Loves Life Better Now

By Associated PressApril 14, 2004, 4:00 pm
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Davis Love III's life off the course is apparently just fine.
 
The MCI Heritage's defending champion says his wife, Robin, threw him a surprise party Tuesday night for his 40th birthday and arranged for the Discovery Channel's 'American Chopper' guys - Paul Teutel Sr. and Jr. - to build him a custom bike as a present.
 
The joyous gathering was vastly different than at times during the Loves' troubled 2003. The couple endured the suicide of Robin's brother and Davis' operations manager, Jeffrey Knight; and continual whispers about their marriage. The strain was so great last summer that a tearful Love dedicated his fourth win of the year at The International to his wife in a greenside interview on CBS.
 
'Contrary to popular rumor,' he said to stunned reporters after last August's victory, 'I'm not getting divorced and we are not unhappy and we're doing very, very well at home.'
 
Love acknowledged Wednesday, 'it was kind of an up and down year' with Knight's death and dealing with the marital rumors. Then again, Harbour Town has always been a remarkably special spot for Love.
 
He has won this tournament five times, including last year's amazing comeback where he chipped in on the 72nd hole Sunday from 66 feet away to force a playoff. Then Love hit the flagstick in front of the famous lighthouse on the fourth extra hole to put away Woody Austin.
 
Robin Love made this week memorable before her husband ever struck a shot.
 
Love knew they would be here for the landmark birthday and requested a quiet dinner at one of his favorite island restaurants. When the couple arrived, however, Love spotted 'about 15 courtesy cars, Frank Lickliter's Hummer, my mom's car,' he said. 'I knew something was up.'
 
The group included CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz and PGA Tour stars Ernie Els and Justin Leonard. But Love said he was blown away when the Teutels, who build custom machines out of their Orange County Choppers shop, told him about Robin's gift.
 
Love had been a fan of the show the past few years.
 
'I told them they were probably the most famous guys in the room,' Love said.
 
He hit golf balls on the Harbour Town range with the Teutels before teeing off in Wednesday's pro-am. The tournament starts Thursday.
 
A custom chopper was something Love had always thought 'would be fun to do, but I never picked up the phone to do it.'
 
When Robin called, the Teutels figured at first Love's bike might make a short spot on one TV episode. But Love said they told him as they thought about it, the builders wanted to have more fun with it and plan to show its creation in detail.
 
Love thinks he may get the finished machine by the Buick Classic at Westchester Country Club in early June. 'We'll see,' he said.
 
Right now, Love's game might be equal to his good mood.
 
He overcame a first-day 75 at the Masters to tie for sixth at 2-under 286, seven shots behind champion Phil Mickelson. While Love couldn't get himself closer to the top, he liked the way he struck the ball. When he feels that good at Augusta National, it typically means big things at Harbour Town.
 
Love won here in 1987, 1990, 1991, 1998 and a year ago. He's far and away the event's leading money winner at more than $2.1 million - nearly three times as much as second-place Glen Day at $766,155.
 
'I thought I was going to have a quiet start to my Heritage,' Love said. 'I'm still kind of in shock.'
 
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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.