Irwin Hanging On at Toshiba Clasic

By Sports NetworkMarch 22, 2003, 5:00 pm
Champions TourNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Rodger Davis fired a 7-under 64 to surge into the lead after the second round of the Toshiba Senior Classic on Saturday. Davis' 36-hole total of 13-under-par 129 was two better than Jim Ahern.
Jose Maria Canizares, who won this event in a playoff in 2001, was joined by David Eger in a tie for third at 10-under-par 132.
Davis was one shot off the lead to start the day at Newport Beach Country Club and picked up his first birdie at the par-5 3rd. The Australian then hit an 8-iron to five feet for a birdie at the 6th and drained a 12-footer for a birdie at the very next hole.
At the par-4 9th, Davis hit his approach from the left rough to 12 feet for a birdie to make the turn at minus-10.
Davis continued his fine play on the inward half. He ran home a 10-foot putt for a birdie at the 11th and dropped a 6-iron inside 15 feet for a birdie at the 13th. At the par-5 15th, Davis rolled in a five-foot putt for his seventh birdie of the day en route to a bogey-free round.
'I'm driving long enough to get it close in two on the par-5s,' said Davis. 'It's not a long course.'
Davis, a veteran of both the European and Australasian Tours, is seeking his first career victory on the Champions Tour.
'I'm quietly confident. I don't know if it's fate or whatever,' said Davis, who set a new 36-hole tournament record. 'I've won quite a few tournaments when I've been leading.'
Ahern, who was atop the leaderboard after round one, got his first birdie of the day at the par-5 third. He parred his next 10 holes before a pair of birdies starting at the par-4 14th and birdied the par-5 18th for a round of 67.
Defending champion Hale Irwin had a steady round of 66 to finish four shots off the lead at 9-under-par 133 along with John Jacobs. Wayne Levi and Larry Nelson were one shot further back at 8-under-par 134.
'I had a pretty good score,' said Irwin. 'Probably should have been better considering how I started. I don't like to be behind starting the last day, I'd rather be leading.'
Jerry McGee, Jim Thorpe and Bruce Lietzke finished tied for ninth at 7-under-par 135.
Last year's runner-up Allen Doyle was seven shots off the lead at 6-under-par 136 alongside Tom Wargo and Dave Stockton.

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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.