Key stats from Johnson's win at St. Andrews

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2015, 8:27 pm

Zach Johnson won his second career major title Monday by defeating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews. Here are some key stats provided by Golf Channel's editorial research unit.

• Sixth Open Championship playoff at St. Andrews (first since 1995)

• No other Open venue has hosted more than three playoffs (Carnoustie)

• First playoff at The Open since 2009; first with more than two players since 2002

• First playoff in a major since 2013 Masters (Adam Scott def. Angel Cabrera)

Zach Johnson: Second career major championship (2007 Masters)

• Sixth to win major at both Augusta and St. Andrews in career

• Other five: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Sam Snead

• 12th career PGA Tour victory; 11th since beginning of 2007

• Only four players last 10 seasons have 10+ PGA Tour wins including multiple majors

• Others are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson & Rory McIlroy

• Fourth consecutive season with PGA Tour victory (first this year)

• Top-10 finish for third time in last four years at Open Championship

• 13 under in the Open since 2012 (was 50 over par from 2004-2011)

• 12 straight rounds of par or better overall

• Combined 46 under in those 12 rounds of competition

• Final round 66; lowest of career in a major championship

• 66 is lowest final round score by Open Champion at St. Andrews

Louis Oosthuizen: Runner-up finish in both U.S. Open and Open Championship

• Fourth player to do that in same season in modern era (Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els, Nicklaus)

• Fourth player to lose playoffs in both Masters and Open Championship (Tom Watson, Greg Norman and Craig Wood

• Combined 26 under in last seven regulation rounds in majors

Marc Leishman: Defeated in aggregate 4-hole playoff

• Third career top-5 finish in majors (2013 Masters, 2014 Open Champ.)

• First career runner-up finish in a major championship

• 130 strokes over last two rounds (ties 36-hole record in any major)

• T-50 through 36 holes this week

• Would have been largest 36-hole comeback (position) by major champion

Jordan Spieth: Bogey at 17th hole; finished one shot out of playoff

• Fourth player to win Masters, win U.S. Open then finish top-10 in Open (Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan)

• ‘Bounced back’ six of nine times this week (did not on 72nd hole)

• Combined 37 under in majors this season (second-best total last 20 years)

• Only better single-season score in that span is Tiger in 2000 (53 under)

• Made one birdie over last eight holes of tournament

• Combined 37 under in majors in 2015 (14 shots better than anyone else)

Jason Day: Had share of 54-hole lead in both U.S. Open and Open Championship

• Only player to do that in same season and win neither tournament

• T-4; missed birdie putt on 72nd hole to make playoff

• Sixth top-5 finish in majors, only Adam Scott has more since 2011 (seven)

• Now has top-10 finish in all four majors (zero career wins)

Jordan Niebrugge (a): First amateur to finish top-10 in Open at St. Andrews since 1960

• Ollie Schniederjans (a): 67; lowest final round by amateur in Open at St. Andrews

• Five amateurs made cut; most in Open Championship since 1960

• Niebrugge, Schniederjans and Chesters recorded three lowest Open scores ever by amateurs

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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.