TOUR Notes Norman Back at Pebble

By Pga Tour MediaFebruary 5, 2008, 5:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Arron Oberholser did not get to defend his 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title due to injury, but hell be back in the field this week. He missed the early portion of the 2007 season due to a bulging disc in his back and has not played since the Frys Electronics Open last year since he underwent surgery on his left wrist.
  • With his victory last week at the FBR Open, J.B. Holmes became the seventh player (since 1960) to win his first two TOUR titles in the same event. Holmes joins a list that includes Hale Irwin, Dave Eichelberger, Calvin Peete, Loren Roberts, Brian Henninger and Vaughn Taylor'all of whom won their first two titles in the same tournament.
  • More on Holmes: His victory last week boosted his FedExCup points total to 4,958. He earned only 2,860 in all of 2007 while finishing 112th in the regular season. Hes currently second, just four points behind K.J. Choi.
  • Greg Norman will make his first PGA TOUR start since the 2006 International when he tees it up this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It will be just the sixth time in his career that Norman has played in the tournament and his first since 1992.
  • With an expanded field this week of 180 players, the entire class of PGA TOUR rookies was eligible to play. Of the 25 rookies on TOUR, all but two'Nick Flanagan and Chez Reavie'will compete this week. Through the first five weeks of the season, Dustin Johnson leads the rookie pack standing in 30th place in the FedExCup standings. Reavie is next on the list in 32nd place. To date, 24 members of the rookie class have earned FedExCup points.
  • Defending champs this year have either done very well, or not well at all. Three of the five have earned Top-10 finishes in their efforts to repeat (with Tiger Woods actually repeating) and two have missed the cut. Vijay Singh and Charley Hoffman joined Tiger in finishing among the Top-10 while Paul Goydos and Aaron Baddeley both missed the cut.

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  • Winning the Turtle Bay Championship has traditionally led to having a great season. Of the 20 previous winners of the tournament, three have gone on to lead the money list that year with 12 finishing in the Top 5 and 15 finishing in the Top 10. Might be a good idea to watch and see how Jerry Pate does this year.
  • After playing for the last five weeks, Fred Funk is finally taking a week off. Through two starts on the Champions Tour, Funk finds himself in first place in the Charles Schwab Cup standings and after three PGA TOUR starts, hes 49th on the FedExCup points list.
  • Loren Roberts strong start on the Champions Tour continues as hes one of only two players to finish in the Top-10 in each of the first two events of the season. Bernhard Langer is the other. Dating back to the end of last season, Roberts has finished in the Top-10 in four of his last five starts. He has 39 career Top-10 finishes in only 52 starts.

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  • When Jarrod Lyle won last weeks Mexico Open presented by Corona, he became the 21st Australian to win on the Nationwide Tour. Thats far and away the most from any country outside the U.S. Runner-up Canada has had 10 different players win since the Tour began in 1990.
  • More on Aussies: At least one Aussie has won annually on the Nationwide Tour since 2001. Further, at least one native Australian has won in 11 of the last 12 seasons.
  • Veteran Steve Pate finished in a T5 last week in Mexico for his best career finish on the Nationwide Tour in 47 starts. It was his best finish anywhere since a T4 at the 2003 Travelers Championship on the PGA TOUR. Pate, by the way, will be competing this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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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. 

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    Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

    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 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.

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    “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, 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.