Notes Leftys Putting Woes Love-ly Chip Shot

By Associated PressAugust 11, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 The INTERNATIONALCASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Phil Mickelson came to Colorado to fine-tune his game for the upcoming PGA Championship. Instead, he discovered a huge problem with his putting game through two rounds at the International.
 
'I've really struggled with my putting here,' Mickelson said after his round on Friday. 'I've really struggled on the greens here. Otherwise I've been pretty pleased by the way I've been hitting.'
 
He had a terrible stretch of three scoreless holes when he made the turn with four points on the front side.
 
Mickelson had a three-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and sent it wide left of the cup. Missing a 15-footer for birdie on No. 2 had him shaking his head and his 18-footer on No. 3 stopped dead in its tracks at the jaws of the hole.
 
'I don't read the lines very well,' he said of his problems with the greens. 'I had a three-footer on the first hole that I knew went to the right and it went left so obviously I didn't know it.'
 
He landed in the bunker on No. 4 but saved par by converting a tricky 10-foot put. His misfortune continued with a bogey on No. 5 after finding a fairway bunker to fall to three points and then leaving a birdie putt well short on No. 6.
 
When asked to compare his game now to when he was winning tournaments, Mickelson said: 'I don't know how to compare it. That's been awhile.
 
'I feel pretty good with way I've been striking it. It's just that I've got to get a littler bit better on the greens.'
 
SAVING CHIP SHOT
Davis Love III needed something, anything to arouse what had been a stagnant round. He reached the extended fringe at No. 3 without a point.
 
'I had to have a shot,' he said. 'I had to have a birdie.'
 
Love got it from his pitching wedge. The ball bounced softly on the front of the green and rolled 15 feet into the center of the cup.
 
'That was big,' Love said. 'I had to make some birdies somewhere. I had thrown a bunch away.'
 
The hole seemed to energize him. He birdied the last two holes to finish at seven points.
 
THE BLIND SQUIRREL
Birdies and points had been hard to come by for Denver native Jonathan Kaye. He had one birdie and minus-3 points in the opening round.
 
'You'd figure that even a blind squirrel is going to get one of them,' he said. 'I had a few more of them today.'
 
Kaye scored five birdies and added an eagle on No. 17. It boosted him to 10 points for the day and seven for the tournament and within striking distance of the leaders. It also had him questioning his vision.
 
'I'm going to get examined today,' Kaye said. 'I might have to get surgery on my right eye.'
 
RETURN TO MEDINAH
The timing wasn't right to ask Sergio Garcia his thoughts about returning to the Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago for next week's PGA Championship.
 
'My focus is on the International for the rest of the week,' Garcia said. 'I'll have plenty of time to think about Medinah Sunday after the round is over.'
 
Later, he admitted the return would have some significance to him.
 
'Medinah and Chicago are special places for me,' he said. 'It's where everybody got to know me.'
 
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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.