He Said

By Andrew GiulianiOctober 26, 2010, 11:28 pm

Before going on Big Break you accept that along with a golf competition, you are going to be on a reality television show where drama is emphasized at every turn. First, you have the drama that is the continuous roller coaster ride of adrenaline which starts from the time you first find out you are going to be on the show, until the very last shot is holed. As a competitor, you strive to put yourself in positions where you are learning to control and feed off your adrenaline and battle your nerves. This is why you practice, and this is what you love about competition.

Second, you have the drama that is reality television. While this is significantly less appealing, it certainly creates a high tension atmosphere that is one of the reasons the show has been so successful for fourteen seasons. With that said, let’s talk about some of the golf that was played in the fifth episode and what we can look forward to next week.

The first challenge by the women was one of the most impressive performances in a show that has been filled with quality golf. In Big Break Disney Golf, the winning team in this challenge had a whopping score of two, so to hit 12 shots like that was impressive.

 In the Hit Below the Wall Challenge, we were able to knot it up at one with great play from both Football and Brian. That led to the final challenge of the morning which was another barn-burner. With a score of 9’4” in some good wind on a tough green, we felt like we were able to put the pressure on the ladies to have to go up there and hit a really good shot to beat us. On their last ball, Sara was able to do just that and prove again that she can hit the shots when it’s on her shoulders.

This led to the final shot of the Waste Management Challenge, where $15,000 was on the line. Throughout this four-episode challenge, the six players from both teams went up there and hit really good golf shots when their team has relied on them. In the fourth challenge, Lori and I were to hit from 100 yards to a tough pin. Lori gets up there and hits what appears to be pretty tight, but just spins it back to about 20 feet. At this point, I wasn’t sure of the exact yardage that I needed to hit it to win, but I knew anything inside of 30 feet was going to give the guys a much needed win which might be enough to turn the tide. The wind was blowing about 15-20 MPH from left to right and into my face, and I knew that I needed to keep the ball behind the pin, because anything short would spin off the green. After visualizing the shot just the way I wanted to hit it, I got up to the ball and swung. The contact was pure, but I closed the face on it and knew I tugged it left of where I wanted to hit it. As the ball finished up, I knew it was close, but honestly I thought that it was outside the 33 feet that was needed to win.

The next five minutes of waiting to find out the result was gut wrenching.  One thing our team agreed upon before the entire competition began was that we were not going to apologize as long as we had left it out on the course. I knew I left it all out there, but I felt that I had let them down.  For the guys to go up there and hit it to 10, 6, and 9 feet respectively and to not capitalize on the opportunity to put money in their pockets and give us some possibility of momentum going forward would have been tough to swallow. With that said, we stood up there as a team, as one unit, waiting to hear what Tom and Stephanie had to say. When they told us that we had won by a foot and a half, I felt pure relief, and for the guys to all huddle around as we did, just proved to me that our team was starting to truly get this concept of what it was to be a team. They had done a great job of putting me in that position, and I was just happy that the inches fell our way this time.

The Waste Management Challenge was one step in the right direction, and I knew that the Benching Challenge would be huge this episode particularly. If we could overcome that one stroke advantage, all of the sudden the momentum would be on our side. We needed a positive day, and this was our chance. I personally thought that it would be Blake or I who would be picked, but I didn’t figure that Elena would be the ladies’ choice. When she came up to me and told me we were going to tee it, I got the biggest shot of adrenaline through my body. Many people ask me what kind of music I practice to, especially if I am warming up before an important competition. The consensus seems to be something to relax the mind, but I’m a little different. You see, for some reason I still think I am a football player, so I turned my iPod to the Rocky soundtrack and allowed Bill Conti’s masterpiece to get me as pumped up as it could. After hearing Mick yell into my ear enough times, I knew I was ready to go the distance, however Mother Nature had different plans. The rain poured for about a half hour before it was obvious golf was over for the day. 

While I was pumped up to play that afternoon, I knew that the weather delay would only benefit our team. While I’ve only been playing professionally for a year and a half, I know that these delays can do one of two things: it can help you go over your plan one more time and give you the proper time to visualize the shots that need to be hit, or it you can let your mind wonder and think about what the results of the competition will mean to you. It’s very easy to slip into the latter, so I knew that I needed to get a good night’s rest and focus on what I could control. Before I went to bed, I went through the two holes in my mind one final time. Before I went to sleep, I read part of President Theodore Roosevelt’s speech to the Paris Sorbonne, which I believe is still one of the best statements ever made.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Time for us to turn this competition around, right now!

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

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.

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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.