February 21, 2024
Xander Schauffele on the South Course 14th gap in 2019. Photograph by Chris Stone

Hometown favourite Xander Schauffele, ranked No. 5 on the planet, has dedicated for the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, officers stated Friday as they finalized the sphere for the tourney.

The Scripps Ranch native and San Diego State alum is a seven-time PGA Tour winner and two-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup and U.S. Presidents Cup groups. He additionally captured the gold medal on the 2020 Olympics.

The event begins at Torrey Pines on Wednesday, and consists of the tour’s solely scheduled Saturday end for the third straight 12 months.  

Justin Thomas, winner of the 2022 and 2017 PGA Championships, additionally dedicated this week, albeit to a much less starry discipline than is typical for the Open. 

Schaulffele, together with Patrick Cantlay and defending champ Max Homa – sixth and seventh within the Official World Golf Rating – will lead the sphere, however the Open, like the remainder of golf, continues to be roiled by the unresolved points between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

Phil Mickelson, one other San Diego native and early LIV backer, didn’t play within the Farmers Insurance coverage Open final 12 months and gained’t be there subsequent week, whereas a star who has been a stalwart at Torrey Pines, Jon Rahm, additionally is not going to seem.

Rahm, who gained the Open in 2017, whereas inserting second in 2020 along with two different prime 5 finishes, was initially a critic of the upstart Saudi Arabian tour. However final month he shocked the game by switching allegiances.

He’s set to debut with LIV Golf Feb. 2 close to Playa del Carmen as captain of a crew within the league’s distinctive format, in accordance with ESPN. NBC reported that together with Rahm and Mickelson, 5 of the final 14 main championship winners have joined the brand new tour.

“The panorama of golf is ever-changing proper now, particularly the previous couple of years,” Golf.com reported that Rahm instructed a sports activities radio present in a uncommon latest interview. “And after seeing LIV Golf in motion and seeing what they’ve to supply, and being a part of a crew is so good — then it turned a chance.”

Which leaves the PGA Tour with fewer choices and golfers with many questions.

“I imply, clearly, if it’s simply Jon, that’s dangerous sufficient,” Justin Rose, who will likely be on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, instructed Sports activities Illustrated. “What does that imply now … if it’s Jon plus a trickle?” 

Farmers Insurance coverage Open grounds tickets and hospitality passes might be bought on-line. Day by day grounds tickets begin at $80. Costs on all ticket sorts improve Sunday. Passes that includes perks similar to all-inclusive concessions begin at $190 per day.