Stadler Snags SBC Lead

By Sports NetworkOctober 18, 2003, 4:00 pm
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Craig Stadler matched the course record Saturday with a 7-under 64, which gave him a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the SBC Championship. Stadler completed the opening 36 holes at 11-under-par 131.
 
Bob Gilder stands alone in second place at 9-under-par 133 after a 4-under 67. Bruce Fleisher, Walter Hall and Tom Watson share third place at 6-under-par 136.
 
Stadler rolled in a birdie at the par-4 fourth at Oak Hills Country Club to create a four-way tie for the lead early in the round. He and Fleisher burst out of the pack with birdies on the fifth and sixth to move to 7 under.
 
Fleisher dropped a shot at the seventh to give Stadler the lead all to himself. Stadler maintained his one-shot lead with pars on the eighth and ninth.
 
The Walrus sank a 10-footer for birdie on the 10th to briefly take a two-shot advantage. However, Gilder birdied the same hole to get to minus-7 and within one of Stadler.
 
Stadler's lead moved back to two strokes when he drained a 20-footer for birdie on the 12th. He climbed to 10-under with a kick-in birdie at the par-3 14th.
 
After pitching out of the trees, Stadler ripped his third shot to the par-5 15th to 25 feet. He calmly made that putt to move to 11 under, which gave him a three-shot cushion as Gilder as birdied the hole.
 
'I did drive the ball well except for the one on 15,' said Stadler, who has two wins in his first 12 Champions Tour starts. 'Then I chipped it out and hit a real solid 2-iron third shot. And obviously I made a good putt.'
 
Stadler's drive off the 16th tee found the left rough and he was forced to pitch out again. That led to a bogey dropping him to minus-10. Gilder birdied the hole to get within one shot.
 
'I tried to cut it around the corner Friday and clipped the trees and almost put it out of bounds. Today, I tried to hit just left of the fairway bunker, but pull-hooked it and made five,' said Stadler of his travails on No. 16. 'Tomorrow, I might just hit 8-iron off the tee and 5-iron in. It can't be any worse.'
 
Stadler found the fairway off the 17th tee, but his ball came to rest in a divot. Not to worry, as he muscled his second shot out of the bad lie within one foot of the cup for eighth birdie of the day. He closed his round with a two-putt par at the par-3 closing hole.
 
'I hit a 2-iron off the tee and unfortunately it ended right in the middle of a divot,' Stadler said of his tee shot on 17. 'I had a nice soft 8-iron, it came out perfect and I got a good bounce and I'm in there for a kick-in birdie.
 
'Those are the things though, the 2-iron on 15 and the shot out of the divot on 17. You have to do that stuff to shoot 64. It's little things like that, that make scores go down.'
 
Stadler, with a win tomorrow, would become the first three-time winner on the Champions Tour this season.
 
Gilder began the day one stroke behind overnight leader Jim Thorpe. Gilder bogeyed the third, but responded with back-to-back birdies from the fourth. He later matched Stadler with birdies on the 10th, 15 and 16th.
 
'It seemed like I was playing out of the rough all day today,' said Gilder. 'I was able to manage it well enough and make some birdies out there.
 
Gilder has finished second here two straight years and knows tomorrow will be tough to win.
 
'I've got to shoot a low number,' said Gilder. 'You know Stads is going to. He's making putts right and left. He made bogey in the end there and fired it right in there for another birdie. He's going to be tough to beat.'
 
Thorpe stumbled to a 1-over 72. He shares sixth place with Jim Ahern (68), Larry Nelson (67), Bill Rogers (69) and Fuzzy Zoeller (70).
 
Hugh Baiocchi, Allen Doyle, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan and D.A. Weibring are tied one stroke back at minus-4.
 
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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.