Power Rankings: 2015 RBC Canadian Open

By Will GrayJuly 21, 2015, 7:46 pm

The 38th event of the wraparound season is upon us, as the PGA Tour heads to Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. A field of 156 will tackle the Glen Abbey Golf Club, which last hosted the event in 2013.

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Tim Clark won this event a year ago at Royal Montreal by one shot over Jim Furyk. Here are 10 players to watch in Canada:

1. Jim Furyk: The veteran has a sensational record at this event, with wins in 2006 and 2007 coupled with last year's runner-up and a T-9 finish at Glen Abbey in 2013. Furyk snapped out of his winless drought earlier this year at Harbour Town and ranks among the top 15 on Tour this season in fairways hit, GIR percentage and total strokes gained.

2. Brooks Koepka: Koepka announced his presence to the Tour with his win in Phoenix, and after battling through a rib injury he is again showing great form. He played his final 36 holes at St. Andrews without a bogey en route to a T-10 finish, his fourth top-20 finish in his last five PGA Tour strats. Koepka is ninth this season in both driving distance and strokes gained putting, a potent combination.

3. Bubba Watson: Watson is making just his second appearance in Canada since 2009, but he did finish T-21 at Glen Abbey two years ago and already has two wins under his belt this season. Watson has missed the cut in each of the last two majors, but those are his only missed cuts this season to go with eight top-25 finishes.

4. Jason Day: The Aussie has a quick turnaround after coming up one shot short at St. Andrews. Day hasn't played this event since 2009, and his prior two trips to Canada failed to yield top-40 finishes. He has the game to contend on any course, but questions persist about an emotional hangover following another near-miss on a major stage.

5. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar has been close each of the last two years in Canada, finishing T-2 in 2013 and T-4 last year. Kuchar is traditionally one of the Tour's most consistent players and finished second to Rickie Fowler at the Scottish Open two weeks ago. He'll look to get back on track this week after just one top-25 finish in his last six PGA Tour starts.

6. Luke Donald: The Englishman appears to be on the comeback trail. He had to earn spots the hard way in each of the past two majors, but Donald did just that and now has strung together three straight top-15 finishes after his T-12 result at St. Andrews. Donald had three straight top-25s in Canada from 2009-11, including a T-24 finish at Glen Abbey in 2009.

7. Scott Piercy: Piercy won this event at Hamilton in 2012 and he returns to Canada after another victory, this time at the inaugural Barbasol Championship. Piercy also finished second at the Sony Open and contended at the Shell Houston Open amid a successful season that has seen him return from an elbow injury.

8. J.B. Holmes: Holmes has cooled somewhat since his torrid spring, but he still remains a pre-tournament favorite at nearly any venue. Holmes has seven top-25 finishes in 18 starts this season, highlighted by his playoff win in Houston, and he ranks eighth this season in birdie average. Each of his two tournament appearances netted top-20 finishes, including a T-16 finish in 2009 at Glen Abbey.

9. Tony Finau: The rookie has been impressive this season, with a missed cut at the Deere ending a run of seven straight top-25 finishes. Finau will look to get back on track this week in his tournament debut, and he ranks 15th this season in birdie average and 22nd in scoring average. 

10. William McGirt: Regardless of venue, Canada seems to bring the best out of McGirt. He was a runner-up at Hamilton in 2012, matched that result the following year at Glen Abbey and finished T-25 last year at Royal Montreal. McGirt has been lurking in the middle of the pack for much of the summer, with five of his past seven starts netting finishes between T-25 and T-41.

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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.