Love needs late rally to secure card

By Associated PressOctober 1, 2008, 4:00 pm
Turning Stone Resort ChampionshipVERONA, N.Y. ' Steve Flesch is back to defend his title at the Turning Stone Resort Championship with a simple goal.
 
I just hope I shoot 18 under again, said Flesch, who won the inaugural Turning Stone Championship a year ago at 18-under 270. Playing the last hole with a three-shot lead is always nice.
 
It was Fleschs fourth career victory on the PGA Tour and marked the third straight time hed won after holding the 54-hole lead. Returning to defend was a no-brainer for Flesch, who this year tied for fifth at the Masters and was sixth at the PGA Championship. The tournament offers a $6 million purse, largest in the Fall Series, and a payday of just over $1 million.
 
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Steve Flesch is looking to add a repeat win to his resume. (Getty Images)
Last years victory vaulted Flesch from 70th on the money list to 25th and earned him a spot in the U.S. Open. Hes ranked 71st entering this week.
 
If I dont play well on a golf course, Im not going to come, Flesch said. The course suits everybodys game.
 
The tournament begins Thursday and is being held a bit later this year due to the Ryder Cup. Last years tournament was in late September, and the weather was spectacular, with temperatures in the 80s, clear skies, and little wind. Forecasters were calling for highs this week in the 50s with showers predicted for the first three days.
 
Two weeks later makes a big difference in weather, Flesch said. The course is totally different. Its a lot softer.
 
The Fall Series decides the final money leaders list. The top 125 players retain fully exempt status to play on the PGA Tour in 2009, and the fall events determine Nos. 31 through 125. (The top 30 are decided through the FedEx Cup playoffs.)
 
The Turning Stone Resort Championship will feature a field of 132 players competing at Atunyote Golf Club, a 7,482-yard, par-72 layout. The final four spots in the field were determined through an 18-hole qualifier on Monday at the resorts Kaluhyat Golf Club, and two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen was among the foursome that made it.
 
They will face some stiff competition. The event has attracted 13 players in the top 50 on the PGA money list and six players who made it to the Tour Championship.
 
One who isnt in the top 50 is Davis Love III, a 19-time winner on the PGA Tour whos struggled this year. Turning Stone chief executive officer Ray Halbritter had tried to lure Love here before, but this time Love has a good reason for visiting upstate New York.
 
Love earned a five-year exemption for his victory at the 2003 Players Championship and a two-year exemption for his last victory, the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. But his best finish in 17 events this year was a tie for 19th at the British Open, and he ranks 155th on the money list, putting him in danger of losing fully exempt status.
 
The field also includes four sponsors exemptions: 50-year-old Joey Sindelar, a native of Horseheads, N.Y. who has five top-10s and ranks 25th on the money list in his first year on the Champions Tour; reigning U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee; tournament ambassador Notah Begay III; and Ryder Cup assistant captain Olin Browne.
 
Lee said he expects to turn pro sometime next year but has his sights set on the task at hand.
 
I have a good feeling about this tournament, Lee said. Im not just here for making the cut. Hopefully, if I play well enough I can win. Thats my goal.
 
Divots: The players in the top 50 on the money list playing here include Robert Allenby, Woody Austin, Briny Baird, Brian Gay, Dudley Hart, Ryuji Imada, Steve Marino, Sean OHair, Rod Pampling, Carl Pettersson, Jeff Quinney, Nicholas Thompson and D.J. Trahan. Last years event had nine players in the top 50.
 
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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.