Keeping Score

Keeping score

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Number of playoff holes – five on Sunday and one on Monday – that Jason Day needed to win the Farmers Insurance Open. Day tapped in a 1½-foot putt on the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines’ South Course in San Diego to outlast Alex Noren, whose second shot rolled into a pond fronting the green. It was the first PGA Tour victory for Day, 30, of Australia, since he won the 2016 Players Championship and was his 11th overall. Noren, 35, of Sweden, is a nine-time winner on the European Tour who was seeking his first title on the PGA Tour. They had tied after 72 holes with Ryan Palmer at 10-under 278 before Palmer was eliminated on the first playoff hole. Darkness suspended play Sunday after five extra holes (scores: http://bit.ly/2wE1lpy).

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Number of spots that China’s Haotong Li improved in the Official World Golf Ranking, to No. 32, after his victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Rory McIlroy regained a spot among the top 10, jumping three spots, to eighth, after his runner-up finish in Dubai (ranking: http://bit.ly/1ibwqPL). 

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Percentage increase in the TV ratings for Sunday’s final-round coverage of the Farmers Insurance Open from last year’s broadcast, according to CBS Sports. It was the highest-rated Sunday in five years, when Tiger Woods won his eighth tournament at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Golf Channel also reported a record overnight rating, at 1.86, for a PGA Tour event on the cable network. 

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Percentage of respondents who answered “top 10” to the Morning Read social-media question: “Based on how Tiger Woods played in the Farmers Insurance Open (T-23, at 3-under 285) in his first PGA Tour event in a year, how do you expect him to do in the Masters?” Three percent expect Woods to win his fifth green jacket and first major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open. Only 17 percent of respondents expect Woods not to make the cut at the Masters, which is scheduled for April 5-8 at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club.
 


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