Notes Tigers Status Strange Back in Booth

By Associated PressJune 17, 2008, 4:00 pm
SAN DIEGO -- If he skips his next two tournaments because of a sore left knee, Tiger Woods almost certainly will not play in the minimum 15 events. That would not affect his PGA TOUR membership, only his voting membership.
 
Most players who fall short of the 15 events can apply for a medical extension, but Woods doesnt need one. He now is exempt on tour through 2013, and once he puts in two more years, will be exempt for life with 65 victories.
 
But there might even be a loophole for his voting membership.
 
What the regulation doesnt address'but the spirit of the regulation addresses'is heres a guy who doesnt need a medical extension, said Andy Pazder, the tours vice president of competition. You would say the spirit is to extend a persons voting membership due to a period he missed because of injury.
 
As for the Ryder Cup?
 
According to the PGA of America, the ninth player in the U.S. standings through the PGA Championship would qualify for the team if Woods decides he cannot play. By winning the U.S. Open, Woods mathematically clinched a spot on the team.
 
ANNIKA AND THE USGA:
Annika Sorenstam will play in her final U.S. Womens Open next week at Interlachen, but her involvement with the U.S. Golf Association wont end there. The three-time champion will become a USGA ambassador, involved in the Rules of Golf and with programs to grow the game.
 
Annika has earned a rare place in golfs history, and we are very privileged to bring her aboard the USGA, president Jim Vernon said.
 
Sorenstam made a brief appearance at Torrey Pines, coming to the U.S. Open for corporate work with Lexus. She will be hard to miss at Interlachen, even for those who dont attend the U.S. Womens Open.
 
Her first round will be streamed live on the tournaments web site (www.uswomensopen.com), the first time that has happened in womens golf. Fans on the Internet will be able to see every shot from Sorenstam and her two other playing partners (Paula Creamer is expected to be one of them) during the first round.
 
Live streaming in the second round will focus on the traditional pairing of defending champion Cristie Kerr, Womens British Open champion Lorena Ochoa and U.S. Womens Amateur champion Maria Uribe.
 
Sorenstams first LPGA Tour victory came in the 1995 U.S. Womens Open at the Broadmoor, and she added titles in 1996 at Pine Needles and 2006 at Newport Country Club. A victory next week would allow Sorenstam to join Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls as the only four-time champions.
 
The 37-year-old Swede is retiring after this year and looking forward to her work with the USGA. Sorenstam long has been a whiz with the rules, one of the few players on any tour who has attended the USGA rules seminars.
 
It is the opportunity to help grow the game, especially among junior golfers, that I think is most exciting for me, Sorenstam said. Golf has always been a very important part of my life, and I see this as a great opportunity to give something back to the game that has given me so much.
 
BACK IN THE BOOTH:
Curtis Strange looked as comfortable as ever in the broadcast booth at the U.S. Open, where he spent 2 1/2 hours each of the first two rounds on ESPN with Mike Tirico. They were the ABC tandem for eight years through 2004.
 
He also joined Peter Jacobsen with NBC Sports Bob Costas for brief observations on the weekend.
 
It was a lot of fun, Strange said. Id love for it to work into a couple more events.
 
ESPN also televises Friday of the Ryder Cup, and Strange was the U.S. captain in 2002 at The Belfry. Strange said he felt at home analyzing the U.S. Open as the last player to win back-to-back years (1988-89) and the only player to break par in a U.S. Open for three consecutive years.
 
As for his golf on the Champions Tour?
 
I still want to play, he said. But I dont want to play like Ive been playing.
 
Strange has yet to win since turning 50 in 2004 and is 46th on the money list in 10 starts this year.
 
SCHEDULE CHANGE:
The merchandise tent and corporate chalets were on the first fairway of the North Course at Torrey Pines. The media center was on the second fairway, the practice range occupying the fourth, first, ninth and 18th holes.
 
The good news is that it will have a few extra weeks to get back in shape for two rounds of the Buick Invitational.
 
Because the 2009 season does not start in Kapalua until Jan. 8, and the Super Bowl is held Feb. 1, there have been some changes to the West Coast swing next year.
 
The Buick Invitational, played the last week in January the last four years, will be held Feb. 5-8, the week after the Super Bowl. That spot usually is occupied by the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which will be held a week later.
 
SHARP EYE:
Yani Tseng earned $300,000 for her victory two weeks ago in the McDonalds LPGA Championship, making her the first rookie in 10 years to win an LPGA major. She is fourth on the list with $835,241.
 
What to do with her earnings? For starters, she wants to buy a billiards table.
 
Tseng is quite accomplished with the cue stick, and some say she can run the table on just about anyone.
 
Im pretty good, she said during the first round of the U.S. Open, when she followed the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson-Adam Scott group. Helps me with my putting. You have to be able to read the angles on the shots.
 
Whatever shes doing, it appears to be working.
 
DIVOTS:
Vicky Hurst failed to qualify for the U.S. Womens Open, but the 17-year-old from Florida picked up her second Futures Tour victory last week in Illinois. She is leading the money list after six events. The top five earn LPGA Tour cards. Justin Leonard didnt make a birdie the first two rounds of the U.S. Open and still made the cut. He tied for 36th. Davis Love III did not make a birdie on the weekend and slipped from a tie for fifth to a tie for 53rd.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK:
Tiger Woods, Robert Karlsson and Miguel Angel Jimenez are the only players to have finished in the top 10 in both majors this year.
 
FINAL WORD:
If anybody in this world goes up against Tiger when hes at his best, theyre going to lose. Its just that simple.'Rocco Mediate, after losing in 19 holes of a playoff at the U.S. Open.
 
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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.