Lost clubs and 8 straight birdies highlight qualifier

By Will GrayJune 3, 2013, 6:22 pm

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Apparently Josh Teater likes his golf 36 holes at a time.

Using a bag from his college days at Morehead State, Teater sits atop the field at the halfway point of the Columbus sectional after a 9-under 63 at The Lakes Golf & Country Club that included a stretch of eight birdies in a row.

Having never before played in a major, Teater is now on the verge of playing his way into two of golf’s four biggest events within a two-week span. He was medalist at the 36-hole British Open qualifier on May 20, punching a ticket to Muirfield thanks to rounds of 64 and 69 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. Monday in Ohio, Teater started on the 10th hole and notched birdies on Nos. 16-18 during an outward 3-under 33 and then added five more on holes 1-5 while coming back in 30.

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With 18 holes remaining, Teater leads by one shot over Doug LaBelle and Sang-Moon Bae, who both carded 8-under 64s at The Lakes, which played as the easier of the two courses used in Columbus during the morning wave. Of 22 players to shoot 68 or better, 18 did so at The Lakes, while only four rounds of 68 or better were carded at Brookside Golf & Country Club.

Of the many storylines emerging Monday, none was more intriguing than the plight of Scott Gardiner. The Aussie flew to Ohio Sunday night, but his clubs never arrived; as a result, he was forced to compile a makeshift collection of clubs from multiple staff members at The Lakes and never hit a single practice ball before teeing off. Gardiner took the bad break in stride, though, and actually appeared to benefit from his new equipment. Despite missing 10 of his last 11 cuts, the PGA Tour rookie fired a 7-under 65 that included six birdies and an eagle, putting himself firmly into contention heading into the afternoon session.

With many PGA Tour pros remaining in town after The Memorial Tournament to try their hand at qualifying, the Columbus site offers 15 berths into the season’s second major – more than any other single qualifying site. Among the leaders after 18 holes are one of the youngest – and one of the oldest – players in the 120-man field. Less than 24 hours ago, amateur Justin Thomas was helping Alabama to an NCAA team title; after flying from Georgia to Ohio last night, the sophomore carded a 5-under 67 during the morning session at The Lakes. While Thomas is just 20 years old, Davis Love III is attempting to tee it up in the U.S. Open for the 24th time in his career. At age 49, the former Ryder Cup captain began with a 4-under 68 Monday that featured five birdies and a bogey.

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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.