Crenshaw Rekindling Old Feeling

By Sports NetworkApril 6, 2006, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Eleven years seems to be the pattern for Ben Crenshaw. His first Masters title came in 1984 and 11 years later he claimed his second.
 
In the 11 years between his last win at Augusta and this year, things have not gone too smoothly for Crenshaw. Gentle Ben has missed eight consecutive cuts at Augusta National Golf Club and his 1995 win counts as his last title on either the PGA or Champions Tour.
 
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Ben Crenshaw had his first under-par round at Augusta since his 1995 triumph.
'I enjoy Augusta. I enjoy its challenges,' Crenshaw said. 'There's no other golf course like this anywhere. Its greens and its challenges on and around the greens are just super, super tough. So the greens are fun to play in sort of a morbid way.'
 
The 54-year-old fashioned a 1-under-par 71 on Thursday for his first sub-par round here since his final-round 68 in 1995.
 
'I played fairly solid most of the day,' Crenshaw admitted. 'The places where I had to get the ball up and down I did. I was as patient as I could be. In many ways, this is a new course for all of us with the new tee boxes. We don't know how they'll play.'
 
Crenshaw had a nice start to his round as he birdied the par-5 second. After three straight pars, the 19-time winner on the PGA Tour stumbled to back-to-back bogeys from the sixth.
 
The 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup captain managed to get back to even par for his round with a birdie on No. 10. However, Crenshaw faltered to a bogey at the next.
 
Crenshaw took advantage of the par-5 13th with a birdie, his third of the day. He returned to red numbers with a birdie at the par-3 16th before parring his final two holes.
 
'I made a really pretty birdie at 10, hit a nice 5-iron in there to about 10 feet,' said Crenshaw. 'I made a bomb at 16 that was about 50 feet. Then I got up and down at 17 from the front right bunker and 18, I got it up and down from short of the left bunker.'
 
Since his win in 1995, Crenshaw has played 22 rounds at the Masters. Only once in that time had he even managed to shoot even-par 72. Unfortunately for Crenshaw, that 72 came after an opening round 11-over 83 in 1998.
 
Crenshaw has been turning things around as of late. He has posted 7-of-12 rounds under par this year in four Champions Tour starts. That is a better rate than last year when Crenshaw posted only 23-of-57 rounds under par.
 
In 34 previous starts at the Masters, Crenshaw broke par 43 times in 114 rounds. This is the 10th time he has put up red numbers in the opening round. He has followed that with another under-par round four times, shot even par twice and was over par the other three times.
 
The 1995 win came shortly after the death of his longtime mentor and teacher, Harvey Penick. Crenshaw is trying to once again capture some of the magic that he had that weekend.
 
'I enjoy playing here so much,' admitted Crenshaw. 'It's meant a lot to me. I've been fortunate to be a champion here. With Carl, my caddie, we're just enjoying being here. I've been luckier than most here.'
 
When asked if he thought he could win this week, Crenshaw joked, 'It's doubtful. I wish to say it was different, but it's doubtful. I've had my time here though.'
 
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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.