Am Tour Senior Nationals: Now it gets interesting

By Brandon TuckerSeptember 7, 2012, 1:59 am

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Is there anything better than a hole-in-one? How about when your ace gives you a one shot lead heading into the final round of your biggest tournament of the year? 

That's what happened to Charles Voss (right), from Cinncinati, Ohio. He takes a one-shot lead in the Sr. Jones flight into the final round, thanks in part to a hole-in-one in the third round. Hitting a soft 9-iron, he aced the 14th hole on Dye's Valley course at TPC Sawgrass. Voss said he owes his stellar 83 and the ace (his second) to his playing partners, Scott Bradley and Thomas Cannon. 

'They helped me play so loose today,' said Voss. 'I attribute a lot of [my play] to them.'

Thanks to an ace and three consecutive rounds where he's improved his score, it's safe to say Voss has already had a successful first national tournament, whether or not he brings the trophy home in the final round.

'It's been a great experience,' he said. 'You expect the players to be competitive, but you don't expect them to be so nice.'

The flight with the most competitors with a chance to win is the Sr. Palmer flight. Twelve players are within five shots of leaders Jeff True and Bill Foley. 

True, 65 from Naples, Florida won four major championships on Am Tour this season. He started off slow at nationals, shooting an opening round 87 on the PLAYERS Stadium. But he bounced back with rounds of 78 and 76. True says he didn't let the fact he was eleven shots off the lead after day one get to him.

'We're amateurs,' he said. 'It's hard to hold things together for four rounds. As soon as you start thinking 'I've got to catch up to this guy,' you get into a lot of trouble.'

One thing is certain in the Palmer flight: Defending three-time nationals winner Clifford Connover appears unlikely to achieve the 'Connover Slam.' He finds himself tied for 19th.

In the Sr. Sarazen flight, Richard Stein leads by five shots. Though he hasn't been the medalist yet, he's the only player to not have a round in the 90s yet. Slow and steady is winning the race...

The True Display of the Indomitable Human Spirit Award of the tournament goes to Jim Stone, from Pearl Harbor, Florida. After shooting 107 on the PLAYERS Stadium Course in Round 2, he went 31 strokes lower in round three on the Lagoons for a 76. It was good enough for medalist in his flight.

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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.