Complete Coverage of the 2010 PGA Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2010, 7:45 am
Whistling Straits flag with autographs

August 15, 2010
Watson, Johnson make first Ryder Cup team
Kaymer wins PGA in playoff; Johnson out on penalty
Shag Bag: Watson, D. Johnson make U.S. Ryder Cup team
Third-round leader Watney implodes with 81
Rules violation knocks Johnson out of PGA playoff
Rule on bunkers at Whistling Straits
Woods thinks he could help U.S. Ryder Cup team
Shag Bag: Whistling Straits: A good walk spoiled?
Shag Bag: Mickelson thinks he can get to No. 1
Tiger Tracks: Woods plans to talk to Pavin about Ryder Cup
Tiger Tracks: Woods gearing up for Ryder Cup; still trying out Foley
Shag Bag: Trying to slow things down
Shag Bag: Mickelson gives Fowler thumbs up for Ryder Cup team
Despite Sunday surge Mickelson won't be No. 1
Shag Bag: Surf's up
Young stars look to break through at PGA
Shag Bag: Harmon has Sunday OT
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's putter and more scar tissue
Punch Shots: Who will win the PGA Championship?
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's Ryder Cup scenario
Overton plays final round at PGA in record time
Shag Bag: An unpoven bunch
Shag Bag: A Ryder Cup point in time
Shag Bag: Poulter out at PGA

August 14, 2010
Cink takes advantage of making cut
Hoggard: More on the Line Than a Major
Shag Bag: PGA's not wasting youth on the young
McIlroy, 21, back in hunt for a major title
The Numbers Don't Lie
Watney leads by 3 heading into Sunday at PGA
Lerner: Questions for Sunday
Shag Bag: No post-Open blues for Johnson
Putting woes hamper Woods in Round 3
Shag Bag: Blast from the past
Watney building lead at Whistling Straits
Harrington misses cut, Ryder Cup future in doubt
Shag Bag: Not as suprising as you might think
Shag Bag: Act like you've never been there before
Shag Bag: Head doctor keeps eye on Watney
Shag Bag: Harrington needs Monty's help
Shag Bag: Pavin will lead by 'gut instinct'
Shag Bag: With Woods' promising start, Pavin asked for another Ryder Cup assessment
Shag Bag: Intriguing Ryder Cup subplot in American grouping
Shag Bag: Els, Mickelson lead off third round
Tiger Tracks: Quick lunch and wardrobe change
Watney, Furyk trail Kuchar at PGA Championship
Tiger Tracks: Shades of Pebble Beach
Shag Bag: Quick turnaround at PGA
Tiger Tracks: No bad weather for Woods, PGA
Shag Bag: Second round resumes at Whistling Straits

August 13, 2010
Daly withdraws from PGA Championship
‘That guy’ back in the hunt at PGA Championship
Tiger Tracks: Woods scrambling at PGA
Kuchar, Molder push each other into contention at PGA Championship
Kuchar clubhouse leader at Whistling Straits
Notes: Noh playing fearless in PGA Championship
Tiger Tracks: Woods erratic to begin second round
Hoggard: Cut Line: A Cup Half Empty
Q&A with Sean Foley
Former teammates now in a battle at PGA Championship
Hawkins: Jury Still Out on Whistling Straits
Tiger Tracks: Back to business
Shag Bag: No pressure on Johnson
Shag Bag: Bubba Watson's a workout warrior?
Shag Bag: Mickelson hurries to fix his putting
Shag Bag: Kuchar’s quick recovery
Shag Bag: Stricker hearing hometown roars
Kuchar doesn’t waste time taking lead at PGA
Shag Bag: Delays mount at PGA
Shag Bag: Fog delays Day 2 at PGA Championship

August 12, 2010
Shag Bag: Whistling Straits 'throws' and inspires Kuchar
Shag Bag: Stricker riding strong wave of support
Shag Bag: Big Easy and the Big Cheesy
Tiger Tracks: Woods turns to Foley after 71
Mell: Emotionallly Charged
Hoggard: Stepping in the Right Direction
Tiger Tracks: Woods 3 back at PGA
Shag Bag: Woods, Mickelson skip Ryder Cup soiree
Shag Bag: Bubba's range of emotions
Tiger Tracks: Woods shoots opening-round 71
Shag Bag: Dinner ... then a tee time
Tiger Tracks: Woods cooling off
Tiger Tracks: Fast start for Woods
PGA begins after fog delay, and Woods is among leaders
Tiger Tracks: Woods off to good start
Tiger Tracks: Self-help Woods
Shag Bag: Sacrifices must be made
Shag Bag: Players utilize Twitter to kill time during fog delay
Shag Bag: In a fog

August 11, 2010
Hoggard: Tough Business Picking Major Champs These Days
Mell: Misery Loves Company
Notes: Wisconsin looking for another yearly stop
Monty brushes aside questions about personal life
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's marital problems a non-issue for Ryder Cup
Wisconsin native Stricker the main man this week
Shag Bag: At home or not at home?
Shag Bag: An eye on the Ryder Cup
Numerous sand traps haunt players at Whistling Straits
Tiger Tracks: Pavin denies Golf Channel report; Gray stands by story
Shag Bag: Team time at PGA
Shag Bag: Mickelson's driver key this week
Even at 21, McIlroy among the favorites at PGA
Tiger Tracks: Woods plays delayed practice round alongside Foley
Hawkins: Pavin had no option but to take Tiger

August 10, 2010
Hoggard: As the World Turns
Mickelson prevoides another strange twist to things 
Woods thought he would have hit bottom sooner
Tiger Tracks: Pavin will select Woods for Ryder Cup
Shag Bag: Kelly, Stricker revel in 'Super Major'
Notes: Mosquitoes swarm during PGA practice
Tiger Tracks: A method to the madness?
Shag Bag: Another wild Mickelson news conference
Ryo Ishikawa: a ‘prince’ who wants to rule golf
Prognosis good after Lefty reveals health issue
Frustrated Woods ready to put Firestone debacle behind him
Tiger Tracks: Woods admits working with Foley a ‘possibility’
Mickelson, Stricker have chance to topple Tiger
Shag Bag: Reviews mixed over retooled 18th
No hangover from British Open collapse for Casey
Golf Guy: The Golf Guy falls in love – with sheep – at Whistling Straits
Shag Bag: On the bubble
Tiger Tracks: A new set of eyes
Michigan's Upper Penninsula not too far from Whistling Straits
Korean bbq on menu for PGA Championship dinner

August 9, 2010
Tiger Tracks: Woods may be close to new swing coach
The next major looks like the last one
Hawkins: Reality Check
Shag Bag: A close look at Whistling Straits
Travel Punch Shots: Is Whistling Straits contrived?
Lerner: Beginning of the End?

August 8, 2010
Curious favorite for PGA

August 7, 2010
Heading to PGA, world dominating not Woods
Kohler becomes a big name in world of golf

August 6, 2010
Tee times for the PGA Championship
Westwood pulls out of Firestone and PGA Championship
Hoggard: Q&A with Herb Kohler
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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 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, 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. 

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With blinders on, Rahm within reach of No. 1 at Torrey

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 10:10 pm

SAN DIEGO – The drive over to Torrey Pines from Palm Springs, Calif., takes about two and a half hours, which was plenty of time for Jon Rahm’s new and ever-evolving reality to sink in.

The Spaniard arrived in Southern California for a week full of firsts. The Farmers Insurance Open will mark the first time he’s defended a title on the PGA Tour following his dramatic breakthrough victory last year, and it will also be his first tournament as the game’s second-best player, at least according to the Official World Golf Ranking.

Rahm’s victory last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his second on Tour and fourth worldwide tilt over the last 12 months, propelled the 23-year-old to No. 2 in the world, just behind Dustin Johnson. His overtime triumph also moved him to within four rounds of unseating DJ atop the global pecking order.

It’s impressive for a player who at this point last year was embarking on his first full season as a professional, but then Rahm has a fool-proof plan to keep from getting mired in the accolades of his accomplishments.

“It's kind of hard to process it, to be honest, because I live my day-to-day life with my girlfriend and my team around me and they don't change their behavior based on what I do, right?” he said on Tuesday at Torrey Pines. “They'll never change what they think of me. So I really don't know the magnitude of what I do until I go outside of my comfort zone.”

Head down and happy has worked perfectly for Rahm, who has finished outside the top 10 in just three of his last 10 starts and began 2018 with a runner-up showing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and last week’s victory.

According to the world ranking math, Rahm is 1.35 average ranking points behind Johnson and can overtake DJ atop the pack with a victory this week at the Farmers Insurance Open; but to hear his take on his ascension one would imagine a much wider margin.

“I've said many times, beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task,” Rahm said. “We all know what happened last time he was close to a lead in a tournament on the PGA Tour.”

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Rahm certainly remembers. It was just three weeks ago in Maui when he birdied three of his first six holes, played the weekend at Kapalua in 11 under and still finished eight strokes behind Johnson.

And last year at the WGC-Mexico Championship when Rahm closed his week with rounds of 67-68 only to finish two strokes off Johnson’s winning pace, or a few weeks later at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play when he took Johnson the distance in the championship match only to drop a 1-up decision to the game’s undisputed heavyweight.

As far as Rahm has come in an incredibly short time - at this point last year he ranked 137th in the world - it is interesting that it’s been Johnson who has had an answer at every turn.

He knows there’s still so much room for improvement, both physically and mentally, and no one would ever say Rahm is wanting for confidence, but after so many high-profile run-ins with Johnson, his cautious optimism is perfectly understandable.

“I'll try to focus more on what's going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win,” he reasoned when asked about the prospect of unseating Johnson, who isn’t playing this week. “I'll try my best, that's for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

If Rahm’s take seems a tad cliché given the circumstances, consider that his aversion to looking beyond the blinders is baked into the competitive cake. For all of his physical advantages, of which there are many, it’s his keen ability to produce something special on command that may be even more impressive.

Last year at Torrey Pines was a quintessential example of this, when he began the final round three strokes off the lead only to close his day with a back-nine 30 that included a pair of eagles.

“I have the confidence that I can win here, whereas last year I knew I could but I still had to do it,” he said. “I hope I don't have to shoot 30 on the back nine to win again.”

Some will point to Rahm’s 60-footer for eagle at the 72nd hole last year as a turning point in his young career, it was even named the best putt on Tour by one publication despite the fact he won by three strokes. But Rahm will tell you that walk-off wasn’t even the best shot he hit during the final round.

Instead, he explained that the best shot of the week, the best shot of the year, came on the 13th hole when he launched a 4-iron from a bunker to 18 feet for eagle, a putt that he also made.

“If I don't put that ball on the green, which is actually a lot harder than making that putt, the back nine charge would have never happened and this year might have never happened, so that shot is the one that made everything possible,” he explained.

Rahm’s ability to embrace and execute during those moments is what makes him special and why he’s suddenly found himself as the most likely contender to Johnson’s throne even if he chooses not to spend much time thinking about it.