Five Share Lead at South African Masters

By Sports NetworkFebruary 9, 2002, 5:00 pm
Sunshine TourRichard Sterne of South Africa shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 to grab a share of the lead at the South African Masters Saturday. Sterne is joined by fellow countrymen James Kingston and Titch Moore, Scotland's Scott Drummond and Justin Rose of England at 13-under 197.
Mark Murless finished at 12-under 198 while current Sunshine Tour Order of Merit leader Tim Clark is two shots further back at 10-under.
Sterne, who's best finish this season was second at the Graceland Challenge, carded his third straight round in the 60s. The 20-year-old used three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 16th to join the others atop the leaderboard.
'I'm just having a lot of fun out there,' he said. 'I missed a few makeable putts for birdie. But I'm not going to cry over spilled milk.'
The former South African Amateur champion, who turned pro only seven months ago, has posted six top-10 finishes in the 19 tournaments he has played on the Southern Africa Tour.
Kingston, who fired a 9-under 61 in the second round, had five birdies on the Wild Coast course Saturday but was dealt with some trouble with bogeys on the fifth and 15th for a round of 67.
'I started making mistakes on the back nine and got frustrated, especially after being in such a good position,' said Kingston, who hit an errant driver into the water at 16. 'It felt like I was making a mistake on every hole.'
Moore, the leader after round one, began the day with back-to-back birdies from the second. The 1996 South African Amateur Champion then bogeyed the par-three sixth before adding three more birdies for a round of 66.
Drummond was tied with Retief Goosen after three rounds of the Dimension Data Pro-Am last week before relinquishing the lead to the U.S. Open winner.
The Scot torched the front nine of the Wild Coast course Saturday with five birdies. However, the 27-year-old bogeyed three of the first five holes on the back nine.
Rose, currently third on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit behind Clark and Goosen, had seven birdies and two bogeys for a 65.
'It's set up for a terrific finish,' said the Dunhill Championship winner. 'The guy who putts best is going to win.'
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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.