Architect Dye among six inducted into Hall of Fame

By Associated PressNovember 10, 2008, 5:00 pm
World Golf Hall of FameST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. ' Pete Dye, who designed more than 120 courses with risk-and-reward options that brought pleasure to some and frustration to most, was among six people inducted Monday night into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The 2008 class featured an amateur, an architect and an author, along with three major champions.
Craig Wood was the only player elected through the PGA Tour ballot. Wood, the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year and the first to lose all four majors in extra holes, received the minimum 65 percent of the vote.
Three-time major champion Denny Shute and Bob Charles, the first left-hander to win a major, got in through the Veterans category.
Carole Semple Thompson, an amateur who won seven USGA championship and took part in 14 Curtis Cup matches; and Herbert Warren Wind, the writer who famously described a three-hole stretch at Augusta National as Amen Corner, were selected through the Lifetime Achievement category.
They brought membership in the Hall of Fame to 126.
Dye, selected through the Lifetime Achievement category, dismissed his career as digging up other peoples property, but he shaped it into courses that held major championships, Ryder Cups and PGA Tour events. He became the fourth Hall of Famer whose primary occupation was a golf course architect.
He started with a nine-hole course near Indianapolis and turned that into a design business that produced more than 120 courses that have hosted major championships, Ryder Cups and PGA Tour stops'Kiawah Island, Whistling Straits and Oak Tree among them.
He has been a designer who has really tested us, said Greg Norman, who introduced Dye. Pete has the ability to make you remember every shot you played.
His courses were often described as Dye-abolical for the severe punishment of missed shots, none more famous than the island green on the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass.
His highest praise?
Still coming, he said. Hasnt gotten there yet.
And his worst criticism? The list is too long, which might be a compliment in itself.
Ive got a million of them, Dye said. Im the only person in the world to build a golf course and have all the PGA professionals condemn the golf course.
That would be TPC Sawgrass, which Dye built from a swamp in northeast Florida. It has staged The Players Championship since 1982, and with an island green and television coverage, it has become one of the most well-known courses in the world.
Dye didnt start work until 1960, long after the careers of Wood and Shute.
In some respects, Wood was the Greg Norman of his era with a career remembered as much for his two majors as some of his heartbreaking defeats. Wood, who died in 1968, won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including consecutive majors in 1941 when he captured the Masters and U.S. Open.
But he also was the first player to lose all four majors in extra holes, none more memorable than in 1935 at Augusta National. He was the leader in the clubhouse until Gene Sarazen holed out from the 15th fairway for double eagle, then beat Wood the next day in a playoff. Two years earlier, he lost a playoff in the British Open at St. Andrews to Shute.
It was the first of three majors for Shute, who was quiet and shy, but described by Byron Nelson as a lot better than people realize. Shute won the PGA Championship in consecutive years (1936-37), a feat that stood for 63 years until Tiger Woods matched him in 2000.
Shute, who died in 1974, won 16 times on the PGA Tour and played on three Ryder Cup teams.
Charles is the first player from New Zealand in the Hall of Fame, but is better known as the first lefty to win on the PGA Tour at the 1963 Houston Open, and more famously, win the first major at the British Open that summer.
He later won 23 times on the Champions Tour, and the 72-year-old broke his age in 11 of 12 rounds this year.
Its certainly a very proud moment for me, Charles said. Ive had 50 years of traveling around the world playing competitive golf. Ive won a few awards in my career, and this is something special.
Wind was educated at Yale and earned a masters degree in literature from Cambridge. Jerry Tarde, chairman of the Golf Digest Companies, introduced him as the most important golf writer of the 20th century.
Wind, who died in 2005, began working for The New Yorker in the 1940s and was drawn to golf. He wrote The Story of American in Golf that was published in 1948, and remains one of the most definitive accounts of professional and amateur golf.
He also wrote with Ben Hogan a book titled The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, which remains the benchmark for instructional books.
Wind joined Sports Illustrated in 1954, where he spent seven years. He was covering the Masters in 1958 when he came up with the phrase Amen Corner to describe the 11th, 12th and 13th holes.
Semple Thompson won her first tournament by beating her mother in the Western Pennsylvania Womens Championship. She went on to compete in more than 100 USGA championships, winning seven of them. She played on 12 Curtis Cup teams and was the U.S. captain for two more. She also served on the USGA executive committee.
Semple Thompson was the sixth female amateur to be inducted.
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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.