Clarke Prepping Game at English Open

By Sports NetworkJune 6, 2002, 4:00 pm
WARWICKSHIRE, England -- Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke opened with a bogey-free 65 for a share the lead Thursday at the English Open. Clarke, seeking his third victory in this event in four years, finished atop the first-round leaderboard with Australian Jarrod Moseley.
 
Clarke, the English Open champion in 1999 and 2000, posted his lowest round of the season and matched his closing score from two years ago, when he erased a six-stroke deficit on the final day to win.
 
'I gave myself a lot of opportunities and made a few of them, but 65 is about as bad as it could have been,' he said. 'I have been waiting for a score to get me up and running.'
 
Clarke started on the back nine at the Marriott Forest of Arden and notched birdies at the 12th, 14th and 17th holes to go out in 33. He nearly holed his 7-iron shot at the first hole for eagle but instead settled for a tap-in that gave him the first of three straight birdies.
 
Clarke rang up his seventh birdie of the day at the 466-yard par-4 sixth, where he set up a three-foot putt with a fine approach.
 
'I like the tournament and like the course,' said Clarke, who has five top-five finishes in six starts at the Forest of Arden layout. 'It is one of my favorite courses we play all year on the tour. I seem to play well here most of the time and look forward to coming back. I missed only two fairways and two or three greens all day.'
 
Moseley bogeyed the second hole but went on a run with six birdies in a 10-hole stretch. He tied the lead with at the par-5 17th, setting up an eagle with a 230-yard 3-wood shot to within a foot of the hole.
 
The Aussie captured his lone European Tour title in come-from-behind fashion at the 1999 Heineken Classic in his hometown of Perth. Although he recorded only three top-10 showings over the next two seasons, Moseley has played well of late, shooting a final-round, 9-under 63 for a seventh-place finish two weeks ago in the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.
 
'The 63 at Wentworth opened my eyes to the fact I could shoot a low score,' said the 29-year-old Moseley. 'That was good for my confidence. Three years ago when I first came here I wasn't ready to shoot these low scores. I was comfortable shooting 68 but that was as low as I could go. Now I am comfortable shooting low.'
 
He went on to fire a 65 over the final 18 last week to tie for 22nd at the British Masters.
 
Graeme Storm, who won the 1999 British Amateur Championship at Royal County Down, collected seven birdies but double bogeyed the second hole on the way to 5-under-par 67. He finished in third place with fellow Englishmen Mark Roe and Grant Hamerton, Scotland's Gary Orr, Belgium's Didier De Vooght and Alberto Binaghi of Italy.
 
Justin Rose, chasing a second straight victory on his home soil, carded a 4-under 68 to share ninth place with 10 others, including his British Masters runner-up Ian Poulter.
 
Defending champion Peter O'Malley was four shots off the pace after a 69.
 
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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.