Wisler Storms into Bay Mills Lead

By Sports NetworkAugust 28, 2004, 4:00 pm
BRIMLEY, Mich. -- Chris Wisler posted a 4-under 68 Saturday to cruise into the lead through three rounds of the Bay Mills Open Players Championship. He stands at 10-under-par 206 and leads by four strokes over four players at Wild Bluff Golf Course.
David Faught and Gary Pike shot matching rounds of 6-under 66 in the third round and are tied for second with amateur Jeff Cuzzort (71) and overnight leader Rob Oppenheim (73). That group is knotted at 6-under-par 210.
Wisler started out on fire with a pair of birdies in his first three holes. He took advantage of the par-5 ninth with his second birdie there in this tournament, although he made eagle at nine on Friday.
Then heavy wind blew through Wild Bluff and things changed.
'That wind really picked up on No. 9, and it was a different wind than the first two days. It was like playing a whole different golf course,' said Wisler. 'I've been driving the ball well all week, and it's all adding up for me right now. I really haven't put too much pressure on myself thus far.'
Wisler handled it with a birdie at the 10th, which gave him a five-stroke cushion, and another birdie at 11. He holed a 9-footer to save par at the 14th, but could not convert from 3 feet at the next hole and dropped his first stroke to par in 27 holes. Wisler parred his final three holes for the four-shot margin.
Wisler earned his second Canadian Tour title in March at the Barton Creek Challenge. The $36,000 first-place check would likely move him from 15th on the Order of Merit into the top-6 and that would get him an invitation to the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour in two weeks.
But Wisler would take a pass on the invitation as he is going to be in his friends' wedding that weekend. Despite his large lead and even though he won't be going to the Canadian Open, Wisler does not want to think about the winner's circle until the final putt drops Sunday afternoon.
'One thing about being in the lead is you can keep an eye on how everyone else is doing,' said Wisler, who also won the 2002 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship. 'Guys showed today they can take it low out here. We'll have to wait to see how close they get before I worry about what I have to do.'
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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.