Farmers Insurance Open
To give you an idea of the firepower in the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Adam Scott all teed it up alongside Justin Rose, the Official World Golf Ranking #1 player in the world.
Situated on the Pacific Ocean, the sun bathed the North and South courses at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California in warm temperatures all week, providing pristine golf conditions. Playing the easier North Course on Thursday, Rose and Rahm took advantage early on.
Jon Rahm may have shot the opening round of the day with his 10-under 62, but Rose kept pace with a 9-under 63 of his own. Rahm only managed an even par round on the South Course on Friday. Rose, on the other hand, backed up his opening round with a 6-under 66 to take a 3-shot lead on the field heading into the weekend.
What was incredible to watch was Rose’s temperance throughout the four days, and especially on Saturday. Torrey Pines features narrow fairways and heavy, deep roughs. When he missed fairways, Rose hit multiple shots into penalty areas that cost him what could have been a much more comfortable advantage heading into Sunday.
Through it all, Rose managed 4 rounds in the 60s, capping off his 2-stroke victory with a birdie on the 72nd hole.
Runner-up, Adam Scott, who was using a new armlock putter will look back at a couple of missed putts from no more than 3 feet as the moments the tournament got away from him. Starting the final day 13 strokes behind Rose, Tiger Woods never found himself in contention, but he did manage to accomplish his goal of finishing double digits under par.
Justin Rose’s victory at the Farmers Insurance Open was an opportunity to flex his number one OWGR ranking muscle against a high-caliber field, while also christening his newly signed 10-club deal with Honma and apparel contract with Bonobos. The performance he treated viewers to was befitting of the world number one golfer.
Rose becomes the 116th player with 10 or more PGA Tour wins, and one of the most successful British players of all time. He has 24 total career victories, including the 2016 gold medal in Rio.
These are the clubs the defending FedEx Cup Champion Justin Rose used to win the Farmers Insurance Open.
(As reported by PGATOUR):
Honma T//World 747 460 (9.5°)
Honma Vizard FD-7X
Honma T//World TW-X Proto 2-Iron
KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+
T//World Rose Proto MB 4-9
KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+
Honma T//World Rose Proto 47°/52°/56°
KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135 X-Stiff
Axis1 Rose Prototype
Omega Dubai Desert Classic
While Justin Rose was announcing to the PGA Tour he’s not going anywhere anytime soon, another player was asserting his dominance on the other side of the planet. Bryson DeChambeau put on an absolute clinic in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic winning the event by 7 shots over a very strong European-led field.
Bryson formulated a plan and stuck to it. He was 14-under on the 16 par 5s he played during the week and the 24-under par performance is a personal best for Bryson. It also set the tournament scoring record, breaking Haotong Li’s one-year old record of 23-under by one stroke.
Bryson’s intensity never faltered and even on the final hole of the tournament, he could be seen working out the numbers and executing his game plan with his caddie. To illustrate how dialed in he was, on his second shot on the par 5 18th, he decided he wanted to leave himself at 125 yards to the pin with his layup, he left himself 126 yards.
In his bid to repeat as champion, Haotong Li found himself victim of one of the new rule changes. As he lined up his putt on the 18th green on Sunday, his caddie stood on his line behind him, which is now deemed illegal. The incident cost him 2 strokes and almost $100,000 in prize money. If he had backed off the putt and reset himself without the caddie behind him, he would have avoided the penalty.
This is Dechambeau’s seventh career professional victory and first European Tour win. It is his first victory outside the United States, and he’s now proven his game can translate to success anywhere in the world.
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