Notes Former Catcher Caddies for Former Pitcher

By Associated PressMay 25, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Senior PGA ChampionshipEDMOND, Okla. -- Once competitors on the baseball diamond, former major leaguers Rick Rhoden and Mickey Tettleton now are partners on the golf course.
 
Rhoden, who earned a conditional playing card for the Champions Tour last November, is in the field for the Senior PGA Championship this week at Oak Tree Golf Club. Tettleton, an Oak Tree member who lives in nearby Norman, is caddying for Rhoden during the tournament.
 
Rhoden pitched for 15 years in the majors, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Houston Astros, and was an All-Star in 1976 and 1986. His career dovetailed with that of Tettleton, a catcher and first baseman who retired in 1997 after 14 seasons with the Oakland A's, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers.
 
The players shared the same agent and became friends through golf, Rhoden said. Tettleton said he was honored when Rhoden asked him to caddy.
 
'He kind of knows if he gets upset he can bark at me and it's not going to bother me,' Tettleton said.
 
Not that that happens too often.
 
On the course, 'he's too big to argue with, so you know, I'm not going to be arguing with him,' Rhoden said. 'It's just like pitching -- the catcher suggests the pitch, you have the final decision. Same as golf. I'll ask him what he thinks and the final decision is mine. So if I do something wrong, I'm the one with the club, so I'm the one at fault.'
 
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Jay Haas is staying in the home of Oak Tree resident and PGA TOUR veteran Bob Tway during the tournament. On Tuesday, during a windy practice round, Tway followed Haas around and offered tips on how to play the course, which Haas said came in handy Thursday as he fired a 3-under-par 68.
 
'There are some holes he points out, 'Go at the chimney here, go at the flag here, the satellite dish on this hole,' all that stuff,' Haas said, smiling. 'Yeah, it pays off. It sure does, to kind of focus in on certain points. He only went 12 or 13 holes with us, though, so I'm on my own those last five.'
 
Haas said even Tway was surprised when the wind gusted above 30 mph, as it did during Tuesday's practice round. Tway told Haas that when the wind blows that hard, local pros just play the back nine, because those holes are 'mostly in the trees. He said they don't even venture out to the front nine. We probably shouldn't have either,' Haas said.
 
At 47, Tway isn't yet eligible to play on the 50-and-over Champions Tour, so he's missing the opportunity to play in a major on his home course, as he did in the 1988 PGA Championship.
 
'I don't think he's envious,' Haas said. 'He's a pretty laid-back guy.'
 
There's talk that a PGA TOUR major could return to Oak Tree in 2014, by which time Tway will be on the Champions Tour. But Tway's son, Kevin, won the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur championship. Someone mentioned to Haas that Kevin Tway could be on the PGA TOUR by 2014.
 
'That's right,' Haas said, 'and (Bob) could caddy for Kevin.'
 
BATTLING THE BOTTLE:
After shooting a 2-under-par 69, Dana Quigley opened up to reporters about his decision almost 16 years ago to give up alcohol. Quigley made $92,298 on the PGA Tour -- playing mostly from 1979 to 1982 -- but while alcohol-free, he's made about $12.5 million on the Champions Tour.
 
Quigley said that twice running his car into a tree in 1988 didn't change his behavior. A friend convinced him to go into treatment for his addiction, but Quigley remained dry for only a few months before he resumed drinking.
 
'I was breaking everyone's heart but my own because I was too drunk to worry about it,' Quigley said.
 
He said that late in 1990, he was driving from a course in Florida to a restaurant for some drinks when 'a light dawned on me' and he pulled his car off the road and headed home.
 
'I haven't had a drink since,' he said.
 
'It's still a problem every day. I would love to have a six-pack of beer right now. It would be perfect after this heat,' he said. 'But I can't do it, so it's something that I don't deal with. I don't feel like I have an option to deal with it, so I don't even worry about it. ... It's a widespread problem in the world and I was just really lucky.'
 
DIVOTS:
Scott Simpson had an up-and-down round, recording back-to-back bogeys twice but also stringing together birdies on No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9. He finished with a 1-over 72. ... John Chillas of Scotland withdrew from the tournament Thursday because of a bout of flu, opening a spot for Rocky Thompson of Houston. Chillas was the 13th player to withdraw. ... Club professional James Blair of Ogden, Utah, began his tournament with an eagle on Oak Tree's par-4, 437-yard No. 1, hitting a pitching wedge from 139 yards on his second shot. It's Blair's second Senior PGA Championship appearance.
 
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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.