Notes Palmer May Be Done with Seniors

By Associated PressJuly 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 U.S. Senior OpenKETTERING, Ohio -- Arnold Palmer's competitive golfing days are rapidly sifting away.
After fading to a bleak 14-over 85 on Thursday in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open, Palmer said he planned on playing in only three more Champions Tour events.
``I just played awful,'' the 75-year-old said
He played his first nine holes in 6-over 41 and parred the next two holes, but then played the final seven in 8 over.
``I will play next week, for a lot of reasons, in Minneapolis, and I'll play Houston because of my association there, and probably the First Tee at Pebble Beach. And that's it. That's all I'll play,'' he said.
Asked if he had put any thought into playing on tour in 2006, he said, ``I have no intentions of playing at all -- maybe a few charity events -- and that will be it.''
Pressed about not playing in any Champions Tour events, Palmer backed off.
``Well, I won't say no, but it's not likely that I'm going to play very much,'' he said.
Palmer, who turned pro 50 years ago, won 62 PGA Tour events. He energized the game, providing panache, emotion and color to a staid gentleman's game. Palmer's rivalry with Jack Nicklaus in the 1960s brought golf into the mainstream of American sports.
Now he finds it nearly impossible to avoid the frustrations that dog most high-handicappers at muni courses.
``Sure, I got frustrated,'' Palmer said. ``I was probably foolish in thinking that I might play reasonably well this week.''
Dave Renwick, who quit as Vijay Singh's caddie earlier this year, is carrying Greg Norman's clubs at the U.S. Senior Open.
Renwick hadn't caddied since giving up what was perceived as one of the best jobs on the PGA Tour considering Singh is a perennial top money-winner. When he quit, Renwick said he was unhappy with how he was treated by Singh.
Norman, who opened with a 3-under 68, gave a lot of the credit for his quick start to Renwick.
``He's a consummate professional,'' Norman said. ``He says all the right things because he's done it before for other great players. He's going to caddie for me the rest of this year and we'll see what happens next year.''
Curtis Strange had a hole-in-one on the 202-yard, par-3 13th at NCR Country Club. Strange used a 3-iron for the ace, which came one hole after a double-bogey. He shot an even-par 71.
``It was simply left to right,'' he said. ``I didn't see it go in.''
It was the 12th ace of Strange's career -- and first since the 1988 Masters.
Dana Quigley's string of 278 consecutive starts on the Champions Tour came to an end last week when he decided to not make the trip to the Senior British Open because of a balky hip. He's starting a new streak this week at the U.S. Senior Open and opened with a 73.
Quigley joined the tour in 1997. He has won 10 times and been a runner-up in 15 other tournaments. A two-time winner this year (MasterCard Championship, Bayer Advantage Classic), he is fifth in career seniors tour earnings.
When he was younger, the 58-year-old Quigley led a wild life. But now he has seen the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
``The first 50 years of my life, I did everything for the present,'' he said.
Tom Watson won the Senior British Open last weekend at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland, then hopped a flight and arrived in Ohio on Sunday night.
Before teeing it up in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open, he was still feeling the effects. But he said he still had time to bounce back.
``At my age, I do take more and more naps,'' said Watson, who opened with a 68.
Quigley told a USGA official that the guys in blazers must really be upset with Wednesday's rain. Asked why, Quigley responded, ``Well, you can't get that brown color on the greens. They're going to be beautiful and green this week.''
Dave Stockton withdrew from the field because of family commitments, and was replaced by Chuck Milne of Vancouver, Wash. ... The three par-5s (Nos. 5, 6 and 10) were the only holes the field played below par. ... Palmer's 85 was matched by three others. ... Peter Jacobsen is trying to become the first repeat winner of the U.S. Senior Open since Gary Player in 1988.
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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.