Notes Caddie Taking Break From Singh

By Associated PressJanuary 11, 2005, 5:00 pm
Dave Renwick said he needed a two-month break as a caddie, but it sounds like the stress came more from his boss'Vijay Singh'than the grind of the PGA Tour.
 
I just wasnt happy with the way things are going or the way I was getting treated, Renwick told The Scotsman newspaper. I just wasnt getting the respect I deserve.
 
Renwick is believed to have had the richest year ever by a caddie. Assuming he got the standard 10 percent of the earnings, he made over $1 million. But it apparently came at a cost.
 
I never got a Good morning from Vijay, or good club after a shot, or have a nice night at the end of the day. It was either nothing or a negative if he did speak to me, Renwick said. Being courteous isnt much to ask. Theres only so much of that stuff you can take, no matter how good the money is.
 
Singh is using his trainer as a caddie the first two weeks, then will return to Paul Tesori.
 
WILSON NOT GETTING HOME SUPPORT
Dean Wilson had just made it through Q-school when someone offering congratulations said he would see the 35-year-old from Hawaii at the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the year.
 
Wilson laughed, knowing the history at his hometown tournament.
 
It might be time to write another chapter.
 
Hawaiis best tour player was the fourth alternate when the 144-man field was announced Friday.
 
Are you kidding me? said Mike Weir, his teammate at BYU. I always thought it was a shame that Dean doesnt get the respect as the only tour player from Hawaii. For him not to get in Sony is a bit embarrassing for the tournament. Youve got to support your local guy.
 
Wilson, best known on tour for playing with Annika Sorenstam in the Colonial, has not had much success on the PGA Tour, but he won six times in Japan and captured two of its majors in 2001. In previous years, he never received a sponsors exemption, only getting into the Sony Open through Monday qualifying.
 
Sony officials give most of the exemptions to Japanese players for marketing purposes, and theres nothing wrong with that. Not even Wilson would complain about a spot going to 15-year-old Michelle Wie, who is responsible for any spike in ticket sales.
 
But there were some curious exemptions, such as Omar Uresti.
 
We wanted to have him, but Sony had others on their list, tournament director Ray Stosik said. Dean was one of those right near the top. At the time when the selections were made, it was looking like he had a good chance.
 
Wilson ordinarily would have made it into the Sony Open through the pecking order at the start of the year, which alternates between the top 20 on the Nationwide Tour money list and the 35 players who made it through Q-school. But a couple of late entries -- such as Tom Kite, Craig Stadler and Steve Jones'knocked him down the list.
 
Wilson tried to qualify Monday, but shot 67 to finish one shot out of the playoff.
 
ANNIKA WARMUP
Annika Sorenstam is among those who like the long offseason on the LPGA Tour, when she can clear her mind and do other things.
 
But the first major shows up quickly, and thats why Sorenstam might make her 05 debut a little earlier.
 
A year ago, she won the Safeway International in Phoenix and then struggled at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a quick end to her dream of winning all four majors.
 
Last year I played really good at Phoenix, so I cant complain it wasnt working, Sorenstam said. But its nice to get into a rhythm a little bit. I want to focus on the majors and be ready. Its OK to hit the ball well, but youve got to be able to score.
 
Sorenstam is not going to South Africa for the Womens World Cup, so she likely will play either Feb. 24-26 in Hawaii, or make her debut in Mexico City a week later. That would give her one more tournament before defending in Phoenix, then heading to Nabisco in pursuit of the Grand Slam.
 
I played great in Phoenix, but maybe I wasnt ready for the competition, she said. You can do four rounds, but then can you do another four? Ive got to try something different. Obviously, it didnt work last year.
 
As for her goals beyond the Grand Slam?
 
Sorenstam said she will have another two weeks off before going to the PGA Merchandise Show and slowly getting into the work.
 
Hopefully, by then things will shape up what I want to do, how Im going to approach it and what I need to do.
 
THE BIG HUNT
David Toms grew up in Louisiana and Chad Campbell is from west Texas, so hunting is one of their favorite hobbies.
 
But in Hawaii?
 
Tournament host Gary Planos is famous for pampering players during the stay at Kapalua, but he went to a new level this year by chartering a plane for Toms and Campbell to go hunting on the Big Island.
 
It was awesome, Toms said. I got a pheasant and an erkel.
 
Just goes to show you how much Hawaii has to offer.
 
Campbell heard about the possibility of a hunting trip last year, and made sure he arrived in Hawaii in time for the pre-Mercedes Championships trip. Campbell didnt divulge details of his outing, but casting his eyes to the ground and muttering something like, They gave me one, made it clear the excursion wasnt a big success for him.
 
DIVOTS
Tom Lehman has selected Corey Pavin and Loren Roberts to be his assistant captains for the 2006 Ryder Cup. Both were on the team at Oak Hill in 1995. ... Vaughn Taylor was the only newcomer at the Mercedes Championships to finish in the top 10. ... The Solheim Cup already has been sold out to the general public. The matches will be played Sept. 9-11 at Crooked Stick in Indiana. ... Donna Andrews, whose six LPGA Tour victories include a major championship, will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame this year.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Vijay Singh gives the Sony Open its first No. 1 player in the field since the world ranking began in 1986.
 
FINAL WORD
We lose against America, so we must be really bad.'Retief Goosen, on whether the International team in the Presidents Cup is stronger than Europe in the Ryder Cup.

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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.