Faldo Lacks Confidence in Senior Debut

By Associated PressJuly 25, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 Senior British OpenGULLANE, Scotland -- Nick Faldo will make his seniors golf debut Thursday at Muirfield, where he won two of his three British Open championships.
Familiarity, however, has not created a spike in his confidence level for the 50-somethings version of the British Open.
'I have been busy with TV and course design visits across Europe and America,' said Faldo, who turned 50 a week ago and spends 44 weeks of the year working for CBS. 'This my longest season of golf -- two weeks -- in the year.'
Faldo also played at last week's Open at Carnoustie, but failed to make the cut.
'I can go on memories, but I still have to hit the golf ball,' said Faldo, who also won three Masters. 'These guys have played probably 20 tournaments this year. I have played two weeks.'
Among his memories of Muirfield were 1987 when he famously played 18 straight pars in the final round to win, and 1992 when he started out 66, 64, 69 and then had to battle back to beat John Cook.
Returning to Muirfield 20 years after his first major triumph on the course, Faldo also will be seeing some familiar faces from his three decades on the tour.
Gary Player, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Tony Jacklin, Craig Stadler and Ben Crenshaw have been playing seniors golf for years. Faldo, Mark O'Meara and Wayne Grady, who turns 50 on the opening day Thursday, are among the players joining them this year.
Players like Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Bernhard Langer will follow when they reach the landmark age this year or in 2008.
Faldo will have Watson and O'Meara for company the first two days. They were drawn together for the 21st Senior British Open which will is being played for the first time at Muirfield.
'I have worked hard trying to get a couple of swings that will work and grinding the putting,' Faldo said. 'Seventy-two pars will be very good around here. It's a tough golf course and a very good test for us.'
As they begin the tournament, Faldo leads Watson 2-1 in terms of victories at the tough links course east of Edinburgh.
'I intend to even the score this week,' said Watson, whose triumph at Muirfield in 1980 was one of his five Open titles. 'I am really looking forward to playing against him again.'
Watson has captured two Senior British Open titles at Turnberry in 2003 and Royal Aberdeen two years ago.
Defending champion Loren Roberts, who beat Eduardo Romero in a playoff at Turnberry a year ago, believes Faldo's successes at Muirfield make him a strong contender to take his title away.
'If you add his previous record on this golf course then the guy's going to be a threat,' Roberts said. 'We are expecting him to be competitive, especially here.'
Being competitive is certainly a goal. Just how competitive remains to be seen.
'This is very special,' said Faldo. 'Twenty years on from my first Open win, my son Matthew on the bag. But I'm not confident. I've just got to go and play.
'Obviously, I will do my damnedest to keep the score as low as possible and we will see where that plays, but I have no idea what level these guys can play on a links like this.'
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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.