Overton holds 36-hole lead in NY

By Associated PressOctober 4, 2008, 4:00 pm
Turning Stone Resort ChampionshipVERONA, N.Y. ' With the PGA season winding down, Jeff Overton thinks a lot about securing a full exemption for next year. Still, that takes a back seat to simply winning.
 
Youve just got to approach every tournament as a new week, have a passion to try to win every single tournament, Overton said Friday after shooting a 3-under 69 to gain a one-shot lead over Tag Ridings (68) at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
 
The former Big Ten player of the year at Indiana, in his third season on the PGA Tour and seeking that elusive first victory, is halfway there at 8-under 136 after the blustery second round.
 
Overton wasnt derailed Friday by two weather delays totaling nearly an hour and a half that prevented the entire field from finishing before darkness fell, and his lead was safe.
 
Steve Allan was among the 23 players who finished the round on Saturday morning, and he bogeyed his final hole in a light drizzle. It was his fifth bogey of the round and dropped him to 2 under.
 
Alone in third at 6 under was Australian rookie Jason Day (69), one shot ahead of Robert Allenby (68), Mark Hensby (69) and Charles Howell III (68). Rookies Dustin Johnson (68) and Kyle Thompson (69), Brad Elder (69), and Brian Davis (69) were tied for seventh at 4 under.
 
The top 125 players on the money list at the end of the season will retain fully exempt status to play on the PGA Tour in 2009. With just over $142,000 in earnings this year, Overton is at No. 142, and the Turning Stone winner takes home more than $1 million.
 
Overton, who began the second round with a one-shot lead, had held or shared the lead after the opening round only one other time, at the 2007 Reno-Tahoe Open, and finished tied for 37th.
 
He showed no signs of faltering here, even in some of the roughest weather on tour this year.
 
It reminded me of playing college golf, Overton said. I can remember playing at Ohio State a few years back the golf tournament got snowed out. Ive had quite a lot of experience playing in these kinds of conditions.
 
Overton reached all 18 in greens in regulation and if he hadnt struggled with his putter'needing 34 putts to complete the round'he would have made it that much more difficult for his rivals to catch him.
 
After bogeying his first hole, Overton birdied Nos. 4, 8, 9. He reached 8 under after hitting 5-iron to 20 feet at the par-5 12th hole, and waiting for the wind to die down, two-putted for birdie.
 
The weather Friday was in the mid-40s at the start of play, the wind blowing at 10-15 miles per hour with an intermittent rain dampening the 7,482-yard Atunyote Golf Club course.
 
The sun was shining coming up to 16, but I think the temperature dropped 15 degrees, Johnson said. Youve just got to go with it.
 
In late morning a front moved through, unleashing a brief torrent of hail that halted play for 16 minutes.
 
It was actually kind of nice, said Johnson, who was on the green at No. 18 when play was suspended. I got to go inside and warm up. It didnt help, though. I missed the putt.
 
Day wasnt fazed. Just before the hail began falling, he made a hole-in-one, his first ace on the PGA Tour, at the par-3 sixth hole to reach 5 under.
 
I never played in hail before. I guess theres a first time for everything, said the 20-year-old Day, who hit 6-iron off the tee of the 180-yard hole and watched the ball hit the green and bounce back in the cup. But I kept the momentum going.
 
While Day was celebrating, playing partner Michael Allen (74) was moping after making triple bogey at the hole after driving into a greenside bunker.
 
A half hour later, a rainstorm halted play again, this time for 71 minutes, which pushed afternoon tee times back more than an hour. The sun broke through in the afternoon for the second straight day, lifting the temperature into the mid-50s. But the wind also picked up.
 
Allan, tied for second to start the day, teed off just after 2 p.m. and made three bogeys on the first four holes of the back side to derail his chances of moving up.
 
Ridings fared much better, making four birdies on the back side.
 
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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.