Daly Makes Field for Masters

By Associated PressMarch 29, 2004, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.-- John Daly, who picked up his first PGA Tour victory in nine years last month at Torrey Pines, was among the final five players Monday who qualified for the Masters by finishing in the top 10 on the money list or the top 50 in the world ranking.
'I feel like I'm playing well enough right now that maybe I can contend,' Daly said.
Daly dropped only one spot to No. 10 on the money list. He was only safe when Adam Scott won The Players Championship, and none of the players behind Daly on the money list finished second.
Daly, a former PGA and British Open champion, loves playing the Masters more than any other tournament. Augusta National would seem to fit his game perfectly, especially with Daly's touch around the greens.
Success has been sparse, though.
Daly's best finish at the Masters was a tie for third in 1993, six shots behind the winner. He has not finished in the top 25 since.
Craig Parry, Todd Hamilton, Trevor Immelman and Brian Davis qualified for the Masters by finishing in the top 50 in the world ranking. Davis was the only player close to falling out of the top 50, especially after he missed the cut at The Players Championship. He slipped three spots to No. 50.
Loren Roberts, meanwhile, was the victim of bad timing for the second time in three months.
He was No. 47 in December - the top 50 at the end of the year get into Augusta National - but dropped four places to No. 51 when the final ranking of the 2003 season was published.
Even though he didn't play the last two months of the season, Roberts dropped in the rankings because of a formula that gradually devalues points every 13 weeks.
Roberts worked himself back up to No. 48 going into The Players Championship, but dropped to No. 52 on Monday, missing the Masters. He needed to finish in a tie for 23rd at Sawgrass, but lost hope with a 43 on the back nine Saturday to shoot 79. He closed with a 70 to finish in a tie for 66th.
'That's life,' Roberts shrugged. 'If I played a little better, I wouldn't have to worry about it.'
Asked about a world ranking system that twice knocked him out of the top 50 with a Masters qualification on the line, the 48-year-old Roberts had few qualms.
'That's what the system does. It ranks how you're playing,' he said. 'And obviously, I haven't played that well the last year. I would have loved to play the Masters again. Next year is probably my last chance before the senior tour. If I can do something good the rest of this year and first part of next year, maybe I have a shot.'
John Huston, who won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic last year, finished No. 51 in the ranking. Huston needed to finish 14th at The Players Championship to get into the top 50, but shot 73 and tied for 26th.
The four who qualified through the world ranking have all won this year - Parry at Doral, Hamilton at the Honda Classic, Immelman in South Africa and Davis on the European tour.
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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.