Notes Boos back in Britain Furyk on Perry

By Associated PressJuly 14, 2008, 4:00 pm
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Open ChampionshipSOUTHPORT, England -- Look out, Britain.
 
Boos back.
 
One year after charming the country with his folksy ways, Weekley returned for his second British Open and should have quite a following at Royal Birkdale this week.
 
Just be sure to keep an eye on his ball.
 
During a practice round Monday, Weekley yanked his tee shot at No. 8 onto a mound where several fans were standing left of the fairway. The ball whizzed over one mans head'luckily, he ducked'and hit another guy in the back of the left leg on one bounce.
 
The man was OK, but Weekley looked very concerned when he walked up.
 
Whod I hit? he asked.
 
This guy, everyone motioned. Assured no one was seriously hurt, Weekley whipped out his pen and signed the offending ball.
 
Sorry bout that, he said. I apologize.
 
No worries, Boo. The Brits are totally behind you.
 
Thats Boo Weekley, one of them said after he stopped to sign autographs behind the third green. Hes the best. I really hope he does well this week.
 
Weekley shrugged off his cult following on this side of the Atlantic.
 
I dont know about that, he said, pulling a dip of tobacco from his bottom lip after finishing up in the early evening. I just try to have fun and let the rest take care of itself.
 
Weekley was playing alone until Mark OMeara and Anthony Kim caught up with the Floridian on the third hole.
 
Is that Anthony Kim? Weekley joked when he saw the 23-year-old phenom. Is that Boo Weekley? Kim replied before they exchanged high-fives.
 
As always, Weekley was much more reverent with his elders.
 
Hello, Mr. OMeara, he said to the 51-year-old, shaking hands the traditional way.
 
Later, they were signing autographs together when OMeara asked, So, hows life treating you, Boo?
 
Lifes good, the 34-year-old Weekley replied. I just had me another child. A little boy.
 
Well, congratulations, OMeara said. It doesnt get much better than that, does it?
 
No, sir, it sure doesnt, Weekley said.
 
In an interesting twist, Weekley and his caddie, Joe Pyland, both had children a day apart last month. Weekley had a son named Aiden, Pyland a son named Jeffrey.
 
He beat me by a day, Pyland said during the flight to England.
 
The two already had a lot in common; both grew up in tiny Milton, Fla., love to hunt and sound an awful lot alike.
 
Now their bond is even closer.
 
TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY
Kenny Perry is getting plenty of attention this week for deciding ahead of time to skip the British Open and stick to his original plan of competing this week on the PGA Tour in Milwaukee.
 
Perry has said his only goal was to make the Ryder Cup team, but Jim Furyk made it clear he would never miss a major.
 
To the best of my knowledge, you cant win if you never play, Furyk said.
 
But he said Perry should be able to decide for himself where he plays. And he noted that he probably will play in 25 tournaments this year, and he already has won twice.
 
Oops. Make that three times.
 
Did he win yesterday? Furyk said.
 
Yes, he was told, in a playoff at the John Deere Classic after Brad Adamonis and Jay Williamson hit into the water.
 
Furyk shook his head, only it had nothing to do with Perrys decision.
 
Thats the kind of playoff I need to get into right there, Furyk said. In my playoffs, the other guy always hits it stiff.
 
Furyk is 2-7 in playoffs, including a seven-hole playoff loss to Tiger Woods.
 
FATHER-SON TRIP
Scott Verplank already has had a memorable trip to Britain. It began last week with a trip to Scotland to play Royal Dornoch, Cruden Bay and the Old Course at St. Andrews, where on the famous Road Hole, he hit a driver and a 4-iron to 3 feet for birdie.
 
And on Monday, he celebrated his 16th birthday.
 
The more famous Scott Verplank, a five-time PGA Tour winner and his father, was along for the ride.
 
Verplanks wife and his three younger daughters stayed in Oklahoma for this trip, leaving father and son quite the vacation. After a week of golf in Scotland, Scottie spent Monday walking alongside his father during his first full practice round at Royal Birkdale.
 
Playing was more fun.
 
They had matches on all three courses against Verplanks caddie, Scott Tway, and Oklahoma City businessman Everett Dobson.
 
He bailed me out a few times, Verplank said of his son. I think they were getting a little hot when he kept making putts.
 
The only downside to the trip was having to pay full fare at St. Andrews' $1,040 for a foursome.
 
KAYMERS HEART
Martin Kaymer is playing for the first time since becoming the first German in 20 years to win the BMW International Open in Munich, a playoff victory that he dedicated to his mother.
 
She died last week after a brief illness.
 
Its been a sad time for our family, but everyone has been wonderful, the 23-year-old Kaymer said. I definitely know there will be someone special looking down on me this week. And this is such a great tournament, I didnt want to miss it. And I know my mother would not want me to miss it, either.
 
Kaymer has two victories on the European tour this year and is No. 32 in the world ranking. He also had a close call in Dubai, where his birdie-birdie-eagle finish left him one shot short of catching Tiger Woods.
 
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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.