SAN DIEGO – The chase for an 83rd PGA TOUR win and ninth win at Torrey Pines started in incredible fashion for Tiger Woods. Related: Leaderboard | Insider: When will Tiger win No. 83? Starting five back of the lead in the final round at the Farmers Insurance Open Woods looked to be in huge trouble early when he made a sloppy bogey from the fairway on the first hole. But on the second he took dead aim from 141 yards and after two hops his ball disappeared into the cup for what would’ve been an insane eagle. Incredibly though, despite going all the way to the bottom of the cup the ball hopped back out and settled next to the pin. Woods had to settle for a tap in birdie. Three pars followed before Woods gave himself a great look at eagle on the par-5 sixth from 18-feet but the putt slipped under the cup. Birdie there sent him to eight under and just three back after overnight leader Jon Rahm made a double bogey on the third hole behind him. Woods, who has seven Farmers Insurance Open titles and a U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines had another great look at birdie on the par-4 seventh from nine feet only to push it to the right. Australian Marc Leishman birdied the sixth behind him, his fourth birdie in the round, to push the lead out to 12 under. As such Woods will need to likely find some more magic around the turn and into the back nine. Woods is currently tied with Sam Snead with 82 PGA TOUR wins, the most of all-time.
26 Jan 2020
Marc Leishman earned his fifth PGA TOUR victory at the Farmers Insurance Open. Here's a look inside his bag. RELATED: Final leaderboard Driver: Callaway Mavrik (9 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 757 Evolution IV TX 3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (16.5 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2 X 5-wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC Tour Spec 9.2 X Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (3), Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4-6), Callaway Apex MB (7-PW) Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 Raw (52, 60 degrees) Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X Putter: Odyssey Versa #6 (Black/White/Black) Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Grips: Golf Pride MCC
26 Jan 2020
The final round of the Farmers Insurance Open takes place today from Torrey Pines. Here's everything you need to know to follow the action. Round 4 leaderboard Round 4 tee times HOW TO FOLLOW Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1-2:45 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS). Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3-6:30 p.m. ET (CBS). PGA TOUR LIVE: (Featured Groups, Featured Holes) Thursday-Friday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. ET. Sunday, 11:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ET. Radio: Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m. ET. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. ET. Sunday, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ET (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio). FEATURED GROUPS & NOTABLE TEE TIMES (ALL TIMES ET) Jordan Spieth, Matthew Wolff, Lucas Glover Sunday: 11:15 a.m. ET (No. 10 tee) Jason Day, Aaron Baddeley, Jason Kokrak Sunday: 11:35 a.m. ET (No. 1 tee) Tiger Woods, J.B. Holmes, Tom Hoge Sunday: 12:45 p.m. ET (No. 1 tee) Jon Rahm, Ryan Palmer, Rory McIlroy Sunday: 1:25 p.m. ET (No. 1 tee) MUST READS Teammates Rahm, Palmer become competitors at Farmers Insurance Open Tiger needs big Sunday to claim win No. 83 Familiar faces top leaderboard at Torrey Pines Spieth, Day set for 2020 turnaround Tiger eyes win No. 83 at Farmers Insurance Open Morales relishes the time he took down Tiger at Torrey Pines Eighty things to know as Nicklaus turns 80 San Diego police officer retiring after long run at Farmers Insurance Open Sign-up and play Fantasy Golf CALL OF THE DAY
26 Jan 2020
SAN DIEGO – Ryan Palmer owes plenty to Jon Rahm but he has no problem trying to take something from him on Sunday at Torrey Pines. It was the fiery Spaniard who helped Palmer claim his fourth PGA TOUR win, nine years after getting his third, at last season’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The pair came together to take out the team event, which also gave Rahm his third PGA TOUR win. RELATED: Leaderboard | Tiger needs big Sunday to claim No. 83| Win probabilities But come Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open the duo make up two of the final threesome looking to take home another title. Rahm leads after a sublime Sunday 65 left him 12 under for the week. Palmer is just one back in second place. As friendly as they are this time it’s for personal glory. “Of course you're rooting for him at Zurich and trying to say, "hit it here" and "hit it there," so maybe tomorrow I'll say, "hit over there" instead,” Palmer joked. “It's going to be a lot of fun. It's fun when you get to play with guys you know well and you have a good time. Getting to watch him and play with Rory, that's the position you want to be in. You want to be with the best come Sunday late in the day, so I'm excited about that chance.” Just how they came together goes back to before the first team iteration of the Zurich Classic in 2017. Jordan Spieth, Palmer and their caddies Michael Greller and James Edmondson were having a friendly round at Trinity Forest in Dallas late in 2016 when an interesting wager was thrown up by Edmondson. The former college golfer and four-time club champion from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth issued a challenge to the 2015 FedExCup champion Spieth: If I beat you, you have to partner up with Palmer at Zurich. Edmondson won and a partnership with some 17 years of age difference was formed. They were fourth in 2017 in New Orleans before missing the cut in 2018 when they were paired with Rahm and Wesley Bryan. Despite both teams going out early they had a fun time. So when 2019 rolled around and Spieth decided to give the tournament a miss and Bryan was struggling with injuries a new option was available. “I've known Adam Hayes (Rahm’s caddie) a long time and I've played a lot of rounds with Jon in the last two, three years, had him at my charity event and became pretty good friends,” Palmer said. “It was a matter of James and I saying who do we really look at playing with. I didn't want to just play to go play, I felt like I wanted to find a partner that I got along with, but also I knew I could really contend with. “I texted Adam and mentioned it and he said to text Jon, see what he says. We hit it off and I knew our games related so well … the way we both drive it … his short game and my iron play was a perfect match. We're looking forward to doing it again.” Before that title defense in April comes Sunday’s round in San Diego. Rahm already won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017, his first win on TOUR that came in incredible fashion. On that Sunday Rahm played the final nine holes in six under with two eagles and two birdies to blow away what previously was a bunched leaderboard. “Hopefully, I don't need to shoot 6 under. Hopefully, I do shoot 6 under honestly and I don't have to stress down the stretch,” Rahm said. “The only thing it's going to do is keep me focused, no matter how good I'm playing, knowing that somebody can come and do the same thing.” Rahm’s Saturday 65 included a chip-in birdie on the first and a hole-out eagle from 111 yards on the second. He then birdied three of the four par-5s and produced a laser from 203 yards on the par-3 16th to set up a three-foot birdie. Along with his win at Zurich in 2019 Rahm also won three times on the European Tour and sits at third in the world rankings. He has an outside chance to move to second with a victory but at the very least would get within striking distance of top spot should he prevail at Torrey. “We all try to show up to a golf tournament thinking we're the better player that week and we can do it and it's just a matter of showing it,” he said. “So hopefully I can keep playing good, do it tomorrow and I can be back here and tell you I was the better player that week.” While the duo are the front runners, they won’t have it all their own way. With them in the final group is FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy. He will start three back of Rahm. A win for McIlroy will take him to the top of the world. “It was nice to shoot a good third round here and get myself a little bit closer,” McIlroy said after a 67. “The way it's set up this week, I think it's built for me, especially with how I'm driving the ball. It's playing long, we're not getting much roll out there. The rough's up, fairways are pretty narrow. I would love bent greens instead of poa, but I guess you take what you're given.” TOUR winners Sung Kang and Cameron Champ, plus rookie Harry Higgs join McIlroy at 9 under. Among the throng at 8 under, just four back, are more TOUR winners in Tony Finau, Marc Leishman, Patrick Reed, J.B. Holmes and Brandt Snedeker. And then of course lurking, perhaps a little far back but a chance none the less, is 82-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods. He searches for a ninth professional win at Torrey Pines from five shots off the pace. “I still got to go out there and post a low one tomorrow, still got to make a bunch of birdies tomorrow and move up that board,” Woods said of the challenge ahead of him. Should he find a way to the top Woods would stand alone at the top of the all-time win list on the PGA TOUR, jumping out of a tie with Sam Snead.
25 Jan 2020
SAN DIEGO -- Jon Rahm chipped in for birdie and holed out from 111 yards for eagle to start his round Saturday, and he scrambled superbly along the back nine for a 7-under 65 at Torrey Pines and a one-shot lead over Ryan Palmer in the Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm won his first PGA TOUR title three years ago at Torrey Pines when he made a pair of eagles over the last six holes for a 66 to rally from a three-shot deficit. This time, he tries his hand with the lead. Related: Leaderboard | Tee Times | Woods needs big Sunday for win No. 83 Palmer traded birdies and bogeys most of the day until his 10-foot birdie on the 17th gave him a 1-under 71 and his second chance to win in as many starts this year. Joining them in the last group was Rory McIlroy. McIlroy hit a 5-iron from the bunker to 6 feet on the tough par-4 12th hole, hit his approach to 2 feet on the tough par-4 15th and two-putted for birdie on the 18th for a 67 that left him among those within three shots of the lead. Tiger Woods still had fleeting hope of picking up his record 83rd victory, mainly because of a par. Woods got within two of the lead at the turn and didn't make another birdie in his round of 69. He had to make a 15-foot par on his final hole. Rahm was at 12-under 204 as he goes for his fourth PGA TOUR victory, and 11th worldwide. Woods was among 16 players within five shots of the lead, and Rahm knows from experience how momentum can change at Torrey Pines. He said having won here in 2017 will mean nothing to him Sunday. "The only thing it's going to do is keep me focused, no matter how good I'm playing, knowing that somebody can come and do the same thing," Rahm said. The third round started two hours late because of heavy fog, and even when the sun broke through, there wasn't much clarity on the leaderboard with so many in contention. McIlroy is playing for the first time since late November and didn't appear to pick up too much rust during his break. "Even if you're not making that many birdies but if you keep giving yourself chances, it's one of these golf courses that you feel like you're playing really well, you might be a couple under," McIlroy said. That's OK. No one else is going that low. Keep doing the same thing tomorrow and should be right there." Sung Kang (67) and PGA TOUR rookie Harry Higgs (69) joined McIlroy at 9-under 207, while the group at 8 under included Brandt Snedeker, who birdied his last two holes to salvage a 72. One day after Woods opened with a four-putt double bogey, he rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt and was on his way. He finished his front nine with a sand wedge he spun back to 3 feet for his fourth birdie, closing within two of the lead. And then he drilled his driver down the 10th fairway. Woods hit a pedestrian wedge to about 25 feet, and he didn't have a birdie chance inside 20 feet the rest of the round. That included both par 5s, and the only putt he made was a 15-footer for par on the 18th after hitting wedge over the back and into a bunker. Still, it kept him from dropping a shot and falling further behind. "Just never got anything going coming home," he said. "It was important to make that putt on 18."
25 Jan 2020