Snedeker wins Farmers without hitting a Monday shot

By Doug FergusonFebruary 1, 2016, 9:38 pm

SAN DIEGO - Brandt Snedeker won the praise of his peers for a closing round at Torrey Pines that left them in awe.

Now he has a trophy to show for it.

Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday when the conditions turned out to be just as tough as when he shot his 69 on Sunday, a score that was roughly nine shots better than the field average.

Jimmy Walker had a one-shot lead over Snedeker and K.J. Choi when the final round resumed among a dozen toppled trees on the South Course. With a strong wind from the opposite direction, Walker and Choi tried to hang on with pars and simply couldn't.

''The way the wind blew and made those last five holes play so tough on those guys, I feel bad for them,'' Snedeker said. ''They got the raw end of the stick this morning. But that's just the way golf goes, and luckily enough, I played good enough yesterday to get the job done. So it's a special feeling to say the least.''

Snedeker won at 6-under 282, the highest winning score at Torrey Pines since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

The average score was 77.9, the highest fourth-round average at a regular PGA Tour event since the Tour began keeping such statistics in 1983.

Choi couldn't reach the 437-yard 14th with a driver and a fairway metal, and his 6-foot par putt slid by on the left. That dropped him to 5 under, and his last chance to catch Snedeker was a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th that missed by a yard. He closed with a 76.

Walker, who returned Monday morning at 7 under, made four bogeys over the eight holes he played and wound up with a 77. Kevin Streelman made back-to-back bogeys late in his round and wound up with a hard-earned 74 to finish third.

Snedeker won for the second time at Torrey Pines, and both involved a most improbable comeback.

Four years ago, he was seven shots out of the lead and figured he had locked up second place when Kyle Stanley made a triple bogey from the fairway on the par-5 18th and Snedeker beat him in a playoff. This time, Snedeker made the cut on the number and was six shots back going into the final round when he got help from the elements.

Snedeker did his part. He played the final 17 holes without a bogey in raging wind and occasional rain, with gusts topping 40 mph that forced play to be suspended three times before the South Course was evacuated.


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Of the 23 players who finished on Sunday, there were 11 rounds in the 80s.

He needed more help on Monday, and he worried it wouldn't arrive.

The round was to resume at 8 a.m., and there was hardly any wind. Play was delayed two hours so officials could remove debris from the overnight wind that was relentless. Among the trees that were toppled was a 60-foot eucalyptus that fell across the left edge of the 15th fairway some 40 yards from the green.

By the time it started, the wind showed up out of the north - the back nine had been set up to account for a southerly wind the day before.

Players were hitting wedge into the 14th on Sunday. They were hitting fairway metals on Monday. The par-5 18th couldn't be reached in two by anyone.

Even when players did hit a good shot, it was difficult to tell because there were no spectators on the golf course. The only volunteers were to drive the evacuation vans if necessary. Snedeker made it as far as the practice range and putting green.

It was his eighth career victory, fourth in California. Snedeker has won twice at Torrey Pines and twice at Pebble Beach. It also was his fourth comeback of at least five shots in the final round.

Choi had his best finish since June 2014. This is the final year of his five-year exemption from winning The Players Championship in 2011.

There were 23 rounds in the 80s, with Scott Brown the highest at 87 while playing in the final group.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."