Glover taking temporary demotion in stride

By Will GrayOctober 1, 2015, 10:46 pm

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The field at the Tour Championship includes a curious intersection of career arcs. Some prospects on the rise, some stars fading into decline, and plenty of names in between.

There is, however, only one major champion on the list, and you won't hear Lucas Glover dwell on his past accomplishments this week at TPC Sawgrass.

Glover received a five-year exemption for winning the 2009 U.S. Open, then added another year to that with his victory at the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship. Those exemptions ran out in August, though, sending the 35-year-old back to earn his status for the first time since 2004.

Glover took the temporary demotion in stride, and he opened the Tour Finals with three straight top-25 finishes, including a T-9 finish last week. With a return to the PGA Tour assured, he promptly began the season finale with a 6-under 64 on Dye’s Valley Course, putting him within a shot of Rhein Gibson. Tour Championship: Articles, photos and videos

“It’s like the old saying goes. You dig your own grave, but luckily I’ve got a shovel,” Glover said. “It’s on me. I haven’t played well. Got into a funk and I’m trying to get my way out of it. I feel like I’m three quarters of the way there.”

Glover’s woes have long been traced back to his putting. After finishing the 2013-14 season ranked 177th in strokes gained-putting, he fell last season to 184th. He has turned around his overall performance by improving from close range.

“Got some confidence in the short putts. Finally a lot of hard work is paying off, and a lot of 6-footers and in are going in the middle of the hole,” Glover said. “There’s confidence in the stroke instead of wishing the ball in. Any golfer knows you have to have that, so that’s been the difference for me.”

Glover will return to the PGA Tour for his 13th straight season later this month thanks in large part to a workmanlike attitude that eschewed his prior credentials and focused instead on the task at hand. That same attitude also has him in contention for what would be his first win in more than four years.

“I never wanted to dwell on the past these four weeks. That’s pointless. You start doing that and these guys will kick you right in the head, because they’re really good,” he said. “It was four weeks, do your job. You’ve got a job to do, so do it. At the end of the four, if you reach your goal, pat yourself on the back. If not, go back to work. That was my mindset, totally, and still is.”

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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.