Pappas Leads Woods Three Back

By Sports NetworkOctober 23, 2003, 4:00 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brenden Pappas fired a 9-under-par 63 on Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort.
 
Vijay Singh, John Huston and Pat Perez finished one shot back in a tie for second after matching rounds of 64.
 
Tiger Woods, who is now one round away from matching the all-time cut streak on the PGA Tour, finished three shots off the lead at 6-under-par 66.
 
'I played real solid all day and kept myself out of trouble,' said Woods. 'I only missed two greens and thought I hit the ball really well all day.'
 
Woods started at No. 10 of the Palm course, which along with the Magnolia layout is one of two courses in rotation this week, and jumped out of the gate with a birdie at the par-5 11th.
 
The 27-year-old hit his second to 10 feet at the par-4 13th for the first of back-to-back birdies before adding a birdie at the 16th to move to 4 under.
 
On the front side, Woods birdied the par-5 first and dropped his second shot inside 12 feet at the par-4 second. The top player in the game ran home the birdie putt before parring out, putting himself in perfect position to make history yet again on Friday.
 
In all likelihood, Woods, who is a two-time winner of this event, will survive the 36-hole cut and in the process match Byron Nelson's record of 113 consecutive cuts made.
 
Pappas played the back side first at Magnolia and found a bunker with his approach to the par-5 10th but hit out to 12 feet for a birdie.
 
He stumbled with a bogey at the very next hole but caught fire with a 30-foot putt for a birdie at the par-3 15th. Pappas then birdied the 16th and hit a 9-iron to eight feet for a birdie at the 17th.
 
At the par-4 18th, Pappas hit a wedge inside three feet and converted the short birdie putt to go out at minus-4.
 
'That was basically the start of where I felt like I am going to shoot a good round today,' said Pappas. 'The scratchiness with the driver was a bit puzzling to that point and once I hit that good drive down 18 I felt confident with the tee ball, so I felt like a good round was coming.'
 
Pappas continued the run on his second nine with a birdie at the first and dropped his approach within five feet at the par-4 second for his sixth consecutive birdie.
 
The South African parred the third but picked up the pace again with a birdie at the fourth. Pappas then added back-to-back birdies from the sixth to hold the outright lead.
 
'You can never make enough birdies in this game,' said Pappas. 'It's not something I try and do. It's something that just seems to happen and not often enough.'
 
Singh, who is second to Woods on the money list, tallied six birdies over his first 11 holes and played his third shot inside eight feet at the par-5 14th. Singh drained the putt for a birdie and added a birdie at the par-4 17th to reach 8 under.
 
David Peoples, Rocco Mediate and Dan Forsman shared fifth place at 7-under-par 65.
 
Geoff Ogilvy, Corey Pavin, Ben Crane, Dicky Pride, Deane Pappas, Paul Azinger, Scott Verplank and John Rollins shared eighth place with Woods at minus-6.
 
Defending champion Bob Burns finished seven shots off the lead in a group at 2-under-par 70.
 
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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.