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The first PGA TOUR event of the year featuring both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson is done. And yet it's Bubba Watson who has claimed the Farmers Insurance Open.
Watson used his prodigious length off the tee to put himself in favorable positions all day — he used a pitching wedge for a second shot to the green on one par 5 — and birdied all four of the par 5s on the Torrey Pines course. He added two other birdies and a bogey for a five-under 67 in his final round.
Watson finished his round with a 16-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that moved him to 16 under 272 for the tournament and helped him stay ahead of Phil Mickelson, despite Mickelson finishing with a birdie to move to 15 under.
Watson, whose father died after a battle with throat cancer last year, teared up in a post-round interview while saying hello to his mother.
Dustin Johnson finished third, one shot back of Mickelson.
Rookie Jhonattan Vegas, who finished fourth, is now atop the FedEx Cup rankings after a strong early season. He is the first rookie to do so.
Tiger Woods' first final round of 2011 is also his first over-par final round of 2011. So Tiger's back! (To being the Tiger Woods of 2010, anyway.)
Woods followed up going out in one-over 37 by going in in two-over 38 to finish with a three-over 75 for the final round. His back nine featured one birdie and three bogeys, and ended with a missed birdie putt on the par 5 18th hole.
Woods' final round was plagued by struggles on par 4s. He bogeyed five of them, parred three, and birdied just one for a cumulative four-over performance.
And his traditional strength — performance on par 5s — seems to have deserted him. He parred all four of the par 5s on Sunday.
Woods could still well compete for major titles this year. But it's likely that he'll need much better performances than he turned in on this Sunday to do so.
And it's unclear whether he still has those sorts of rounds in his arsenal.
Tiger Woods will not be opening his 2011 season with a win.
His final round at the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open didn't get the jump start it needed on the front nine for Tiger to have any chance of catching Phil Mickelson and the rest of the leaders.
Woods went out in one-over 37, dropping his score for the tournament from four under to three under. That actually increased Woods' eight-shot deficit entering the final round, and would have been a tough task for the old Woods to overcome.
That's because Tiger's never won a PGA TOUR event after trailing by six or more shots entering the final round, a streak that has led many to question his ability to do anything but come from ahead in tournaments.
Woods bogeyed the par 4 fourth and sixth holes on the Torrey Pines course, and birdied the par 3 eighth. He played the two par 5s, traditionally his strength because of his length off the tee and exceptional iron play, in even par.
Phil Mickelson remains tied for the lead in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at 12-under, though he’s been joined by Bubba Watson after a slip by Bill Haas. Tiger Woods fell to a tie for 33rd by shooting a pair of bogeys on his front nine. Woods is 3-under with five holes to go at Torrey Pines.
Mickelson followed a bogey on hole three with a birdie on hole four, while Watson has shot four pars plus a birdie on hole three.
Haas stumbled on holes one and four, bogeying each.
The tournament looks like it will shape up as a showdown between Mickelson and Watson. The elder Mickelson has been consistent throughout the event, while Watson has been streaky, bouncing from 71 strokes to 65 in rounds one and two.
Tee times have been announced for the final round of action at Torrey Pines. The final three-man group in Round 4 will be comprised of tournament co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Bill Haas, as well as Hunter Mahan, who sits one stroke behind. (More on the leaderboard here.)
Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods figures to be an early attraction, as he stands in a tie for 24th and is among the first on the first tee to hit the course on Sunday morning. Here is the full slate of tee times (all times Eastern):
|Torrey Pines (South Course) Tee #1|
|10:15 am||Mickelson, Phil||Haas, Bill||Mahan, Hunter|
|10:05 am||Watson, Bubba||Kim, Anthony||Vegas, Jhonattan|
|9:55 am||Points, D.A.||Snedeker, Brandt||Sutherland, Kevin|
|9:45 am||Johnson, Dustin||Fowler, Rickie||Jacobson, Fredrik|
|9:35 am||Adams, Blake||Leishman, Marc||Mayfair, Billy|
|9:25 am||Crane, Ben||Duval, David||Walker, Jimmy|
|9:15 am||Yang, Y.E.||Bradley, Keegan||Levin, Spencer|
|9:05 am||Gillis, Tom||Perez, Pat||Durant, Joe|
|8:55 am||Jobe, Brandt||Miller, Zack||Glover, Lucas|
|8:45 am||Stanley, Kyle||Johnson, Richard S.||Stankowski, Paul|
|8:35 am||Howell III, Charles||Herron, Tim||Matteson, Troy|
|8:25 am||Steele, Brendan||Woods, Tiger||Chalmers, Greg|
|8:15 am||Davis, Brian||Daly, John||Martin, Ben|
|8:05 am||Haas, Hunter||Gutschewski, Scott||Paolucci, Anthony*|
Torrey Pines (South Course) Tee #10
|8:05 am||Gates, Bobby||Lunde, Bill||Brigman, D.J.|
|8:15 am||Cink, Stewart||Lovemark, Jamie||Villegas, Camilo|
|8:25 am||Holmes, J.B.||Rose, Justin||Ridings, Tag|
|8:35 am||Singh, Vijay||Kirk, Chris||Appleby, Stuart|
|8:45 am||Wi, Charlie||Jones, Matt||Mathis, David|
|8:55 am||Couch, Chris||Piller, Martin||Thompson, Michael|
|9:05 am||Choi, K.J.||Gomez, Fabian||Tringale, Cameron|
|9:15 am||Henry, J.J.||Watney, Nick||Woodland, Gary|
|9:25 am||Sabbatini, Rory||Bowditch, Steven||Willis, Garrett|
|9:35 am||Reavie, Chez||Goydos, Paul||Prugh, Alex|
|9:45 am||Kang, Sunghoon||Teater, Josh||Cabrera, Angel|
|9:55 am||Lyle, Jarrod||Gore, Jason|
|10:05 am||Pettersson, Carl||Weir, Mike|
Bill Haas entered Round 3 of the Farmers Insurance Open with the lead. On Saturday at Torrey Pines, Phil Mickelson rallied to take a share of it.
Mickelson continued to play the same consistently solid golf he displayed in the first two rounds of the tournament. On the fourth hole, he recorded only his fourth bogey of the tournament, but he more than compensated for it with birdies on the first, third, seventh, ninth, abnd 16th holes.
His 4-under day moved him into a tie for the Farmers Insurance Open lead with Bill Haas, who shot 1-under in Round 3. The two stand at 12-under, with Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson sitting one stroke behind. Mickelson is looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2010 Masters, while Haas is on the hunt for his third career win on the circuit. Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods, meanwhile, has faded from contention.
Here is how the top of the leaderboard looks at the conclusion of Round 3:
T1. Phil Mickelson (-12)
T1. Bill Haas
T3. Hunter Mahan (-11)
T3. Bubba Watson
5. Anthony Kim (-10)
6. Jhonattan Vegas (-9)
7. Six tied (-7)
13. Four tied (-6)
17. Seven tied (-5)
24. 15 tied (-4)
Tiger Woods is on a quest to win his first PGA Tour event since September of 2009, but the noted golf enthusiast is struggling once again. After starting the Farmers Insurance Open with two 3-under rounds, Woods posted a 2-over Round 3 at Torrey Pines on Saturday.
Woods bogeyed three of his first five holes, but at least managed to mitigate the damage through the back nine. He stands at 4-under for the tournament, which sent him to the clubhouse in a crowded 14-way tie for 24th place. Had he been able to keep the 3-under pace he set in Rounds 1 and 2, he would sit in a tie for third.
With only one round left to play, and with such a crowded field, Woods' hopes of finally winning his 72nd PGA Tour event are slim at best. He currently stands nine strokes behind Bill Haas, who remains the tournament leader.
Midway through Round 3 at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods has stumbled out of the gate. After posting 3-under days in Rounds 1 and 2, Woods scored bogeys in three of his first five holes.
Woods finished the front nine at 2-over. In Round 2, he started well with birdies on the third through sixth holes, but he bogeyed the second, third, and fifth in Round 3 before recovering with birdies on the sixth and ninth.
As Tiger enters the back nine at Torrey Pines, he stands at 5-under for the tournament, bringing him into a nine-way tie for 21st place. The leaderboard is very tight, though, as Woods is still only separated from the tournament leaders by five strokes. Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Bill Haas currently share the lead at 10-under.
On Saturday, Round 3 of the Farmers Insurance Open commences, and at the moment, players near the bottom of the leaderboard are already on the course. Bill Haas, who stands as the tournament leader at 11-under, is paired with Anthony Kim (9-under). Phil Mickelson, in a seven-way tie for third, will tee off with Rickie Fowler, and in a tie for 12th place, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods will pair up with Venezuela's Jhonnatan Vegas.
Here are the tee times for the golfers near the top of the leaderboard at Torrey Pines. All times given are Eastern; local time is Pacific.
12:50 p.m. - Bill Haas, Anthony Kim, Fredrik Jacobson
12:40 p.m. - Bubba Watson, Phil MIckelson, Rickie Fowler
12:30 p.m. - John Daly, Hunter Mahan, Ben Crane
12:20 p.m. - Brian Davis, Chris Kirk, Dustin Johnson
12:10 p.m. - Kevin Sutherland, Jhonnattan Vegas, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods
12 p.m. - Brendan Steele, Tag Ridings, Billy Mayfair
Round 2 is over at Torrey Pines, and at the end of Friday's action, Bill Haas sits atop the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard. Haas followed up his 5-under performance in Round 1 with a 6-under showing on Friday.
Playing on Torrey Pines' South Course, Haas opened the front nine with three consecutive birdies. Starting on the back nine, Haas more than compensated for bogeys on the 11th and 8th holes. Haas is aiming for the third PGA Tour win of his career.
Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods scored his second consecutive 3-under day. Anthony Kim enjoyed a strong 5-under day, and stands two strokes behind Haas on the leaderboard. Meanwhile, John Daly, who stands at 8-under for the tournament is on the hunt for his first PGA Tour win in nearly seven years. Here is how the top of the leaderboard looks as the tournament enters Round 3:
1. Bill Haas (-11)
2. Anthony Kim (-9)
T3. Fredrik Jacobson (-8)
T3. Bubba Watson
T3. Rickie Fowler
T3. Phil Mickelson
T3. John Daly
T3. Hunter Mahan
T3. Ben Crane
On Friday, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods overcame some early troubles in the back nine at Torrey Pines to move up the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard. Woods penciled four consecutive birdies in the front nine, but then bogeyed the 11th, 14th, and 15th holes. He recovered with birdies on the 16th and 18th holes to finish at 3-under for Round 2.
This puts Woods at 6-under for the tournament, which was good for a tie for 12th place entering the clubhouse. A handful of golfers were still on the course after Woods' day was done. On the leaderboard, he's looking up at Bill Haas, who is five strokes ahead of Woods with an 11-under score.
Woods has 71 career PGA Tour wins to his name, but has not won a PGA event since the BMW Championship in September of 2009. Prior to his slump, he regular dominated the Farmers Insurance Open, having set the tournament record with a 22-under in 1999, and winning the event in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Tiger Woods has charged into contention in the Farmers Insurance Open. Through the first half of his round today at Torrey Pines, he had four straight birdies through holes 3-6, and has yet to bogey a hole. Meanwhile, Americans Anthony Kim and Bill Haas are tied at 10-under and currently lead the field.
Woods is right there, though, along with John Daly, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and a host of others currently sitting at 7-under and three strokes back. And for Woods, the front nine is an encouraging sign. Especially after several missed opportunities for birdie in yesterday's round, his execution looks much improved, and you have to think that bodes well for the rest of his weekend at Torrey Pines.
Stay tuned for continuing updates as we keep you posted on Woods, Daly, Kim, and the rest of the leaders at this year's Farmers Insurance Open.
After a solid 1-under opening round on Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Woods has come out scoring in the second round. He notched four birdies in a row on the front nine and has climbed to 6-under par for the tournament, just four shots back from the lead. Tiger is tied for eighth, but has lost ground to his round two playing partner Anthony Kim, who birdied on four straight holes to start the day putting the American in a tie with Ricky Fowler for second place.
Also capitalizing on his opening round success is John Daly, who is 3-under for the day and 8-under for the tournament through seven holes.
With Tiger and Daly, along with other notable names, looking like they are headed toward a low scoring day, this tournament could be a great one heading into the weekend. Check back in this story stream for more updates to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, and for more PGA coverage, check out SB Nations The Waggle Room.
The second round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines is underway, although the majority of the field, including the leaders and Tiger Woods, are yet to hit the course.
Sunghoon Kang currently sits atop the leaderboard at 8-under. He is set to tee off at 10:20 a.m. PST, along with Chris Kirk at 6-under and Fabian Gomez at 5-under. The two players tied for second place at 7-under — Alex Prugh and Rickie Fowler — will tee of at 8:40 and 9:00 a.m., respectively.
And, of course, there is Tiger Woods, who is playing his first tournament of the 2011 PGA Tour season. He had a strong showing in the first round with a bogey-free 3-under performance. He looks to continue his comeback when he tees off at 10 a.m.
The other big name we’re all interested in is Phil MIchelson, who surged up the leaderboard Thursday afternoon by posting a 5-under. He takes to Torrey Pines at 9 a.m.
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the Farmers Insurance Open. The full leaderboard and tee times can be seen here.
Round one of the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines is in the books, with South Korea’s Sung-hoon Kang holding the early lead at 8-under. He birdied on six holes, eagled on the par-five hole 14, and shot for par on every other hole. This is his second-ever PGA Tournament event; he missed the cut at the Sony Open earlier this month.
Trailing him by one stroke are Americans Alex Prugh and Rickie Fowler, with Chris Kirk close behind at 6-under. The crowd at 5-under includes Phil Mickelson and John Daly, with Anthony Kim and Rory Sabbatini among the 4-under pileup. Tiger Woods is the most noteworthy name at 3-under, though he’s joined by Stewart Cink and Camilo Villegas.
David Duval and Bubba Watson are among the bigger names who’ve shot slightly better than par, while Vijay Singh has broken even and Davis Love III is 1-over at the moment.
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Tiger Woods finished his first round at Torrey Pines since 2008 on the right track, hanging near the top of the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard with a three-under showing. He’s currently tied for 15th place, with a cluster of players leading at six-under. Teeing off Thursday morning, Woods went one-under through 10 holes before heating up throughout the back nine.
Woods hasn’t excelled at par-five holes today, twice appearing disappointed to only come away with pars. His putter failed him on holes five, 10, and 18, spoiling his chances at securing birdies on each.
He bounced back shortly after, scoring birdies on the par-four 11th hole and par-three 15th hole.
Three-under isn’t a bad first round by any means, as there’s still plenty of golf to be played. Though he only walks away with three birdies and no eagles, he also didn’t bogey any holes. He’ll need to step up his putting to stay in the chase as play continues.
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Tiger Woods probably hoped to be a little more active on the Torrey Pines scoreboard through his first nine holes of the Farmers Insurance Open, but 1-under is a solid start. His front nine featured just one birdie to go with eight pars. Woods is tied for 28th, but just three back from the leader, American Brandt Jobe. Perhaps there is some rust showing on Woods, as he has left several shots short, and has not been hitting greens with near the accuracy as fans have come to expect.
By contrast, several other notable names have had some early success. Hunter Mahan is 3-under through eight, David Duval is 2-under through eight, and John Daly is 2-under through 11. Obviously it is still very early in the tournament, but since Woods is on the North Course at Torrey Pines, the easier of the two courses being used today, some had expected an early surge from the player who owns six victories at the famous course.
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Tiger Woods took questions in a press conference at Torrey Pines on Wednesday, the day before teeing off in the Farmers Insurance Open. Questions were far ranging from his mind set, to his pairing with 2008 U.S. Open foe Rocco Mediate, to his new foray into the world of Twitter.
In regards to his play, and his swing, Woods was optimistic, and thinks the way the 2010 season ended for him was a good sign for 2011.
The whole year came down to the approach shot at the 72nd hole of Chevron. “Under the most intense pressure, having to hit that 8-iron and stick it, I did it. … As far as my golf swing goes, it was great.”
Of course the last time Woods played and won at Torrey Pines was the U.S. Open in 2008, when he went into a full round playoff with then relative unknown Rocco Mediate. This year, Woods is paired with Mediate and Anthony Kim for the opening round. In regards to this, Woods quipped “I don’t know how the computer did that. They randomly put us together.”
Woods has also been in the news recently for his interactions with fans over Twitter. Woods got plenty of questions regarding that also.
“I’m having fun with Twitter.I obviously don’t tweet as much as Poults does, but it’s new to me. It’s fun. I’m just trying to connect with fans on a different level” through the service, not notch followers in droves."
The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines tees off Thursday and will be covered on the Golf Channel and CBS. For more PGA coverage check out SB Nation's Golf site, The Waggle Room.
This weekend marks the unofficial kick off of the 2011 PGA Tour season, with the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. Tiger Woods is once again the biggest story of the week, as he makes his first return to Torrey Pines since winning the 2008 U.S. Open. Following a disappointing 2010 season that included injuries, a car wreck, numerous personal problems and no major victories, Woods will no doubt be looking to get back to his 2009 form.
At Torrey Pines, Woods has played in 12 PGA tournaments, winning an astonishing six of them. So if Woods wants to get back to the world number one ranking, a distinction he lost last year, Torrey Pines seems like a good place to start.
Paired with Woods in the opening round will be Rocco Mediate, the player with whom Woods famously played a playoff in that same 2008 U.S. Open, a pairing that no doubt tournament promoters preferred. Without NFL football to fill up Sunday afternoon, this will be an excellent stage for Woods to make an statement to all of Woods fans and detractors.
The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines begins Thursday, the first two rounds will be shown on the Golf Channel, while the final two rounds will be shown on CBS.
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