Rookie Turnesa early leader at Viking Classic

By Associated PressSeptember 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
Viking ClassicMADISON, Miss. ' Marc Turnesa was shocked to see a PGA TOUR rookies name atop the Viking Classic leaderboard Thursday ' especially his own.
To be honest with you, Im surprised I shot 7 under, Turnesa said. I didnt really feel like I was hitting it great and I didnt hit it great. But putting is a great equalizer. If you can make putts you can get away with a lot of things.
The 30-year-old rookie with a celebrated family history on the PGA TOUR used a 22-putt round for a 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay at the Annandale Golf Club. In a field dotted with big names needing a little boost after falling on hard times, Turnesa rolled in eight birdies and took advantage of ideal morning conditions.
I think the 22 putts shows that I putted well, but it shows I didnt hit a lot of greens, the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., resident said. A couple of putts in from the fringe and that number looks pretty great.
An eclectic group of players are chasing Turnesa and Gay. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, who hasnt won on tour since 1998, Jay Williamson, Dicky Pride, Nathan Green, Brad Adamonis and Andrew Buckle shot 67s, and 14 others had 68s.
Though Janzen and Gay have won before, most of the players atop the leaderboard are looking for a breakthrough. Take Williamson as an example. He turned pro in 1990 with irregular success. At 41, hes had a pair of near misses in the last two years and feels hes ready.
Ive been out here long enough, Ive made enough cuts, its time for me to get to that next level somehow, Williamson said.
And for Pride, a win would mean no more shifting back and forth between the PGA and Nationwide tours.
Its just brutal, Pride said. The theory on it is you want to stay on the Nationwide and get fully exempt while youre out there. But when you play for only 10 percent of what you normally play for, the reality comes down to Ill make a lot more money out here and this is my job.
Janzen has been struggling with his game for years, but has played well lately and feels he could be returning to championship form. He joined the leaders after overcoming an early bogey on No. 2, making four straight birdies on Nos. 13-16 to take an early clubhouse lead.
Ive just been trying to forge ahead, Janzen said. Thats really all Ive been trying to do over the past couple of years basically. Today I made a few putts and that really made a difference.
Once you make a couple it feels like youre going to make the rest.
Turnesa had a similar feeling Thursday. He had 12 one-putts and rolled another in from the fringe. He finished his round with three straight birdies and hopes he can parlay his fast start into another tour victory for the Turnesa family.
His grandfather, Mike, was one of seven Turnesa brothers who played the PGA Tour during the mid-20th century. Mike Turnesa won six PGA Tour events and finished second to Ben Hogan in the 1948 PGA Championship. Great uncle Joe was a 15-time tour winner and uncle Willie was a two-time U.S. Amateur champion.
Turnesa just wants a piece of the family action. And if he doesnt win, hell show up at each of the six remaining tournaments this year to continue the chase of his exemption. He needs to move up 44 spots on the money list to play next year.
Im playing all of them, Turnesa said. I really dont think Ive given myself much of a choice. Unless I win this week, then Ill probably take one of them off. The position Im in, I need to get up there on the money list.
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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.