Torrey Pines goes to the end of Saturday to get out of NFL Sunday

The Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines had the perfect setting on the West Coast Swing as the weekend between the NFL Championship games and Super Bowl. That changed when the NFL added a game to its regular season.

That led the tour to adapt by starting the tournament the day before, on Wednesday, and giving CBS a prime-time finish for most of the country on Saturday, a day before the NFC and AFC matches.

Farmers Lock will now open on January 26-29.

CBS has the AFC Championship on January 30th. The tour said Golf Channel will broadcast rounds Wednesday and Thursday, while CBS will broadcast the tournament on Friday and Saturday, with both rounds ending at 8 p.m. EST.

The last PGA Tour scheduled for Saturday was the 1996 Phoenix Open, the year the Super Bowl was played in Tempe, Arizona.

Now the Waste Management Phoenix Open is holding its Super Bowl weekend, even when the NFL Championship is being played on the road from TPC Scottsdale.

The NFL’s 17-game schedule has already led to one change. West Coast Swing usually goes from Phoenix to Pebble Beach to Los Angeles. Additional gameplay means the tour will travel from Torrey Pines to Pebble Beach to Phoenix to Los Angeles.

“We appreciate Farmers Insurance’s collaboration and innovative thinking with this turnaround in competition days,” said Tyler Dennis, President of the PGA Tour. “The first PGA Tour 2022 networking event that concludes on Saturday, along with the next day’s football matches, will create an action-packed weekend for sports fans.”

There is still golf at Tori on Sunday.

The diversity-focused Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour will be expanded to 36 holes. The first round will take place at North Course on Saturday, while the final round will move to the South Course on Sunday and will be broadcast live on The Golf Channel.

This will be the first time the APGA event will be shown on live TV.

Stryker era

One of the most important conversations Steve Straker had with Paul Azinger was about creating a good environment. Azinger, who reshaped the Americans’ Ryder Cup playoffs and won captain in 2008, told him it was important to find the mood that worked best.

Straker is more about preparation than inspiration. In fact, excessive inspiration can lead to a lot of stress.

Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. Stryker was at the helm of the Presidents Cup team in 2017 who played so well that he almost snatched the trophy before the final session. He then got the best players to deliver in a record win over Europe in the Ryder Cup.

If the Americans were interested in winning, they would consider bringing him back to Italy in 2023.

“It was a very similar position in terms of hegemony,” Jordan Spieth said when comparing Stryker twice as commander-in-chief of the United States.

The Ryder Cup is the only team event that does not contain recurring captains.

Jack Nicklaus, Fred Coples, Gary Player and Nick Price have all been captains for years on end in the Presidents Cup. Julie Inkster has done it three times in a row in the Solheim Cup (2-1) and Catriona Matthew has won for the second time in a row.

At the amateur level, the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup have a history of leaders serving consecutive times.

It hasn’t happened in the Ryder Cup since Bernhard Gallacher in 1995. Davis Love III has done it twice in three Ryder Cups.

“I don’t think that will happen. It has been decided and there are men in positions to be the next captains,” said Stryker. “It was an incredible experience, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad it’s over.”

Fill in the field

Olympic gold medalists Zander Shaveli and Colin Morikawa, who narrowly missed out on bronze, will return to Japan next month.

Shaveli, Morikawa and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan are among five players who have committed to playing the Zozu Championship on October 21-24 at Accordia Golf Narashino outside Tokyo.

Ricky Fowler and Tommy Fleetwood also play on sponsor exemptions.

The PGA Tour wanted to get word as further confirmation that the tournament is taking place.

COVID-19 forced two Asia Swing events to move last year – the Zozo Championships went to Sherwood Country Club in California and the South Korea’s CJ Cup went to Shadow Creek north of Las Vegas.

Zozo returns to Japan – defending champion Patrick Cantlay hasn’t indicated if he will go – while the CJ Cup returns to a different golf club in Las Vegas.

The difficulty for Japan is that the PGA Tour has back-to-back tournaments in Las Vegas before going to Japan, and the following week it’s in Bermuda.

Matsuyama has always played in his home country. He was in the last group at the Olympics and missed the playoff 7-1 for the bronze medal.

Shaveli’s return was no surprise either.

“Everyone knows how close my family and I are to Japan because of our heritage and the fact that my ancestors live there,” he said. “Winning the gold medal in Tokyo in July only reinforced my love for Japan and I’m looking forward to returning.”

Zozo tournament has 78 players and a $9.95 million purse.

Nicklaus Jacqueline Award

Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia took individual awards in the Ryder Cup Final Team Event. They were selected to receive the inaugural Nicklaus-Jacklin Award.

The award is for the players who best embody the spirit when Jack Nicklaus conceded a short shot to Tony Jacqueline to conclude the 1969 Ryder Cup with a draw (the Americans retained the trophy as defending champions).

Johnson teamed with Colin Morikawa three times and Xander Shaveli once and then won the singles match to go 5-0, the first American to win all five matches since Larry Nelson in 1979.

Garcia won three matches with John Ram and lost in the singles to Bryson DeChambeau. He was chosen equally for his teamwork and sportsmanship, two traits identified by sponsor Aon, for cheering on Rory McIlroy after being the four-time main champ 0-3 in team play.

“I love the Ryder Cup,” Garcia said. “We all know about the beautiful moment that happened over 50 years ago between Nicklaus and Jacklin. I am proud to be the first to win this award and I thank Aoun. I had fun this week and I thought we played with good energy, which is important to show the young players that you can play with respect and enjoyment. , even in the event of defeat. I love my team. I am very proud of all of them.”

The seven-member selection committee included Nicklaus and Jacqueline, along with former winning captains Paul McGinley and Paul Azinger.

DIVOTS

Rocket Mortgage is expanding its PGA Tour title sponsorship in Detroit through 2027. Australia’s Cam Davis won this year’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. …Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington next duel as players when Harrington makes his PGA Tour Champions debut next week at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. …The Americans haven’t lost a Ryder Cup session for the first time since 1967. …Ian Poulter has joined Colin Montgomery as the only player to never lose in singles in the Ryder Cup in at least seven games.

status of the week

The Ryder Cup featured the seven best players in the world rankings. They combined to set a record 21-3-4 at Whistling Straits.

last word

“If you want to have these glorious moments, you have to put your head out, and sometimes things just don’t go well. You get your head knocked over. That’s just the truth of the sport.” – Captain Europe Baderg Harrington after losing 19-9 in the Ryder Cup.

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