Notes Hometown Favorite Misses Cut

By Associated PressAugust 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 PGA ChampionshipHAVEN, Wis. -- Jerry Kelly walked off his final green Friday and started applauding the gallery, tapping his heart to show his Wisconsin fans how much their support meant to him.
Kelly wanted to return the favor by playing some good golf, but rounds of 76-77 sent him home for the weekend, the first cut he has missed all year.
'And it's the one I didn't want to miss the most,' he said.
It couldn't have come at a worse time - not just because the PGA Championship was played in Wisconsin for the first time since 1933, but it was his last chance to earn Ryder Cup points. Kelly is 11th in the standings, and needed them.
Asked about the depth of his disappointment, he looked over his shoulder at the blue waters that hug Whistling Straits.
'I know it's Lake Michigan, but it's an ocean,' he said.
Kelly said he would watch the final two rounds at home on television. After that, he has no choice but to wait for a phone call from Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton.
'Hal knows what I can do,' Kelly said. 'He knows that you put me head-to-head, I'll give everything I have and more. Unfortunately, this is a glaring point.'
Kelly said the pressure of the week - trying to get in the top 10, playing the final major in his home state - wasn't a factor. He figured it would carry him this week.
But he said his swing got out of kilter practicing in the strong wind earlier in the week, and sometimes that causes him to make adjustments by sliding through the ball.
'I hit it awful,' he said. 'I felt like things were coming together, but I just plain played poorly. I thought it was going to shape up as a pretty good week, and my game didn't show up.'
Whether he shows up at the Ryder Cup depends on the phone call he gets Sunday night.
An opening-round 81 left John Daly too far back to make the cut, and almost ended his hopes of making the Ryder Cup team. At 20th in the standings, he probably needed to play his way onto the team.
Sutton has dropped subtle hints that Daly would not be a captain's pick, even though the two-time major winner is among the most popular attractions in golf.
Friday was another of example of why Daly can leave his phone off the hook Sunday.
'Right now, if anybody picks John Daly, it would likely be because you want to see John Daly out there, and you want to spike the crowd,' Sutton said. 'I'm not picking on John. But I've never played the popularity game. And I'm not going to play the popularity game.'
Six-time major winner Nick Faldo found himself on the leaderboard Friday, 5 under for the round and the tournament and only three shots out of the lead. But he bogeyed the last three holes for a 72, leaving him at 2-under 142.
The 47-year-old Englishman harbors no illusions. He is in the twilight of his career, playing fewer tournaments and spending more time with his family, golf course design and his junior golf program.
'I have three years of easy golf, as I call it, and maybe get myself ready for the Champions Tour,' Faldo said.
His goal for the week is to finish in the top 15 to get invited back to next year's PGA.
Chris Riley was ninth in the Ryder Cup standings when the season started, but after a playoff loss at Torrey Pines in February, he hasn't had a top-10 finish and has tumbled to 18th and needs to finish at least seventh this week to have any chance.
Even if he does make the team, Riley might have a tough decision.
His wife, Michelle, is expecting their first child Sept. 17, the day the matches begin.
'It's a hard deal,' Riley said. 'I really don't want to miss the birth of my first child. It would be a good problem to have if I pull it out this weekend. I just want to have a chance on Sunday to make it.'
Riley had a 70 on Friday and was among those at 5-under 139.
His wife, a former LPGA Tour player, is expecting a girl.
For the second day in a row, aces were up at Whistling Straits.
Robert Gamez made a hole-in-one on the 17th, hitting a 5-iron from 228 yards that landed short and curled in the side. The previous day, Hale Irwin made an ace on No. 7.
It was only the ninth time since 1970 that multiple players had an ace in the PGA Championship.
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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.