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The Farmers Insurance Open finishes on Saturday again, and Justin Thomas jokingly makes the case for more short weeks | Golf News and Tour Information

SAN DIEGO — While the scheduled Wednesday through Saturday playing of last year‘s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines was originally met with some disappointment and skepticism—and then it nearly went into Sunday when the playoff between winner Luke List and Will Zalatoris ran late—there wasn’t ‘t a lot of complaining on the players’ end.

The NFL conference championship games forced the move because of television conflicts, and with only two practice days and no pro-am, the golfers seemed perfectly happy to have an abbreviated week and another Sunday off.

Count Justin Thomas among them.

“It was incredible, I got to watch football on Sunday,” he said on Tuesday. “I was ecstatic about it. Even so much so that I pushed the tour that we did it during the entire playoffs because I love football and I love watching football.”

Thomas, who tied for the 20th in the Farmers last year, was joking about the schedule, of course. The Farmers have the only Saturday finish on the tour, and that’s not going to change. The Century Club of San Diego has apparently adapted, selling out most of its hospitality, and the players seemed to have adjusted to competing one day early.

“It’s easy for me,” Thomas said. “I’m not playing the previous week, so I just come in Sunday versus Monday. The weirdest thing is just actually out of habit—the [usual] cut’s after Friday, the final round’s Sunday, so it’s just little things that you’re saying. It’s like when you’re playing a course that’s rerouted or when they change East Lake [for the Tour Championship]everybody always says [hole] 5 is 5, but it’s really 14 now … little things that don’t make a difference.”

Xander Schauffele, the World No. 6 who played in The American Express last week

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Man who claimed to be hate crime victim charged with insurance fraud

Avonte Hartsfield said the fire that destroyed his food truck occurred after several days of escalating incidents that made him feel targeted.

San Diego prosecutors have charged a Black businessman, who is accused of a “series of hate crimes” directed at him resulting in the destruction of his vegan food truck, with arson and insurance fraud.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Avonte Hartsfield, 26, who is gay, also faces a grand theft charge. On Tuesday, he entered a not-guilty plea to charges stemming from the Oct. 3, 202, fire that destroyed his Rollin Roots truck in Kearny Mesa.

Hartsfield was claimed at the time that the fire occurred following several days of escalating incidents that made him feel targeted. He said someone cut electrical lines to the truck and placed a nose over his office door a few days before the food truck went up in flames while parked outside.

Prosecutors in San Diego have charged Avonte Hartsfield (above), a gay Black businessman who claimed a “series of hate crimes” resulted in the loss of his vegan food truck, with arson and insurance fraud.  (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube.com/ABC 10 News)

Prosecutors in San Diego have charged Avonte Hartsfield (above), a gay Black businessman who claimed a “series of hate crimes” resulted in the loss of his vegan food truck, with arson and insurance fraud. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube.com/ABC 10 News)

According to a criminal complaint, prosecutors suspect Hartsfield intentionally started the fire and then submitted a fake insurance claim. Through a GoFundMe campaign, he was able to amass over $102,000 from more than 2,100 donors, funds that the prosecution claims he accepted under false pretenses.

Hartsfield said Tuesday that the police failed to examine the case entirely and focused solely on him without looking for other suspects.

“They only suspected me,” said Hartsfield, according to The Union-Tribune. “I guess we get to expose the system at this point, so I’m excited for that opportunity.”

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