Notes Woods Wraps Up POY Changes in Boston
Woods now has won the PGA of America's award eight times in his 10 full years on the PGA Tour. The only two times he did not win the points-based award was in 1998 when Mark O'Meara won two majors, and in 2004 when Vijay Singh won nine times.
Players receive 30 points for winning a major, 20 points for The Players Championship and 10 points for every other PGA Tour victory, with a 50-point bonus for winning two majors. As many as 20 points are awarded on a sliding scale for the scoring average and money list.
With only nine tournaments left in the season, no one can catch Woods.
Woods also has a commanding lead in competition for the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average at 68.30. Jim Furyk is second at 69.06.
But whether he wins that award for the seventh time in his career might depend on his schedule. Because he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and withdrew after two rounds of the Nissan Open with the flu, Woods has played only 51 rounds this year. Unless he plays Disney, he would be four rounds short of the 60 minimum required to win the Vardon Trophy.
The PGA Tour award for lowest scoring average -- the Byron Nelson Trophy -- requires only 50 rounds.
Brad Faxon will be working with golf course architect Gil Hanse on more changes to the TPC of Boston, which should be done in time for the Deutsche Bank Championship next year.
Faxon's two major changes will be eliminating the dogleg at No. 4, allowing some players to drive the green on the par 4, and making the par-3 16th shorter -- perhaps a 7-iron or 8-iron -- with more water in play to make it a peninsula green.
'We'll maybe make a few changes on a lot of the holes, but it's a pretty good piece of property,' Faxon said. 'I think the players, they like it. But I think they need to love it.'
MAN OF FEW WORDS
One distinction between Ryder Cup captains Tom Lehman and Ian Woosnam is their speaking skills. Lehman is more polished and eloquent, while Woosie gets right to the point.
Woosnam showed that Sunday night in Germany while announcing his two captain's picks.
Lehman uttered 351 words before mentioning the name of his first pick, Stewart Cink. He then said 185 words before he reached the name of Scott Verplank.
Now, let's turn the microphone over to Woosnam.
'Thank you all for being here tonight and staying on. Let me start. Obviously, you've been waiting a while for this. My first pick is Darren Clarke. And my second pick is Lee Westwood.'
Richie Ramsay became the first Scot in 108 years to win the U.S. Amateur, and some of the credit goes to an American.
Ramsay used to caddie at Royal Aberdeen, and he recalled working one day for a man from New York named Dick Gilbert.
'I know he lives on Fifth Avenue somewhere; I know it's a big street,' Ramsay said.
What he remembered more vividly is that Gilbert used a Scotty Cameron Futura putter and asked the caddie if he liked it. Ramsay said he did, and that he had been looking for a new putter because he was struggling with his model.
Gilbert returned to New York and shipped a Futura to Ramsay -- the same putter he used to win the U.S. Amateur at Hazeltine.
Ramsay said he sent a note of thanks to the American, but given the sketchy details of Gilbert's address, he's not sure he ever received it. The Scot made sure to thank him again after he won the Amateur.
'I don't know if he ever got it or not, but a big thanks goes to him,' Ramsay said. 'He's an American guy and he was very generous. He didn't have to do that.'
Bernhard Langer had an eye for detail as European captain at the Ryder Cup two years ago, going so far as to study which colors would be best for his team.
'I checked out what colors are positive, good colors and what colors are negative, because every color represents something,' Langer said last week in Germany. 'That was just an example. I just tried to do my homework and do the best I possibly could.'
Langer mentioned Chinese colors as being positive -- red, orange, black, yellow and green. He didn't mention what he considered negative shades, saying only that every color contains a certain meaning.
'Tiger plays in red every Sunday. Well, there's a reason,' Langer said. 'Red is an aggressive color. He likes red and he feels good in red. Seve (Ballesteros) would always wear blue; navy blue was his favorite color.'
But that's as far as he went. Langer wasn't about to advise which colors Ian Woosnam or Tom Lehman should select.
'You can do your homework, find a book, read about colors and you'll find out,' he said. 'I'm not here to educate you about colors.'
Stephen Ames will make his debut in the Skins Game, getting into the four-man field on Thanksgiving weekend by winning The Players Championship. The defending champion is Fred Funk, with Fred Couples and John Daly rounding out the field. The LG Skins Game returns to Trilogy Golf Club in California on Nov. 25-26. ... The PGA Tour's season-opening tournament at Kapalua now will be called The Mercedes-Benz Championship. ... Seven players in the 16-man field for the HSBC World Match Play Championship will be in the Ryder Cup. The Americans are Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods. European players are Luke Donald, Colin Montgomerie, Robert Karlsson, Paul Casey and David Howell. The tournament, which features 36 holes of match play each round, will be held at Wentworth outside London the week before the Ryder Cup. Woods will be the No. 2 seed, behind defending champion Michael Campbell.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Fred Couples has won more money in the Skins Game ($3,515,000) than the four major championships combined ($3,470,616).
'Almost felt like an aerobic workout for me.' -- Jason Gore, who was in the first group out Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship and played in just under three hours.
Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.