Garcia Slips Further Behind as Play Called

By Sports NetworkOctober 27, 2007, 4:00 pm
European TourMALLORCA, Spain -- Robert-Jan Derksen held a tentative one-shot lead when the third round of the Mallorca Classic was suspended Saturday night due to darkness.
 
Derksen, who shared the lead with Jean-Francois Lucquin when the second round was completed Saturday morning, stood at 10 under par through 15 holes of his third round.
 
Gregory Bourdy was in the clubhouse at 9-under 201 following a 64 at Pula Golf Club. He was one of the 53 players who was able to finish the third round.
 
Lucquin fell one shot off Derksen's pace and was at 9 under par through 15 holes.
 
Peter Lawrie and Sam Little were both on the course at 8 under, while Richard Finch (66) held the second-best score in the clubhouse at 7-under 203.
 
Alexander Noren (64) stood at 6-under 204, and 2004 Mallorca Classic winner Sergio Garcia was 5 under through 17 holes when play was stopped.
 
The man who beat Garcia last year, Niclas Fasth, tumbled from contention when he played a stretch of five holes in the middle of his round at 7 over par.
 
The defending champion made four bogeys and a triple-bogey on holes 9-13 and fell from a tie for sixth place after the second round into a tie for 53rd place at plus-3. Fasth was through 15 holes.
 
Derksen played the front nine at even-par, making a bogey at the third hole and a birdie at the seventh. He posted back-to-back birdies from the 10th, then made another bogey at the 12th.
 
He avoided a third bogey by getting up-and-down from the sand to save par at the 13th, then posted a pair of pars to remain in the lead.
 
Derksen is seeking his third European Tour win and first since 2005.
 
Lucquin, looking for his first victory, had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He made another bogey at the 12th, then a birdie at the 14th that gave him a share of the lead again with Derksen.
 
But Lucquin couldn't avoid a bogey at the 15th before the horn sounded.
 
Eighteen players were still on the course when the round was suspended. The tournament hasn't been able to get back on track after a long weather delay in the first round on Thursday.
 
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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.