You Oughta Know: Spieth has dominated Stenson

By Nick MentaSeptember 26, 2015, 8:04 pm

Jordan Spieth poured in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson heading into the final round of the Tour Championship. Here's what You Oughta Know for Sunday at East Lake, where the winner will walk away with a small fortune.

• The top three on the leaderboard - Spieth, Stenson and Rickie Fowler - are all in the top five of the FedEx Cup standings, which means they can claim both the tournament and postseason trophies with a win tomorrow. The total jackpot for winning both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup is $11,485,000.

• Before any of the other relevant history, this is worth addressing up front. The last four times Spieth and Stenson have played in the same group, including Saturday, Spieth has beaten him by a combined 25 shots. Spieth is 25 under and Stenson is even par, having broken par just once. Prior to Saturday, in the previous three instances at the Hero World Challenge and in two rounds at the Masters, Spieth went on to win the tournament. With that out of the way ...

• Spieth, 22, would be the youngest to win the Tour Championship and the youngest to win the FedEx Cup. He would be the first player to win the Masters and the Tour Championship in the same year.

• Spieth is in search of his fifth victory this season, which would tie him with Jason Day for the most on Tour. Spieth would be the youngest player to win five or more times in a season since 21-year-old Horton Smith won eight times in 1929. Spieth would also become just the fourth player in the last 20 years to win five or more times in a season, joining Day, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods. The last time multiple players won five or more times in a season was 1973, when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf combined for 13 victories.

• Spieth is in position to set a record for earnings in a PGA Tour season. Singh won nine times in 2004, racking up what was a record $10.9 million. Spieth currently sits at $10.5 million and would move to $12,030,465 with a win. That figure does not include the $10 million bonus, which would raise his total on-course earnings this season to $22 million, but wouldn't factor into the total. (Don't worry. It spends the same.) Spieth needs a two-way tie for fourth or better to set the record, which would still represent a lesser percentage of total potential winnings relative to Singh, as Tour purses have grown in the intervening decade.

• As for chances of cashing in, Spieth has converted each of his last three 54-hole leads. That said, no one has converted a one-shot lead through 54 holes in nine attempts this season. Stenson himself has failed to do it twice, at Bay Hill in March and at TPC Boston earlier this month.

• Speaking of Stenson, his Saturday round proved something of an outlier. His third-round 72 proved the first time the Swede had ever failed to break par at East Lake and the first time he ever didn't finish the day leading the Tour Championship. Stenson went wire-to-wire in his only other appearance at the Tour Championship in 2013. Saturday also marked his first round over par this postseason.

• That kind of play is why Stenson, despite not having won an event this year, could join Woods as the only players to win multiple FedEx Cups.

• Though he hasn't won on Tour since 2013, Stenson's resume is pretty impressive. His four wins are comprised of a WGC, a Players and two playoff events.

• Lurking four shots back, Fowler has come from behind in each of his three PGA Tour wins. He played the back nine in 31 spotless shots on Saturday and has broken par in each of his last 11 rounds, during which he is a combined 33 under. Fowler was 14 for 14 on putts inside 10 feet in the third round.

• Finally, in a most disappointing fashion, Rory McIlroy actually leads the field this week in birdies with 15, but he enters the final round five shots back at 3 under par because he keeps giving those shots back. On Saturday, he made six birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th hole to shoot even par.

Information courtesy the Golf Channel Editiorial Research Unit

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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.