the rain. He saved par three times with clutch putts that probably wouldnt have fallen for him earlier this year, when he was struggling with the simplest shots.
Price feels his game is back on track after a recent 2 1/2 -year period when the three-time major winner on the PGA Tour was struggling to keep up with the younger players. Prices confidence has been gradually rising ever since he turned 50 in January 2007, and he feels primed for his first Champions Tour victory after two second-place finishes this season.
Theres still gremlins there, (but) theyre getting fewer and fewer, Price said. I try to discard them, but they creep in there. I feel if I can get a win under my belt, Im going to get going again. The competitive nature in me wants to win tournaments.
Price and Bean might win the tournament, but they wont win the Schwab Cup, which also is awarded Sunday to the winner of the tours season-long points competition. Jay Haas, who entered the week leading Fred Funk by 12 points for the Cup and its $1 million annuity, is tied for ninth at 6-under 138, while Funk had another tough round that left him in 28th place at 145.
Bernhard Langer, the other main competitor for the Schwab Cup, is in 22nd place at 1 under.
Jenkins, who had the lead Friday before Beans back-nine charge, finished one shot off the tournaments single-round record with his 64. Jenkins hasnt won on the Champions Tour since 2006, but the 60-year-old is in contention after finishing the round with a 30-footer for birdie on the 18th.
Its a pain to have to play in that kind of stuff, Jenkins said. Its not my favorite conditions. Im from Texas. Its cold. At my age, the more stuff (like rain gear) Ive got on, the shorter my backswing gets, and I dont like that.
In anticipation of the worst part of the storm on Saturday afternoon, the tournament moved up its third-round tee times nearly two hours'not a huge inconvenience in an event with just 29 players. In fact, Bean was thrilled about the change, which will get him in front of the television more quickly for his beloved Florida Gators game against Georgia.
Its probably going to be sloppy (Saturday), but youve got to play in whats there, Bean said. We dont play in a dome.
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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.