U.S. Open tracker: Day 3 at Chambers Bay

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 20, 2015, 5:45 pm

The 115th U.S. Open takes place this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's second major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional U.S. Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for "Live From" air times. All-times for the U.S. Open tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). If you want to check out all the action we tracked on Day 1, you can find that here, and from Day 2, you can find that here

10:41PM: Leaderboard look at Saturday's conclusion:

10:36PM: Not a bad track record

10:31PM: Another failed birdie attempt by Spieth at the 18th. Would have given him the outright lead. Instead, he shares the 54-hole lead with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace.

10:28PM: Is there still time ... to buy one tomorrow?

10:21PM: Pars at the last for both Dustin Johnson (70) and Branden Grace (70). They remain at 4 under and share the lead with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

10:10PM: "Oh, I thought I made that one for sure." - Jordan Spieth, after missing a 10-footer for birdie on 17. He tapped in for par, remains tied for the lead.

10:08PM: That says evergreen ... if you're having trouble reading it.

10:00PM: Failed attempt at the 16th for Jordan Spieth. He missed a 5-footer for birdie to take the outright lead. Remains at 4 under alongside Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace,

9:56PM: In that order?

9:53PM: Remember how in awe ... we all were when DJ drove through the green at the par-4 16th? He made par. #whompwhomp

9:52PM: Three times. That's how many times Jason Day considered quitting during the round on Saturday, according to his caddie. He didn't quit, shot 68, and is co-leading at 4 under.

9:48PM: Day after his third-round 68:

9:42PM: What? You mean you don't also routinely drive par 4s?

9:40PM: ICYMI ...

9:38PM: SNEAK PEEK at Sunday's pin locations at the 115th U.S. Open:

9:33PM: Fact. But also because he went to get checked out.

9:30PM: Because there's no such thing ... as too much Jean-Claude Van Damme. Or coverage of what's going on with Jason Day.

9:24PM: Day is your U.S. Open co-leader. We repeat. Your CO-LEADER after a 2-under 68 Saturday.

9:22PM: Need we say more?

9:17PM: Jason Day. Battling vertigo. Any questions?

9:15PM: Touché:

9:06PM: Remember this moment. Jason Day makes birdie at 17 to get to 3 under, while Dustin Johnson double bogeys the 13th to fall back to 4 under.

9:04PM: And only one mention in Golf Channel's U.S. Open tracker?

9:00PM: We're still trying ... to figure out what he just said.

8:53PM: Remember this guy? Three birdies and three bogeys through 15 holes has him just five back of DJ, who's now the solo leader (6 under) after a birdie at 12. Meanwhile, Branden Grace made bogey at 12 to drop to 4 under.

8:49PM: Why was Gary Player so critical of Chambers Bay on Saturday morning? His fellow countrymen apparently don't share the same disdain:

8:36PM: Three double bogeys in 10 holes for Patrick Reed, drops him to 1 over and six back of co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace.

8:32PM: Enough is enough:

T'was inevitable: the players have decided to torch Chambers Bay. #usopen

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8:25PM: Reed shoots 4 over on the front, and he's in trouble again on No. 10.

8:20PM: Spieth has a rollercoaster front nine, and and he's two back at the turn.

8:09PM: DJ birdies the par-3 9th, and Grace bogeys. Johnson now has a one-stroke lead over Spieth and Grace.

7:58PM: Ben Martin started the day in contention, but a 10-over front nine sent him out of the picture.

7:52PM: Grace birdies the par-5 8th to take a one shot lead over Spieth and DJ.

7:37PM: Spieth three-putts No. 7, and he's tied again with DJ and Grace at 5 under. Reed four-putts, makes his second double of the day, and he's four off the lead.

7:20PM: Spieth and Reed both birdie No. 6. Spieth leads DJ and Grace by one, Reed and Shane Lowry are three back.

7:09PM: Two straight bogeys for Spieth, two straight birdies for DJ, and they are tied for the lead with Grace at 5 under par.

6:49PM: Spieth drops his club after his tee shot on No. 5 and his ball lands way off the fairway, like an entire foot off the fairway.

6:46PM: About that whole "running away and hiding" thing ... Spieth bogeys the fourth hole and Grace and Johnson birdie the fifth. Lead back down to one.

6:35PM: And DJ's 2-footer for par on No. 4 lips out. Spieth threatening to run away and hide.

6:25PM: Spieth, who apparently has no issue with the greens, drains another long birdie putt to push the lead to three over DJ and Branden Grace.

6:23PM: We have a Kevin Kisner sighting! Makes birdie on No. 6 to get to 1 under. If you're unfamiliar with Kisner, all you need to know is that his caddie's calves are bigger than your head, and they have their own Twitter account:

6:17PM: Spieth seizes the opportunity and drains a 37-footer for birdie, while Reed makes double-bogey. It's a three-shot swing!

6:15PM: Reed in trouble on No. 2. Pulls approach into the greenside bunker, hits next shot into same greenside bunker. Spieth waits patiently on the green.

6:03PM: Just in case you thought these guys were nervous, Spieth and Reed both make knee-knocking par putts on the first hole. So they're even so far, but here's a little history:

5:51PM: Get your popcorn ready. Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth just teed off, both in the rough, but off the tee nonetheless.

5:45PM: With his fifth birdie of the round, Louis Oosthuizen is making a big move on Moving Day, not that we should be surprised considering his sponsor.

5:39PM: Dustin Johnson cranks one down the middle of the first fairway. Don't ask him to hit it any harder. He can't.

5:32PM: And this one from Rory:

5:30PM: This from McIlroy:

5:25PM: Twenty-five minutes and counting until the final paring of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed tees off.

5:20PM: Rory McIlroy is done for the day. The world No. 1 shoots even-par 70 and stays at 4 over par.

5:09PM: Jason Day misses a birdie putt on his first hole. He looks to be gingerly teeing his ball up and getting it out of the hole. And then a cell phone rings before he can tee off on No. 2. Doesn't he have enough to contend with?

5PM: Louis Oosthuizen is playing well in Round 3 but in could be much better. He's missed a couple of short putts and, despite the brilliant shot below, failed to convert birdie at the ninth. He's at even par, five back.

4:55PM: Jason Day has teed off in the third round. He collapsed on his final hole in the second round - only to finish with a 70 - and was diagnosed at a local hospital with Benign Positional Vertigo. Day starts the day at 2 under.

4:34PM: Meanwhile, after a strong start, Phil Mickelson is 5 over for the day and 8 over for the event.

4:25PM: Starting to see a little positive movement on the leaderboard. Hideki Matsuyama, Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey are under par early and have reached even par for the event.

4:15PM: Rory McIlroy's putting woes continue as he misses another birdie effort inside 15 feet. He's stuck at 3 over par for the tournament. Could easily be under par and in contention.

4:10PM: What they said:

4:04PM: The first crop of players who entered the weekend at even par is about to go out. That includes Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Cameron Smith and Andres Romero.

3:55PM: Another birdie for Louis Oosthuizen. He's low man on the course, 3 under for the day and even par for the tournament. Only five off the lead.

3:49PM: Sergio Garcia, um, clarifies his comments regarding Chambers Bay's greens after his third-round 70, telling TV: "To me, it's like playing the NBA Finals on a court with holes and slopes and no backboards."

3:41PM: Now that he's ditched Tiger and Rickie, Louis Oosthuizen is making birdies in Round 3 and closing in on even par for the tournament.

3:33PM: You've seen hole locations (scroll down). Here's a little more info on how the course will play.

3:30PM: Rory McIlroy three-putts the 11th for bogey. He drops back to 3 over for the event.

3:25PM: Jim Walker nearly cans one on the 13th. If you're not already playing the short-name game at home, this is your invitation to start. Reminder that Pat Reed is tied for the lead at 5 under.

3:11PM: See what he did there? That sly Swede:

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Posted by Henrik Stenson on Saturday, June 20, 2015

3:08PM: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy turns in 2 under. Bogey-free through nine holes. Early candidate for round of the day if he keeps it up and the golf course gets as firm as expected for the leaders:

2:57PM: Three back and in search of his first major, Jason Day taking precautions - and getting back out there:

2:45PM: That said, broccoli-putter Henrik Stenson, 1 under through 36 holes, has made up his mind:

2:38PM: As a counter to Mr. Player's strong comments, our travel and architectural guru Matt Ginella has been adamantly defending Chambers Bay all morning. Small sampling below. Plenty more on his timeline:

2:29PM: In case you missed the latest Jason Day news, our Todd Lewis reported Saturday morning that Day does intend to play his third round after collapsing on the course Friday and later being diagnosed with Benign Positional Vertigo. Day, three shots back of Spieth and Reed, goes off at 1:55 p.m. PT with Kevin Kisner. Scary scene yesterday on the ninth. Photo gallery below:

2:18PM: Top-5 player? Patrick Reed would be the fifth name on this impressive list. Jordan Spieth, it should be noted, has already won five times worldwide, but the Australian Open and Hero World Challenge don't count towards this total:

2:08PM: Speaking of Chambers Bay criticisms, Gary Player brought the thunder this morning, calling the course "a tragedy." Choice quote: "...this has been the most unpleasant golf tournament I've seen in my life. I mean the man who designed this golf course had to have one leg shorter than the other."

2:02PM: So, who wants to go tell Jordan Spieth? Spieth, you will remember, referred to the par-4 18th on Friday as the "dumbest hole [he's] ever played in [his] life." He later added: “I thought it was a dumb hole today, but I think we’re going to play it from there again, so I’ve got to get over that.” Yeah, Jordan, you will:

1:58PM: Rory readying to make a move? The players with early tee times should find it easier to score and the world No. 1 is on the board with an early birdie.

1:45PM: Hey, we're back! Round 3 is underway and we're back with Day 3 of our U.S. Open tracker. Follow along. Have fun. Comment. You get it by now. We'll start with the USGA's pin positions for Saturday at Chambers Bay:

Day 2 Tracker | Spieth shares lead | Tiger misses cut | Stenson putts on broccoli

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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.