Notes No Rainbow Just Clouds for Love

By Associated PressAugust 14, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 PGA ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Davis Love III spent a lot time Sunday looking skyward, but there was no rainbow at this PGA Championship, just storm clouds.
 
Love shared the lead and the final pairing with Phil Mickelson at Baltusrol but fell off the pace quickly with three straight bogeys from Nos. 3-5, dropping from 6-under at the start to 3- under after the fifth. Another bogey at the seventh sent Love to 2-under and in danger of disappearing from the leaderboard.
 
The 1997 PGA champ rebounded with a birdie at the 10th but gave that stroke back at the 11th.

Davis Love III
Overnight co-leader Davis Love III struggled on Sunday, going 4-over through 13 holes.
He was at 2-under, two strokes behind the front-running Mickelson with five holes remaining when play was suspended.
 
Mickelson, looking for another major to go with his 2004 Masters title, got to 7-under with a birdie at the fourth but struggled over the next five holes. He was at 4-under by the turn and dropped another stroke with a bogey at the 10th before a birdie at the 13th got him back to 4-under.
 
Love kept a close eye on the darkening sky, and when he heard a crack of lightning while on the 14th green, he quickly left the course.
 
Love had credited patience for his success in the early rounds, when he looked nothing like the player who failed to make the cut at the Masters and British Open, but that virtue was missing Sunday. Love hit just four of 10 fairways and posted five bogeys and one birdie over 13 holes.
 
In 1997, as Love putted out on the 18th green to win the PGA title for his only major, a rainbow appeared in the sky over Winged Foot, which he took as a sign that his late father was looking down on him.
 
On Sunday, storm clouds descended on Baltusrol and left Love and the other players hoping for a clearer sky on Monday for completion of the final round.
 
STANDING ROOM ONLY
The final round of the PGA might have provided plenty of drama, but the setting of the 554-yard closing hole hardly seemed like a theater.
 
The PGA of America decided not to ring the 18th green at Baltusrol with grandstands. A three-story television tower was built directly behind the green, and the one set of bleachers that was constructed to the right of the green filled up early, as did the clubhouse balcony, which provided members with an unobstructed view of the final green.
 
Other spectators hoping to watch the finish were left to crowd a sloping, open area between the stately clubhouse and green.
 
Kerry Haigh, managing director of tournaments for the PGA of America, said consideration was given to surrounding the green with stands to accommodate 1,500 to 1,800 spectators.
 
``Had we done so, we would have also blocked out the view of the clubhouse,'' Haigh said. ``So, by not putting one there, we feel we've got a similar number viewing from the clubhouse, plus two or three thousand on the ground, with the slope of the land, being able to see.''
 
Bleachers surrounded the green of the par-3 fourth a few hundred yards from the 18th, and Haigh expected fans to also fill those seats to watch the leaders finish.
 
The setup was similar to that used during the 1993 U.S. Open at the club, although Haigh said another set of bleachers was constructed short and right of the green.
 
He was satisfied that the optimum number of spectators would be able to view the final hole.
 
``Although it may have looked more theaterlike, I think you'll find more people will be able to see the finish,'' he said. ``We certainly wanted to maximize the viewing potential there, and I think we did so.''
 
CLUB PROS
Steve Schneiter closed with a flourish, making eagle at the 72nd hole for the best finish of the four club pros who qualified for the weekend.
 
The assistant from Sandy, Utah, who failed to make the cut in seven previous PGAs, followed three 72s with an even-par 70 to finish 6 over par.
 
``I'm honored to be the low club pro,'' said the 41-year-old Schneiter, who earned a spot in the closing ceremony with his finish. ``I don't know if I deserve being with the champion -- I mean, shooting 6 over par -- but I think that's a neat thing and I'll cherish this week for a long time.''
 
Ron Philo Jr., who had his sister, LPGA player Laura Diaz, as his caddie, had a final-round 72 and was 9 over.
 
Reigning club pro champion Mike Small, the men's golf coach at Illinois, finished 15-over after a 73, and Darrell Kestner, the head pro at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhassett, N.Y., had a four-round total of 19-over after a closing 73.
 
DALY AT 17 -- AND MORE
Despite his best effort, John Daly wasn't able to reach the 650-yard 17th hole in two in the final round, leaving his 3-wood from 286 yards short.
 
The 1991 PGA champion hit a driver and 3-iron to reach the green during the third round and, for the second straight major at Baltusrol, was the only player to make the par-5 in two shots. Tiger Woods reached it with a 2-iron Sunday, but his ball ran through into the rough just behind the green.
 
Daly played the hole in 1-under for the championship.
 
At the 1993 U.S. Open, when the hole was 20 yards shorter, Daly was the only player to reach it in two shots, hitting 1-iron for his second shot.
 
Daly averaged 334.6 yards per drive in the PGA, hitting 18 of 56 fairways.
 
One day after using a wedge to putt over the final eight holes because the head of his putter became loose, Daly returned to a conventional flat stick and was pleased with his performance.
 
``I actually putted the ball really well today,'' Daly said after having 32 putts in a 74 to finish 12 over.
 
CROWDED LEADERBOARD EQUALS RATINGS
The overnight television ratings for the third round of the PGA were 42 percent higher than last year and 7 percent better than 2003.
 
CBS Sports' Saturday broadcast from Baltusrol drew a 4.4 rating and an 11 share, well above the 2004 championship at Whistling Straits, which had a 3.1 rating and 7 share. The third round of the 2003 PGA at Oak Hill drew an overnight rating of 4.1 and a 10 share.
 
Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the country. Each overnight rating point represents about 735,000 TV homes.
 
DIVOTS
The top 15 finishers and ties automatically qualified for next year's PGA at Medinah, and the top five earn a spot in the Masters. ... Former Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton made his first cut of the year but finished last among the 79 players who made the cut, closing with a 78 for a 300 total. ... U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell had a second straight 69 to finish 1-under. It was his best finish in seven PGAs.
 
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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.