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Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes Returns for 2016

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 22:18 Monday, 01 February 2016 22:01

Francesco MolinariDETROIT, Michigan — PGA TOUR sponsor and Detroit-based online mortgage lender Quicken Loans has extended the Quicken Loans Hole-In-One Sweepstakes for its third year. Beginning at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Hole-In-One Sweepstakes awards one lucky fan with mortgage payments for a year each time there is a hole-in-one at any PGA TOUR co-sponsored event, concluding with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in September. In total, the sweepstakes encompasses 32 tournaments in 2016.

Since the sweepstakes’ inception in 2014, Quicken Loans has awarded more than 600 monthly mortgage payments through the program.

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Snedeker Closes with 69, Then Waits to See If It’s Enough to Win the Farmers Insurance Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:18 Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:02

Brandt SnedekerCanadian Press

SAN DIEGO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Brandt Snedeker called it one of the best rounds he ever played, one he doubts he could repeat if he had to start over. Still to be determined was whether his 3-under 69 in a raging wind and occasional rain Sunday at Torrey Pines would be good enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

He has to wait until Monday to find out.

Not long after Snedeker finished, the final round was suspended for the third and final time because of unplayable conditions. The wind was so fierce that the South Course was evacuated as the gusts started to push out windows in tents.

Stewart Williams, a meteorologist for the PGA Tour, said the peak gust was between 50 mph and 55 mph. Monday will be closed to the public, and the only volunteers on duty will be drivers of the evacuation vans for the players.

“It’s like playing a British Open on a U.S. Open setup,” Snedeker said.

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PGA TOUR Unveils “The Leaderboard Knows All” Ad Campaign

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 20:24 Friday, 29 January 2016 20:14

PGA TOUR LeaderboardPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — As part of “These Guys are Good,” the longest running and one of the most recognizable taglines in sports marketing, and the season long race for the FedExCup, the PGA TOUR will introduce a new ad campaign titled “The Leaderboard Knows All” this week during coverage of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.

“The Leaderboard Knows All” campaign features the voice of comedian Lewis Black and focuses on the distinct personalities of the broad group of stars who have emerged on the PGA TOUR, showcasing their extraordinary skills and the competitive friction that exists between them.

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Fowler Eyes Major to Merit Inclusion in Golf’s Elite

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 01:44 Friday, 29 January 2016 01:38

Rickie FowlerCanadian Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Steve Douglas/AP) — Golf’s new “Big Three” has been around for only a few months, and already there’s talk of the exclusive group being expanded.

Rickie Fowler is back in the conversation after his fourth worldwide victory in the last nine months, over a stellar field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The American found himself at a career-high No. 4 in the rankings, with only Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy above him. But to merit inclusion in the sport’s golfing elite, Fowler knows he needs to add a major to his increasingly impressive resume.

He gets his first chance at the Masters in April.

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Northern Trust Open Announces Second-Annual Collegiate Showcase Field

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 01:13 Friday, 29 January 2016 01:07

Will ZalatorisLOS ANGELES, California — Northern Trust Open tournament officials are pleased to announce that the Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares will return for a second installment this year. The showcase will be held on Monday, February 15, kicking off an exciting tournament week at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Fourteen collegiate golfers from across the country will represent their respective universities while playing alongside top PGA TOUR pros and two amateur boosters.

World No. 1 Jordan Spieth, who recently announced his commitment to the tournament for the fourth time in his career, has added his name to an impressive list of PGA TOUR players supporting their alma maters via the Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase presented by Sands Cares. Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Jimmy Walker, Luke Donald and J.B. Holmes are among the other top names committed to the competition.

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