Notes Poor Play Costly to Campbell

By Associated PressApril 12, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell lost his chance to play in the Memorial with three bad weeks.
Campbell is only allowed to play 10 times on the PGA Tour, including the four majors and three World Golf Championships. If he could have earned $197,843 over the last month, that would have given him the equivalent of 150th place on last year's money list and made him eligible for unlimited sponsor's exemptions the rest of the year, such as the Memorial.
But he missed the cut at the Bay Hill Invitational, The Players Championship and the Masters.
Campbell chose not to join the PGA Tour and play a minimum of 15 events. He had hoped to play 12 -- the tour turned down his request -- which would have allowed him into the Memorial and the Barclays Classic, a week before defending his U.S. Open title.
Missing the cut was no surprise at the Masters. Campbell has never made it to the weekend at Augusta National in six starts.
The official world golf ranking turned 20 this month, and one thing hasn't changed.
Fred Couples can still be found among the top 50 in the world.
Bernhard Langer was No. 1 when the world ranking made its debut the week before the 1986 Masters. He was followed by Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson and Mark O'Meara. All of them except Langer -- currently No. 57 -- are no longer in the top 200.
Couples was No. 42 in the original ranking. He moved up to No. 21 this week.
The world ranking has been altered over the years. When it was launched 20 years ago, golfers were measured over three years, instead of the two-year period with gradual reductions in points every 13 weeks.
Only a dozen players have been ranked No. 1 -- Langer, Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Couples, Nick Price, Tom Lehman, Ernie Els, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods.
Woods has held the No. 1 ranking the longest at 385 weeks, while Lehman was
From the moment Arron Oberholser arrived at Augusta National, he kept stating with confidence that this would be the first of many times playing in the Masters.
Closing with a 71 assured at least one more. Oberholser finished at even-par 288 and tied for 14th; the top 16 and ties are invited back to Augusta next year.
'I'm still learning these greens,' he said. 'They still spook me in spots, but I can see myself contending here in future years.'
Billy Mayfair was playing the Masters for the first time since 2003, and he also earned a tee time next year by tying for 14th, while Scott Verplank, Geoff Ogilvy and Rod Pampling tied for 16th.
The future for Rocco Mediate is more uncertain, especially with a back that has bothered him for years and gave out on him after he made the turn Sunday. Mediate went from a chance to win and play the Masters the rest of his life, to a chance to finish in the top 16, to an 80 that put him in a tie for 36th.
The Memorial has awarded one of its exemptions to Kevin Hall, a former Big 10 champion from Ohio State who has been deaf since he was 2. Hall was given an exemption to Pebble Beach earlier this year and missed the cut. He made it through the first stage of Q-school last year. ... Phil Mickelson's 29 victories on the PGA Tour have come in eight states -- California (9), Georgia (6), Arizona (5), Colorado (2), Texas (2), Connecticut (2), Florida (1) and Ohio (1) and New Jersey (1). Vijay Singh has won 27 times on the PGA Tour in 17 states, four of those victories in Texas. He also won in Canada. ... A course that is getting tougher each year allowed the Masters to keep one streak alive. It is the only major in which no one has posted all four rounds in the 60s. ... Vijay Singh closed with a 71 at the Masters, ending a streak of seven
Kirk Triplett (Tucson) is the only PGA Tour winner this year who did not play in the final group.
'When I start missing them, they don't go in.' -- Fred Couples, the Yogi Berra of golf, on his putting at the Masters.
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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.