Love Playing Again After Emotional Time Off

By Associated PressMay 20, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 Bank of America ColonialFORT WORTH, Texas - During the Bank of America Colonial pro-am, several amateurs asked Davis Love III about skipping last year's tournament and last week's Byron Nelson Championship. The answer to both was the same.
'Those kind of questions, you really don't want to go into it,' Love said Wednesday, a day before the start of the Colonial. 'I had to be at home this time last year is kind of my stock answer. But we got through a year, and now we can move on.'
Love missed both ends of the PGA Tour's Texas two-step and another tournament last year after he found his brother-in-law dead with a self-inflicted gunshot.
The one-year anniversary of Jeffrey Knight's death was Sunday, also the final round of the Nelson. So Love withdrew and stayed home.
'I wanted to play and had planned on playing for a long time, but then the closer it came to the year anniversary, I felt it would be better for me to be with my family,' Love said. 'It turned out to be a great weekend. I spent a lot of time with the family and a lot of time on the driving range.'
Love said he misses his brother-in-law and father, who died in a 1988 plane crash, every day and that specific dates don't change his feelings.
'But for a lot of the family (last week) was an emotional week,' he said.
Now Love is back at what he knows he does well: playing golf Thursday through Sunday.
Love is No. 6 on the money list. Masters champion Phil Mickelson (No. 2) is the only higher-ranked player in the field this week.
'I love Colonial,' said Love, with top-five finishes his last two trips to Hogan's Alley in 2000 and 2002. 'I'm ready to play.'
Most of the attention at Colonial Country Club last year was on Annika Sorenstam, who became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour. This week, the focus is back on the men and the 7,054-yard course Tiger Woods won't play.
The world's No. 1 golfer has said Colonial doesn't suit his game and indicated the par-70 course of tree-lined fairways, doglegs and difficult par 3s is outdated.
'Sure, you can't hit driver every hole, but who says you have to?' said Justin Leonard, who shot a Colonial-record 61 last year. 'I certainly don't think this golf course is outdated. It's a nice break from a lot of the golf courses that we play.'
Defending champion Kenny Perry calls Colonial 'a great old course' that has stood the test of time.
Perry knows he will always be remembered as the player who won Sorenstam's tournament. But he did a lot more than that last year.
Perry followed his record 19 under par win, his fifth overall victory and first in three years, by winning the Memorial and at 42 becoming the PGA Tour's oldest back-to-back winner since 1990.
'It was just a magical two weeks,' he said.
But he wasn't finished. He was just getting started on the best stretch of his 17-year PGA career.
Perry tied for third at the U.S. Open and then won the Greater Milwaukee Open. He never had won more than once in a year, and went on to finish sixth on the money list at $4.4 million - more than double what he had ever earned in a season.
'The pressure's not really on me because I don't really expect to duplicate what I did last year,' Perry said. 'What I did was incredible. It was magical.'
Perry quietly got a share of the 36-hole lead last year while Sorenstam missed the cut by four strokes at 5 over.
After Sorenstam left, Perry shot a third-round 61. He led by eight strokes going into Sunday, and won by six strokes even after Leonard's closing 61.
Perry has three top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments this year. But he finished 59th at the Nelson, his first tournament since missing the cut at the Masters.
Love has five top-10 finishes in 10 events, but in the last five has finished in the top 20 only once, at the Masters (sixth).
'I feel like my game's real close,' Love said. 'I've been making enough birdies and enough eagles, but I'm just having a bad hole here and there, a bad day here and there, keeping me from winning.
'I'm looking forward to this summer, obviously three more majors and a lot of big tournaments coming up. So I'm pretty positive about the year's start.'
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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.