What to look at as PGA Tour strikes to Torrey Pines

Jon Rahm will try and turn into the primary PGA Tour participant to win in three consecutive begins since 2017 when he tees it up on Wednesday on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines exterior San Diego.

How uncommon would his feat be?

In response to Justin Ray, head of content material for Twenty First Group, a participant has gained three straight PGA Tour begins 18 occasions since 1997 — and Tiger Woods did it in all however 4 of these situations.

Rahm, who began the season with wins on the Sentry Tournament of Champions and The American Specific, could be the primary participant to win in three consecutive PGA Tour begins since Dustin Johnson did it on the Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play in early 2017. Rory McIlroy did it in 2014 and Woods final did it in 2008.

In response to Ray’s research, Woods gained 58.3% of the time when he had an opportunity to win his third straight begin. Everybody else had a ten.5% success price.

Here is what’s taking place in males’s skilled golf this week:

What’s subsequent on the PGA Tour

Farmers Insurance coverage Open

When: Wednesday-Saturday

The place: Torrey Pines, La Jolla, California

Defending champion: Luke Checklist

Purse: $8.7 million

Three storylines to look at:

Rahm’s trifecta strive: Rahm ought to have a great alternative to three-peat at Torrey Pines, which is one in every of his favourite programs on the planet. He gained the 2017 Farmers Insurance coverage Open and the 2021 U.S. Open, his lone main championship victory, at Torrey Pines.

In 24 profession rounds at Torrey Pines, Rahm has a scoring common of 69.29. That is second-best amongst gamers with a minimum of 10 rounds since 1968. Woods had a 69.28 common in 69 profession rounds. Woods gained the occasion seven occasions, in addition to the 2008 U.S. Open, performed at Torrey Pines.

“I feel really healthy and I feel really comfortable in my swing,” Rahm stated. “So, I’m going to go to Torrey, a place that I’m already very confident at, with very high hopes, knowing that I’m doing all the right things.

“If I can hold hitting it off the tee and my iron recreation retains staying at this stage I’ll have a very good probability at that golf course. So I can not assist to smile as a result of, once more, it is a very, very emotional week each time I am going, in an excellent means. It is a very particular place in my coronary heart.”

How good has Rahm been so far this year? He leads the PGA Tour in greens in regulation (81.02%), birdie average (6.67), scoring average (68.889), par-4 scoring average (3.76) and shots gained: off the tee (1.071).

Rahm has been pretty good in PGA Tour events played in California, too.

Early tee times: For the second year in a row, the Farmers Insurance Open will be played from Wednesday to Saturday to avoid TV competition with the NFL’s conference championship games on Sunday. It’s the only event on the PGA Tour schedule that has a Saturday finish. Rounds 3 and 4 will be broadcast in prime time on the East Coast.

The field includes Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau, Justin Thomas, Max Homa and Will Zalatoris, so there’s plenty of star power at Torrey Pines. In fact, five of the top 10 players in the OWGR and 13 of the top 50 are there.

Hello, again: There will undoubtedly be jokes about the PGA Tour moving up the start of the Farmers Insurance Open a day to make sure they get all four rounds completed with J.B. Holmes in the field. Holmes, 40, isn’t exactly known for his fast play.

Still, it’s good to see Holmes back on tour after dealing with a back injury for much of the past two seasons. He is competing on a major medical exemption and has 26 starts available to earn 288.816 FedEx Cup points to keep his tour card. Earlier in Holmes’ career, he battled back from two brain surgeries to win three of his five career victories on tour.

It will be Holmes’ first PGA Tour start since he missed the cut at 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 at Riviera, Holmes shared the 36-hole lead with eventual champion Shane Lowry in the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush. Holmes was 6 shots back going into the final round and carded a 16-over 87 in driving rain. He finished in a tie for 67th. Holmes has just one top-15 finish in 31 starts after that.

Lanto Griffin, who won the 2019 Houston Open, is also scheduled to make his first start since undergoing back surgery after the John Deere Classic in July. He tied for 66th at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour last week.

LIV Golf wants Augusta National documents

The latest discovery dispute between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour involves communications between the PGA Tour’s independent directors and former commissioner Tim Finchem and employees and members of Augusta National Golf Club.

According to a court filing on Monday, LIV Golf’s lawyers are seeking communication between the involved parties “regarding a New Tour, together with however not restricted to LIV Golf.”

The subpoenaed persons have agreed to provide their communications with four Augusta National employees and seven members, including chairman Fred Ridley. But LIV’s lawyers want to expand discovery to include Augusta National members Jimmy Dunne, Condolezza Rice, Billy Payne and others.

“A central component of the Tour’s scheme to foreclose competition from LIV was to threaten golfers, other tours, vendors, broadcasters, sponsors and virtually any other third parties if they did business with LIV,” LIV Golf’s attorneys wrote in a joint assertion filed to the court docket. “Discovery has shown that the Tour delivered these threats not only through its own executives and employees, but by dispatching other influential persons on its behalf.”

In the identical court docket submitting, an legal professional for PGA Tour coverage board impartial director Mary Meeker known as LIV Golf’s try a “fishing expedition for communications with individuals that LIV considers ‘America’s most powerful people,’ but otherwise have no relevance to the issue in dispute.”

“LIV contends — incorrectly — that the TOUR has ‘leaned on’ or pressured Augusta National to block LIV golfers from the Masters,” Meeker’s legal professional wrote. “According to Plaintiffs, the TOUR and Augusta National aligned in response to LIV, which seed[ed] doubt among top professional golfers whether they would be banned from future Masters Tournaments.’ This theory is entirely baseless as demonstrated by the fact that the Masters has allowed LIV golfers to compete in the 2023 tournament.”

On Dec. 20, Augusta Nationwide introduced that any golfer who certified for the Masters based mostly on its earlier standards can be invited to play in April, together with 16 gamers competing within the LIV Golf League.

Garcia drops out of DP World Tour dispute

DP World Tour communications director Scott Crockett instructed reporters in Dubai this week that LIV Golf gamers Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel have eliminated themselves as appellants in an upcoming arbitration listening to, which is able to resolve whether or not the DP World Tour can droop them for competing in conflicting LIV Golf occasions.

13 LIV Golf gamers, together with longtime Ryder Cup contributors Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, stay appellants within the case. The listening to in entrance of a three-person panel convened by the Sports activities Resolutions Arbitration and Media Centre in London is scheduled to start on Feb. 6.

A choice is not anticipated for a number of weeks after the listening to. Both aspect can enchantment the ruling as nicely.

“The result is whatever the result is,” DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley instructed reporters in Dubai. “I think it’s an important moment for our tour and to protect our tour and for our members at all different levels.”

Child picture!

Joel Dahmen withdrew from final week’s American Specific. He and his spouse, Lona, welcomed their first little one to the world. Their son, Riggs, was born at 11:26 a.m. ET on Thursday. The place’s his bucket hat?

Hey, bear in mind me?

World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy is enjoying for the primary time this 12 months on the Hero Dubai Desert Traditional.