Dunlap Gets Comeback Win

By Sports NetworkOctober 3, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Mark Christopher Charity Classic RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Scott Dunlap closed with a 5-under 66 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Mark Christopher Charity Classic by three strokes. Dunlap finished the event at 12-under-par 272.
Third-round leader Scott Gutschewski and second-round leader Bubba Watson shared second place at 9-under-par 275. Brad Adamonis, Ryan Armour, Ricky Barnes, Kevin Durkin, Brandt Snedeker, Chris Tidland and Nick Watney finished two shots back at minus-7.
Dunlap got off to a hot start as he holed a sandwedge for eagle at the third and came right back to birdie the fourth to move to minus-10.
The 41-year-old picked up another birdie at the eighth. Around the turn, Dunlap slipped to his first bogey on the 10th at Empire Lakes Golf Club. He atoned for that error with a birdie at the 12th.
Dunlap, who owns nine international titles, faltered to another bogey at the 14th, but came back with a birdie at the next. He carded his final birdie at the 17th to get to minus-12. He parred his last for his first Nationwide Tour win.
'The scoring is generally lower on this tour and that doesn't play into my hands,' said Dunlap, who spent seven years on the PGA Tour. 'On the PGA Tour, you're going to get some golf courses where 8- or 10-under is going to be there at the end.
'I can do that. I can't shoot 26 under, or rather I don't. You never say never.'
Gutschewski double bogeyed the second. He came back to birdie No. 5, but dropped shots at the seventh and 10th. Gutschewski closed with birdies on 15 and 18 to share second place.
Watson posted one birdie and one bogey on the opening nine holes. He dropped another stroke at the 12th, but finished strong with birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to get to 9 under.
Matt Bettencourt (67), Jeff Gove (71), Bradley Hughes (70), Jon Mills (68) and Darron Stiles (73) shared 11th place at 6-under-par 278.
Robin Byrd, Brendon De Jonge, Bob Heintz, Charley Hoffman and Troy Matteson were one stroke further back at minus-5.
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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.