Furyk Ever the Bulldog in 96 Hawaii

By George WhiteJanuary 13, 2003, 5:00 pm
The list of winners at the Sony Open in Hawaii is impressive. Theres Lee Trevino. Jack Nicklaus. Ben Crenshaw. Bruce Lietzke. Hubert Green back-to-back, Corey Pavin back-to-back. Lanny Wadkins. Paul Azinger. Isao Aoki and his miraculous wedge holeout.
But if you like pure drama, nothing quite compares to 1996, the year that Jim Furyk outpaced Brad Faxon in a three-hole playoff. Furyk was just starting his third year on the PGA Tour and had won only once. Faxon was starting his 13th, and already had a reputation as one of the premier putters on the tour. All the elements were in place, all that was needed was for the principals to come through.
Faxon was the first to excel, on the 18th hole of regulation. Furyk was already in with a score of 11-under. Faxon, who was tied with Steve Stricker when the fourth round began, was two back as he stood on the tee at the par-5 final hole.
Two big hits allowed him to reach the putting surface, and now he stood over the putt - which he knew had to plunk in the hole for him to have a chance. I kept thinking about Nick Price at the British Open, Faxon said, remembering the bomb that Price holed on the final hole of the 94 championship.
Then came the roller, and you know by now what happened. It was a bullseye, in the cup for an eagle to tie Furyk. Hes the best putter in everybodys mind, said Furyk, ahiking his head as the two prepared for the playoff.
Faxon made a great save on the first hole, chipping to four feet and draining a difficult slider. Next it was Furyks turn and he deftly placed a tough bunker shot within three feet of the flagstick, the ball first caroming off after striking the pole.
Now they had to play 18 again, the third hole in the playoff. Furyks drive was perfect while Faxon was left with a poor lie. He hit his second to within 60 yards of the pin, while Furyk hit his 4-iron flush, reaching the par-5 green.
Now it was Faxons turn and he wedged up rather indifferently, leaving the ball 20 feet short with his third shot. Furyk two-putted for a birdie with his third and fourth shot, leaving it all up to Faxon.
Faxon stared down the line, then stepped up and stroked the ball. It rolled oh-so-close to the edge, burning the lip but refusing to go down. Furyk had won, leading to a consistently steady career. It was just the end of another wacky golf round.
You know, really anything can happen in this game. Just when you think you've got it licked, you think nothing can go wrong, always seems to collapse and fold in on you, said Furyk, still not sure of his good fortune ' but sure of his sterling play.
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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. 

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Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

“That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

So was Woods.

DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

“His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

“He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told PGATour.com afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.

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“The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

“Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told ESPN.com, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

“Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.