February 21, 2024
Xander Schauffele celebrates along with his caddie. Picture through @DarnayTripp X

The $9 million Farmers Insurance coverage Open is scheduled to start Wednesday at Torrey Pines Golf Course with San Diego State and Scripps Ranch Excessive College alum Xander Schauffele the 9-1 pre-tournament favourite.

Schauffele is fifth within the Official World Golf Rating, the highest-ranked participant within the area of 156. He was amongst three golfers tied for third at The American Specific, which concluded Sunday in La Quinta, two strokes behind winner Nick Dunlap.

Schauffele might be making his ninth look on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open. The 30-year-old missed the lower in 4 of his first 5 appearances, tied for second in 2021, and completed thirty fourth in 2022 and thirteenth in 2023.

Schauffele enters the week with the PGA Tour’s longest energetic made-cut streak at 36. His final missed lower got here on the 2022 Masters.

Schauffele withdrew from The Sentry, a no-cut occasion, halfway by way of the second spherical in 2023 due to a again damage.

Collin Morikawa is the second alternative at 10-1, in response to Golfbet, the PGA Tour’s betting hub. In his newest begin, Morikawa completed in a five-way tie for fifth in The Sentry, 4 strokes behind winner Chris Kirk, Jan. 4-7 at Kapalua, Hawaii.

There are 4 different gamers within the area who went to highschool or faculty in San Diego County — Michael Kim (Torrey Pines Excessive College); Charley Hoffman (Poway Excessive College); Cameron Sisk (Valhalla Excessive College); and J.J. Spaun (San Diego State).

“This match is clearly actually particular for me,” Kim stated at a information convention Tuesday. “I’m at all times excited to return again to this occasion, and it’s virtually a dream come true. Dream is to truly win the factor, so we’ll see.”

Defending champion Max Homa will attempt to proceed his success in California. He has 4 wins and 4 different high 10 finishes in his final 11 begins within the state.

Dunlap was to be a part of the sphere after changing into the primary novice to win a PGA Tour occasion since 1991, however withdrew Monday “after a life-changing final 24 hours … to return residence to Alabama to be with household, associates and teammates,” he stated in an announcement launched by the PGA Tour.

Dunlap’s victory made him eligible to simply accept PGA Tour membership at any time throughout the 2024 season. When requested at a information convention Sunday about turning skilled, the 20-year-old College of Alabama sophomore stated, “That’s one thing that it doesn’t simply have an effect on me, it impacts lots of people, coach again there and my teammates, and it’s a dialog I have to have with lots of people earlier than I make that call.”

Dunlap had a obtained a sponsor’s exemption to play in Farmers Insurance coverage Open, simply as he had for The American Specific, which proved to be pointless following his victory.

For the third consecutive 12 months, the match will start on a Wednesday, at some point sooner than common, and conclude Saturday, to keep away from a battle with Sunday’s telecasts of the NFL convention championship video games, American tv’s most-watched programming exterior of Tremendous Bowl Sunday.

The winner will obtain $1.62 million.

Grounds tickets are $90 Wednesday and Thursday, $100 Friday and $120 Saturday.

All energetic obligation navy members, together with retired members, reservists, veterans and dependents are eligible for reductions 20% on the value of grounds tickets Wednesday and Thursday after logging on to GovX.com to confirm navy service and receiving a novel promo code.

Followers 60 and older will obtain a 20% low cost on common Grounds tickets Wednesday and Thursday for followers 60 and older are $75. Identification could also be requested on the gates.

Youngsters 15 and underneath obtain complimentary admission every day of the match when accompanied by a ticketed grownup. Every ticketed grownup might deliver one baby.

The match might be televised on Golf Channel from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and on CBS from 2-5 p.m. Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

Further protection might be streamed on ESPN+ from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.