Notes Furyk Solid in Return

By Associated PressJune 17, 2004, 4:00 pm
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Jim Furyk didn't know if he would get the chance to defend his U.S. Open title.
In January, an MRI revealed torn cartilage in his left wrist and he decided to have surgery to repair it. His first competitive round of golf since then was Thursday at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open.
He shot a 2-over 72, not good enough to be among the leaders but good enough to make him sound optimistic about the rest of the week.
'I just didn't get the ball in the hole and I made some poor decisions out there. That'll happen. It'll come,' he said. 'I'll be back tomorrow to grind it out and try to put some of those putts in.'
As defending champion, Furyk played in the traditional group with British Open champion Ben Curtis, who had 68, and U.S. Amateur champion Nick Flanagan, who had an 80.
There wasn't a whole lot of pressure on Furyk as defending champion since only one player in that position since 1991 has managed to finish better than 40th. Tiger Woods was 12th in 2001 as defending champion and four others didn't even make the cut.
Furyk started with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, but the red number was gone with bogeys on two of the next three holes.
'I had the fast start, then made some bad mistakes,' he said. 'I got the good out of the way and the bad out of the way.'
Furyk said the round went as he expected, even having to rip a wedge out of the deep heather on the 14th hole.
'I knew I would have some bumps and bruises. I hit it in the rough my share, so the wrist felt good, actually felt better today than it has all week,' he said. 'I'm pretty darn happy with the physical side of my game. I hit a lot of fairways and greens, more than I would have expected a couple of weeks ago.'
Mark Calcavecchia wasn't making a fashion statement. He was helping his aching back.
'I saw Freddie's acupuncture lady last night,' Calcavecchia said, referring to fellow pro and back pain sufferer Fred Couples. 'My back wasn't as tight.'
The subject came up because Calcavecchia had two small needles in each ear, not misplaced jewelry but acupuncture pins to help with his lower back problem.
'When you hit them it hurts, other than that I don't notice them,' he said after shooting a 1-under 71, a round the 1989 British Open champion wasn't too pleased with.
'I hit the first six fairways and missed the last eight. I turned an 80 into a 71. I played awful. If there weren't 20 marshals and 5,000 fans on some of those holes I would have lost five balls today.
'It was just a struggle the last nine holes for sure. Those four or five lashes I took out of the heavy stuff on the back nine kind of took a toll on me. I'm ready to sit down.'
David Roesch felt rushed in his first round at a U.S. Open and wasn't too happy about it.
The 30-year-old mini-tour veteran had a 2-under 68 that came close to being a 69 or worse because of the USGA's pace of play policy.
'We were on the fourth, a par 4, I was in between clubs and a guy comes up to me and says `You've got a bad time. The next one's a shot,'' Roesch said, referring to a USGA official who informed the threesome individually they were behind the accepted pace of play. 'I don't know what's going on. I'm tying to play well. I'm a no-name and here comes this guy and tells me I have a bad time and we get to the next tee and we stand there. You tell me what's going on. I was mad. I don't know if I'll get in trouble for this.'
He won't.
USGA rules official Mary Bea Porter-King was with the group. She said they fell behind the pace and were told but it wasn't just Roesch.
'The group was behind and they were warned. There was no harm, no foul,' she said. 'He did rush his first putt and then made the second, which was key, and then we rush to the next tee and had to wait. His group, the one I was officiating, was out of position several times and it wasn't because of David's play. It was a mixture of things. I was concerned for him because he was playing so well and I didn't want him to get out of his rhythm.'
Roesch admitted he didn't know the policy and said he would talk to someone in the USGA about it so it wouldn't be an issue on Friday.
'I told him I would get him someone to talk to,' Porter-King said. 'He needs to understand how it's done.'
Under the USGA policy, a threesome has to play at a pace that would mean a round of no more than 4 hours and 32 minutes, while a twosome has to play at a pace of no longer than 3:55. Once a group has been warned, a player must play his stroke within 40 seconds. One bad timing is a warning, a second is a one-stroke penalty, a third an additional two strokes and a fourth means disqualification.
'Most kids can beat their dads but I can't beat mine,' Bill Haas, whose opening-round 73 was seven strokes behind Jay Haas, his father who was tied for the lead when play was suspended for the day.
Carlos Franco withdrew after playing 14 holes because of allergies. Franco, who was 9 over when he left the course, said the dust stirred up by the crowd caused his problem. ... ESPN and the USGA finalized a four-year extension through 2008. ESPN has been the exclusive cable partner of the USGA's U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open since 1982. ... When play resumed after a 2-hour, 12-minute weather delay, Spencer Levin, an amateur from Elk Grove, Calif., made a hole-on-one at the 179-yard 17th with an 8-iron. He finished with a 69 and was the day's low amateur.
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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.