Power Rankings Sabbo and the Nelson

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 24, 2011, 3:31 pm
Here are GolfChannel.com’s Power Rankings, the top 10 favorites for the Crowne Plaza Invitational:

 

Rory Sabbatini

1. Rory Sabbatini

The 2009 Nelson champion is the favorite because he's had solid weeks since his T-3 at Quail Hollow, he's playing at home and some think he plays best while embroiled in controversy – which he's neck deep in right now.


Jason Day

2. Jason Day

Defending champ Day has been playing well since his T-2 at the Masters and there's no reason to think Tour victory No. 2 can't come a year later at the site of his maiden title.


Dustin Johnson3. Dustin Johnson

A new caddie on the bag this week, but still the same old DJ. He's been off form since his runner-up finish at Doral, but he was in contention here last year and this budding superstar is destined to win again soon.


Brian Gay4. Brian Gay

Runner-up last year, Gay finished T-12 at The Players and has missed just one cut on the year. If nothing else, consistency is the mark of his game so it's a good bet he'll contend two years in a row.

Matt Kuchar5. Matt Kuchar


It's hard to say Kuch has struggled lately – with T-27, T-21, T-54 and T-16 finishes coming in his last four starts – but that's testament to his game. 'Mr. Top 10' started to show promise at Colonial last week, so look out again.

Nick Watney6. Nick Watney

Watney started off 2011 on fire – T-6, T-5, T-6, T-9, 1st and T-13 finishes in his first six starts – then had a disappointing Masters after heading in as one of the favorites. But a T-4 at The Players says he's back.

K.J. Choi

7. K.J. Choi

The 2011 Players champion has proved that his game has reached the big time. He finished T-6, T-8 and T-3 in his three starts before The Players to boot, so Choi has also become a big-time favorite nearly every week.


Charlie Wi

8. Charlie Wi

So close to his first Tour win at Colonial, the 39-year-old Wi showed true grit down the stretch. With the title destined for Toms, however, maybe he'll remain hot for the second consecutive week in Dallas.


Gary Woodland

9. Gary Woodland

The long-bombing Woodland showed he's got a fully-rounded game in his win at the Transitions, but his strength is length and most TPC layouts favor that. This week at TPC Four Seasons is no different.


Ben Crane

10. Ben Crane

Crane contended here in 2010 and even though he missed the cut at Colonial, he's been playing well. Need we say more? If there was a new video of his to show, we'd let his own crazy antics do the talking.

 

Note: This list is compiled from rankings submitted by members of GolfChannel.com's editorial team, based on who is most expected to contend in each upcoming event.

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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.