Kite OMeara Set for Texas Shoot-out

By Associated PressOctober 20, 2007, 4:00 pm
Champions TourSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Tom Kite moved into position for his first tour victory in his native Texas, shooting a 6-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Mark O'Meara in the AT&T Championship.
Born in McKinney and a longtime Austin resident, Kite is 0-for-119 in Texas on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.
O'Meara, the first-round leader after a 63, shot a 68 to match Kite at 11-under 131 on the Oak Hills Country Club course.
'I want to win every week. It doesn't really matter where the tournament is,' Kite said. 'I don't understand it because, obviously, I know how to win golf tournaments in Texas because I won a bunch of them as an amateur.
'I'm not really too worried about it. I've got myself in a position to win this week, so that's what I'm shooting for.'
Englishman Mark James opened with a pair of birdies and led midway through the second round, but he bogeyed the final hole for a 66, leaving him a two strokes back at 9 under with Champions Tour newcomer John Cook (68).
Dave Stockton matched his age with a 65 to join defending champion Fred Funk (68), Loren Roberts (66), Scott Simpson (67) and Mark Wiebe (66) at 8 under.
Kite, who capped three straight birdies with a 20-foot, two-putt at the par-5 10th, took the lead when he made a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 17, but he missed a 10-footer for birdie on the 18th. O'Meara made a 3-footer at No. 17 to tie Kite, then missed a 19-foot birdie try at the 18th.
O'Meara, who won the PGA TOUR's 1990 Texas Open at Oak Hills, opened his round with seven straight pars before birdies at Nos. 8 and 10.
He bogeyed the 451-yard 11th after pulling his tee shot into a bunker and left his 148-yard approach short of the green. But before the short birdie putt at 17, he almost reached the par-5 15th in two before sinking a 6-footer for birdie.
'Overall, I think I kind of got around out there, you might say,' O'Meara said. 'Today was a little bit of a battle out there.'
Kite and O'Meara will play in the final group on Sunday for the second straight week. They lost at the Administaff Small Business Classic when Bernhard Langer ran away with an eight-stroke victory.
O'Meara shot a final-round 68 and edged Kite (69) for second.
'Overall, I'm going to have to execute a little bit better and drive the ball better,' O'Meara said.
Kite, who's gone 23 holes without a bogey or worse, sounded more optimistic.
'I feel good about everything going on with my game right now,' Kite said. 'I haven't capitalized on everything that I've done because I really have played well. I feel like I'm stroking the ball well and putting good.'
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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.