Long Tough Day for Tiger

By Associated PressMarch 23, 2006, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Golf is no longer a priority for Tiger Woods.
Woods said Thursday he considered withdrawing from The Players Championship because of his father's failing health and added that skipping the Masters in two weeks was a possibility.
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Tiger Woods had five birdies and five bogeys in his even-par 72.
'There's a chance I might not play for a while,' Woods said. 'Who knows? It all depends on how my father is doing.'
Woods traveled cross country Tuesday to check on his on his father, Earl Woods, who has been battling cancer in Cypress, Calif. Woods missed the final practice round Wednesday, flew back to Florida late that night and shot even par in the opening round Thursday.
After making five birdies and five bogeys, he acknowledged it was difficult to concentrate on his round.
'It's just one of those things you have to deal with,' he said. 'Everyone has to deal with that at some point in time in their life, and unfortunately right now it's our time.'
Woods had plenty of support Thursday from playing partner Darren Clarke, whose wife was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. It has since spread through Heather Clarke's body.
'Today was probably a blessing in disguise to have a pairing like I did with Darren because Darren, as everyone knows, is struggling with the same thing,' Woods said. 'We were kind of talking about it all day.'
Earl Woods was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998, but the cancer returned in 2004 and spread to other parts of his body. He has not seen his son play since Woods won his Target World Challenge in December 2004 at Sherwood Country Club.
Earl Woods went to Augusta, Ga., for the Masters last year, but never made it to the course. Woods broke down in tears after winning his fourth green jacket in a playoff.
Woods said he returned to California because his father 'just wasn't doing all that well,' and he hoped to lift his spirit.
'Just trying to make him understand that I love him dearly and just want him to hang in there and keep fighting, which he always does,' Woods said. 'As I said, he's very stubborn. It's good to see.'
Woods said his father was happy to see him -- even though he didn't receive what some would consider a warm welcome.
'He said, 'What the hell are you doing here?' It was nice to hear that,' Woods said.
The elder Woods didn't tell his son to return to the TPC at Sawgrass. Woods, however, decided to play in hopes of giving his dad something exciting to watch.
'It's not about me hitting golf shots,' Woods said. 'It's about him. I want him around as long as possible, so it's not about hitting some kind of golf shot at all. It's about him feeling better and keep fighting and keep hanging in there.
'Hopefully, I can get on TV and hit some good shots, and he can watch it and give him something to look forward to every day. That's always a positive thing.'
Woods didn't provide him with too many highlights on a damp and dreary day. He went seven holes without a par -- he made four bogeys and three birdies -- but got back to even par with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 16th. He almost moved under par on No. 18, but his 30-footer slid just past the cup.
'It totally was (sporadic) because I'd hit two good shots and then hit one off the planet somewhere, hit two good putts and all of a sudden blast one 4 or 5 feet past the hole,' he said. 'It just wasn't very good early.'
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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.