Notes Where Are My Clubs Boos Autograph

By Associated PressMarch 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 WGC CA ChampionshipDORAL, Fla. -- Louis Oosthuizen got off the plane in Miami after a long flight from Johannesburg only to learn that his golf clubs were missing. This is his second time competing in the United States at a World Golf Championship, so it was a nuisance.
 
It became a bit more problematic on Tuesday when the pairings were released for the CA Championship.
 
Oosthuizen will be playing the first two days with Tiger Woods.
 
It should be great fun, Oosthuizen said. But I wish my clubs would arrive.
 
As he spoke, Ping representative Steve Zita pulled up in a cart. Ping is making a new set for the 25-year-old South African in case his clubs were not found, and Zita said a carry bag was being shipped to Doral.
 
Oosthuizen must have wondered why this had to happen now. Maybe he should call Marc Cayeux of Zimbabwe.
 
Cayeux made his U.S. debut at Firestone in 2005. He burned the inside of his left hand on the grill two weeks before the tournament, and while he should have withdrawn, he figured he couldnt miss a chance to play such a lucrative event. Just his luck, he drew Tiger Woods in the first two rounds.
 
Oosthuizen got to his hotel Sunday and turned on the television to see Woods on the 16th hole at Bay Hill. He watched the final 30 minutes, including Woods 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by one shot.
 
You would never bet against him to miss that putt, Oosthuizen said. Hes something else. People say that one of these days, the luck is going to turn. But I always remember Gary Player saying that the harder you practice, the luckier you get.
 
What to expect on the Blue Monster?
 
The last time Oosthuizen played in the same tournament with Woods was at the Dubai Desert Classic, where Woods charged from four shots behind in the final round with a 31 on the back nine to win.
 
Ive got to focus on my game, because Ill be looking at him the whole time, Oosthuizen said. I want to see how he handles himself, because thats the level we all want to get to.
 
SPELL IT OUT
Boo Weekley was on the practice green late Monday when he noticed a teenager watching, then challenged him to a contest for the next 30 minutes. When they finished, Weekley reached into his bag for a ball, and carefully signed his name.
 
Too bad Arnold Palmer wasnt around to see this. The King would have approved.
 
Palmer imparted unsolicited advice last week to young players on how to sign an autograph.
 
I dont know where a player comes off, a young player particularly, that is being asked to give an autograph and he scribbles something down there that you cant read, Palmer said. Well, who in the hell knows what it is? Why take the time to do it? Why not make it legible?
 
Palmer said he can always recognize something signed by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. As for his own autograph, it is among the most recognizable in sports.
 
If youre going to give an autograph, make it legible so that people know what the hell they have in their hand, Palmer said.
 
Weekley passes that test easily.
 
TICKING CLOCK
The PGA TOUR is trying to save two tournaments that no longer have sponsors, with the priority on Tampa, Fla., because it comes first on the 2009 schedule, part of the Florida swing in March. The other is in May outside Atlanta, where AT&T will bail out after this year.
 
PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem said he would know something about Tampa in the next 90 days.
 
Were getting close to a point where weve got to move forward, he said. Were still focused heavily on Tampa and Atlanta.
 
One prospective sponsor was at Innisbrook two weeks ago and said to be enthusiastic.
 
If that doesnt work out, the tour could have a hole in the Florida Swing. Among the fall tournaments that could slide into the spring is the Texas Open in San Antonio, which has led the tour in charitable giving the last few years despite being relegated to either the Fall Series or held opposite the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup.
 
It would be awkward to leave Florida, Finchem said. But I dont think its the most important thing.
 
CADDY FOR A CADDIE
Imagine a player standing over a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. The camera might want to be trained on the caddie, who also will have plenty at stake.
 
In an effort to salute the allies of the PGA TOUR, the tournament is awarding a Cadillac to the caddie of this years champion.
 
A notice posted in the caddie trailer last week said the Caddy for a Caddie deal means a 2007 Cadillac XLR-V for the winning looper. The value of the car was listed at $85,000.
 
Previously, one of the best perks for caddies came at the Wachovia Championship, where the caddie for the defending champion is given a Mercedes-Benz as a courtesy car for the week.
 
SENDEN CONSOLATION
Two straight weeks. One putt.
 
That was enough to keep John Senden out of the CA Championship. The lanky Australian was poised to crack the top 50 at Innisbrook until Stewart Cink holed a 50-foot birdie putt that forged a six-way tie for second, costing Senden precious world ranking points.
 
He had one last chance at Bay Hill, but wound up in a six-way tie for 48th. Had it been a five-way tie for 48th, or if Senden had finished one spot higher, he would have been No. 50. Instead, he finished .003 points behind Nick Dougherty.
 
Tough break, yes, but not the end of the world.
 
Senden at least is in the Masters. He went to Augusta National on Monday to play his first practice round.
 
DIVOTS
Tiger Woods won an award last week that was largely overlooked, perhaps because it happens so often. He received the 2007 Mark H. McCormack Award for being No. 1 in the world ranking for the most weeks. Woods has won the award every year since it began in 1998. Already a member of Augusta National and close to 100 other golf clubs, Arnold Palmer added another jewel when he learned last month he had been accepted as a member of Cypress Point. Palmer is part of the business group that owns Pebble Beach. Americans have won 20 of the 27 World Golf Championships, with Tiger Woods capturing 15 of those.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Tiger Woods has won 18 tournaments when the field has been 72 players or fewer.
 
FINAL WORD
Im pleased that I was able to do what I did from a golfing standpoint. I would like to think that I left them more than just that.' Arnold Palmer.
 
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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.