Fanning Readies For Final Round Shootout
The 33-year-old Winnipeg native carded a 7-under 65 and sits at 18-under through three rounds for a share of the lead with Mark Slawter (Raleigh, N.C.) heading into Sundays final round. Chris Greenwood (Valdese, N.C.) is two shots behind, while Craig Matthew (Ile Bizard, QC), Rich Massey (Harrington Park, N.J.) and Steve Scott (Wellington, Fla.) are tied for fourth at 15-under.
Now into the second of a three-year sponsorship deal with Lacasse, Fanning admitted that this event, the official Canadian Tour Tournament Players Championship, has been circled on his calendar all year.
When I looked at the schedule earlier this year, I thought to myself if there were two tournaments Id like to win, this one and the MTS Classic (in Winnipeg) would be them, said Fanning, who is in search of his first Tour victory after four second-place finishes.
Obviously, Andre has treated me like gold, and I fell in love with this course the first time I played it in 1998.
After a birdie and an eagle on his first two holes Saturday, Fanning rode the momentum to a 5-under-par 31 on the front nine en route to a final-pairing date with Slawter. Still, with the numbers his fellow Tour players have been putting up all week, the two-time Canadian junior champion isnt taking anything for granted.
When I tee it up tomorrow, there could be a course record in the house and the leader could be finished his round. Everyone is attacking this course because right now that is the way it is playing. They always say its tough to follow up a great roundthe way I see it, Ive had three very good rounds (67, 66, 65). I havent had that great round yet.
Slawter, who carried a two-shot edge over Massey into Saturday, agreed, adding his recovery from an even-par front nine to wind up 4-under on the day likely kept him in the hunt.
If I happened to shot 72 today, I was probably out of the tournament, he conceded. I would have been passed-thats just the way its been out here.
In the media center following his round Saturday, Slawter and Fanning shook hands in anticipation of their final-round pairing before Slawter jokingly remarked, And try to keep that noisy gallery down (Sunday).
Coming off a win in Thunder Bay last month and a ninth-place showing at the TELUS Open in Montreal a week ago, Matthew, 25, is back within striking distance of the leaders once again.
Going 68, 67, 66 (in the first three rounds)..I like the trend. Everyone is playing well right now, but I cant worry about what they are doing. I just have to focus on what it is I have to do.
The Canadian Tour all-time record winning score relative to par is 27-under, set by Brian Kontak (Tempe, Ariz.) during the 1998 Alberta Open at Wolf Creek Golf Club.
Full-field scores from the Eagle Creek Classic
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.
Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026
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.
“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.
Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday
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.
“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.