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Joaquin Niemann will remain an amateur after finishing in a share of 134th place at the Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

The World No. 1 amateur played his way into Final Stage but couldn't finish the job. He was the lone amateur in the field down in Chandler, Arizona. Now we will keep his amateur status for a little while longer as he attempts to play his way into the 2018 Masters at the Latin America Amateur Championship. He already has spots locked up for the U.S. Open and Open Championship but he'd need to remain an amateur to maintain those exemptions. Niemann will have some tough decisions ahead but as the World No. 1 in the WAGR, he should have plenty of chances to showcase his skills.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 10:15:00 AM

World No. 8 Rory McIlroy, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, readies for his debut in the Farmers Insurance Open and heads out in Round 1 at 10:30 am local time with Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott off Torrey Pines South.

In a bit of an oddity, the Ulsterman is making his second straight tourney debut, joining the Sentry TOC three weeks ago. At the Sentry, he was solo 2nd thru 54 holes (69-68-68), three back of 54-hole leader Gary Woodland, and fell to T4 after a 1-under 71 out of the final pairing. That was eight adrift of champion Xander Schauffele, who raced by everyone with 62. The 29-year-old is a 14-time winner on TOUR, most recently a come-from-behind version at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational 16 starts ago. Just one of his 14 wins came west of the Mississippi: the 2015 WGC-Match Play at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. McIlroy also owns 13 wins on the European Tour (in 191 events), but not since the 2016 Irish Open hosted by his own foundation, so the wins have been scarce of late.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 23 - 5:35 PM

World No. 6 Xander Schauffele, a pre-tourney 18/1 outright, makes final preparations for his fourth Farmers Insurance Open and heads out in Round 1 at 10:40 am local time with 7-time past champion Tiger Woods and Tony Finau off Torrey Pines South.

The California native and resident is one of two multiple winners this season, joining Matt Kuchar with two apiece. He won the Sentry TOC by one in his last start three weeks ago, where he came from five back with a week-low, course-record-tying 11-under 62, and in his last official (TOUR) start before that, the SDSU alum came from three back with 4-under 68 to win the WGC-HSBC in extra time over 54-hole leader Tony Finau. He's not had any luck in his hometown event, however, going 0-for-3 with missed cuts in each of last three editions by one, four, and eight shots, respectively. One other note: In 206 career rounds played, this is the first time that the 25-year-old has been paired with Woods, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares in that regard.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 23 - 4:58 PM

Tiger Woods is no stranger to success at Torrey Pines and he'll return this week for the Farmers Insurance Open.

The California native will be making his 18th appearance at the Farmers. He's won seven of those starts with the most recent coming during the 2013 edition. Woods also won the 2008 U.S. Open when it was held at Torrey Pines South. Assuming he makes the cut, Woods will play three of his four rounds at the South Course. The 43-year-old has yet to make a start this season but we did see him at The Match and the Hero World Challenge. It might take him a few days to shake off the competitive cobwebs but Woods should still be one to target in all fantasy formats this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 23 - 3:22 PM

Troy Merritt will be out of action after having surgery to remove the top rib on his left side due to him being diagnosed with Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).

Merritt had a large blood clot removed last August, just a few weeks after his victory at the Barbasol Championship. It didn't keep him sidelined for long as he played the following week at the PGA Championship and he's now played 10 events since the blood clot removal. Left with the choice of blood thinners for the rest of his life or this surgery, Merritt chose the surgery. There is no target date for his return but he told Rex Hoggard of Golf Channel that he'll begin rehab on Friday and will be able to start chipping/putting in 3-to-6 weeks. An April return might be likely but we can't rule out a setback in there.
Jan 23 - 3:16 PM

Jon Rahm heads back to the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, California where he hoisted the trophy following the 2017 installment of this event.

Rahm was unable to defend his crown last season. He impressed in the first two rounds, burning up the course with a 10-under 134 heading into Moving Day. But he tumbled down the leaderboard hard with an awful 3-over 75 on Saturday, and then an even worse 5-under 77 on Sunday. He heads to Torrey Pines with tremendous confidence this week, however, posting three consecutive top-10 showings, including a win at the Hero World Challenge to close out the 2018 calendar year with three victories. The No. 7 OWGR golfer is a strong play in DFS this week, but expect a lot of company in ownership percentage.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 23 - 7:16 AM

HaoTong Li, conqueror of Rory McIlroy and the field 12 months ago, is back at the Emirates Golf Club this week to defend his Omega Dubai Desert Classic title.

Winner of the 2016 China Open, Li further hinted at his talent with solo third in the 2017 Open and then fully announced himself to the world of golf with victory here last year. He opened 66-66-64 to earn a one shot 54-hole lead which left him in the final group with a firing Rory McIlroy. Li’s response? He went head to head, stood tall, imposed himself on the back nine, maintained his lead and lifted the title. He chalked up five top 11s towards the end of 2018, a run that ended with a tired T30 in the DP World Tour Championship and he opened 2019 with a missed cut in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week.
Jan 23 - 6:14 AM

Rickie Fowler will make his first start of the new year as he preps for this week's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California.

Fowler has plenty of success at this week's venue but none in recent editions. He started his Farmers career with finishes of T5, T20, T13, and T6. Since then, he's missed the cut in four of his last five with the lone cut made going for a T61. He's done all that with a different schedule in the lead-up. Sometimes playing in Abu Dhabi right before. Sometimes warming up at Kapalua. His short-term course history might deter some gamers from drafting him this week but overall he still presents himself as a top tier pick, anytime he pegs it. Fowler ended 2018 with top 20s in 12 of his last 13 OWGR eligible events. It shouldn't take him too long to get back into the groove.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 22 - 5:25 PM

Jason Day came from three off the pace during the final round of the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open to chase down Alex Noren and he returns this week for a chance to defend his crown at Torrey Pines.

The Aussie has been hit or miss here in La Jolla, California. He's played here nine times and his highlights include a four pack of top 10s. That includes wins in 2015 and 2018. His other five finishes? They've all been T35 or worse. Three of those being missed cuts. In his pre-tourney presser today he said with a difficult test like Torrey Pines you quickly know where your game is leaking. Day shook off the rust with a T13 at the Sentry TOC just a few weeks ago so that should help. Gamers should consider Day one of the favorites to hoist the hardware this week but they also shouldn't be too surprised if his game isn't in mid-season form just yet. His main goals for the season are always to peak in the biggest events. Day said he put in a lot of work with his drivers and irons over the last week and currently feels confident. At the same time he said tournament golf is a whole different animal so we will have to wait and see which Day shows up this week at Torrey Pines.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 22 - 1:54 PM

Brian Davis finished first in the field when he twirled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 during today's Monday Qualifier into the Farmers Insurance.

The Englishman was clean and tidy on his way around El Camino Country Club today. As a result, he will get his fourth try at the Farmers Insurance Open. He's missed two of his cuts at this event and T44 in the other (2011). About 10 years ago, Davis was on the top of most list of best golfers to never win a PGA TOUR event. He's racked up $13 million in career earnings but starts are tough to come by out of the Beyond 150 category. Joining the 44-year-old at Torrey Pines will be Bruce Doucett (-5), Joey Garber (-5), and David Pastore (-4). Pastore survived a 5-for-1 playoff with George Cunningham, D.J. Trahan, Andres Gonzales, and Martin Trainer.
Jan 21 - 8:43 PM

Jamie Lovemark was an early exit at last week's Desert Classic and he remains sidelined as he withdrew from the field at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The PGA TOUR did not cite an injury after he withdrew last week but Lovemark later addressed the issue on social media, "Sucks to have withdrawn from this week. My shoulder partially dislocated on a tee shot on Thursday. After an MRI that night, I learned I have a partially torn labrum." It's possible that he misspoke when he said Thursday instead of Friday. If not, then he carded his even-par 72 on Friday while playing through the injury. This was surely a tough event to miss as he attended Torrey Pines High. There is no timetable for his return to action.
Jan 21 - 5:39 PM

Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, alternate and World No. 418 Dominic Bozzelli smoothed a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Desert Classic to finish up on 22-under 266, up two places to solo 5th, four in arrears of PGA TOUR rookie and champion Adam Long, who shot 65.

After opening with 67-69 and career-tying-low 64, the Auburn alum began T7, six back of leader Phil Mickelson. He found seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, losing 1.207 strokes around-the-green but gaining 3.124 on approach. The 27-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 13, outflanked by seven birdies, all from inside of eight feet. He registered 1.426 putts per GIR and 1.427 SG: Putting, ending the week with 25 birdies versus three bogeys. This was his third appearance, second cash and second top 5, joining solo 5th two tries ago in 2017 (as 18-hole leader). The New York State native improves to 5-for-6 on the season with two top 25s (T11, RSM), and records his first top 10 since T10 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic, which will also earn him a spot into this coming week's Farmers.
Jan 20 - 8:33 PM




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