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Wild starts derail Rahm, McIlroy, Palmer at Farmers Open

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SAN DIEGO -- With one hand on his putter, Rory McIlroy tapped in for bogey seconds after an errant putt on his second hole. Two holes later, the 30-year-old from Northern Ireland slammed his driver into the tee box after his drive hooked toward the Pacific Ocean.

It was that kind of morning for the No. 2 ranked player in the world -- and he had...Read more

Patrick Reed handles ups, downs to stay in Farmers contention

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SAN DIEGO -- Patrick Reed's third round at the Farmers Insurance Open was eventful to say the least.

No problem. Reed is used to drama.

The 29-year-old Reed's path to 2-under 70 on Torrey Pines South on Saturday included one double bogey, four bogeys and eight birdies. He is 8 under through 54 holes and tied for seventh in search of his best ...Read more

In his adopted hometown, Rahm has shot at second Farmers Open title

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SAN DIEGO -- It's becoming more than a warm-and-fuzzy story about a Spaniard who fell in love with a woman, and then a city.

Jon Rahm has adopted San Diego as his third hometown, behind Barrika, Spain, where he was born, and Phoenix, where he played golf at Arizona State and met his wife.

He proposed to Kelley, an Arizona native and regular ...Read more

Farmers Scene & Heard: Want to get in on the action? Head to the eighth hole.

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SAN DIEGO -- Jesse Esparza, his brother Alex and buddies Steve Capps and Van Wordlaw staked out spots Saturday morning at Torrey Pines near the South Course's eighth green well before any golfers took the tee on the par-3 hole.

Esparza and crew were along the rope line, maybe 30 feet right of the flagstick.

And there they would be -- all day ...Read more

Woods can't stoke hot start, needs strange twist to win in Farmers

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SAN DIEGO -- It was something of a mirage, Tiger Woods' early charge in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday.

Going off 11 groups in front of the threesome of leaders on the Torrey Pines South Course, Woods stirred a buzz by shooting a front nine of 4-under 32, and at one point he was only two shots off the pace of then-...Read more

Farmers Scene & Heard: Owner of yellow flag, come to the white info booth

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SAN DIEGO -- Spectators lose everything and anything while they're at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.

Cell phones. Wallets. Car keys. Sunglasses. Hats. Jackets. False teeth (don't laugh, it's happened).

You name it.

"To me, finding the single credit card is unusual, but who am I to judge?" said Kathy Lam, a Rancho Penasquitos ...Read more

Ryan Palmer scorches Torrey North for 62 to take two-shot lead in Farmers Open

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SAN DIEGO -- In the renovation of the Torrey Pines North Course a few years ago, a nice addition was mounding behind the 18th green that provides a stadium effect for spectators.

Fans took advantage of it in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open when the big galleries following Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy arrived. There were no ...Read more

Phil Mickelson misses second consecutive cut to start year

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SAN DIEGO -- Phil Mickelson walked out of the scorer's room Friday afternoon at the Farmers Insurance Open, politely informed the autograph hounds gathered outside that he needed to hit on the range before breaking out his Sharpie and disappeared with coach Andrew Getson for over an hour.

There was much work to be done.

Just not for this ...Read more

Woods recovers from shaky start to open Farmers with solid 69

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SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods got the kindest of draws for the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday.

He was part of the quarter of the field that began their tournament on arguably the most benign three-hole stretch at the 36-hole Torrey Pines golf complex.

Previously the opening holes on the North Course, until Tom Weiskopf's ...Read more

Better late than never as 29-year-old rookie Sebastian Cappelen starts fast at Farmers

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SAN DIEGO -- Sebastian Cappelen likely figured he was on the fast track toward earning his PGA Tour card in the summer of 2014. The four-time All-American had just wrapped up a decorated career at Arkansas, joined what's now called the Korn Ferry Tour and won his first event as a pro.

The next win didn't come for another five years.

Today, ...Read more

Farmers Insurance Open notes: Spectators do the darnedest things

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SAN DIEGO -- Over nearly 25 years, we've pretty much seen it all when it comes to the galleries that accompany Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.

So while the four teenagers who followed Woods in Thursday's opening round stood out in the crowd wearing bright orange tiger suits, it's doubtful Tiger's diary will include a...Read more

Skin cancer prevention on Joel Dahmen's bucket list

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SAN DIEGO -- It's easy to be anonymous when Tiger Woods is your playing partner.

Joel Dahmen found himself in such a situation two years ago when he was paired with Woods in the third round of the Quicken Loans National.

So how is it that Dahmen went viral that day on social media?

It was a bucket hat, of all things.

"It was like 'who's this...Read more

Tiger Woods shares Torrey Pines spotlight with San Diego Police officer

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SAN DIEGO -- For 18 years, San Diego Police Officer Debbie Ganley has had inside-the-ropes access at the Farmers Insurance Open, spending much of her time managing the craziness that surrounds Tiger Woods.

On Wednesday, Ganley was part of the show.

When Woods reached the 18th tee at Torrey Pines South during his pro-am round, Ganley -- in full...Read more

Woods downplays quest for win No. 83, but everyone else is buzzing about it

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SAN DIEGO -- Farmers Insurance Open CEO Marty Gorsich has to think about it, even if Tiger Woods chooses not to.

If Woods were to get into serious contention this weekend and have a shot to become the all-time wins leader on the PGA Tour, Gorsich's world would be turned upside down.

Consider, Gorsich says, the powerful people and celebrities ...Read more

Ugly c-word likely to follow Patrick Reed all the way to Masters

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There are few words in the golfing vernacular more loathsome than "cheater." Although "shank," "snowman," "fore" and "looks like drinks are on you" come close.

Other sports, of course, deal with scofflaws seeking unfair advantage. Baseball has its sign-stealers. Football has its Patriots. The Olympics has its Russians. In many corners, these ...Read more

Tiger Woods commits to Farmers Open seeking new ways to define his career

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SAN DIEGO -- The anticipation has never waned for Tiger Woods' first competitive start of the PGA Tour season.

It was considerable last year in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines when Woods was coming off a stirring victory in the 2018 Tour Championship.

It will be no less exciting in two weeks, when Woods returns to San Diego's ...Read more

Top-ranked Brooks Koepka commits to play Honda Classic

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- West Palm Beach native and top-ranked Brooks Koepka has committed to play in the Honda Classic, which runs Feb. 27-March 1 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.

Koepka holds the No. 1 spot in the world player rankings, ahead of Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Spain's Jon Rahm.

Last season, the Cardinal ...Read more