Nine More Qualify For US Open

By Associated PressMay 30, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenFAR HILLS, N.J. ' Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling and Rory Sabbatini, each a winner on the PGA Tour this season, are three of the nine golfers who earned full exemptions into the U.S. Open with the close of three active categories as of May 30. A total of 79 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the upcoming Championship, scheduled from June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Ogilvy, Pampling and Sabbatini earned their exemptions by easily staying in the top 50 in the World Rankings. The other six who earned full exemptions by being in the top 50 of the updated World Rankings are Paul Casey, a winner on the 2006 PGA European Tour, along with Robert Allenby, Darren Clarke, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson and Tom Lehman.

The 10 leading money leaders on the PGA Tour for 2006 and the top two money leaders of the PGA European Tour for 2006 were already fully exempt, after considering the world rankings. The remainder of the top 50 ranked players (41) was already fully exempt through other criteria.

One more fully exempt place could be awarded following the close of this weeks Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour, if the winner is not already fully exempt and it is his second Tour win since last April 27.

Sectional qualifying for the remaining 77 spots will take place at 13 sites on June 5-6. The first sectional qualifier was held May 29 in Japan with three spots for the U.S. Open field awarded.

Here is the list of the 79 golfers who are fully exempt:
 
Robert Allenby16
Steven Ames6,11,16
Stuart Appleby9,11,16
Rich Beem5
Thomas Bjorn10,16
Olin Browne9
Bart Bryant9,16
Angel Cabrera10,16
Mark Calcavecchia9
Chad Campbell9,11,16
Michael Campbell1,8,10,16
Paul Casey13,16
K.J. Choi8,16
Stewart Cink8,16
Darren Clarke16
Tim Clark8,9,16
John Cook8
Fred Couples8,16
Ben Crane9,16
Ben Curtis4
Chris DiMarco9,16
Luke Donald9,10,16
Dillon Dougherty2
Nick Dougherty10
Allen Doyle7
David Duval4
Ernie Els 1,4,8,16
Bob Estes8
Niclas Fasth10,16
Kenneth Ferrie10
Fred Funk9,16
Jim Furyk1,9,11,12,16
Sergio Garcia8,9,10,16
Lucas Glover9,16
Retief Goosen1,8,9,10,11,16
Todd Hamilton4
Padraig Harrington9,16
Peter Hedblom8
Mark Hensby8
Tim Herron9,16
Charles Howell III9
David Howell10,13,16
Ryuji Imada8
Trevor Immelman16
Peter Jacobsen8
Lee Janzen1
Miguel Angel Jimenez10,16
Brandt Jobe9
Zach Johnson16
Steve Jones1
Shingo Katayama14,16
Tom Lehman16
Justin Leonard9
Davis Love III8,9,16
Paul McGinley10,16
Billy Mayfair9
Rocco Mediate8
Shaun Micheel5
Phil Mickelson3,5,9,11,12,16
Edoardo Molinari2
Colin Montgomerie10,16
Arron Oberholser8,16
Sean OHair9
Nick OHern15,16
Jose Maria Olazabal10,16
Geoff Ogilvy11,16
Rod Pampling16
Corey Pavin8
Kenny Perry9,16
Nick Price8
Ted Purdy9
Rory Sabbatini11,16
Adam Scott9,15,16
Vijay Singh 5,8,9,16
Henrik Stenson10,16
David Toms5,8,9,11,16
Scott Verplank9,16
Mike Weir3,16
Tiger Woods1,3,4,8,9,11,12,16
 
Key to Player Exemptions:
1) Winners of the U.S. Open Championship for the last 10 years.
2) Winner and runner-up of the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship.
3) Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years.
4) Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years.
5) Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years.
6) Winner of the 2006 Players Championship.
7) Winner of the 2005 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
8) From the 2005 U.S. Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place.
9) From the 2005 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10) From the 2005 final official PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.
11) From the 2006 official PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 29.
12) Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co'sponsored events whose victories are considered official from April 27, 2005 through June 4, 2006
13) From the 2006 PGA European Tour, the top two money leaders through May 30.
14) From the 2005 final Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
15) From the 2005 final PGA Tour of Australasia money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
16) From the World Rankings list, the top 50 point leaders as of May 30, 2006.
17) Special exemptions selected by the USGA Executive Committee International players not otherwise exempt as selected by the USGA Executive Committee.
 
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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.