Confidence builder Weir back to defend at Frys

By Associated PressOctober 22, 2008, 4:00 pm
2006 OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ' Mike Weir had gone 85 tournaments without a victory when he teed it up at the Open a year ago.
Four days later, the Canadian beat Australian Mark Hensby by one stroke for his eighth PGA Tour win but first since February 2004.
It definitely restored some confidence, Weir said Wednesday.
The low-key Frys tournament begins a four-day run Thursday on the par-70, 7,125-yard Raptor course at the Grayhawk Golf Club.
Most of the PGA Tours big names are sitting out these Fall Series events, but for Weir, the tournament was a much-needed refresher course in winning.
To get that feeling again, to have to do something down the stretch, he recalled. I had to make a nice putt on 17 and to do it again on 18, had to make a great save. When youre able to do that, come through, it just reminds you that you can still do it when you need to and have to do it.
Weir hasnt won since the Frys event, but he did finish second twice'at the Memorial in May and the Deutsche Bank Championship in September.
Its been a pretty solid year, he said. I would say it hasnt been a great year, but its been steady. You know, this will be my last tournament on the tour to try to get a win and make it a very good year.
Weir has earned $2.8 million this year, 15th-best on the tour, making him the highest-ranked player in the field. The Open, in its second year, has a $5 million purse. The winner gets $900,000.
Marc Turnesa, winner of last weeks Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children Open, withdrew from this weeks tournament.
The event is important for golfers trying to move up on the PGA Tour pecking order.
This is a big time of year for a lot of players, Weir said, whether its trying to secure their card, trying to get in the top 70 to get the invitationals, trying to win.
The top 125 on the money list earn exempt status on next years tour. Nineteen-time tour winner Davis Love III is at No. 125. But even if he slips below that spot, his career accomplishments allow him to enter any tournament.
Jeff Overton, 122nd on the money list, is out of the tournament after undergoing an emergency appendectomy at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale on Tuesday night.
The Frys event draws several players who live in the area in the offseason.
Bubba Watson needs to drive just 10 minutes to Grayhawk from his new Arizona home. He has taken some time off at the end of a long season that had him with three top 10 finishes.
Im just tired, mentally tired, mentally out of it, he said, and so three weeks off gave me some good rest.
Aaron Baddeley, who won the FBR Open just down the road from Grayhawk in 2007, has lived in Scottsdale for almost 10 years.
Grayhawk is where I pretty much started when I came over here, he said. So its great to be here. Its good to be around here with my family, everyone here. And my wife is three weeks away from a baby girl, so this is exciting times.
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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.