Mickelson Goes for Broke Goes Home

By Associated PressFebruary 28, 2004, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson decided to go for broke.
 
He wound up going home.
 
Mickelson added to his reputation for taking risks Saturday in the Match Play Championship, but it blew up in his face when he took bogey on the 18th hole and lost to Davis Love III in the quarterfinals at La Costa Resort.
 
'It's a shame it ended that way,' Love said.
 
The match was the most exciting and volatile of the week. One of the players won 14 of the 18 holes, and there were four lead changes. Love birdied two straight holes for an early lead, and Mickelson answered with three straight birdies.
 
Ultimately, it came down to the 558-yard 18th hole.
 
The match was all square, and Mickelson hammered a drive down the middle of the fairway. Love sent his drive into the right rough and had to lay up, some 160 yards from the pin.
 
Was this the time for Mickelson to go for the green?
 
'Absolutely, yeah,' he said.
 
What followed was a bad shot, some bad luck and ultimately a bogey.
 
'Obviously, after Davis missed the fairway and had to lay up, I had 254 (yards to the) front, and a good 3-wood could have gotten the ball on the green,' Mickelson said. 'A two-putt birdie should have been able to win. He would have had a long putt.'
 
Mickelson was only partially right. Love had a long birdie putt.
 
'I pull-hooked it,' Mickelson continued, 'and made 6.'
 
It was a risky decision, although Mickelson has been swinging the club well enough that he could probably hit that green -- or at least land harmlessly in the bunkers -- a majority of the time.
 
This one turned into a disaster.

It hooked sharply to the right and landed in thick grass, 50 yards from the flag with a pine tree in his way. There was no point going under the branches because of the bunker guarding the green.
 
Mickelson tried a flop shot, but the ground was softer than he realized. The ball floated into the tree, ricocheted among the branches and plopped down into more rough.
 
His fourth shot went through the green, about 25 feet away.
 
Love hit his approach to 30 feet and rolled it close enough that his par was conceded.
 
Mickelson's par putt to extend the match never had a chance.
 
'It was a disappointing day,' Mickelson said. 'I felt like I was playing better than that. I made five bogeys, and it's very disappointing.'
 
Mickelson left La Costa with a tie for fifth, starting his season with five straight top 10s for the first time in his career. Still, his aggressive play on the 18th is sure to raise more questions about his decision-making.
 
He has worked hard on the distance control of his wedges. The safe shot would have been to lay up 100 yards from the green, a distance from which few players are better than Mickelson.
 
One thing remains certain: He sends the gallery home with something to talk about.
 
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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.