Campbell Captures Bob Hope

By Sports NetworkJanuary 22, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicPALM DESERT, Calif. -- Chad Campbell survived a bit of a meltdown Sunday to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
Campbell, who held at least a share of the lead since round two, shot a 1- under 71 at the Classic Club and ended the tournament at 25-under-par 335 for a three-shot victory and a $900,000 check.
Jesper Parnevik
Jesper Parnevik's bid to earn his first PGA Tour win since the 2000 edition of the Hope ultimately fell short.
After carding just two bogeys in his first four rounds, Campbell had two bogeys and a double bogey during an eight-hole stretch Sunday. Scott Verplank and 2000 champion Jesper Parnevik both made runs at the lead, but Campbell settled down, carded two birdies late and held on for his first PGA title since the 2004 Bay Hill Invitational.
'I hit a lot of bad shots out there, but I hit a lot of good ones as well,' said Campbell, who finished tied for second at the Sony Open last week.
Verplank missed a 12-foot birdie putt at 18 with a chance to end alone in second place. He finished with a 1-over 73 to tie Parnevik, who fired a 5-under 67 to reach minus-22. John Huston (68) was alone in fourth place at 21 under.
Two-time champion Phil Mickelson (71) tied for fifth place at 19-under-par 341 in his first event of the new season. Former winner Mike Weir (70) and John Senden (73) joined Mickelson there.
While Campbell parred his first five holes Sunday, playing partner Verplank mixed a pair of birdies with a bogey to tie the leader at 24-under. Both players then bogeyed the par-3 sixth.
There was a two-shot swing at the par-4 eighth, and it benefited Campbell.
Verplank found the rough and then a sand trap on his first two shots. He hit the bunker shot fat, ended up more than 100 feet away from the cup and rolled his par putt 20 feet past the hole.
After Verplank made his bogey try, Campbell followed with a 12-foot birdie putt to get back to 24 under for a two-shot lead.
Campbell extended his advantage with an eagle at the par-5 ninth. After a 390-yard drive, he knocked his second shot on the green and rolled in the 30-foot putt to reach minus-26.
At that point Verplank and Senden, also playing in the final group, were both four shots behind heading to the back nine.
They would soon get closer.
Perhaps feeling the pressure, Campbell pulled a 3-wood at the par-4 10th and left himself with 200 yards to the green after driving into the right rough. From there, he knocked his second shot into a green-side hazard and took a drop on the way to a double bogey.
That knocked Campbell's lead back to two shots, and he found more trouble at the par-4 13th when he drove into the water. After taking his drop, Campbell found a fairway bunker 150 yards from the hole. But he was able to get up-and-down for a bogey after hitting maybe his best shot of the round to within 8 feet.
'I think that kind of saved my round a little bit, kept my momentum going,' Campbell acknowledged. 'That was a pretty good shot, I'll just leave it at that.'
At 23-under, Campbell was just one shot ahead of Verplank and Parnevik, but he restored his two-shot lead with a 19-foot birdie putt at the par-5 14th.
Campbell and Verplank both played it safe with irons off the tee at the reachable par-four 15th. Campbell knocked his second shot within seven feet to set up another birdie, but Verplank bogeyed the hole after coming up short on his approach.
With his lead back to four shots, the win was basically in hand for Campbell. Verplank made it interesting with a birdie at the par-4 16th, but Campbell parred out to hold on.
Campbell's 71 was a far cry from his best fifth-round score ever, a 65 at this event in 2002, but it was also much better than his worst, a 77 here in 2003.
'I didn't play my best, but I was able to suck it up and get the win,' said Campbell, who played the tournament's par fives at minus-18 to beat his previous best 90-hole score by a stroke.
Olin Browne and Jeff Maggert shot matching, even-par 72s to share eighth place at 17 under. Justin Rose (74) and Bernhard Langer (72) led a group of six players who tied for 10th place at minus-16. Lucas Glover was also there after tying for the best round of the day, a 6-under 66.
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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.