Struver Leads After Opening 66

By Sports NetworkMarch 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
European TourMADEIRA, Portugal -- Sven Struver fired a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Madeira Islands Open BPI at Santo da Serra.
Hennie Otto is alone in second after an opening-round, 5-under 67.
Gregory Bourdy, Peter Gustafsson, Michael Lorenzo-Vera and Fredrik Widmark are knotted in third place at minus-4.
Play was suspended due to darkness with only one group on the course. The trio will return Friday to finish the remaining three holes and it should not severely impact the tournament.
Struver began his opening round on the back nine Thursday and broke into red figures with a birdie at the 11th. He recorded back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14.
The 40-year-old birdied the par-5 16th to reach four-under par for the championship. Struver did not stay at that number for long. He bogeyed the par-4 closing hole to make the turn at minus-3.
Struver ascended the leaderboard with his strong play early on his second nine.
He birdied the first, third and fifth holes to get to 6 under. Struver parred out for his first opening-round lead since the 1999 South African Open.
'I got ahead of myself a little bit at the end and it shouldn't really happen,' acknowledged Struver, who has made two cuts in four tries this season. 'But on the other hand I haven't been in this position for a long time even though I was in the last group in South Africa this year (the Joburg Open), I hadn't been there for 10 years.
'But now I am setting the pace it is OK but it is one of those golf courses where anything can happen. I was lucky today, I had a few good bounces, but that is the way that golf goes. Everyone has that and you have to take the positives out of it and take advantage.'
Otto posted a pair of birdies to start his round at 10 and 11, but dropped those shots with bogeys at 12 and 13.
Otto more than atoned for the errors at the beginning of his second nine. He tallied five birdies in his first six holes, then parred the remaining three for second place.
'It was very tricky out there especially for the afternoon starters,' said Otto. 'There were a few tough holes out there and when a few guys were making a few big numbers in front of our group then we had a lot of long waits.'
John Bickerton and Matthew King share seventh place at three-under 69.
Bradley Dredge, Mattias Eliasson, Alastair Forsyth, Gareth Paddison, Juan Parron, Nicolas Vanhootegem and Peter Whiteford are in the clubhouse tied for ninth at minus-2.
Raphael Eyraud is 2 under through 16 holes.
This tournament does not have a stellar field as most of Europe's top players are competing at Doral for the World Golf Championships - CA Championship.
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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.