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Good day for Jason Day puts him in final group for final round of Farmers Insurance Open

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SAN DIEGO — Jason Day was asked Friday at Torrey Pines to describe the past three years of his life professionally.

You know, sum up in a sentence or two the absence of victories on the PGA Tour, the chronic back pain stretching into a second decade and the thoughts creeping into your head that your best golf may be behind you.

Describe that...Read more

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Will Zalatoris climbs Farmers leaderboard with longer driver and heavier physique

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SAN DIEGO — Will Zalatoris pulled his tee shot left on the par-3 11th hole at Torrey Pines South, the ball disappearing into rough just above a bunker. The pin was tucked five paces from the left edge of the green, which ran away from him.

In other words, death.

“That’s a shot that (if) you’re having an up-and-down contest with your ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Change to Farmers' schedule initially 'upset' title sponsor, but likely to stay

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SAN DIEGO — When the NFL expanded its season to 17 games this season, it essentially held the Farmers Insurance Open aloft by the ankles and shook the PGA Tour event until everything in its pockets spilled out.

Down to the lint.

Instead of its cozy spot, an open week before the Super Bowl, the tournament found itself positioned to be crushed...Read more

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Farmers Scene & Heard: Tournament CEO explains changes in ticket policies

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SAN DIEGO — Word on Wednesday that crowds were down — at least in the early hours — for the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open generated some reader response.

Mainly grumbling about ticket prices for the event at Torrey Pines.

"A big reason the fans are low I suspect is that they didn't let local youth groups sell the $35 ...Read more

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Birdie binge gives Adam Schenk a share of 36-hole lead at Farmers Insurance Open

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SAN DIEGO — If anyone is comfortable on grass — long, short or something in between — it should be Adam Schenk.

He grew up on a sod farm in Vincennes, Ind., where Zoysia, fescue and bluegrass — as well as beans, corn and wheat — were among the cash crops on the family's 1,500 acres.

What does he remember most about farm life?

"A lot...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Canadians etch PGA Tour history half-century in making at Farmers

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SAN DIEGO — When you think of Canadian golfers on the PGA Tour, the first name that pops up is 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir. Older diehards might come up with George Knudson, another eight-time winner from the 1960s and early '70s.

The next? Good luck.

Canada is known for chasing hockey pucks and pumping out fish the size of Mini Coopers....Read more

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Farmers notes: Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas set up for weekend duel

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SAN DIEGO — A former world No. 1 is getting acclimated pretty quickly this week at Torrey Pines. The current No. 1 looks as comfortable as ever here.

Justin Thomas fired a 9-under 63 Thursday on the North Course to move to 13-under 131 through the first two days of the Farmers Insurance Open, good for a share of the lead with Adam Schenk and ...Read more

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Farmers Scene & Heard: Can't stand all the walking around? Pull up a chair.

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SAN DIEGO — Mark Twain famously called golf a good walk spoiled.

Tiring, too.

The South Course at Torrey Pines played 7,695 yards Thursday from the first tee to the 18th green. That amounts to nearly 4 1/2 miles (not including side trips into the rough) of walking. And standing.

Most spectators don’t bring chairs with them, so tired legs ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Noise around Farmers champ Patrick Reed overshadows immense talent

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The thing with PGA Tour player Patrick Reed, a short-game wizard operating on the shortest of golfing leashes, is that the doubts and denials far too routinely outflank the impressive polish of his game.

Think back to 2021, when he cruised to a five-stroke win in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He stiff-armed challengers, fought ...Read more

Dustin Johnson returns to Farmers Insurance Open with sunny disposition

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SAN DIEGO — Dustin Johnson may be the only person on the planet who associates San Diego with bad weather.

For good reason.

"The last few times I played here was some of the worst weather I think I've ever played in," said Johnson, who returns to the Farmers Insurance Open for the first time in five years. "It's not a fun course to play in ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Rise of world No. 1 Jon Rahm forever intertwined with Torrey Pines

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SAN DIEGO — In golf, Jon Rahm is the ultimate blue-chip stock. Hefty expectations are backed up by a never-ending string of bankable returns.

He contends along the West Coast, along with the East. He contends in the Midwest and the South. He contends in the desert. He contends at the majors, owning Top 4s in all — including a win at the ...Read more

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The hard lessons of a father have been passed on to John Daly II

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — He occasionally hears wisecracks from the gallery but learned long ago how to tune them out. When you’ve grown up on the edge of celebrity, the world is filled with background noise.

He may carry his father’s name and is chasing his father’s dream, but the comparisons between John Daly and John Daly II are ...Read more

Trump golf resort reaches settlement deal with PGA over canceled tournament

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Former President Donald Trump’s real estate company has settled a dispute with the PGA over the pro golf group’s decision to scrap a marquee tournament that was scheduled to be staged at his New Jersey resort.

Eric Trump, a top Trump Organization official, Tuesday announced the deal in a joint press release with the PGA. The terms of the ...Read more

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Tiger, Charlie Woods' back-nine charge comes up short at PNC Championship

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Wearing Sunday red and making a back-nine charge is nothing new to Tiger Woods.

This time he brought his son, Charlie, along for the ride.

With the pedal to the metal, father and son reeled off 11 straight birdies to nearly reach the winners’ circle — a well-worn spot for the pairing’s elder statesman. Team Woods ultimately ran out of ...Read more

Tiger Woods' return to PNC Father-Son Challenge with 12-year-old Charlie 'a blast' for golf legend

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When it comes to Tiger Woods, longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay has seen it all — and often with the best view in the house.

Mackay, like everyone else in golf, wondered if he’d ever get a chance to watch Woods out on the course again after a horrific single-car accident shattered his lower right leg a little less than 10 months ago.

...Read more

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Dennis Young: Tiger Woods won't say how he crashed his car

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Tiger Woods spoke to reporters for the first time since his horrifying single-car crash in February, but it would not be accurate to say he answered their questions about what actually happened.

“All those answers have been answered in the investigation,” he said Tuesday morning. “So, you can read about all of that there, in the police ...Read more

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Lee Elder, first Black golfer to play Masters, dies at age 87

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The pioneering Lee Elder, who in 1975 broke the color barrier as the first Black golfer to play in the Masters, died Sunday night at age 87. His death was announced by the PGA Tour and first reported by African American Golfer's Digest.

Elder, who lived in a senior community in Escondido, was honored at Augusta National in April when he joined ...Read more

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$64K question: Did exclusive Charlotte golf club dupe pro baseball player into joining?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Wil Myers is scheduled to make $22.5 million next year to play outfield and first base for the San Diego Padres.

All that money, however, could not buy him tee times at Carmel Country Club.

While Major League Baseball may be shut down in the coming weeks by a labor dispute between team owners and players, the 30-year-old ...Read more

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Tiger Woods returns to golf course after being badly injured in car crash: 'Making progress'

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Tiger Woods is getting back into the swing of things after being badly injured in a February car crash.

Woods shared a video Sunday showing him back on a golf course, where he hit a ball down the fairway.

“Making progress,” Woods captioned the short clip on Twitter.

Woods suffered multiple breaks to his right leg after his SUV smashed ...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: St. Louis got the what? And it's when? Yes, the Presidents Cup is coming in 2030, and it's a big deal.

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ST. LOUIS — At the 2030 Presidents Cup, people currently in middle school will hoist beers and cheer for golfers currently in high school, and even the sitting U.S. president, traditionally invited, could be here in St. Louis, whomever he or she or they may be.

Nine years is a long time from now — will golf carts be hovercrafts by then? —...Read more