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 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.