Round 2 of the Farmers Insurance Open takes place Thursday from Torrey Pines. And you read that right. This week's event started Wednesday and will finish on Saturday. Sam Ryder, Brent Grant and Aaron Rai share the lead at 8-under. Here's everything you need to know to follow the action, including Featured Groups for PGA TOUR LIVE and expanded coverage on ESPN+. Leaderboard Full tee times HOW TO FOLLOW (All times ET) Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), Friday, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. (Golf Channel), 5 p.m.-8 p.m. (CBS). Saturday, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. (CBS) PGA TOUR LIVE ON ESPN+ PGA TOUR Live is available exclusively on ESPN+ Main Feed: primary tournament-coverage featuring the best action from across the course Marquee Group: new “marquee group” showcasing every shot from each player in the group Featured Groups: traditional PGA TOUR LIVE coverage of two concurrent featured groups Featured Holes: a combination of par-3s and iconic or pivotal holes Radio: Thursday, 1–7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com/liveaudio) Canada broadcast Golf Channel: Thursday: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Golfchannel.com: Thursday: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. // Sat: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm RDS: Saturday 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. RDS Direct: Saturday: 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. TSN3: Friday: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saurday: 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. TSN + PGA TOUR LIVE: PGA TOUR LIVE Main Feed, Featured Groups and Featured Holes FEATURED GROUPS THURSDAY Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, J.J. Spaun Keegan Bradley, Sungjae Im, Si Woo Kim Luke List, Jason Day, Adam Svensson MUST READS Sam Ryder, Aaron Rai, Brent Grant share lead at Farmers Insurance Open Don’t give up on Jon Rahm yet at Torrey Pines Scott Brown trying to make two cuts in same week Jason Day finds success with custom Scotty Cameron putter Five things to know: Torrey Pines Get to know Taylor Montgomery in 10 stories
26 Jan 2023
Xander Schauffele has been playing the same 3-wood since 2021, but he finally switched it up at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he opened with an even-par 72. Callaway launched its lineup of new Paradym drivers and fairway woods at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions, and Schauffele immediately upgraded to the low-spinning Paradym Triple Diamond driver. As for his 3-wood, however, Schauffele stayed with his familiar Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond fairway wood. According to Callaway’s tour content manager, Johnny Wunder, Schauffele struggles with new 3-woods because he tends to hit them too far, especially when he hits a draw. When the spin is too low on his draw shots, the ball doesn’t have as much stopping power when it lands on the green, so distance becomes more difficult to dial in. Essentially, Schauffele values consistency with his spin and distance rather than simply finding the 3-wood that he’ll hit the farthest. But when he teed it up at the Farmers Insurance Open on Wednesday, Schauffele had a new Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood in the bag, equipped with a Mitsubishi Kai’li Blue 80 TX shaft. Although it’s a 16.5-degree HL (High Launch) club head, it’s actually bent down to a more standard 15.3-degree loft, helping Schauffele achieve the proper launch window, distance, and spin. It also opens the club face up a touch visually. It should also be noted that Schauffele’s 3-wood head has a bonded hosel rather than the adjustable hosel adapter that comes on retail versions. With his new Paradym 3-wood setup, Schauffele found he could achieve more consistent spin rates and yardages, resulting in greater predictability. When hitting a right-to-left shot, for example, his spin rates weren’t dropping too low, so he was still able to control his distance and land the ball softly. “He was looking for something that was going to spin a little more, because he’s always battling his 3-wood going too far, especially when he turns it over (right-to-left),” Wunder told GolfWRX.com. “The Paradym launched slightly higher and spun slightly more overall, but it carried the same distance as before. Primarily on shots right to left, he doesn’t want to hit a no-spin draw. The Paradym helps him maintain spin across the face. Basically, he found a 3-wood that softened the sharp edges of his previous one; there’s not as many distance extremes.” Thanks to a tighter dispersion and more predictable ball flight, Schauffele officially made the switch at Torrey Pines.
26 Jan 2023
DUBAI -- Top-ranked Rory McIlroy was mounting a recovery from a slow start to the Dubai Desert Classic when play was suspended with only 11 players managing to finish their weather-affected first rounds on Thursday. The start of the DP World Tour event was delayed by more than six hours after heavy overnight rain left the course unplayable at Emirates Golf Club. McIlroy got in 15 holes before the siren sounded to suspend play because of fading light. After opening with two bogeys in his first six holes, McIlroy, playing his first event of 2023, made three birdies in a four-hole span and was two-under par. He had to leave the course just as he was lining up a birdie putt from inside four feet on No. 7, his 16th hole. McIlroy was three shots behind Thomas Pieters, who was leading at five-under after 15 holes. Three English players, Matthew Jordan, Daniel Gavins and Oliver Wilson, held the clubhouse lead after shooting rounds of four-under 68.
26 Jan 2023
SAN DIEGO -- Jon Rahm struggled to a 1-over 73 at Torrey Pines South, which has become one of his favorite courses, while Sam Ryder, Aaron Rai and Brent Grant all shot 8-under 64 on the more forgiving North Course on Wednesday to tie for the first-round lead at the Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm, ranked No. 3 in the world and trying for his third win in as many starts, made a double bogey on the par-4 seventh hole and was continually left frustrated on the South Course. He earned his first PGA TOUR victory in 2017 at the municipal courses on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean and then won the U.S. Open on the South Course in 2021. Rahm, who is trying for his 10th career TOUR win, was tied for 116th with 11 others, including playing partners Tony Finau and Justin Rose. "Not good," the Spanish star said as he signed autographs in the fading sunshine. Rahm won The American Express at PGA West in the Coachella Valley last weekend and the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua two weeks earlier. Ryder, Rai and Grant have never won on TOUR. Ryder is coming off three straight missed cuts. Grant's last four rounds have been 74 or worse. They took a one-shot lead over Brendan Steele, who was at 7-under 65, with seven players bunched another shot back at 6-under 66. Defending champion Luke List and Collin Morikawa, ranked No. 8 in the world, were in a group of seven at 5-under 67. The top six finishers and 13 of the top 18 played the North Course. Players will switch courses on Thursday, with stronger wind in the forecast, and play the final two rounds on the South Course. PGA TOUR rookie Sam Stevens and Andrew Novak had the best rounds on the South Course. Both were in the group at 66. Rahm was 2 under through six holes before he sent his second shot on No. 7 over the green into a brushy native area. After taking a penalty and a drop in the right rough, he chipped onto the green and two-putted. Rahm then bogeyed Nos. 12 and 15 before birdieing the par-3 16th. "No. 7 was arguably the best swing of the day that cost me two shots," Rahm said. "I've hit that shot over 25 times in the past with the same wind and I've never seen a ball get pin high and today we don't know what happened. Somehow it ended up flying the pin by 10 yards and in the hazard. If it just flies the green and stays in the rough it's OK. But that was costly. "The main thing on the round today, with the tee shots I hit on 6, 7, 12 and 13, I was 3-over par," Rahm added. "In any other given round I've played here in the past I'm actually playing that at least even par to under par, so it's easily a three- to five-shot swing and that's the difference." Ryder, a 33-year-old still looking for his first TOUR victory, opened his round with an eagle on the par-5 10th. "No. 10 is one of the easier holes on the course, short par 5, beautiful hole going down toward the ocean," he said. "You're really thinking kind of it's nice to hit it in the fairway, hit it on the green. You're thinking OK, maybe I can make a 4. I wasn't really thinking attack, attack, but there wasn't much to the putt. It was actually fairly straight and it was one of those when it was halfway there, it looked pretty good and it just kind of fell in perfect. It's almost like a little bit of a bonus, but it's really nice to start the round with a birdie or eagle." With the Wednesday start, no one had a quicker turnaround than Scott Brown. He was competing on the Korn Ferry Tour in the Bahamas, a tournament that started Sunday and concluded Wednesday. After making the cut on Monday, Brown realized he was first alternate for Torrey Pines when John Huh withdrew. Brown withdrew from the Bahamas, flew to San Diego on Tuesday and was in the first group out Wednesday morning. He shot a 3-under 69 on the North Course.
25 Jan 2023
She has her favorite players, like Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. But when Dee Robideau goes to a golf tournament, she’s not like most golf fans. Robideau usually gets to the course when the gates open so she can walk the course in relative solitude. Practice rounds are the best since the golf course superintendent isn’t looking at the shots the players hit – she’s checking out the bunkers and the tightly-mown greens. And the equipment. Robideau, who oversees the nine-hole golf course at the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club on the upper peninsula of Michigan, loves, loves, loves the equipment. “I think it was last year when I was at the Ryder Cup, I’m like, I want to get in their maintenance barn,” she says with a chuckle. “I want to see the equipment now. What do I need? What can I put in my budget and on my wish list?” Robideau got her wish – and more this week -- at the Farmers Insurance Open. She and Agustin Galvan are going behind the scenes this week at Torrey Pines as agronomy volunteers. The two were selected by the Diversity, Education and Inclusion Advisory Board of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America to work at the event. The initiative also supports Farmers’ commitment to continuing education, as well as to DEI. For Galvan, it was a short trip. He’s the landscape manager at The Santaluz Club, which is about 20 miles away from Torrey Pines, the scenic municipal layout on the Pacific coast. But what happens at Torrey this week is on a much bigger scale than the Rees Jones layout he helps maintain. “We have golf tournaments here at work, but they're just different,” Galvan says. “This is professional. This is, everyone's watching, everyone's looking at the grass on TV. It needs to be perfect. I just wanted to get an experience for what that entails.” The two have been on the property since a welcome dinner on Saturday night. They’re working daily shifts from 5:15-8:30 a.m. and 2:15-7 p.m. doing a variety of assignments like bunkers, data collection, hand-watering and course cleanup. They can use their free time to rest, network with peers or check out the competition between the PGA TOUR’s best. “They’re all great to watch,” says Galvan, who has a 15 handicap. “They're like robots. Their swings are just, I mean, it's all that practice. They do everything. It's just, wow.” Galvan came to the United States from Mexico when he was 4. He had his own landscape company until rising insurance costs compelled him to look for a job with benefits. He now works full-time at Santaluz and recently completed his Turf Grass certificate at Penn State. “It's great,” says Galvan, who gets up at 3 a.m. each day and drives 90 minutes to Santaluz from his home in Hemet, California. “I like to play golf and I do enjoy the whole aspect of the scheduling of, like, the fertilizer program, the mowing program. There's always something to do.” As the landscape manager, Galvan is responsible for the environs around the course outside the rough, fairways and greens. Among his responsibilities are tree-trimming, planting seasonal vegetation and removing plants that have seen better days. “I guess you could call it golf course maintenance but it’s a separate division,” says Galvan, whose crew also takes care of requests from homeowners who live on the golf course. Next, the 39-year-old plans to work on his Associates of Science degree. He hopes to move to the course maintenance side of the operation at Santaluz, an upscale private community that also includes a vineyard that makes Merlot and Sangiovese. Unlike Galvan, Robideau only works part of the year. The winter has been mild in the UP of Michigan – she saw patches of green when she walked the golf course over New Year’s weekend. But she was still shoveling snow when she was interviewed last week. Robideau’s family has been a member at Hiawatha, which encompasses five miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan, for three generations. Both sets of her grandparents had homes on the property. She remembers swimming with her cousins at one home and fishing and trail-riding at the other. “I always said I had the best of both worlds,” Robideau says. “It's 35,000 acres, so there's a lot of big playground.” After getting a degree in horticulture from Michigan State, Robideau worked in landscape design for 10 years and moved briefly to Florida. She went back to school after her divorce and got a degree in business, thinking she might start her own company, but the economic climate wasn’t right. She continued to dabble in landscape design. She also started working in the pro shop at Hiawatha, and it didn’t take long for her to know her heart wasn’t in being inside, making tee times and collecting greens fees. “I've always worked outside. I've always done landscaping, garden centers, worked with my hands, and it would just drive me crazy being inside the pro shop wondering, how can I get out there,” Robideau says. Luckily, the course superintendent, Gary Thrombley, needed someone to help out after one of his crew was having knee problems. He asked Robideau, who used to beg him to let her clean up flower beds that had been neglected, to fill in one summer as a mower, and suddenly, she found her niche. “I jumped on it and he was the one that saw my love for working outside and mentored me towards this path, really,” she says. When Thrombley retired, the members at Hiawatha, which features trout ponds, hiking trails and rental cabins, didn’t need to look far for a replacement. Robideau is in her second year on the job and has helped bring innovative projects like bee pollinators and butterfly preserves to the property. So, what’s her favorite part of the job? It’s not hard to guess. “I think when I come in first thing in the morning,” Robideau says. “I'm usually the first one there. Just the quiet, getting on my golf cart, kind of tooling around in the morning … just getting a feel for what the course needs that day.”
25 Jan 2023