A Golf Declaration of Independence

By Adam BarrJuly 5, 2002, 4:00 pm
Electronically assembled

When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the habits of thought and action that have connected it with an Ancient and Honorable Game, and to assume among other Sports of the Earth, the separate and exalted station to which said Game is entitled, a decent respect to the Opinions of Golfers requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to such changes.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Golfers are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator and the starter with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are reasonable greens fees, no less than 10-minute tee time intervals, and raked bunkers.
That to secure these Rights, Ruling Bodies are instituted among golfers and manufacturers, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed ' so they should do whatever they can to harmonize their game promotion and protection goals with what the governed want (and just to show theres no need to fling the iced tea mix into the harbor, let us Give Credit Where Due when said Ruling Bodies have made such honest efforts.)
Further, We the Golfers declare our independence from the following:
The tyranny of the Upscale Daily Fee (much worse than taxation without representation);
Modern course designs that include too many trees and areas from which the ball is unrecoverable, thereby discouraging beginners and those who cannot devote to the purchase of golf balls the amount the French spend on butter;
Cart-only courses, which rob us of rhythm and exercise;
The idea that our enjoyment of the game depends in every circumstance upon The Next Big Thing from equipment manufacturers;
The idea that equipment companies are ramming needless technology down our throats every 12 months;
The idea that the two paragraphs above are mutually exclusive;
The temptation to demean the LPGA by using sex to sell it, even if that would mean continued mediocre popularity levels for that league;
Metal spikes;
The idea that the only acceptable number of holes people can play is nine or 18;
Exclusivity, snootiness, sexism, intimidation, sneering, leering or any other behavior that discourages anyone from playing;
Equipment regulation debates that make the game seem to outsiders more like a Congressional committee hearing than a pleasant recreation;
The S-word, the yips, chili-dipping, chunking, scooping, thinning, hitting it fat, and slicing;
Long, pompous speeches by the starter about the rules, regulations and assorted no-nos at Something or Other Hills G &CC;
Slow play;
That minority of environmentalists who dont seem to want to understand what everyone else does: That a responsibly managed golf course provides immense environmental benefits, and usually a number of important micro-ecosystems;
Wall-to-wall green disease, which infects the mind with the notion that green is the only suitable color for golf courses or to hit from, and which wastes millions of gallons of water;
The arrogance of some better players;
The obnoxious posturing of some not-so-good players;
A host of other things well think of sooner or later.
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on each others GHIN cards, we mutually pledge three a side and all wagers to be settled in the bar after the round.
JOHN HANCOCK, Signer of Big Documents
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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

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

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

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.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

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.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.