Notes Boo Fails History Test Heatstroke

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2007, 4:00 pm
PGA ChampionshipTULSA, Okla. -- Boo Weekley is no golf historian. He didn't pay any attention to the sport growing up, didn't consider any of the game's legends to be his idol.
 
So when he arrived at the 18th green Saturday with a chance to tie the record for the best score in a major at 63, he didn't have any idea what was riding on his 30-foot putt.
 
'Really?' he said, when told he'd had a chance at the record. 'That'd have been nice.'
 
Weekley's putt ended up well short, and he missed again to finish with a bogey and a 5-under-par 65.
 
Weekley said he read a lot of break in the first 20 feet of the putt and was trying to get it on top of a ridge and let it roll out toward the hole.
 
'I moved my big head and kind of flubbed it a little with the putter,' Weekley said.
 
But even if he had known what was at stake, Weekley said he probably wouldn't have changed his approach.
 
'If it was going to go in, it's going to go in,' Weekley said.
 
Weekley's round pushed him to even par after three rounds, where he was tied for sixth and seven strokes off the lead.
 
Of the three majors he's played this year -- including the U.S. Open at Oakmont and the British Open at Carnoustie -- Weekley said he thought Southern Hills was the only course where a record-breaking 62 might be possible, but still not easy.
 
'You sure 'nuff got to be on,' Weekley said in his Florida Panhandle drawl, a day after Tiger Woods lipped out a putt for 62 at the 18th green.
 
Weekley said he isn't driven by the chance to win majors and instead only wants to earn enough in the next decade or so to be able to retire early. He enjoyed shooting 65 at a major, but said 'what would be funner if I'm sitting at the house catching about a 10-pounder.'
 
Weekley is unfamiliar with the rules of the FedEx Cup playoffs, couldn't tell you where he is in the Presidents Cup rankings and doesn't know a whole lot about the Ryder Cup.
 
But he's finished in the top 35 at the past two majors, and is in position for an even higher finish this time.
 
'I'm learning more about how to accept just making pars,' Weekley said. 'Pars ain't bad for you. Even making a bogey ain't bad for you sometimes.'
 
SMALL'S BIG SUMMER
Even after his round fell apart on the back nine, University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small was still the top club professional remaining in the field.
 
He shot an 8-over-par 78 while playing partner Ryan Benzel, the only other club pro who made the cut, finished with an 80. The two started the day tied at 3 over.
 
Small said there wasn't a chance to spark up any kind of competition.
 
'I'll tell you what, you book around there pretty fast in this heat. We didn't have time to talk,' Small said. 'We were just doing our thing.'
 
Small formerly played on the PGA TOUR and has qualified for three U.S. Opens and four PGA Championships. He made the cut at the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol before shooting an 80 in the third round, and he missed the cut by one stroke last year at Medinah.
 
'I always seem to sink to the bottom on the weekend,' Small said. 'I'm trying to figure out, `Why is that?' It's ridiculous.'
 
Small won the Illinois Open on Wednesday before coming down to Southern Hills, adding another busy week to a whirlwind summer.
 
He's held two golf schools, summer camps, recruited for four weeks and played in the U.S. Open. When he gets back, he'll hold fundraisers for the program and open a new golf practice facility when alumnus Steve Stricker returns to hold his annual golf tournament.
 
'He can really give a lot of insight to kids that are coming there to school and help them out in that direction if they're looking to maybe turn pro later on in life,' said Stricker, who shot 69.
 
'You can't beat Illinois for a school and they're starting to get up to the times with their practice facilities and all that kind of stuff, so the future looks bright for them.'
 
MAJOR LETDOWN
Padraig Harrington found it hard to motivate himself when he started the day eight strokes off of Tiger Woods' lead. Coming off the high of winning the British Open, the circumstances left the Irishman feeling 'just a little bit flat.'
 
It didn't help when he started out with a bogey on No. 1.
 
'When I started badly, I certainly felt like I was out of the tournament,' Harrington said. 'I needed that little bit of adrenaline to keep me going, obviously with all that's happened in the past couple of weeks.
 
'It certainly felt like the last couple of holes were tough going to get through.'
 
Harrington said he struggled with reading putts and getting the pace right on Southern Hills' greens. He carded a 72.
 
OBERHOLSER OVERHEATING
Arron Oberholser said he drank about 10 to 15 bottles of Gatorade diluted with water, but still was feeling symptoms of heatstroke.
 
'It's dangerous out there heat-wise,' Oberholser said after shooting even-par 70.
 
Temperatures reached as high as 99 degrees in Tulsa, and the humidity made it feel even hotter.
 
'It's kind of nice because it's so hot out there it takes your mind off everything because you're just thinking about the heat all day and how you're going to survive the heat,' Oberholser said.
 
'I don't envy people that live in this part of the country when it gets like this. This is oppressive.'
 
WANING STORM
Graeme Storm was disappointed when he failed to break par for the second straight day after opening with a 65 to take the first-round lead.
 
'I'm not playing that badly. I'm just making the odd mistake and I've holed nothing for the last couple of days really,' Storm said after shooting 74. 'It's just frustrating. The chances I'm getting, I'm not making.'
 
Storm said he didn't think he'd made a putt longer than 10 feet all week, but he made up for that Thursday by getting it closer to the pin than that. Now he's hoping just to crack the top 20, and figures he'll need another round under par to get there.
 
'It's always good to play Sunday in a major, so I'll enjoy that experience,' Storm said.
 
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last 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.