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Jon Rahm: Injury 'was blown out of proportion like crazy'

The Farmers Insurance Open is always circled on Jon Rahm’s calendar. Torrey Pines was the site of his first PGA TOUR victory and he proposed to his wife, Kelley, near the scenic clifftop course that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Any concerns that he is ailing as he prepares to play one of his favorite stops on the PGA TOUR are unfounded, Rahm said Wednesday. His decision to withdraw from last week’s The American Express got “blown out of proportion like crazy.” “It was a little bit of a tweak in the gym, nothing much,” Rahm said. “I think it was more overdoing it in the winter, maybe not getting rest. And I could have played last week. I decided not to just because I didn't want to force it. … I just wanted to be 100% sure it was going to be fine for this week. It's a long year. “I had no pain by Monday. It was just more about the fact that besides being cautious, I just wouldn't have been able to really be hitting balls and practicing by maybe late Tuesday, Wednesday. Physically I'm feeling great, so nothing to worry about.” He wanted to play last week in La Quinta to test his new Callaway equipment in different conditions. He finished T7 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in his debut as a Callaway staffer, but that was on the unique Plantation Course at Kapalua that forces players to deal with extreme, sidehill lies and strong crosswinds. Playing The American Express, which he won in 2018, would have allowed him to use his new equipment in more typical tournament conditions. The conditions in the Southern California desert are often called “dome golf” because of the lack of wind. “I actually wanted to play last week to get rounds in with the Callaway stuff. The only tournament I played was in Hawaii where you have crazy lies, crazy winds and a bit of an unusual golf course, right?” Rahm said Wednesday. “I was looking forward to playing a tournament where the greens are perfect, very similar conditions to what I practice on in Scottsdale.” Rahm has three top-5s in four starts at Torrey Pines, which will also host this year’s U.S. Open. He won the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open by three shots thanks to eagles on Nos. 13 and 18 on Sunday. He also finished runner-up last year – after taking a one-shot lead into Sunday -- and T5 in 2019. Rahm is 23rd in this season’s FedExCup standings in just five starts. He has finished no worse than T7 in his last three starts, including a runner-up finish at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD and T7 at the Masters. He is coming off the best FedExCup finish (4th) of his career after posting his first multi-win season on TOUR. He won both the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and BMW Championship in 2020.

 

27 Jan 2021


Jimmy Powell passes away at the age of 85

Jimmy Powell played golf in high school and graduated in 1953 from Dallas’ Sunset High, the same school that produced major winner Don January. When it came time for Powell to choose a college, he elected to play for North Texas State’s powerhouse golf program, the same one January helped win four consecutive NCAA titles from 1949 and 1952. While Powell didn’t enjoy the same college or professional golf success as his fellow Bison and Mean Green alum, he did make it to the PGA TOUR and enjoyed a strong career as a PGA club professional before breaking through to win four times on PGA TOUR Champions. Powell, a Dallas native who spent most of his adult life living in California, passed away in La Quinta on January 16 of kidney failure. He was a day short of his 86th birthday. As a senior, Powell was part of a trio that made North Texas a favorite to win another national title in 1957. Alongside Harold Sexton and Dick Whetzle, who both went on to short PGA TOUR careers, North Texas State battled all week for the NCAA Championship at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs before the team finished third, four shots behind champion Houston. Powell fell short of the Cougars’ Ron Baxter in the individual competition. Following college, Powell turned pro and played in his first PGA TOUR tournament, the 1959 U.S. Open. He made his first cut five months later, at the Lafayette Open, where he tied for 23rd. Powell earned conditional TOUR status for 1960, playing in 12 events but only making three cuts. His only full seasons on TOUR came in 1962 and 1963, combining for 43 starts during those two years. He had two top-10s in 1962 but waited until 1968, when he overcame a second-round 76 at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open to post his career-best showing, a sixth-place performance. He finished five shots behind winner Tom Weiskopf. The long-time Riverside, Yorba Linda and La Quinta resident had considerable success playing PGA section events in California while serving as the head pro at Indian Hills Golf Club—a course Powell co-designed with Harold Heers—and Via Verde Country Club. Powell won the Southern California PGA Championship three times, beginning in 1968. That year, he routed Ron Reif, 9 and 8, in the match-play finale. Powell won again two years later, defeating Pinky Stevenson, 2 and 1. He added a third title, in 1975, defeating Denny Meyer, 1-up, coming back over the final 18 holes, a rally that included a 45-foot chip-in and back-to-back birdies that allowed him to pull ahead for good. During the time leading up to his 50th birthday, Powell was the head pro at Stevens Park Golf Course in Dallas. Powell, born January 17, 1935, waited patiently to turn 50, knowing he not only would have access to PGA TOUR Champions for the 1985 season but that he had the game to compete. He appeared in nine tournaments in his rookie season, serving notice of what fellow competitors might expect—with a fourth-place finish at The Greenbrier American Express Championship in West Virginia, his best outing. Powell was a regular Tour presence after that, piling up 127 starts before finally breaking through and winning at the 1990 Southwestern Bell Classic at Oklahoma City’s Quail Creek Golf and Country Club. Powell entered the final round tied for sixth, four shots off Terry Dill’s leading pace. All Powell did on the final day was shoot a bogey-free, tournament-best, 7-under 65 to cruise past the field and win by three shots. Powell won his second tournament in 1992, and 65s were again a major part of his storyline. After opening with a 5-under 67 at The Vineyards in Naples, Florida, Powell posted a pair of 65s on the weekend to defeat Lee Trevino by four shots. Over his final 37 holes, Powell made 17 birdies. Perhaps Powell’s two most impressive wins came after he had turned 60. He won the 1995 First of America Classic, routing Babe Hiskey by five shots. He then showed that winning past age 60 was no fluke when he captured the weather-shortened Brickyard Crossing Championship in Indianapolis at age 61. Powell opened the final round with four birdies on his first six holes and became, at the time, the second-oldest winner in PGA TOUR Champions history, behind only Mike Fetchick (age 63). “At my age, you don’t go out expecting to win. But after the fast start, I started thinking I could win this,” Powell said to the assembled Indianapolis media after the victory. Powell was always a regular participant in the Legends of Golf, joining forces with long-time friend Orville Moody to win the Legendary Division at PGA West’s Stadium Course in 1995. The duo became a formidable pairing, losing the overall Legends of Golf title to Trevino and Mike Hill in 1996 but successfully defending its Legendary Division title. Powell and Moody won one more Legendary Division title, in 1999, defeating three other teams in a playoff. In 2014, the Southern California PGA inducted him into its hall of fame. Powell is survived by his wife, Delores, and the couple’s five children, daughters Holly, Sharla, Marla and Leann and son Tommy. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there was no service, and Powell was cremated.

 

27 Jan 2021


Monday qualifiers: Farmers Insurance Open

Here is a look at the four players who Monday qualified for the Farmers Insurance Open in Murrieta, California. The last two spots were decided in a five-man playoff. QUALIFIERS Andres Gonzales (69) Age: 37 College: UNLV Turned pro: 2006 PGA TOUR starts: 128 PGA TOUR earnings: $2.5 Million Twitter: @Andres_Gonzales Notes: This is his second straight successful Monday qualifier after getting through at the Sony Open, where he missed the cut despite a second-round 67. … Is currently 148th in Korn Ferry Tour points and has made nine of 21 cuts so far in the extended ’20-21 season. Tain Lee (69) Age: 30 College: Claremont McKenna College Turned pro: 2012 PGA TOUR starts: 0 PGA TOUR earnings: 0 Twitter: N/A Notes: Made an eight-foot putt on the last hole at the pre-qualifier to get through to the Monday qualifier on the number … Has four top-10s in 33 career starts on the Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR CANADA. Jared du Toit (70) Age: 25 College: Arizona State University Turned Pro: 2017 PGA TOUR starts: 3 PGA TOUR earnings: N/A (made one cut as an amateur) Twitter: @jareddutoit Notes: Made a 12-foot putt on the 17th hole, then chipped in on 18 to get into playoff … Birdied the first playoff hole to get through … All of his other three PGA TOUR starts came at the RBC Canadian Open. Cameron Young (70) Age: 23 College: Wake Forest Turned Pro: 2019 PGA TOUR starts: 0 PGA TOUR earnings: N/A Twitter: N/A Notes: Monday qualified for the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna and finished T11 … That finish got him into the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz, where he finished T6 … That got him into the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco, where he finished T6 … He then finished T2 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Q & A with Patrick Flavin PGATOUR.COM spoke with Korn Ferry Tour member Flavin, who was in qualifying position before play was suspended Monday night. He would later be eliminated in the five-for-two playoff Tuesday. PGATOUR.COM: Today was tough, weather wise, and scoring was high. When you turned in a score of 70, did you think you had a chance? Flavin: The weather was nuts. We had hail, wind, rain, sun, we basically had it all. Then, knowing that with so many players that it wasn’t going to finish ’til Tuesday, it was just an unusual Monday qualifier. When I finished at two under, I didn’t think I really had any chance. That said, I’ve gotten through a couple of Monday qualifiers and in both cases last year I didn’t think I was going to make it. You really never know what to expect. So, I was literally just sitting in my car watching scores come in. PGATOUR.COM: It’s always a little hectic when a Monday does not finish to arrange a hotel, especially when you’re right on edge of being in or out. What did you arrange for tonight? Flavin: Fortunately, I have a friend back in Scottsdale whose parents live about 45 minutes away from the course. So, I called them, and they were nice enough to let me stay for the night. It is really nice of them, and awesome to have a place to stay. I’ll hopefully get some sleep and then pack up and head back to the course early tomorrow morning. PGATOUR.COM: Do you mentally prepare yourself for a playoff, or do you now tell yourself your score will not hold up in order to take away some of the disappointment if it doesn’t? Flavin: I always think it’s better to go in thinking and preparing that you are going to play. Especially in this case, I would absolutely love to have a chance to get into a playoff. I think there is no cooler, more exciting feeling than a Monday qualifier playoff. It’s so pressure-packed because it’s either get in or go home. I would love the opportunity. … Assuming I am going to play gives me the chance to mentally prepare for that moment. That can also be tough if I don’t make it, but I have to think what’s best for me. PGATOUR.COM: There is no live scoring at Monday qualifiers, and there are a lot of players left on the course. Did you ask friends still out there about whether anyone was playing well? Flavin: The only guy I talked to was Nick Hardy, one of my best friends. He texted me and said it was playing really tough and he’d be surprised if anyone beat two under. There are guys that have seven or so holes left, so you never know. In general, I try to stay away from that stuff; when I see scores posted, I’ll know. I’ll just wait and see. Hanging out in the car all day just watching scores come in isn’t the most fun thing in the world, but it’s better than not having any chance at all. PGATOUR.COM: What is the plan tomorrow morning? Are you going to watch scores come in from where you are staying, or get to the course and watch them come in live? Flavin: I am going to get to the course pretty early. I will get there and talk to the guys running the event and see what they are thinking as far as timing of the playoff, if there is one. I just like to be at the course and be prepared. Last year at the Waste Management Monday they told me a playoff would be in 30 minutes and 10 minutes later they were calling us to the tee. It was a good lesson to be ready. PGATOUR.COM: Are you going to get any sleep tonight? Flavin: Yeah, I am really tired. Today was a grind with the weather, so I think I’ll sleep really good. Notes NOTABLE MISSES: Davis Riley 71, Sahith Theegala 72, Ricky Barnes 73, Josh Teater 75 COURSE INFO Bear Creek Golf Club, Par 72, 7,065 yards, 75.3 rating, 143 slope 2020-2021 SEASON MONDAY QUALIFIER STATS Average Medalist score: 64.2 Average last qualifying spot score: 66.5 Total number of cuts made: 13 of 35 (37.1%) Most recent results (Sony Open): Nick Hardy T14, Andres Gonzales MC, In-hoi Hur MC, MJ Daffue MC Money earned: $453,368 Best Finish: MJ Daffue T12, Sanderson Farms NEXT MONDAY QUALIFIER Feb. 1: Waste Management Phoenix Open, McCormick Ranch Golf Club NOTES FROM OTHER TOURS: The Korn Ferry Tour season starts at the Lecom Suncoast Classic, Feb. 18. Click here for the link to the full schedule.

 

27 Jan 2021


How to watch Farmers Insurance Open, Round 1: Live leaderboard, tee times, TV times

Play opens today at the Farmers Insurance Open. The strong field includes Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Matthew Wolff, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth. Here's everything you need to know to follow the action. Leaderboard Full tee times HOW TO FOLLOW Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday, 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS). Sunday, 1-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 3-6:30 p.m. ET (CBS). PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. (Featured Groups), Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes), Sunday, 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Featured Groups), 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (Featured Holes) 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 Marc Leishman, Jason Day, Jon Rahm Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Matthew Wolff Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth Click here for the Featured Groups roundtable MUST READS Expert Picks Power Rankings The First Look Johnson out, Mack III in Insider: Leishman gets back to his artistic ways Tiger talkes from Torrey Pines

 

27 Jan 2021


PGA TOUR integrates odds-based content into TOUR digital platforms

The PGA TOUR is now providing fans access to betting odds and betting-related content via TOUR Digital platforms starting this week at the Farmers Insurance Open. Fans in the United States who choose to navigate to these features will have the option on both desktop and mobile web to view “To Win” market odds, sourced from each of the TOUR’s Official Betting Operator partners. During the launch and through the first quarter, odds will be available on a new Odds Leaderboard on PGATOUR.com, as well as player pages and the interactive TOURCast platform. Odds-based head-to-head features will continue to be shown on PGA TOUR LIVE. This represents the first phase of odds integration. The PGA TOUR app is due to release specific odds offerings next month. In the meantime, fans can currently access the odds data from the app using the “More” menu to access mobile web data. The TOUR will likely see the addition of different markets in the future including single round offerings and player matchups. “This is another small step in our evolving sports betting strategy,” Norb Gambuzza, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President, Media and Gaming said. “We are extremely excited to move forward by bringing this betting content to those of our fans interested in the new, ever-expanding world of sports betting.” Washington, DC and 25 states have now legalized sports betting, with 20 jurisdictions already operational meaning around 45%, or 115 million, of American adults now live in a jurisdiction where wagering on sports is legal. Golf betting has seen a significant rise the last few years. In addition to Official Betting Operator partnerships with Draftkings, PointsBet, BetMGM and Fanduel, the TOUR has also recently joined forces with the American Gaming Association (AGA) and is currently developing content that encourages its fans to “Know When to Lay Up” and bet responsibly. The co-branded responsible gaming initiative will live as part of the AGA’s – Have A Game Plan.® Bet Responsibly – public service campaign. As part of the campaign, the TOUR will promote responsible gaming messaging on social and digital platforms along with public service announcements that will air on PGA TOUR Radio. “A key pillar of the PGA TOUR’s sports betting strategy is responsible gaming and ensuring our fans are equipped with the appropriate resources so they are properly prepared and educated,” Scott Warfield, VP of Gaming at the PGA TOUR, said. “By aligning with the American Gaming Association in support of its Have A Game Plan campaign we’re able to align our efforts and provide a consistent message focused on responsible gaming.”

 

27 Jan 2021


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