Kite Balances Life on Both Tours

By Associated PressSeptember 15, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Constellation Energy ClassicHUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Tom Kite still thinks he can compete against the best young golfers in the world.
When he's not going up against his peers on the Champions Tour, the 1992 U.S. Open winner tests himself against the heavy hitters on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, with few exceptions, the 55-year-old Kite has experienced little success in either endeavor this year.
'I don't know that it's a ridiculous challenge. It's a lot of fun, something I've really enjoyed,' he said Thursday. 'The thing that's been a little disappointing for me this year is that I haven't really played all that well. I've been real inconsistent.'
Kite has missed the cut in seven of 11 PGA events. But he led the Booze Allen tournament after three rounds, and although his bid to become the oldest golfer to win a PGA Tour event fizzled on Sunday, Kite proved he's not necessarily out of place among players who weren't even born when he launched his pro career in 1972.
He's back among his own age ground this weekend at the Champion Tour's Constellation Classic, where he hopes to earn his first win in 2005.
'It's not like I haven't played well some of the time, but the thing I've always done through the years is play really consistent. When I get it going, it kind of stays there for many weeks on end,' he said. 'This year, it's been a struggle. I haven't hit the ball nearly as well from tee to green.'
Which goes a long way toward explaining his struggle on the PGA Tour.
'When you play on the junior tour, you'd better bring your A-game,' he said.
Kite has fared better on Champions Tour, finishing second twice and earning $546,291 for 24th place on the earnings list.
Money, however, is not what motivates him. That's why he's willing to compete against Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh rather than chum around with his buddies on the Champions Tour.
'I've had a nice career financially, but never played for the money. I always played for the game and the competition,' he said. 'That hasn't changed since I was 10 years old.'
Kite's lifetime earnings exceed $19 million. If he focused solely on playing the Champions Tour, he'd have probably won an event by now. At least, that's how money leader Dana Quigley sees it.
'He's not struggling when he comes out here with us,' Quigley said. 'He goes from not being one of the longest hitters to being one of the longest hitters. Kite made the choice to play primarily on that tour, and it's certainly detracted from what he did with us.'
Kite will seek to rectify that situation this weekend against Quigley, Tom Watson and defending champion Wayne Levi on the par-72, 7,051-yard Hayfields Country Club course.
'I'm playing a lot better, there's no question about it,' Kite said. 'I'm looking for some good things these last few weeks of the 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.

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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.