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Tommy Fleetwood has earned an exemption into the 2014 Open Championship for finishing inside the top 30 of the Race to Dubai.

The Englishman tied for 37th at the DP World Tour Championship to place 26th in the Race to Dubai [R2D] final standings. The top 30 are rewarded with tee times at Royal Liverpool in July. He'll be making his debut in this major. Sixteen others previously ineligible are now in the field: Jamie Donaldson (fifth in R2D); Victor Dubuisson (sixth); Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (seventh); Thongchai Jaidee (ninth); Thomas Björn (10th); Joost Luiten (12th); Peter Uihlein (14th); Brett Rumford (17th); Stephen Gallacher (19th); David Howell (21st); Miguel Angel Jiménez (22nd); Mikko Ilonen (23rd); Grégory Bourdy (25th); Bernd Wiesberger (28th); Chris Wood (29th); Paul Casey (30th).
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 03:14:00 PM

University of Oregon's Norman Xiong will make his PGA TOUR debut this week at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, California.

Xiong was born in Guam but moved to the San Diego area when he was seven, so he should really enjoy coming back to the area where he learned the game. After shining as a junior, he committed to the University of Oregon and has found plenty of early success, currently ranked 5th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Xiong will be playing as an amateur this week but according to Tod Leonard of The San Diego Union-Tribune, Xiong had plans to turn pro this summer and attempt to play his way into status on the PGA TOUR or Web.com Tour. The youngster has plenty of experience at Torrey Pines South but it's not an easy spot to make a TOUR debut. Gamers don't need to invest quite yet, but he will certainly be one to watch closely this week.
Jan 23 - 4:13 PM

Jason Day will be without his regular caddie as he makes his first start of 2018, this week at the Farmers Insurance Open. UPDATE: Jason Day was withdrawn from Wednesday's Pro-Am with a sore back, but is still in the field for the Farmers Insurance Open.

The Aussie has been out of action since a solo 5th-place finish back home at the Australian Open (late November). He continues to deal with off-the-course concerns. Most recently, his "normal" caddie, Luke Reardon cannot make the trip as he deals with getting his work visa. Normal is in quotes there since Day and his long-time caddie, Collin Swatton split near the end of last season. Instead, he will have Rika Batibasaga on the bag this week, a practice buddy who has played professionally on the Australasian and EuroPro Tours. Luckily, Day won't need much help around Torrey Pines as he owns a trio of top 10s here including a 2015 Farmers victory. His form is a complete mystery but gamers could certainly give him a look this week as a high risk, high reward type of selection.
Jan 23 - 3:53 PM

Jon Rahm hoisted the trophy at last year's Farmers Insurance Open and returns this week for his first chance of defending a PGA TOUR title.

Rahm has quickly vaulted up the world rankings, securing World No. 2 after last week's victory in the desert. It was his second win over his last three international starts with a runner-up finish sandwiched in between. With Dustin Johnson resting this week, Rahm has the chance to steal the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, if he happens to pull off another victory. The Spaniard's all-around game is a perfect match for these tough, Torrey Pines layouts. On paper, he is the favorite yet again, making him a strong fantasy option in all formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 23 - 3:36 PM

Julian Suri will look to test his game on the big stage as he preps for this week's Farmers Insurance Open, his first of three planned events in the United States over the next month.

World No. 62 cracked the field on a sponsor's exemption this week. He shared on his Twitter feed that he's also locked up invites to the Waste Management Phoenix Open as well as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The 26-year-old Duke University product ended his year on the European Tour with top 10s in four of his last five starts. A strong end to a calendar year that saw him post five podium finishes, including two wins (1 Euro Tour, 1 Challenge Tour). He started 2017 ranked 1,137th in the OWGR and ended it inside the top 65. Suri's lone PGA TOUR start came at last year's Open Championship (MC). Most of his amateur experience comes on the East Coast but this upcoming West Coast stretch will still be a good opportunity for the New York native to prove his game stacks up with the best in the world.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 23 - 3:27 PM

Fresh from opening 2018 with victory in the Singapore Open Sergio Garcia arrives in the United Arab Emirates to defend his Dubai Desert Classic title on the Majlis course at Emirates GC.

It's always tempting to expect a great deal of a player coming off a fantastic year, especially one including a first major win, but, as Henrik Stenson discovered, following-up is very difficult. That makes Garcia's five-shot win last week in Singapore intriguing. Whilst true that it wasn't a great field (a decent one though), what shone through was his desire: The weather was poor, disruptions frequent, it would have been easy for his eye to drift from the target, but it never did and this week will be another test of that mindset. He said after his win on Sunday: "I practised a few weeks before coming here. I feel that I’m getting used to my new equipment. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum." Prior to the win last year his record here was a curiosity: Two missed cuts and four times when he contended yet never recorded a top ten.
Jan 23 - 7:37 AM

Seven-time Farmers Insurance Open champion Tiger Woods is making his return to competition this week as he preps for his battle with Torrey Pines.

Gearing up for one of his infamous returns, Woods finished T9 at the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial money event played in early December near his home in the Bahamas. Now, he'll turn his attention toward another familiar venue for the Farmers, not unlike last year. During the 2017 edition, he was seeing the North Course renovations for the first time and posted rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut before immediately hopping on a plane to Dubai which was the scene of his latest injury. In addition to his seven Farmers titles, Woods also boasts a 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines South. Without the competitive reps, gamers should be cautious in the early stages of this return, but very optimistic about what's to come in 2018.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 22 - 3:55 PM

Second-round leader and World No. 184 Andrew Landry, a pre-tourney 150/1 outright, fashioned a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to match top-ranked Jon Rahm on 22-under 268, and then lost on the fourth playoff hole, third playing of the par-4 18th, dropping his record to 0-1 in sudden death and 0-for-1 as 36-hole leader/co-leader. UPDATE: Landry leaps 82 spots to a career-high 102nd in OWGR.

The 30-year-old, making his second appearance (CUT/2016), bags his fourth career top 10 and first runner-up in 26 career events, brushing aside a previous-best T4 at the RSM two starts ago. He improves to 4-for-7 on the season with three top 25s, all doubling as top 10s. After opening in 63-65-70, the Arkansas alum began T2, one back of 54-hole leader and playing competitor Austin Cook. Playing out of the final threesome, he found eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, erasing a lone bogey-4 at No. 6 with five circles at 1, 5, 9 and 18, the latter from 11'0" to force extra time. The Texan posted 1.615 putts per GIR and 2.026 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. In extra time, he couldn't convert a couple of birdie chances to win, and then couldn't match Rahm's mid-range birdie-3 at 18 although one inch closer. For the week, Landry had one eagle and 21 birdies against one bogey.
Jan 21 - 8:36 PM

Beginning the day two shots back, first-round leader and World No. 3 Jon Rahm painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to match Andrew Landry on 22-under 266, and then won with a mid-range birdie-3 on the fourth playoff hole (third tour of the par-4 18th), improving his record to 1-0 in sudden death and 1-for-3 as 18-hole leader/co-leader. UPDATE: Rahm moves to a career-high 2nd in OWGR and a career-high 2nd in the FedExCup standings.

The 23-year-old, a pre-tourney 8/1 fave outright, bags his second TOUR title in 38 career events (33 pro), joining his come-from-behind win at the 2017 Farmers 21 starts ago. He's now 2-for-2 at the CBC (T34/2017) and 3-for-3 on the season after T36 at the WGC-HSBC and solo 2nd at the Sentry TOC. After kicking off in 62-67-70, the Arizona State alum began T4, two shy of leader Austin Cook. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, circling five at Nos. 4, 7, 10, 13 and 14, two from between 17 and 19 feet. After missing a 13-footer at the last to win in regulation, and a 9-footer for birdie and the win on the first tour of the 18th, he finally dispatched Landry, who gamely made birdie-3 from 11'0" on the 72nd hole to force extra time.
Jan 21 - 8:15 PM

World No. 305 Martin Piller tacked on a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 20-under 268, dipping one spot to a career-best T3, two swings adrift of a two-man playoff involving Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry.

This was the Texas A&M alum's 55th career TOUR start, clipping a previous best of T4 recorded two times, most recently at the OHL three starts ago. He improves to 4-for-7 on the season with two top 25s, both top 5s, and 2-for-3 at the CBC with two top 25s, one top 10. After kicking off in 64-67-67, the 32-year-old began in a two-way T2 on 18-under, one shy of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. Playing out of the final threesome, he landed nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 0.783 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.483 on approach. The Dallas native and resident squared three bogeys at holes 6, 9 and 10, outpaced by five circles at 2, 7, 8, 11 and 14, all from inside of 12 feet. He posted 1.636 putts per GIR and 0.523 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. For the week, Piller was T1 in total birdies with 28 versus eight bogeys.
Jan 21 - 7:48 PM

World No. 433 John Huh painted a 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 20-under 268, up eight places to a season-best T3, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead and his first top-10 finish since T9 at the Valspar last March (22 starts ago). UPDATE: With play completed, Huh finished T3, two swings short of a two-man playoff involving Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry.

After opening in 68-69-65, the UC-Northridge product began T11 on 14-under, one shy of the overnight top 10 and five back of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.882 strokes on approach and 4.302 tee-to-green. The 27-year-old squared two bogeys at Nos. 1 and 13, offset by six birdies at 7-9, 11, 12 and 17, two from between 16 and 21 feet, adding a hole-out eagle-3 at 16 from 89'11" away. He posted 1.333 putts per GIR and 0.951 SG: putting with 24 total putts. This was the Dallas resident's fourth CBC, third cash, second top 25 (T24/2016) and first top 10. It was his fourth cash of the season in seven starts, second top 25 (T25, OHL) and first top 10.
Jan 21 - 6:25 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, three-time Web.com Tour grad and World No. 250 Sam Saunders spun an 8-under-par 30-34=64 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to conclude on 18-under 270, up 37 places on the live leaderboard to T5, good for the low round of the day thus far and tying the low round of the week on the Stadium Course with Kevin Chappell/R2. UPDATE: With play completed, Saunders' 64 was the low round of the day and finished T8.

The 30-year-old was making his seventh appearance and this is his first cash. It was his sixth start of the season, second top 25 and second straight, and first top 10. After opening in 70-67-69, the Clemson product began on 10-under, five shy of the overnight top 10 and nine adrift of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He hit seven (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, offsetting a lone bogey-4 at 13 with nine birdies at 10-13, four consecutive at 2-5, and two more at 7 and 9. The Floridian's split featured four from between 11 and 23 feet, adding a hole-out birdie at 10 from 31'1" away. He posted 1.467 putts per GIR and 4.328 SG: Putting with 25 total putts. For the week, Saunders totaled 28 birdies, currently No. 1 in that stat, against 10 bogeys.
Jan 21 - 5:13 PM




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