Langer soars near the top Daly crashes in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 22, 2008, 5:00 pm
2009 European TourHONG KONG ' Oliver Wilson made six birdies and held off a charge from Bernhard Langer to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open.
 
Wilson, who has a habit of finishing second, shot a 5-under 65 for a three-round total of 13-under 197, a shot better than Taiwans Lin Wen-tang (64). Langer had a 63 and was two back of the leader.
 
John Daly, the troubled two-time major winner, struggled after two solid rounds, shooting a 73 and falling 12 back of Wilson.
 
The 51-year-old Langer, a two-time Masters champion, hasnt won on the European Tour since 2002. He recovered from a bogey at the first hole by making an eagle and seven birdies. The eagle and one of the birdies came on 7-iron shots from the bunker.
 
It was kind of a very strange day, Langer said, adding he wasnt surprised to be on the leaderboard because hes won four times on the senior circuit this year.
 
Langer, whose 18-year-old son Stefan is caddying for him this week, said he prefers the shorter course at the 6,734-yard Hong Kong Golf Club because it relies less on power, echoing comments made by another veteran in the field, Colin Montgomerie, on Friday.
 
Im not a long hitter, so its more about precision and being straight and maneuvering the ball a little bit. You have to hit a few cuts and a few draws, and thats kind of my game, said Langer, who won this event in 1991.
 
I just cant hit the ball as far as the youngsters Doesnt matter what I do, he said.
 
Seeking his first win on the European Tour after eight second-place finishes, Wilson was the only player among the four co-leaders after the second round to stay ahead.
 
Like I keep saying, if I can keep getting up there, Ill break through eventually, Wilson said.
 
Eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Montgomerie also played solidly, recovering from a double bogey on the first to shoot a 70. He sits in eighth place, one shot behind Spains Pablo Larrazabal (64), Northern Ireland youngster Rory McIlroy (66), Italys Francesco Molinari (67) and Indias Jeev Milkha Singh (66) at 10-under.
 
Miguel Angel Jimenezs chances of defending his title were diminished after the worlds No. 20-ranked player made a double bogey and two bogeys to finish with a 71 for the round. He is 14 strokes behind Wilson.
 
Louis Oosthuizen and Oliver Fisher both had 73s to lose their share of the lead after two rounds, while Chawalit Plaphol struggled on the greens for a 70 to fall five strokes off the pace.
 
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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.