Glover Leads the Pack at Bay Hill

By Sports NetworkMarch 17, 2006, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lucas Glover posted his second consecutive round of 5-under 67 on Friday to take the lead halfway through the Bay Hill Invitational. He stands at 10-under-par 134 and is one ahead of a pair of Australians.
Rod Pampling (65) and Robert Allenby (67) are knotted at minus-9 at Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge. Dean Wilson, who shared the overnight lead, managed a 2-under 70 on Friday and is alone in fourth place at 8-under-par 136.
Rod Pampling
Rod Pampling went low on Friday, shooting a 7-under 65 to move into a tie for second.
Bart Bryant, who was tied with Wilson at 6-under par through the first round, shot a 1-under 71 in round two and is tied for fifth place with Sergio Garcia, who posted four back-nine birdies en route to a 69. The pair finished 36 holes at 7-under-par 137.
Tiger Woods, a four-time winner of this event and the No. 1 player in the world, could not get anything going on Friday. He carded a 1-under 71 and is part of a group tied for 25th place at minus-3.
Woods made the turn at 1 under par thanks to an eagle and a bogey. He ran home a 10-footer for birdie at the 12th, but missed the green with a wedge at the 15th. The reigning Masters and British Open champion chipped 8 feet past, but missed the par-saver.
Woods narrowly missed birdie putts at 16 and 17 and will have his work cut out for him on the weekend if he is to catch the leader.
Glover, who earned his first PGA Tour victory last year in Disney World, started quickly on Friday as he hit a 6-iron to 4 feet to set up birdie at the first. Glover parred his next four holes before he returned to red figures.
He reached the par-5 sixth green in two and two-putted for birdie. At the seventh, Glover holed out from just left of the putting surface. He added a fourth birdie of his round at the ninth from 10 feet. That birdie put Glover at 9 under par for the championship, but trouble loomed for the 26-year- old.
At the par-4 11th, Glover drove well left of the fairway off the tee. He 'decided to be an idiot,' and went for the left side of the putting surface with his second, but splashed into the water. Glover dropped, but failed to get up and down and walked off with a double bogey six.
Glover rebounded at 13 when his wedge approach stopped inside a foot from the hole. He tapped in for birdie, then parred his next two. Glover played strong down the stretch to earn the second-round lead.
At the par-5 16th, Glover hit another poor drive, but got lucky as he had an 8-iron to the green. He two-putted for a birdie from a long distance to join Allenby and Pampling at minus-9.
Glover hit 'probably the best shot all week,' when he laced a 3-iron 8 feet behind the flag. He converted the birdie putt to get to 10 under par, then saved par at 18 after another bad drive to take a piece of the 36-hole lead for the first time in his PGA TOUR career.
'It was a lot like yesterday, a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and I putted well,' said Glover. 'I think 5 under around here two days in a row are great days. The consistency and the fact that I have played solid is definitely a positive.'
Pampling recorded four birdies on the front nine and his 25-footer at the ninth was the only one over 4 feet. The story was the same on the back nine as he posted three birdies with two inside 5 feet and one, at the 17th, from 25 feet.
'It was a good ball-striking day,' acknowledged Pampling. 'The conditions are great out there. I drove it quite nicely and a lot of my iron shots were always around pin-high, which gave me a lot of opportunities to make birdies.'
Allenby, who won three tournaments in Australia at the end of last season, began on the back nine Friday and birdied the 13th and 16th hole. His tee ball plugged in a bunker at 17 and he walked off with a bogey.
That would be the last miscue for Allenby in round two. He kicked in two short birdie putts at one and four, then holed a 15-foot birdie putt at five and a 20-footer at six to get within one of the lead.
'I'm hitting the ball good,' said Allenby, who has not won on the PGA Tour since 2001. 'I'm driving the ball well, hitting a lot of good iron shots and I'm doing everything pretty consistent.'
Corey Pavin (69), Bob Hope Chrysler Classic champion Chad Campbell (71), Harrison Frazar (66) and WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship winner and last week's Honda Classic runner-up Geoff Ogilvy (68) share seventh place at minus-6.
The 36-hole cut fell at 1-over-par 145 and among the notable players who will miss the weekend are: John Daly (146), Colin Montgomerie (148) and reigning U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell (148).
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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.