Mickelson Has Hope Once Again

By Associated PressJanuary 25, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicLA QUINTA, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson can hardly wait to tee it up again.
 
Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Skip Kendall in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on Sunday and end an 18-month winless streak.
 
'It's terrific. I can't wait to do it again. I want it next week,' said Mickelson, who had dropped from second to 16th in the world rankings. 'I just have so much fun when I'm playing well.
 
'Not having been there last year, I realize how much I missed it.'
 
The 2002 Hope champion, he rolled a 3-foot birdie putt into the center of the cup to win it again.
 
Kendall was left still looking for his first tour victory. He was runner-up for the fourth time in his career, losing three times in playoffs.
 
Mickelson, making his 2004 debut, closed with a 4-under 68 to match Kendall (65) at 30-under 330 in the 90-hole tournament.
 
After each birdied the final hole, they returned to the 18th tee to begin the playoff. Both hit their drives down the center, then Kendall pulled his second shot into the left rough beside the green on the 543-yard par 5. Mickelson's second shot went into the rough on the other side, but considerably closer to the hole.
 
Kendall chipped onto the putting surface, then missed his 20-foot birdie try. Mickelson's chip left him the short putt, and he confidently stroked it in to wrap up a day when he had some problems on the green.
 
The 39-year-old Kendall, 0-for-294 in tour events, said, 'I played my heart out. It's hard to take, but I'm glad I was there.
 
'I'm getting older, too, and I feel like I'm still progressing as a player. People sometimes ask me, 'Well, what's been your highlight in golf?' I say, 'Stay tuned.''
 
Jay Haas, 50, the 1988 tournament champion and runner-up to Mike Weir a year ago, finished third with a 67 that left him one shot behind Mickelson and Kendall.
 
Jonathan Kaye shot a 64 to finish fourth at 332.
 
Kirk Triplett, tied with Mickelson going into the final round and bogey-free in the tournament, had four bogeys and a double bogey in a 74 that left him six strokes back.
 
Kendall, playing in the group in front of Mickelson, and Mickelson matched similar birdies on No. 18 to force the playoff.
 
Both players hit their second shots about pin-high in the rough on the right adjacent to the green, then pitched within some 18 inches of the hole.
 
'When I made birdie, I realized that that was a pretty good spot to be, over there,' said Mickelson, whose second shot in the playoff was in almost the same spot. 'When Skip went to the left in the playoff, I knew he had a tough chip.'
 
Kendall, who had been the co-leader after the first round but hadn't been atop the leaderboard since, moved one shot ahead of Mickelson with a short birdie putt on No. 16 to go to 30 under, while Mickelson bogeyed No. 15.
 
Kendall gave it back on the next hole, when he missed a 10-foot par putt after pushing his tee shot to the right of the green.
 
After tinkering with his mechanics last year, Mickelson spent this winter trying to regain the form that had carried him to 21 victories and made him the world's second-ranked player.
 
That's 22 victories now, including an impressive 6-1 record in playoffs.
 
Divots: The win was the fourth of Mickelson's career in a season debut. He also won the 1991 Northern Telcom Open, as an amateur; the 1994 and 1998 Mercedes Championships, and the 2002 Hope to start off those years. ... Mickelson announced at the start of the tournament that he would donate $100 per birdie and $500 per eagle this year to a charity dedicated to funding college educations for children of military special operations personnel killed in operational or training missions. He had 37 birdies and no eagles in the Hope, so that's $3,700 for Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Mickelson made $810,000 by winning the Hope. ... The Hope becomes the only tournament to be won three years in a row by a left-hander -- Mickelson two years ago and Weir last year.
 
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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.