Nationwide Tour in Bulldog Country

By Pga Tour MediaApril 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
Nationwide TourATHENS, Ga. ' After a one week break for the Masters, the Nationwide Tour be 120 miles up the road from Augusta National this week for the third annual Athens Regional Foundation Classic near the University of Georgia. While this is the seventh of the thirty events on the schedule this year, only two countries are represented in the win column thus far, Australia and the United States. Reflective of the Nationwide Tour's international flavor, there will be 35 players in the field from 14 countries outside of America.
 
Aron Prices win at the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship in California two weeks ago increased Australias win total for the year to four. Joining Price in this week's field are four of the other five tournament winners, Americans Scott Dunlap and Darron Stiles and Australians Jarrod Lyle and Ewan Porter. Fellow Australian and the 2006 Athens Regional Foundation Classic champion Paul Gow returns to Athens this week vying for his fourth Tour win.
 
Seven former Georgia Bulldog standouts will also be at Jennings Mills Country Club competing on a course they played many times in college.
Among them is the 2007 Ben Hogan Award winner Chris Kirk. The Hogan Award is presented annually to the nations top collegiate golfer. Kirk will be joined by former teammate and All-American Brendon Todd and fellow Bulldogs Ryan Hybl, Franklin Langham, Scott Parel, Paul Claxton and Matt Peterson.
Peterson is the head professional at the UGA Golf Course and the reigning PGA Section champion.
 
In its third year, the Athens Regional Foundation Classic has yet to have an American winner. Joining Gow in the winner's circle last year was Martin Laird, who hails from Scotland. Lairds victory propelled him to earn his 2008 PGA TOUR card via THE 25 as he finished 13th on the money list. Lairds win featured a unique accomplishment. He was the first player in Nationwide Tour history to finish first in both Driving Distance
(327 yards) and Driving Accuracy (80.6%).
 
Playing on a sponsors exemption is deaf golfer Kevin Hall. The former Ohio State Academic All-Big 10 honoree is playing in his thirteenth PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. Earlier this year, Hall won his first professional tournament, a Hooters Winter Series event.
 
The tournaments beneficiary, the Athens Regional Foundation, was named
2007 Nationwide Tour Co-Charity of the Year last month. The Foundation will take center stage this week and plans to use the cash reward it received from the PGA TOUR to support its Cancer Care Services Campaign.
The Foundation shared the award with the Melwood Horticultural Training Center in Maryland.
 
The Nationwide Tour heads to Richmond, Virginia next week for the Henrico County Open. The tournament will be the first of 14 telecasts through November that will air on Golf Channel from the U.S. (13) and Canada (Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic).
 
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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.