Daly Still Has Shot at The Masters

By Associated PressMarch 21, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 Bay Hill InvitationalORLANDO, Fla. -- John Daly looked like a lock to make the Masters with four holes to play.
 
It all changed with more signature moments Sunday in the Bay Hill Invitational persented by MasterCard, a tournament that always seems to have the last laugh.
 
'I did the best I could,' Daly said. 'One of these years, I'm going to finish strong on this golf course.'
 
John DalySunday would have been a great time for that.
 
Daly is trying desperately to qualify for the Masters, and he was in great shape coming down the stretch at Bay Hill. He was 11 under par, tied for third, which would have been enough to move him into the top 50 and keep him comfortably inside the top 10 on the PGA Tour money list.
 
Those are the two final criteria for getting to Augusta National. The cutoff is next week.
 
Daly usually hits driver on the par-4 15th, taking it out over the houses and around the trees. This time, the drive went a little too far right and disappeared among the cars by the NBC television compound, well out-of-bounds. He had to hit again from the tee, and made double bogey.
 
'It was a little windy,' Daly said. 'I didn't think it would be out of bounds. It was weird, because it ended up way right of where I hit it.'
 
That dropped him into a tie for sixth, but Daly bounced back with a 25-foot eagle on the par-5 16th.
 
Then, his tee shot on the par-3 17th nearly dropped back into the water.
 
Daly chipped to 8 feet and made bogey. Still, he was in a tie for fifth, poised to gain valuable world ranking points.
 
His drive on the final hole ricocheted off a TV truck that holds the camera, which was a huge break - otherwise, it would have landed in the lake. Daly was aiming to the left front of the green.
 
'It squirted right,' he said. 'What can you do?'
 
He watched it splash into the water, and he was hitting fourth shot to the green, landing it some 80 feet away. Three putts later, Daly had a triple bogey and was tied for 10th.
 
Chad Campbell's victory bumped Daly down one notch to No. 9 on the money list. Instead of cracking the top 50 in the world ranking, he likely will be in the mid-50s when the ranking is published Monday.
 
The good news? He still has The Players Championship, the richest purse in golf.
 
'I feel like I've played well enough,' Daly said. 'I think there are a lot of guys that won tournaments last year after Augusta that should be in it. I've always believed if you win a tournament out here, you should be playing there, at least Augusta and the U.S. Open. But they have their rules.'
 
Daly got into position for the Masters by winning the Buick Invitational, his first victory on the PGA Tour in nine years. And despite the wild finish, he is playing some of his best golf.
 
'I hate to end like that because I love the way I'm playing,' he said.
 
It could have been worse.
 
Six years ago, Daly made an 18 on the par-5 sixth hole in the final round. In 2000, he closed with an 87.
 
He was steady most of the week, although the big numbers didn't help his cause.
 
'There's not many guys who could make five doubles and a triple and still finish in the top 10,' Daly said. 'I'm setting records everywhere.'
 
His math was a little off -- he only made four double bogeys and a triple bogey this week at Bay Hill.
 
Still, the only math that matters is calculating his money and world ranking.
 
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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.