Duval on Course in Life Golf

By Associated PressJune 16, 2004, 4:00 pm
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- It takes a lot to get a golfer to stop preparing for a major tournament. Quite a few did just that Wednesday when David Duval walked by the practice green at Shinnecock Hills.
 
Fellow players stopped and watched him go by and some fans started applauding as the 32-year-old headed to register on the final practice day before the U.S. Open begins.
 
Duval was back.
 
When he tees off at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, Duval will be playing a competitive round for the first time since he withdrew from a tournament in Japan in November.
 
'I didn't really know when I would play again. I just felt at some point I would feel like I was ready to go, just play and have some fun,' he said Wednesday. 'A lot of the thing that's been missing for me for a long time has been the enjoyment of being out here.'
 
The only player to be ranked No. 1 in the world besides Tiger Woods over the last five years, Duval won the British Open in 2001. That was two years after he shot a 59 in the final round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. It all seems a long time ago.
 
'It just kind of hit me Saturday night that I just wanted to go play, for no other reason than I just felt like I was ready to go have some fun and enjoy it again. Up to that point, I hadn't wanted to play.'
 
Duval's voice cracked several times and his eyes that were usually hidden behind his trademark sunglasses welled although he never cried. The emotion was obvious.
 
'I was in tears when I called home Saturday night when I was out golfing and said that I was going to New York and I've been in and out of tears ever since,' he said.
 
Duval last played in a PGA Tour event in Las Vegas last October when he missed the cut. He said he made his decision to play this weekend on the cart path near the fourth tee at Cherry Hills Country Club, a former U.S. Open venue near Duval's new home, Denver.
 
He called his wife Susie, whom he married on March 6.
 
'Since I made the decision Saturday night to come, I've been nervous,' Duval said. 'Susie has been saying all along that she was feeling that this was where I was going to play, and I didn't know it. I really didn't know it.'
 
This tournament and his new family -- they have three children -- are a great combination for Duval.
 
'In some sense to be honest with you, I haven't missed it,' he said. 'I haven't missed being away, but I just wanted to play this week. The U.S. Open is a very hard thing for me to miss and I was anxious for wife and my family to see me and see what I do, to see the atmosphere of golf.'
 
Duval said he feels pretty good physically and he has been playing four or five times a week without practicing.
 
On Wednesday, Duval played a practice round at Shinnecock, a wind-swept, tight course where he finished tied for 28th in the 1995 Open as PGA Tour rookie. He played with Fred Couples and Davis Love III, fellow pros he said he talked to numerous times during his absence.
 
Duval was far from perfect during the up-and-down practice round, which got off to a shaky start, but he was back on the course getting ready for a major again.
 
Duval's first tee shot went left and struck a member of the gallery. When the ball left his club face, a woman near the tee yelled to him and expressed the feelings of a lot of people.
 
'Welcome back, David!'
 
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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.