Van Pelt Leads Beck Aces Par-4

By Sports NetworkAugust 7, 2003, 4:00 pm
OMAHA, Neb. -- Bo Van Pelt fired an 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead of the Omaha Classic at The Champions Club.
Chip Beck recorded the first ace on a par-4 hole in Nationwide Tour history Thursday. At the 315-yard ninth hole, Beck landed a driver 30 yards short of the hole and took a huge bounce before finally rolling into the hole.
'It was absolutely perfect,' said Beck, who posted a 4-under 68 on Thursday. 'I'll remember this shot forever. I actually thought about laying up because I remember from last year that it is quite a poke.'
Beck can put this achievement on his resume along with his four PGA Tour titles, three Ryder Cup appearances and he is one of three players in tour history to record a 59 in competition.
The ace on the par-4 was only the second on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour or Nationwide Tour. Andrew Magee aced the 17th hole in the first round of the 2001 Phoenix Open at the TPC of Scottsdale after his ball hit Tom Byrum's putter and rolled eight feet into the cup.
Ryan Palmer, Vaughn Taylor, Victor Schwamkrug, Todd Demsey, Scott Gutschewski, Omar Uresti, Jimmy Walker and Bob Heintz share second place after opening rounds of 7-under 65.
Van Pelt's round did not look like it would be a 64 with his start. At the first, he missed a six-foot par save but he rebounded with a up-and-down birdie at the par-5 second. Van Pelt holed a pair of five-footers for birdie at four and six and two-putted from 40 feet for birdie at the short ninth.
Van Pelt kept his strong play going on the back nine. At the par-5 10th, he played a 4-iron to three feet to set up eagle and reach 5-under for the championship. He birdied the 11th when he sank a 10-footer and added a 20-foot birdie putt at the 14th.
There was a small stumbling block for Van Pelt as he bogeyed the 15th but he closed with a two-putt birdie at 17 and a six-footer for birdie at the last to take the first-round lead.
'Obviously I'm very pleased with the number,' said Van Pelt. 'I'm real pleased with how I played. I started with a bogey which shows it's not how you start. I felt like my game was great coming in.'
Van Pelt has not won on the Nationwide Tour since his debut in the 2000 season. That does not concern the 28-year-old who thinks victory No. 1 could be around the corner.
'It's one of those deals where I keep putting myself in contention,' said Van Pelt, who has four top-10s in 2003. 'The win will take care of itself if I just keep playing well.'
Todd Rose, Steve Ford, Ryan Howison, Matt Seppanen, Fran Quinn and Sean Murphy are tied for 10th place at minus-6.
Jay Delsing, the defending champion, is tied for 35th place after carding an opening-round, 4-under-par 68.
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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.