Wrong Club Proves Costly for Love at 17

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 PGA ChampionshipMEDINAH, Ill ' One swing and Davis Love III went from a really great score to one that was just OK.
 
Love went with the wrong club on the par-3 17th on Thursday afternoon and paid for it with a triple bogey that took him from the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard to one of the pack. He wound up with a 4-under 68, leaving him two strokes behind leaders Chris Riley and Lucas Glover.
 
'Obviously, I'd like to have two or three swings over again,' said Love, the 1997 PGA winner. 'All in all, it's a good start. I'm not leading, but I'm off to a good start.'
 
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Davis Love took a triple-bogey 6 at the par-3 17th.
But he was so close to being so much better.
 
Love, who needs a top finish here to earn a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, played with purpose early on and was at 6-under after seven holes. He opened with back-to-back birdies and had two more on Nos. 4 and 5 and then had an eagle on the par 5 No. 7 to take a share of the lead.
 
The lead was all his after a birdie on the par 5 10th, but he gave that stroke right back with a bogey. Then he took advantage of the last par 5 with a birdie on No. 14.
 
Then came No. 17, a brutal par 3, even playing only 191 yards. Since the PGA was last at Medinah Country Club in 1999, the hole has been redesigned, the tee pushed back and the green lowered so it now sits almost level with Lake Kadijah.
 
Play it wrong, and you'll pay -- as Love quickly learned.
 
'I just hit the wrong club,' he said. 'My caddie wanted me to hit a 7-iron and I was first up and I just wasn't comfortable. So I tried to cut a 6 and hit a draw 6 instead, and that combination doesn't work real well.'
 
His tee shot landed in deep rough above the green. With sand in front of him and water looming if he hit the ball too hard over it, Love was hoping to simply flip the ball up. If it hit the edge of the green, it would trickle down toward the hole.
 
Instead, he missed the ball completely.
 
'I just went right under it,' Love said. 'Then you've got the same shot from a worse lie.'
 
He tried it again, this time going into the sand. He finally got onto the green with his fourth shot, but two-putted for the triple bogey.
 
'Other than two or three swings, I played very good,' Love said. 'I hit the ball well. I just didn't get the best score out of it.'
 
And Love needs a good score this week if he's going to get to Ireland next month for the Ryder Cup.
 
Love has been on every U.S. Ryder Cup team since 1993, the longest active streak by an American, and was fourth in the ranking system at the start of the year. The top 10 make the squad, along with two picks by captain Tom Lehman.
 
But Love has had a tough year, failing to make the cut at both the U.S. and British opens and going from the lead to missing the weekend at The Players Championships. He came into this week 15th in the rankings, and he knows he's got ground to make up.
 
'I'm trying to block it out,' he said. 'Obviously this one tournament is as important as anything I'm doing. If I play well here and give myself a chance to win, the rest will take care of itself.'
 
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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.