Mixed Emotions in Milwaukee

By Mercer BaggsJuly 12, 2001, 4:00 pm
Just because Jay Haas isnt the same competitive player he used to be doesnt mean he cant win the same tournament he did 20 years ago.
Haas shot his best round of the year, a 7-under-par 64 to earn the first-round lead in the Greater Milwaukee Open.
Haas leads D.A. Weibring, Marco Dawson and Brent Geiberger by a shot.
I had a good feeling about today, Haas said. It was pretty magical today.
Two decades ago, Haas collected his second of nine career PGA Tour victories at Tuckaway Country Club in Franklin, Wis. Now, hes trying to repeat the feat at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee.
Starting at the par-4 1st, the 47-year-old birdied five of his first eight holes.
He dropped a shot at the par-3 11th, when he failed to get up and down from the greenside bunker. Haas lost another stroke to par at the par-5 15th; however, he made lengthy birdie putts at the 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes to move to the top of the leaderboard.
I putted extremely well. I missed a couple that I couldve made, but I made four or five where its one out of 20 (to make), said Haas, who needed only 23 putts on Thursday.
Haas is in search of his first PGA Tour title since winning the 1993 Texas Open. This year, hes only missed three cuts in 12 starts, but has yet to record a top-10 finish.
Ive been playing well for several weeks, he said. Im doing a lot of good things and have been anxious to play.
Obviously, Im not going to get as many opportunities to win as I did in my 20s or 30s ' but my ball-striking is as good. I certainly feel like Im capable of keeping pace, maybe not every week.
Not surprisingly, Scott Hoch is in contention. The 1997 GMO champion shot a 4-under-par 67. Hoch is fresh off his second victory of the season at the Advil Western Open.
Defending champion Loren Roberts is 10 shots off the pace following a 3-over-par 74.
Ive played poorly, in stark contrast to last year when I played beautifully, Roberts said. I havent played good at all. Theres a problem and I cant find it.
Skip Kendall had an even tougher round on Thursday. His father, Ralph, died Wednesday night at the age of 77 due to complications from a stroke.
Kendall fulfilled his fathers deathbed wish by playing in this weeks event. Acknowledging condolences on every hole, he shot a 2-over-par 73 on what he called the hardest day of his life.
It was pretty difficult, Kendall said. This tournament was really special to him. I know hes looking down and smiling.
Kendall grew up playing Brown Deer, one of only three municipal golf courses on the PGA Tour. He was called off the course Wednesday during the pro-am and informed that his father had died in Sun City West, Ariz.
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*Nick Gilliam, the NCAA champion from the University of Florida and a Green Bay native, shot a 70 in his professional debut.
Full-field scores from the Greater Milwaukee Open
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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.