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Farmers notes: Jon Rahm surges back into contention

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SAN DIEGO — Jon Rahm bagged his first tour victory at Torrey Pines. He won a major here. Including the 2021 U.S. Open, Rahm’s treks up and down the North and South courses accounts for $5.25 million of his $39.6 million career earnings.

In other words, the 28-year-old Spaniard understood he had a windblown North Course right where he wanted...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Wisecracking, talented golfer Max Homa loves San Diego -- but not the Padres

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SAN DIEGO — It says it right there in the PGA Tour bio of Max Homa: “Favorite city is San Diego.” Now we’re talking. There’s someone near the top of the leaderboard at the hallway point of the Farmers Insurance Open for the locals to wrap their tanned arms around.

No need to build a rooting-interest case for fans zig-zagging the ...Read more

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Wind Ryder: Golfer braves gusts, takes second-round lead at Farmers Insurance Open

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SAN DIEGO — Golfers like to pull a few blades of grass and toss them into the air to gauge the wind before hitting a shot.

That would explain any grass floating in the Pacific Ocean during Thursday’s second round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Santa Ana winds that gusted up to 30 mph at Torrey Pines created conditions that ranged from ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Honoring fallen soldiers through kids, assist from Jack Nicklaus

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What a refreshing respite this day has been; a much-needed reprieve from covering the new Name, Image and Likeness world of Power 5 football, where we have been trained to believe that the value of a college scholarship means virtually nothing.

Don’t you dare spew this nonsense to the recipients of the scholarships awarded by Folds of Honor; ...Read more

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Trio shares lead after up-and-down Farmers first round at Torrey Pines

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SAN DIEGO — Taking the tee for the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open is like arriving for spring training — everyone is brimming with optimism and believes they have a chance to win.

The course hasn’t yet knocked such notions out of them, especially those who start on the relatively easier North Course.

So dare to dream, Sam ...Read more

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Farmers notes: Kyle Westmoreland's ace highlights first round

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SAN DIEGO — Kyle Westmoreland's shot out of the tee box on the par-3 16th hole at Torrey Pines' South Course struck the green maybe 2 feet to the right of the pin. The sidespin carried the ball directly into the cup on a single bounce.

Westmoreland, a 31-year-old Air Force Academy graduate, threw his club in front of him in triumph. His only ...Read more

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Farmers Insurance Open Scene & Heard: Man's course knowledge saves knees, headaches

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SAN DIEGO — Light fog rolled off Torrey Pines State Beach on Wednesday morning, but it was too lazy to climb the bluffs where golfers were teeing off in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Temecula's Scott Passafume was stationed along the ropeline at the South Course's No. 1 tee box as the first few groups got going.

"I'm a big...Read more

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Xander Schauffele ready for challenge that awaits in Farmers Insurance Open

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SAN DIEGO — Among the prizes afforded the Farmers Insurance Open champion is a cool trophy that features a Torrey pine, an even cooler check for $1.5 million and a surfboard with a coolness factor somewhere between the trophy and check.

Xander Schauffele, born and raised in San Diego, is well acquainted with the beach and the waves here, ...Read more

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Jon Rahm has rare opportunity this week at Torrey Pines

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SAN DIEGO — If he is to make history this week on the PGA Tour, Jon Rahm couldn't have picked a better place to do it than the Farmers Insurance Open.

Torrey Pines is a special spot for the Spaniard.

He won the 2021 U.S. Open here. Four years earlier, Rahm captured his first PGA Tour victory with the 2017 Farmers title.

Rahm punctuated that...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Reigning Farmers Insurance Open winner Luke List, Will Zalatoris relive 'bizarre' 2022 finish

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LA QUINTA, Calif. — As Luke List waited more than an hour and a half to find out if he would have a shot at his first PGA Tour victory during last January's Farmers Insurance Open, the stress surely had him in mental and gastronomical knots.

The stomach must have been in full churn as big names like reigning U.S. Open champ Jon Rahm, two-time...Read more

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Golfing icon Annika Sorenstam can't hide passion, toughness at LPGA opener

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Fifteen years ago little did anyone know Annika Sorenstam was set to embark on her final season.

Over the time since her decision shook the world of women’s golf, Sorenstam became a wife, a mother of two and a multifaceted businesswoman. She began a foundation, started a golf academy and in 2022 became host of an LPGA Tour ...Read more

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CW Network will air Saudi-funded LIV Golf events

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The CW has reached a multiyear agreement for the TV rights to LIV Golf events, a deal that will raise the U.S. profile of the controversial Saudi-backed league.

The pact announced Thursday is the first major programming move for the CW under the ownership of Nexstar Media Group, which acquired a majority stake in the network last year.

LIV ...Read more

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LIV Golf planning TV deal with The CW network: reports

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NEW YORK — The Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf League is nearing a TV deal with The CW Network, according to multiple reports.

Though the Saudis poured billions of dollars into the breakaway golf league to lure star talent away from the PGA Tour, they couldn’t secure a television contract for the inaugural season.

But the CW partnership, ...Read more

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Saudi-backed LIV Golf is using PGA suit to get data on 9/11 families, court told

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Saudi Arabia’s LIV Golf is allegedly using its US court fight with rival PGA Tour Inc. to “build an intelligence file” on families of 9/11 victims who have been critical of the kingdom and its new professional golfer’s circuit.

LIV, backed by Saudi Arabia’s $676 billion sovereign wealth fund, last month sued PGA’s public-relations ...Read more

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Augusta National to invite LIV golfers to 2023 Masters

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ATLANTA — Players eligible for the 2023 Masters under Augusta National Golf Club’s criteria, including those currently playing on the LIV Golf tour, will be invited to compete in the major tournament, the club announced Tuesday.

There are 16 players currently playing on LIV Golf who will be part of the Masters field next year, including six...Read more

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Jordan Spieth and dad Shawn among headliners in 1st PNC father-son appearance

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Jordan Spieth’s first PNC Father-Son Challenge appearance is a continuation for the PGA Tour star and the man who introduced him to golf.

Shawn Spieth and his son began playing when he was 8 or 9, but it wasn’t long before Dad offered little competition. Once young Jordan reached juniors, Dad exited stage left and watched ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Don't underestimate the power of sneakers

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LOS ANGELES — I look at people who put ketchup on their eggs the same way I look at the folks who watch golf on TV. Do what you need to do. Just leave me out of it.

I've tried both, and in each case I quickly wanted something else.

Now, in full disclosure, I rarely put ketchup on anything, mainly soggy fries, so it's not really about the ...Read more

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Blessed by Trump, snubbed by TV, LIV Golf bets future on team format

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Donald Trump stepped up to the tee at the first hole at the Trump National Doral, drove his ball down the fairway and gazed back at the crowd behind him. “Can Biden do that?” Trump asked. “I don’t think so!”

As his round continued, Trump fans shouted words of encouragement at the former president. “Keep up the fight for America!” ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Farmers Insurance Open has not 'lost any sleep' over jarring PGA Tour change

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SAN DIEGO — No one could blame PGA Tour stops like San Diego's Farmers Insurance Open for sounding internal alarm bells amid reports of the PGA Tour increasing purse sizes at select tournaments and requiring elite players to play in those.

The Farmers isn't panicking, though. Not yet, anyway.

In the wake of a Golf Digest story explaining how...Read more

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LIV Golf's controversial inaugural season comes to an end in Doral. What's next for league?

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The most lucrative event of LIV Golf’s inaugural season came to an end on Sunday in Doral. It was also the final event of the controversial Saudi Arabia-funded league’s season.

When it was done, the total prize pool for the eight events — including individual bonuses — during LIV’s first season stood at $255 million.

This weekend�...Read more