John Rahm will try to become the first PGA Tour player to win in three straight starts since 2017 when he does so Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines outside of San Diego.
How rare will his feat be?
According to Justin Ray, head of content at Twenty First Group, since 1997 one player has won three straight PGA Tour starts 18 times, and Tiger Woods has won all but four of them.
Ram, who started the season with victories at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and The American Express, will become the first player to win three consecutive PGA Tour starts since Dustin Johnson did so at the Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell. Technologies Match Play in early 2017. Rory McIlroy did it in 2014 and Woods last did it in 2008.
According to Ray’s study, Woods won 58.3% of the time he had a chance to win his third start in a row. Everyone else had a 10.5% success rate.
Here’s what’s happening in men’s pro golf this week:
What’s Next on the PGA Tour
Farmers insurance Open
When: Wednesday Saturday
Where: Torrey Pines, La Jolla, California.
current championStory by: Luke List
Wallet: $8.7 million
Three storylines worth watching:
Triple Try Rama: Ram should have a good opportunity to play a triple at Torrey Pines, one of his favorite courses in the world. He won the 2017 Farmers’ Open and the 2021 US Open, his only major championship win, at Torrey Pines.
In 24 rounds of his Torrey Pines career, Ram averaged 69.29 points. This is the second most among players who have played at least 10 rounds since 1968. Woods averaged 69.28 over 69 career rounds. Woods has won the tournament seven times, as well as the 2008 US Open held at Torrey Pines.
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“I feel really healthy and I’m very comfortable with my swing,” Ram said. “So, I’m going to go to Torri, a place that I’m already very confident, have high hopes for, knowing that I’m doing everything right.
“If I can keep batting and my iron play stays at this level, I have a really good chance on this course. So I can’t help but smile because, again, it’s a very, very emotional week every time I visit, in a very good way. This is a special place in my heart.”
How good is Ram this year? He leads the PGA Tour in ground greens (81.02%), birdie average (6.67), scoring average (68.889), par-4 average (3.76), and shot scoring: tee ( 1.071).
Ram also did pretty well in the PGA Tour events that took place in California.
.From @JonRahmp at California PGA Tour events since early 2017
Wins: 4 (1st)
Average score: 68.74 (1st)
Rating par: -246 (1st)
Ghosts/worse per round: 1.97 (1st)
SG Tee to green: +1.71 (1st)
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) January 24, 2023
Early game time: For the second year in a row, the Farmers Insurance Open Championship will be played Wednesday through Saturday to avoid telecompetition with NFL conference championship games on Sunday. This is the only event on the PGA Tour schedule that ends on a Saturday. Rounds 3 and 4 will air in prime time on the East Coast.
The field includes Ram, Colleen Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau, Justin Thomas, Max Homa and Will Zalatoris, so there’s a lot of star power in Torrey Pines. In fact, there are five of the top 10 OWGR players and 13 of the top 50.
Hello again: There will no doubt be jokes that the PGA Tour will move the start of the Farmers Insurance Open by a day to make sure they complete all four rounds with JB Holmes on the field. The 40-year-old Holmes is not particularly known for his fast game.
However, it’s good to see Holmes back on the road after suffering from back injuries for much of the last two seasons. He competes in basic health insurance and has 26 starts to earn 288,816 FedEx Cup points to keep his travel card. Earlier in Holmes’ career, he had undergone two brain surgeries and scored three of his five career tour victories.
This will be Holmes’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed out on the Fortinet Championship in September 2021. He hasn’t finished in the top 10 of a Tour event since winning the 2019 Genesis Invitational. About five months after winning the Riviera, Holmes shared a 36-hole lead with eventual champion Shane Lowry in the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Going into the final round, Holmes was 6 shots behind and shot 16 of 87 in the pouring rain. He finished with a draw in 67th place. After that, Holmes has just one top 15 finish in 31 starts.
Lanto Griffin, who won the 2019 Houston Open, is also set to make his first start since back surgery since the John Deere Classic in July. Last week he placed 66th at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour.
LIV Golf Wants Augusta National Documents
The latest opening controversy between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour concerns communications between independent directors of the PGA Tour and former commissioner Tim Fincham, as well as staff and members of the Augusta National Golf Club.
According to a court filing filed on Monday, LIV Golf’s lawyers are seeking links between the parties involved “regarding the new tour, including but not limited to LIV Golf.”
The subpoenas agreed to give their messages to four Augusta National employees and seven members, including chairman Fred Ridley. But LIV lawyers want to expand the opening to include Augusta National members Jimmy Dunn, Condolezza Rice, Billy Payne and others.
“A central component of LIV’s Tour de-competition scheme was threats to golfers, other tours, vendors, broadcasters, sponsors and virtually any other third party if they did business with LIV,” LIV Golf’s lawyers wrote in a joint statement. filed with the court. “The discovery showed that Tur was spreading these threats not only through his executives and employees, but also at the expense of other powerful individuals on his behalf.”
In the same court document, attorney for the independent director of the PGA Tour policy board, Mary Meeker, called LIV Golf’s attempt “a hunting expedition to connect with people LIV considers ‘America’s most powerful people’ but are otherwise unrelated to the controversial issue.” “
“LIV erroneously claims that TOUR ‘leaned’ on or pressured Augusta National to ban LIV golfers from the Masters,” Meeker’s lawyer wrote. “According to the plaintiffs, TOUR and Augusta National teamed up in response to LIV, which marked the beginning of[ed] doubt among top professional golfers whether they will be banned from future Masters Tournaments.” This theory is completely baseless, as evidenced by the fact that the Masters allowed LIV golfers to compete in the 2023 tournament.”
On December 20, Augusta National announced that any golfer who qualified for the Masters based on the previous criteria would be invited to play in April, including 16 players competing in the LIV Golf League.
Garcia dropped out of DP World Tour controversy
DP World Tour Communications Director Scott Crockett told reporters in Dubai this week that LIV Golf players Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace and Charl Schwarzel have dropped their appeals at an upcoming arbitration hearing that will decide if DP World Tour can remove them from participation. in competitions. conflicting LIV Golf events.
Thirteen LIV Golf players, including longtime Ryder Cup players Ian Poulter, Graham McDowell and Lee Westwood, and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reid, remain appellants in the case. A hearing before a three-person panel convened by the Sports Resolutions Arbitration and Media Center in London is scheduled to begin on February 6.
A decision is not expected within weeks of the hearing. Either party may also appeal this decision.
“The outcome will be whatever it is,” DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley told reporters in Dubai. “I think this is an important moment for our tour and for protecting our tour and for our members at all levels.”
Joel Damen left American Express last week. He and his wife Lona welcomed their first child in the world. Their son Riggs was born at 11:26 am ET on Thursday. Where is his bucket hat?
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World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy will play at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic for the first time this year.
— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) January 24, 2023