Levi Thorpe Tied at FedEx Kinkos

By Sports NetworkApril 30, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Fed-Ex KinkoAUSTIN, Texas -- Wayne Levi shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to move into a share of the lead through two rounds of the FedEx Kinko's Classic. Levi was joined atop the leaderboard by Jim Thorpe at 6-under-par 138.
 
Bruce Fleisher carded a 2-under 70 to finish one shot off the pace at 5-under-par 139. Dana Quigley held the lead down the stretch but a double bogey at the par-4 17th dropped him back into a tie for fourth with Mark James and Brad Bryant at 4-under-par 210.
 
Levi began the day in a tie for 13th and picked up his first birdie at the par-5 second on the Hills Course at The Hills Country Club. Levi then played his tee shot to 12 feet for a birdie at the par-3 third but he gave that shot back with a bogey at the very next hole.
 
The 53-year-old recovered with a birdie at the par-5 eighth but he stumbled to a bogey at the par-5 10th. Levi countered at the par-3 11th and hit his tee shot inside 4 feet for another birdie.
 
Levi parred his next five holes until he hit a 6-iron from 182 yards out into the bottom of the cup for an eagle at the par-4 17th. Levi closed out his round with a birdie at the last to grab a share of first with one round to play.
 
'I always like to be up near the lead but tomorrow's a new day,' said Levi, who will be in search of his third Champions Tour victory on Sunday. 'I think lots of pars and sprinkle in some birdies will be good enough.'
 
Thorpe dropped an 8-iron inside 6 feet for a birdie at the par-4 first and drained an 8-foot putt for a birdie at the third. He continued his fine play on the front nine with a birdie at the par-4 ninth after his second shot stopped within 4 feet of the hole.
 
He found trouble with a bogey at the 11th, however, and dropped another shot with a bogey at the 16th. Thorpe then hit a tremendous second shot to the par-4 17th that rolled within inches of the cup for a tap-in birdie.
 
Thorpe elected to hit a driver from the fairway at the par-5 closing hole but he topped his shot, sending his ball rolling towards the putting surface. He then hit a wedge to 35 feet and ran home the birdie try to join Levi in the lead.
 
'I'm hitting the ball very well, but I'm not putting well,' said Thorpe, who is seeking his 10th career victory on the senior circuit. 'If I can make a few more putts I'll be happy.'
 
First-round leader Curtis Strange managed a 74 on Saturday to join Mark Johnson in a tie for seventh place at 3-under-par 141. Morris Hatalsky and Hajime Meshiai followed at 2-under-par 142.
 
Defending champion Larry Nelson hung around with a 71 to share 11th place with Gil Morgan, Joe Inman and David Eger at 1-under-par 141.
 
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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.