Dye 10-Under-Par Possible at PGA

By Associated PressAugust 10, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 PGA ChampionshipHAVEN, Wis. -- All the clamoring about Whistling Straits being a torture test has course owner Herbert Kohler Jr. and course designer Pete Dye quite amused.
I think these boys, who hit it as far as they do and as straight as they do, they shouldnt have any trouble at all, Dye said.
Kohler, who hired Dye to turn the former military base, toxic waste dump and drug trafficking point into a world class golf course, said he expects it to be a fair test of golfs greatest players.
Regardless of how much it rains and how much it blows how much the sun shines, this course is going to be a strong test and fair test and its going to hold its own, Kohler said.
Kohler never meant to make his masterpiece uncomplicated.
Im a character that likes to see stresses and strains, especially among those players who are he best in the world, Kohler said. We can watch them week in and week out and we dont see ordinarily the kind of challenge that a major can bring out.
And we dont have any score in mind necessarily. We just want to see the best players in the world tested so that we can see aspects of their mental makeup, their emotional makeup and their courage.
Dye said he expects somebody will shoot a 65 or 66 on the 7,514-yard layout that plays to a par 72. And the winning total? With the weather thats forecast, 8- or 10-under par, he predicted.
Kohler said the course isnt set up as hard as it could be, and Dye agreed, saying the rains have kept the unwatered fescue fairways moistened.
This will be a popcorn, Dye said. Sometimes people choke on popcorn.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre hates training camp, and he still wouldnt trade places with the golfers at Whistling Straits this week.
No. I dont feel like hiking, he said Tuesday. You walk that course, its like hiking. Thats too much work. Those caddies down there earn their money, I can assure you of that.
The Straits Course, site of the 86th PGA Championship, features more than 1,400 sand bunkers, some no bigger than a coffin, in a magnificent moonscape that stretches across two miles of Lake Michigans rugged shoreline.
Favre, an avid golfer with a 2-handicap who often works on his putting after practice, has played the course several times and said even the worlds best will have trouble with the Irish-like links layout.
Good luck to em is what I say. Good luck to em. Its extremely difficult, he said. Im not a pro golfer, but in my opinion, over par is going to win it. That is a difficult course. I dont know if they can make it any harder.
Tiger Woods wouldnt say whether he likes the course, saying it all depends on whether the wind blows this week or not.
Favre has news for Woods: Ive heard people say, If the wind is a factor, its going to be difficult. Its always a factor there. Always. Its a great course, but its a beast.
And how has Favre faired on the crushing course?
My score? Ah, its been several years since I played 18 there, and we played the up tees, Id say late 70s, early 80s, he said.
About what he expects to see plenty of this week.
Bob Sowards, who won the PGA Club Professional Championship, isnt just happy to be here.
Up until this year, my main goal was to make the cut, Sowards said. This year, I feel like my game is so much better. Im going to try to get into contention. I feel I should see my name on the leaderboard.
Sowards is confident even though this is the first links-style course hes played.
The top 25 finishers at the 37th PGA Club Professional Championship in Nashport, Ohio, in June earned spots at the PGA Championship. Sowards made up eight shots on the front nine for a one-stoke victory.
Sowards isnt about to be intimidated by the course or the field.
I feel like Ive played my best on harder golf courses throughout my life, he said. Even when I had really no game, the harder the golf course, the closer to even par the winning number, the better I do.
I feel like I can make pars chipping and putting with the best of them, and so the whole key is ... hitting it where Im looking, trying to pick out the right targets and hitting it where Im actually looking.
Sowards, a 36-year-old assistant pro at Wedgwood Golf and Country Club in suburban Columbus, Ohio, and his two dozen club pro colleagues are at a distinct disadvantage this weekend.
Its not our jobs to be out there practicing our game eight hours a day; were in the shop eight, 10 hours a day teaching, he said. What I have been doing is trying to practice a couple hours here and there.
The golf course has already proven hazardous for spectators, several of whom slipped and fell on the sloped fescue grass Tuesday as they attempted to climb the hundreds of hills to watch the pros practice.
Course owner Herbert Kohler has a bit of advice for the rest of the week:
Wear your golf shoes, he said.
If you get some that grip, youll be a lot better off because there are some magnificent viewing spots all over this course, Kohler said. If you notice on 17, there are no stands and yet its one of the most remarkable holes on this course. But there are no stands because of the natural viewing areas.
There are several spots where spectators scaling the highest hills can see three or four holes at once.
So, I think golf shoes and a walking stick or an umbrella with a seat on it are the cats meow, Kohler said. Thats what youll need at this course and youll have a better seat than you will at any course.
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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.