Field Shaping Up For Open Championship

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 15, 2002, 4:00 pm
The field for this year's British Open is led by defending champion David Duval who will be trying to become the first man since Tom Watson in 1983 to defend the Claret Jug.
 
Most eyes, however, will be on world No.1 Tiger Woods and his quest to win the third leg of golf's modern Grand Slam. Woods won the Masters in April and followed it up with a wire-to-wire win at the U.S Open at Bethpage Black.
 
Here is the current field for the 2002 British Open:




Robert Allenby
 
Stephen Ames
 
Fredrik Andersson
 
Billy Andrade
 
Stuart Appleby
 
Peter Baker
 
Benn Barham
 
Warren Bennett
 
John Bickerton
 
Thomas Bjrn
 
Richard Bland
 
Angel Cabrera
 
Mark Calcavecchia
 
Michael Campbell
 
Jim Carter
 
Paul Casey
 
Alexander Cejka
 
Roger Chapman
 
K.J. Choi
 
Stewart Cink
 
Tim Clark
 
Darren Clarke
 
Jos Coceres
 
Andrew Coltart
 
John Cook
 
Matthew Cort
 
John Daly
 
Chris Dimarco
 
Luke Donald
 
Bradley Dredge
 
Joe Durant
 
David Duval
 
Mattias Eliasson
 
Steve Elkington
 
Ernie Els
 
Gary Emerson
 
Bob Estes
 
Gary Evans
 
Nick Faldo
 
Marc Farry
 
Niclas Fasth
 
Brad Faxon
 
Darren Fichardt
 
Pierre Fulke
 
Jim Furyk
 
Ian Garbutt
 
Sergio Garcia
 
Ricardo Gonzalez
 
Retief Goosen
 
Mathias Grnberg
 
Anders Hansen
 
Soren Hansen
 
Padraig Harrington
 
Dudley Hart
 
Scott Henderson
 
Scott Hoch
 
David Howell
 
Mikko Ilonen
 
Trevor Immelman
 
Toshimitsu Izawa
 
Raphal Jacquelin
 
Fredrik Jacobson
 
Thongchai Jaidee
 
Lee Janzen
 
Miguel Angel Jimnez
 
Brandt Jobe
 
Steve Jones
 
Robert Karlsson
 
Shingo Katayama
 
Jonathan Kaye
 
Jerry Kelly
 
John Kemp
 
James Kingston
 
Matt Kuchar
 
Neal Lancaster
 
Barry Lane
 
Bernhard Langer
 
Alejandro Larrazabal (a)
 
Paul Lawrie
 
Scott Laycock
 
Stephen Leaney
 
Tom Lehman
 
Justin Leonard
 
Thomas Levet
 
Frank Lickliter
 
Peter Lonard
 
Davis Love III
 
Sandy Lyle
 
Malcolm Mackenzie
 
Jeff Maggert
 
Shigeki Maruyama
 
Len Mattiace
 
Billy Mayfair
 
Paul Mayoh
 
Scott McCarron
 
Paul McGinley
 
Rocco Mediate
 
Adam Mednick
 
Phil Mickelson
 
Colin Montgomerie
 
Greg Norman
 
Jos Maria Olazabal
 
Andrew Oldcorn
 
Peter O'Malley
 
Mark O'Meara
 
Greg Owen
 
David Park
 
Jesper Parnevik
 
Craig Parry
 
Corey Pavin
 
Craig Perks
 
Kenny Perry
 
Tim Petrovic
 
Carl Pettersson
 
Ian Poulter
 
Nick Price
 
Phillip Price
 
Jean-Francois Remesy
 
Chris Riley

John Riegger
 
Loren Roberts
 
Eduardo Romero
 
Justin Rose
 
Raymond Russell
 
Adam Scott
 
John Senden
 
Vijay Singh
 
Patrik Sjoland
 
Chris Smith
 
Des Smyth
 
Jamie Spence
 
Ian Stanley
 
Steve Stricker
 
Kevin Sutherland
 
Hal Sutton
 
Taichi Teshima
 
Esteban Toledo
 
David Toms
 
Bob Tway
 
Scott Verplank
 
Duffy Waldorf
 
Tom Watson
 
Mike Weir
 
Roger Wessels
 
Lee Westwood
 
Dean Wilson
 
Tiger Woods
 
Ian Woosnam
 
Simon Young (a)
 
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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. 

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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 PGATour.com 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 ESPN.com, 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.