The Pin Sheet – January 24, 2020

Welcome to The Pin Sheet, a quick guide for your day in golf that pairs beautifully with our Clubhouse Newsletter.

Between this daily aggregation and the Newsletter, you’ll find everything you need to know that’s going on in the world of golf to be the most well-informed player in your foursome.

Without further ado, now on the tee…

Today’s Clubhouse Newsletter

Tiger And Rory In The Mix At Torrey

Both making their first start of 2020, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy got off to solid starts on Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Playing in consecutive groups on the North Course, McIlroy fired a 5-under par 67 that featured seven birdies against just two bogeys, putting him one shot back of first-round co-leaders Keegan Bradley and Sebastian Cappelen. 

“It doesn’t serve me as a golfer to try to be careful, to try to play conservatively or the way maybe some other people play,” McIlroy said. “I have my own style of play and most of the times it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but sometimes I get into situations and I become a little too conservative and I become a little too careful.”

Woods started slowly, failing to birdie the par-5 10th hole and bogeying the short par-4 11th, but bounced back by playing his next 16 holes in 4-under par to sit in a tie for 21st.

“I kind of just chipped it around a little bit today and I didn’t quite let it go,” Woods said. “I felt like I just had to miss the ball in the correct spots, which I was able to do all day today.”

Both will play the tougher South Course on Friday. Click here to see the full leaderboard.

Sullivan DQ’d For Scorecard Error

England’s Andy Sullivan won’t be teeing it up in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after a scoring error got him disqualified. A first-round of 5-over par 77 was wiped off the board after Sullivan signed for 4-4 on holes 15 and 16 instead of his actual scores, 3-5.

“Gutted not to have the chance to make the cut today,” Sullivan wrote on Twitter. “Totally my fault. (I) signed for a 4 and 4 on the 15th and 16th holes when I made 3 and 5.”

Thomas Pieters took the first-round lead thanks to a first-round 5-under par 67. Click here to see the full leaderboard.

Finau Drops Out Of Saudi Event

The controversial Saudi International, which will be played next week at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, will be without one previously-committed big-name U.S. player. 

Tony Finau announced in a series of tweets on Thursday that he was dropping out of the event due to familial responsibilities, but vowed to return to Saudi Arabia next year.

Gulbis Announces Her Retirement

After 19 years as a professional and 18 years on the LPGA Tour, Natalie Gulbis announced in a co-authored piece on that she would be retiring from professional golf after this season.

Gulbis went on to say that she actually planned to retire 10 years ago after back troubles sidelined her for significant times, but after four surgeries, her back feels “fantastic — it’s strong and pain-free,” but lingering issues have diminished her as a player.

“I can’t give my best unless I play regularly,” Gulbis said of the possibility of playing a reduced schedule. “If I can’t give my best, I don’t want to be out there. I’m a professional athlete. I have pride. I tried a reduced schedule in 2018 and ’19, but the results said it all: For someone who plays to win, I haven’t come close!”

Gulbis’ lone win on the LPGA Tour came at the 2007 Evian Masters.