Notes Jack Expects Tiger Back at Memorial

By Associated PressMay 7, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 THE PLAYERSPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Although Jack Nicklaus hasnt heard anything for sure, hes expecting Tiger Woods to return for his tournament, the Memorial, later this month.
 
Were hoping that hes going to be there, Nicklaus said after he received the tours lifetime achievement award Wednesday.
 
Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15 and was expected to miss at least four weeks while he recovers. His agent, Mark Steinberg, called Nicklaus the day after the operation and said Woods intention was to be at Muirfield Village for the Memorial.
 
Nicklaus hasnt heard anything since, other than talk that Woods was walking without a limp.
 
I think hell be just fine, Nicklaus said. I dont think you have to worry too much about him.
 
JACK HONORED:
Jack Nicklaus sat a few feet behind PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem, listening to him rattle off a list of his accomplishments.
 
That was pretty glowing, Nicklaus said.
 
It was just a synopsis, too.
 
Nicklaus received the tours lifetime achievement award Wednesday, honored for his extended contributions on and off the golf course and for serving as an ambassador of the game.
 
Clearly, in this sport, Jack Nicklaus is the ultimate lifetime achiever, Finchem said. I dont believe theres one person who works in, plays, watches or appreciates the game of golf, who can say he or she hasnt been touched in some way at some point in time by Jacks competitive fire, his accomplishments, his gracious sportsmanship or his unwavering leadership.
 
Nicklaus has 73 tour wins, 118 total victories and a record 18 professional majors. He also helped establish the TOUR 40 years ago and has spearheaded countless charitable programs.
 
Already a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Nicklaus became the eighth recipient of the lifetime achievement award. He joined Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Jack Burke Jr., Pete Dye and Deane Beman.
 
It means Im getting old, Nicklaus joked. They dont give you a lifetime achievement award unless its near the last thing. It was a very nice thing.
 
Nicklaus, accompanied by his wife and a host of family members, was presented a silver cup and a portrait that will hang in the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass.
 
His acceptance speech lasted nearly 15 minutes and included stories about meeting his wife at Ohio State, delving into golf course design with Dye and his decision to turn pro.
 
If I want to be the best at it, the only way I could do that was to play against the best, he said. And the only way you can do that is to play against the pros. I turned pro in fall of 61 and obviously have never regretted it. Ive had a wonderful time, a wonderful life.
 
He also disputed any notions that he was ahead of time and would have been better suited to play against todays competition.
 
Some say maybe I played too early, maybe we were in the wrong era, Nicklaus said. No, I liked when I played. Id hate to come back and play against these guys today. Theyre all pretty good, especially one of them.
 
Finchem read congratulatory letters from that one, Tiger Woods, as well as notes from President Bush and former President George H.W. Bush.
 
I had a great time playing golf, Nicklaus said. I enjoyed it. It carried me to a lot of places. The game has given back to so many.
 
PINK ON THE LINKS:
Fred Couples sported a slightly different look Wednesday, noticeable only after he hit a shot.
 
There was pink on the bottom of his shoes.
 
Couples is among some 50 players who are wearing pink-and-white spikes this week, courtesy of Champ Spikes and its Pink on the Links campaign to raise money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
 
Champ chose The Players Championship because it ends on Mothers Day. The company will donate money for every player wearing the pink-and-white spikes at The Players and the Michelob Ultra on the LPGA Tour.
 
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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.