Fantasy Island: RBC Canadian Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2011, 1:00 pm

GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the RBC Canadian Open. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from three groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Charlie Rymer; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; contributor Win McMurry; writer for NBCSports.com's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and RotoWorld.com's Rob Bolton.

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In parentheses, next to the names, are the participants' 2011 points earned and ranking among the 17 Fantasy Challenge 'experts.'


Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard (8,680,226; 5th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: That missed cut at Royal St. George’s likely didn’t sit well with the Englishman.

Group B: Lucas Glover: Few are driving the ball better than the former U.S. Open champion.

Group C: Anthony Kim: The three-time PGA Tour winner has been telling anyone that would listen that he’s “close.”         


Randall Mell

Randall Mell (6,791,399; 11th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Will make his debut in this event memorable.

Group B: Ryan Moore: Good memories last time he teed it up at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club (T-2).

Group C: Anthony Kim: Riding momentum, confidence from strong British.


Jason Sobel

Jason Sobel (N/A, N/A)

Group A: Luke Donald: Always go with a guy who's sponsored by the title sponsor.

Group B: Ryan Moore: It's a quick trip from his native Tacoma, Wash., to Vancouver.

Group C: Matt McQuillan: Best Canadian available? Maybe not, but the rookie has shown signs of life in recent weeks.


Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer (7,967,956; 6th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Shaughnessy is a very difficult golf course and I think his consistent ball striking will give him an edge.

Group B: Ryan Moore: Moore is from just down the road in Seattle so he is familiar with these parts..

Group C: Anthony Kim: For the first time this season, seems to be gathering momentum.


John Hawkins

John Hawkins (7,953,198; 7th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Should be motivated after last week.

Group B: Ryan Moore: Almost won here couple years back.

Group C: Anthony Kim: Are you sure he's spoda be in the C group?


Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin (9,949,064; 3rd)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Surprised he didn't go better at the British Open. Will be surprised it he plays poorly 2 weeks in a row.

Group B: Lucas Glover: Hard to tell how much of a Hangover he'll have from Royal St. George's. He's had a great year though.

Group C: Anthony Kim: Good value in this group. Perhaps he found some momentum from a good British performance.


Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias (6,517,410; 12th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Along with his win at Augusta National, he finished T9 at Congressional and T-16 at Royal St. George’s.

Group B: Rickie Fowler: Just two weeks after he held and lost the 54-hole lead at the AT&T National, he records his best major finish last week at Royal St. George’s with T-5.

Group C: Anthony Kim: Hey, I’m just following the rules. A.K. is a C Pick this week. Tends to play well in streaks, A.K. also finished T5 at Royal St. George’s last week.


Win McMurry

 Win McMurry (10,509,639; 2nd)

 Group A: Luke Donald: Look for him to contend in front of his RBC sponsors.

 Group B: Ryan Moore: The Seattle native is close to home playing in Vancouver. The last time the tournament was played here he tied for second.

Group C: Spencer Levin: He’s quietly inside the top-30 in the FedEx Cup with 10 top-10s in 21 starts.


Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee (5,714,299; 15th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel was in the heat of it at the Open, which perhaps is a sign he is the pick of the A litter.

Group B: Blake Adams: Adams had a solid finish at the Canadian Open last year, but he also was on '59 Watch' last week at Annandale en route to a T-9.

Group C: John Mallinger: After a very rough start to the year for Mallinger, he has made big strides in each of his last three cuts made.


Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton (7,029,789; 10th)

Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Man of few mistakes should love challenging Shaughnessy..

Group B: Ryan Moore: Seattle native shared second here in 2005.

Group C: Spencer Levin: His consistency trumps Anthony Kim’s sudden T5 at the British in this group.



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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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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.