Monday, January 29, 2018

 Unfinished play-off will resume at sixth hole

2018 Farmers Insurance Open
(The 12th of 44 events in the PGA TOUR Season)

San Diego, Calif.                  Jan. 25-28, 2018              Purse: $6,900,000 ($1,242,000 to the winner)         
Torrey Pines Golf Course                                            500 FedExCup points to winner
South Course (Host)                                                      Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,698
North Course                                                                 Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,258

PARTIAL Final-Round Notes – Sunday, January 28, 2018

Weather: Sunny. High of 80. Wind NNE 12-18 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 5:34 p.m. PT after the fifth hole of the sudden-death playoff. Alex Noren and Jason Day will resume the playoff at 8:00 a.m. PT Monday, and they will play Nos. 18, 16, 17, 18, as necessary.

Alex Noren             70-66-69-73 – 278 (-10)
Jason Day              73-64-71-70 – 278 (-10)
Ryan Palmer^         66-67-73-72 – 278 (-10)
J.B. Holmes            70-72-65-72 – 279 (-9)
Keegan Bradley     70-69-71-70 – 280 (-8)

^First playoff hole (No. 18): Noren and Day made birdie, Palmer made par and was eliminated.
Second playoff hole (No. 18): Noren and Day made birdie.
Third playoff hole (No. 16): Noren and Day made par.
Fourth playoff hole (No. 17): Noren and Day made par.
Fifth playoff hole (No. 18): Noren and Day made birdie.

Other Asian Scores
Hideki Matsuyama 72-69-73-69 – 283 (-5)
Si Woo Kim             71-71-74-71 – 287 (-1)
C.T. Pan                  70-70-68-79 – 287 (-1)
Sung Kang              72-71-75-77 – 295 (+7)

Playoff Notes
This is the 17th playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open and first since Jason Day prevailed in a four-man playoff in 2015.

In 50 years of the event being played at Torrey Pines, this is just the third playoff to last three holes or more.
  • 2001 – Phil Mickelson def. Frank Lickliter II and Davis Love III (three holes)
  • 1985 – Woody Blackburn def. Ron Streck (four holes)

The playoff is the fifth this season and third in a row.
  • THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES – Justin Thomas def. Marc Leishman with a birdie 4 on the second extra hole.
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – Patrick Cantlay def. Alex Cejka and Whee Kim with a par 4 on the second extra hole.
  • Sony Open in Hawaii – Patton Kizzire def. James Hahn with a par 3 on the sixth extra hole.
  • CareerBuilder Challenge – Jon Rahm def. Andrew Landry with a birdie 3 on the fourth extra hole.
  • Farmers Insurance Open – TBD

The last time there were three straight playoffs on the PGA TOUR was in 2015 (Travelers Championship, The Greenbrier Classic, John Deere Classic).

The last time there was an unscheduled Monday finish was at the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Playoff records in stroke-play events:
  • Jason Day: 1-1 (Note: Day also won the 2014 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in a five-hole playoff)
  • Alex Noren: This is his first playoff
  • Ryan Palmer: 0-3

Jason Day
Day is looking for his first win since THE PLAYERS Championship in 2016. In all, he has 10 PGA TOUR victories.

On Sunday, Day was two groups ahead of the final threesome, comprised of Alex Noren, Ryan Palmer and J.B. Holmes. When Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2015, he started the final round T8 and trailed by two, and he played in the fourth-to-last group.

Day is looking to become the ninth player to win the Farmers Insurance Open more than once:
  • 7 – Tiger Woods (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013)
  • 3 – Phil Mickelson (1993, 2000, 2001)
  • 2 – Tommy Bolt (1953, 1955)
  • 2 – Arnold Palmer (1957, 1961)
  • 2 – Steve Pate (1988, 1992)
  • 2 – J.C. Snead (1975, 1976)
  • 2 – Brandt Snedeker (2012, 2016)
  • 2 – Tom Watson (1977, 1980)

Alex Noren
Noren is looking to become the 10th player from Sweden to win on the PGA TOUR, and the first since Henrik Stenson won the 2017 Wyndham Championship.
  • Henrik Stenson (6 wins)
  • Jesper Parenvik (5)
  • Carl Pettersson (5)
  • Jonas Blixt (3)
  • Daniel Chopra (2)
  • Gabriel Hjertstedt (2)
  • Fredrick Jacobson (1)
  • Richard S. Johnson (1)
  • David Lingmerth (1)

This was the second time Noren has played in Sunday’s final group. The first time came at the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship; he closed with a 77 and finished T31.

Noren is a nine-time winner on the European Tour and is currently No. 19 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Final-Round Lead and Scoring Notes
Since 2000, on just five occasions has a player converted a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory at the Farmers Insurance Open; Tiger Woods (2003, 2008, 2013), John Daly (2004) and Phil Mickelson (2000). Noren was the 54-hole leader.
Through 11 events in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season, six players have converted a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory, most recently Dustin Johnson at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Only 11 players were under-par on Sunday, and the field average was 74.779. Since 2000, it was the tournament’s third-highest Sunday scoring average, with the highest being 2016 (77.901) and second-highest being 2008 (74.788).

The average of 74.779 is the second-highest single-round scoring average this season. The highest came in the third round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES (74.792 / +2.792).

Other Asian Players’ Notes
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama shot a closing 3-under-par 69 to finish T12 on 5-under 283. Starting the final round from the 10th tee, he carded birdies on the 10th, 12th and 18th holes before dropping a shot on the third hole. His birdies on 10 and 12 were from 21 feet and 24 feet respectively. He ended his day with a 11-foot birdie conversion on the par five ninth hole to enjoy his best career finish in the Farmers Insurance Open. His previous best was T16 in 2014. Prior to this week, Matsuyama played in four tournaments in the 2017-18 Season, enjoying top-five finishes in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, Hero World Challenge and Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Starting the final round in T5 position and three shots off the lead, Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan shot a closing 79 to finish T35. He started his day with an opening birdie but his hopes were dashed when he ran up a quintuple bogey 8 on the par three third hole. He carded two more birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey in the final round.

Ryan Palmer
Palmer birdied the final hole of regulation to cap off a final-round 72 and earn a spot in the three-man playoff. It was his third career playoff on the PGA TOUR, and first since he lost to Russell Henley at the 2014 Honda Classic.

Since 2011, Palmer has the most top-five finishes on the PGA TOUR without a victory.

Top Fives
Ryan Palmer
Charles Howell III
Paul Casey
Robert Garrigus
Louis Oosthuizen

Palmer began the 2017-18 season on a Major Medical Extension, with six events available to earn the necessary 29 points to equal No. 125 J.J. Henry's 365-point total from the 2016-17 FedExCup points list. In his second start of the season last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, he finished T20 and earned 37.55 points, so he has retained full eligibility through the end of the season.

Tiger Woods
In his first official PGA TOUR start since the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open, Woods carded rounds of 72-71-70-72 – 285 and finished T23.

He has failed to break 70 in his last seven official rounds. The last time he shot in the 60s was in the third round of the 2015 Wyndham Championship (68).

On the week, Woods hit 17 fairways, the fewest in his career in a 72-hole tournament.
  • 17 of 56 – 2018 Farmers Insurance Open (T23)
  • 20 of 56 – 2004 TOUR Championship (2nd)
  • 21 of 56 – 2010 PGA Championship (T28)
  • 21 of 56 – 2005 TOUR Championship (2nd)

Woods’ stats:
  • R1 (South) – 8 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 31 putts.
  • R2 (North) – 3 of 14 fairways, 9 of 18 greens in regulation, 24 putts.
  • R3 – 3 of 14 fairways, 9 of 18 greens in regulation, 26 putts.
  • R4 – 3 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 29 putts.
  • Total – 17 of 56 fairways, 42 of 72 greens in regulation, 110 putts.

Jon Rahm
Defending champion Jon Rahm carded a final-round 77 and finished T29. After moving to 10-under with a birdie on No. 10 on Saturday, he played his final 26 holes in 8-over and made eight bogeys, one double bogey and two birdies.

Rahm’s 5-over 77 was his highest score (total and in relation to par) since he shot 7-over 77 in the second round of the 2017 World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational.

Rahm’s weekend scores of 75-77 – 152 is the second-highest 36-hole total of his PGA TOUR career. His high score in consecutive rounds is 72-82 – 154 in the second and third rounds of the 2017 PLAYERS Championship.

It is only the third time Rahm has carded two over-par rounds on the weekend. He shot 73-75 at the 2017 Masters, and he shot 73-75 at The Open Championship in 2016.

Additional Player Notes
Two players shot 3-under 69, the day’s best rounds. Hideki Matsuyama shot 69 and finished T12 at 5-under, and Charles Howell III shot 69 and finished T6 at 7-under.

Keegan Bradley shot a final-round 70 and finished fifth, his second-straight top-five at the Farmers Insurance Open. He was the only player in the field to record four rounds under par.

Abraham Ancer was the only player to record a bogey-free round on Sunday. He shot 2-under 70 and improved from T44 to T20.

Michael Kim, a graduate of nearby Torrey Pines High School, carded a final-round 78 and finished T23. Kim was 10-under with eight holes to play, but he fell off the pace after making double bogey on Nos. 11 and 12.

Seven past champions are in the field:

Jon Rahm
68-66-75-77 – 286 (-2)
Brandt Snedeker
72-71-74-71 – 288 (E)
Jason Day
73-64-71-70 – 278 (-10)
Scott Stallings
75-71 – 146 (+2)
Tiger Woods
72-71-70-72 – 285 (-3)
Nick Watney
69-73-70-79 – 291 (+3)
Phil Mickelson
70-68-76-74 – 288 (E)

Scoring Averages:      R1              R2              R3              R4              Cumulative
South Course               71.615       72.667       72.208       74.779       72.817
North Course                71.308       71.513       -                 -                 71.410

Hardest/Easiest Holes (Final Round)
Hardest (South) – Par-4, No. 12 and Par-4, No. 14 (4.481)
Easiest (South) – Par-5, No. 9 (4.653)

Bogey-free rounds:
R1 – Ryan Palmer (South – 66), Ted Potter Jr. (South – 66), Rory Sabbatini (North – 68), Nick Watney (South – 69), Peter Uihlein (North – 68)

R2 – Jason Day (North – 64), Cameron Smith (South – 68), Jon Rahm (North – 66), Kevin Streelman (North – 68), Beau Hossler (North – 68)

R3 – Justin Rose (69), Beau Hossler (69)

R4 – Abraham Ancer (70)



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