Notes Goosens Caddie on a Limb

By Associated PressFebruary 26, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayCARLSBAD, Calif. -- There wasn't much of a buzz in the air at the Match Play Championship on Saturday, what with most of the top seeds gone, but there was a caddie in a tree.
Retief Goosen was 2-up on Chris DiMarco when he sent his tee shot on the par-5 No. 8 at La Costa into a tree on the left side of the fairway.
Caddie Colin Byrne volunteered to try to retrieve it and got a boost into the tree from a couple of volunteers. After about five minutes of poking around with a club, Byrne dislodged a ball.
``It was a Titleist, but not mine,'' Goosen said after the match, which he lost, 2 and 1.
``You've got to take a chance,'' Goosen said. ``He said he wanted to go up. If there was a chance of finding it, why not?''
Goosen conceded the hole, figuring that if he took the penalty and went back to the tee, the best he could shoot would be a 6.
Byrne said going up the tree was ``one of the many duties of the job. You never know what's going to happen.
``I couldn't see anything up there,'' Byrne said.
Goosen will play the other semifinal loser, Ian Poulter, for third place on Sunday. Their 18-hole match will tee off just before DiMarco and David Toms begin the second 18 holes of their 36-hole championship match.
``Now, the wheels are a bit flat,'' Goosen said. ``It's going to be tough to come out tomorrow and try and put something in. But third place is better than fourth, so I'll give it my best shot.''
Third place is worth $560,000 and fourth place, $450,000.
DiMarco doesn't give a hoot if TV viewers are apathetic about a less-than-marquee matchup for the championship match.
``Eight million viewers or two viewers, I don't really care,'' he said. ``I know my parents will be watching. My wife, too. So there's three.''
The tee boxes on Nos. 3, 4 and 9 were back to normal as the course continued to dry out from heavy rain earlier in the week.
Chris DiMarco proved he can beat someone other than an American.
DiMarco beat Stewart Cink in the quarterfinals Saturday morning to become the first semifinalist in the seven-year history of the Match Play Championship to win four straight matches against Americans.
He beat Tim Herron in the first round, John Daly in the second round and Jay Haas in the third round.
In the semis, DiMarco rallied from 3-down after the first three holes to beat South Africa's Retief Goosen 2 and 1 to advance to Sunday's championship match against American David Toms, a 3-and-2 winner against England's Ian Poulter.
There was no thunder from Down Under in the Match Play Championship quarterfinals Saturday morning. Nick O'Hern, Adam Scott and Robert Allenby, the surviving three members of a contingent of 10 Aussies who started the tournament, all lost in the round of eight.
O'Hern, who beat Tiger Woods in the second round Friday morning, lost 3 and 1 to Ian Poulter. Scott was a 2-and-1 loser to David Toms, and Robert Allenby lost 4 and 3 to Retief Goosen.
Although he was eliminated in the third round of the Match Play Championship on Friday, Phil Mickelson still won the PGA Tour West Coast Swing and a $500,000 bonus.
Mickelson, who won the FBR Open and Pebble Beach back-to-back, entered the Match Play Championship in first place and one of eight players who had a chance to win or share the ``King of Swing'' title. The standings are based on top 10 finishes in the nine West Coast tournaments.
Adam Scott was the last player to have a chance at unseating Lefty, but he lost in the Match Play quarterfinals on Saturday to David Toms to finish second, earning $300,000. Scott had a nice little payday, as he also made $240,000 by making it to the quarters.
Tiger Woods, upset in the second round on Friday morning, finished third and won $200,000.
Mickelson also won the ``King of Swing'' in 1998 and 2004.
Adam Scott beat Trevor Immelman in the first round Thursday, then borrowed his caddie for the rest of the week at La Costa. Scott's regular caddie, Tony Navarro, had to leave Thursday night when he learned his mother was dying in Illinois.
Navarro is best known for his years working with Greg Norman.
Retief Goosen had to hit two tee shots on the 14th hole of his semifinal match against Chris DiMarco, although this was one of the few occasions in golf where penalty shots were not involved.
Power lines run across the 14th and 11th fairway, and a rules official is stationed in a cart to make sure tee shots do not hit them. Goosen's drive nicked the line, allowing him to reload.
He split the middle of the fairway on his next shot.
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.