Huston Holds On for Victory

By Sports NetworkOctober 5, 2003, 4:00 pm
MADISON, Miss. -- John Huston shot his second straight round of 68 on Sunday to hold on and win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Huston finished the tournament at 20-under-par 268 for his seventh career victory on the PGA Tour.
Brenden Pappas was on his way to matching the course record at Annandale Golf Club, but a costly bogey at the par-5 18th left him one shot short of the mark and opened the door for Huston's late surge. Pappas fired a 10-under 62 to finish alone in second at 19-under-par 269.
Huston carried a two-shot lead into the final round and was in control early. He landed his second shot inside 16 feet for an eagle at the par-5 fifth and two-putted for a birdie at the par-5 seventh that moved him to 19 under.
The 42-year-old soon found trouble with a bogey at ninth after he was unable to save par from four feet out and missed the green at the par-3 12th en route to another bogey. Just like that, Huston found himself trailing a charging Pappas.
Pappas picked up his first birdie of the day at the opening hole and knocked his approach to six feet for a birdie at the third. He ran home a 25-foot putt for an eagle at the fifth and dropped his third shot inside nine feet for a birdie at the seventh.
The 33-year-old ran home a 30-foot putt for a birdie at the 10th and made it two in a row with a birdie at the 11th. Pappas then ran off three consecutive birdies from the 13th to move into the lead at 19 under.
Pappas reached 20 under with a birdie at the 17th after his approach stopped 15 feet from the cup and the hard-hitting South African had a realistic shot at 59 with the par-5 last remaining.
Pappas missed the fairway off the tee at the 18th, however, and bogeyed the hole to stand in the clubhouse at minus-19.
'All in all I felt good,' said Pappas. 'I'll go away with a lot of positive thoughts.'
Huston regained his composure and hit his tee shot within four feet of the hole at the par-3 15th and landed his approach inside 12 feet for a birdie at the 16th.
At the par-4 17th, Huston hit his second shot over the water and watched as the ball stopped within three feet of the cup. Huston converted the birdie putt to regain the outright lead and parred the 18th for his first victory since the Tampa Bay Classic in 2000.
'It is hard when you go long spells,' said Huston, who pocketed $540,000 for the win. 'Better players than me have gone longer. To win, it is hard to do.'
Hidemichi Tanaka, Chris Anderson and Paul Stankowski shared fourth place at 16-under-par 272.
Jose Coceres, Tim Clark and Glen Day were one shot further back at 15-under- par 273.
Luke Donald, who earned his first career victory on the PGA Tour at this event last year, carded a 71 to join John E. Morgan and Russ Cochran in a tie for 10th at 14-under-par 274.
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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. 

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    Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

    “That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

    So was Woods.

    DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

    “His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

    Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

    “He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.

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    “The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

    Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

    “Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

    “Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

    Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.