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Well, what would you, as a golfer, do if you did?
What if you hit the lottery? Got remembered by that rich uncle? Succeeded in business beyond your wildest dreams and sold the whole shebang to Microsoft?
Tell you what I'd do. After taking care of the basics -- home, beach house, college for the kid, trust fund and all ' Id build a golf course.
Not just any golf course. My golf course. Nine out, nine back, with nine double greens. Neither overdesigned nor overmanicured, My GC would keep it simple. No wacky elevation changes, no funky greens. The lay of the land would prevail. Green tilts front to back? So did the meadow, right there. No flat lie in this hole's driving area? Imagine that; the land rolled just that way.
There would be carts, but not many. My course will embrace walking. There will be a maintenance budget, but not much. And I'll only hire two kinds of people: old ones who love turf and want to be around golf courses in their retirement, and young ones who are learning to be superintendents.
Rough? Sure, and some tall fescue in the summer -- but sparse, so you could find your ball. Trees? Yes, but not so many that they're competing with the turf for resources.
Let me tell you what there wouldn't be. There would not be a supercilious starter at the first tee giving a 20-minute talk on 90-degree cart rules, who the architects grandfather was, and why our Bermudagrass is better than their Bermudagrass. There would not be a pro shop selling sets of irons for more than the GNP of Luxembourg. There would not be dining minimums, sumptuous decorating, or silly cliques. No Ladies Days, Mens Only Days, or discriminatory tee time distribution.
Just Golfer Days. And Bring-Your-Kid afternoons, so we could play as families without fear of interfering with the Serious Saturday Morning game. Leagues, interclub matches, competitions of all kinds with plenty of flights so everyone could test their games.
Sure, there might not be a pool. But there are a few showers in the locker room if you need to cool off and clean up before heading out to dinner (elsewhere). Sure, the grill room menu might be brief, but itll always be good (especially if I can get my wife or mother or mother-in-law to cook). And there will be soup on cold days, guaranteed. And a fireplace at one end of the grill room, with some nice chairs and a shelf full of golf books.
In the summer, the doors and windows would be open, and bees would buzz around the screens as cool breezes blew through. In the winter, we would stay open as long as the turf could stand it. And when it got too cold, we would have once-a-month card parties or catered dinner dances. And after these winter get-togethers, we would stand in the bar, have a nightcap, and reminisce about last season.when Smitty jarred one on 15 after the ball bounced off a sprinkler head and bounded forward 30 yards. When one of our juniors made it to the state am. And how long til spring?
Of course, this is just My GC. Everyone likes something different, which is one of the many things that make golf fun. You want the long-winded starter? If you win the million, bring him on. Crepes Suzette in the grill room and Roman tubs in the locker room? Its your club.
And of course, not many of us would get the million-dollar chance. But imagine going around to your friends and handing out the membership cards
If you get that million, let me know.
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.
Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.
As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.
"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."
Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.
Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.
Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.
But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.
Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.
Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:
Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180
Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70
Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5
Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450
Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200
Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.
Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.
“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.
“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”
Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.
“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.
Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.
Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim.
Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.