No Doubt About It

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 6, 2010, 1:39 am
Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, a weekly barometer of the hottest players in the game:
2010 Power Rankings: Week 27

RK(LW)NAMECOMMENTS
Justin Rose1(4)Justin RoseWe leave the question to the Englishman. Is he the hottest player on the planet? “I think it’s a fact,” he said following his AT&T victory. “Everybody goes through various forms of consistency, doing it week in, week out, year in, year out. That’s what we strive for.”
Phil Mickelson
2(1)
Phil Mickelson
It was a bye week for Lefty but his stock in the Power Ranking slips, the byproduct of Rose’s stellar play and Mickelson’s historically pedestrian efforts at the Open Championship. We’ll see how he fares at the Scottish Open.
Graeme McDowell
3(2)
Graeme McDowell
Ladbrokes betting house says he’s 26-to-1 to win his second major in as many Grand Slam outings next week. A handsome bet if you consider he may be the only Tour regular who grew up playing a true links course (Royal Portrush).
Lee Westwood
4(3)
Lee Westwood
Tie for 18th in France isn’t exactly what we’ve come to expect from the world beater, but the Englishman remains the most consistent player since January, even if he hasn’t been able to close the deal on the game’s biggest stages.
Jim Furyk
5(7)
Jim Furyk
Philly-area native never got things going at AT&T National, but still, he’s among the game’s best ballstrikers who has rediscovered his silky putting touch. He’s still the best player to have won only one major. Needs another to secure a Hall of Fame resume.
Bo Van Pelt
6(10)
Bo Van Pelt
The PGA Tour ATM got back on track at AT&T National with his tie for 11th place. In case you haven’t noticed, that’s his eighth top 15 finish of the season. Needs to find a victory somewhere along the line though to prove that he can hang.
Luke Donald
7(NR)
Luke Donald
Four top-three finishes in his last seven events – one of them a victory – have Donald quietly up to seventh in the Official World Ranking. He also tied for 11th last week at the French Open and should play better at St. Andrews than he did in 2005 where he tied for 52nd place.
Ernie Els
8(6)
Ernie Els
The Big Easy took the week off and is not as hot as he was in the spring. But a third-place finish at Pebble Beach is impossible to ignore and he is a former Open Championship winner. Wouldn’t be surprising to see him contend at St. Andrews.
Dustin Johnson
9(9)
Dustin Johnson
The long-bombing DJ missed the cut in his first post-U.S. Open start at the AT&T National, but as Rose proved at Aronimink, a Sunday collapse can either be a curse or a catalyst. We’ll find out soon which it’ll be for DJ.
Rory McIlroy
10(NR)
Rory McIlroy
The young one has been all over the place the past couple months but his most recent accomplishment was a Sunday 66 at the French Open to finish a shot out of a three-way playoff. Graeme McDowell says McIlroy has the game to contend at St. Andrews.

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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.