PGA Tour wives tee it up for charity

By Associated PressMarch 3, 2009, 5:00 pm
2007 Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. ' Bob Estes was 140 yards from the hole, standing over a pink ball and wearing a sombrero.
 
As if that wasnt daunting enough, his wife and three other women wearing short white skirts and knee-high Argyle socks were jumping nearby and yelling Hole it, hole it, hole it!
 
He did not hole it.
 
Not even close, actually, although that hardly mattered.
 
Tuesday was Ladies Day at PGA National, site of this weeks Honda Classic. They played the PGA Tour Wives Classic, where 37 spouses and significant others of tour pros played a nine-hole, four-woman scramble, with the husbands wearing pink-trimmed caddie bibs and being drafted to play mulligans.
 
By days end, nearly $100,000 was raised for charity.
 
Were on the road 30 to 35 weeks a year and the road becomes our home, said Amy Wilson, the wife of 2007 Honda champion Mark Wilson and the president of the PGA Tour Wives Association. The PGA Tour gives so much back through each tournament through charities, and we get to mirror that and help in our own way too. And through the connections we have through our husbands, we can open doors.
 
Former LPGA player Angie Oberholser was the tournament director, and she spent nearly a full year organizing everything. There were gift bags for everyone and specially made hats designed by Vicky Waldorf, the wife of longtime tour pro Duffy Waldorf.
 
Oberholser is pregnant and said she wasnt sure if good-golfer Angie or pregnant Angie would be on the first tee. Good-golfer Angie was there; she drilled her opening drive perfectly down the fairway, drawing applause from about two dozen PGA National members who showed up to watch.
 
This tournament is a lot of work, said Oberholser, who threatened to fire her caddie and husband Arron last year, but had Matt Kuchar on her bag Tuesday because her spouse is recovering from surgery. But I really enjoyed it.
 
The wives association donated more than $246,000 to charity last year, plus had members volunteer time at soup kitchens, building sites, schools, hospitals and with childrens programs.
 
Indeed, the fundraising side was taken extremely seriously.
 
The golf, not so much.
 
When caddie David Duval was digging a ball out of some muck on the first tee, fellow caddie Brad Faxon jumped out of his cart to take a picture. Alli McKenzie nearly whiffed a tee shot when she learned that the par-3s hole-in-one prize was a $500 gift card from Saks. (Not only did any of the women in her foursome hit the green, none even cleared the cart path 75 yards ahead of them.)
 
Im not listening to my caddie anymore, Liz Estes said after that hole.
 
And by the fourth hole of the day, Leot Chen ' with Vaughn Taylor as her caddie ' showed off an unusual one-handed grip on a 40-yard pitch: Wedge in the right hand, cocktail in the left.
 
So it goes when the final instruction before the shotgun start reminded players that we will have margaritas for you out there.
 
This is so much fun, Brenda Calcavecchia said. Everybody gets involved in it. We do events all year long, but this is kind of the big thing for us. Its probably the biggest fundraiser we do and its just fun. People get so excited about it.
 
Her husband, Mark Calcavecchia, has a bit of an obsession about changing putters often. She hasnt changed hers in nearly a decade, even though she once hit a putt 100 feet past the hole ' some 30 yards back up the fairway ' when she had an opportunity to play Augusta National a few years back.
 
Hows Mark as a caddie?
 
Depends on how many beers, she said. He sees things differently than I do. He doesnt see the water and the sand. I see the water and the sand. And my nickname is Golden Tee, because he has to line me up. Little left, little right, right there.
 
Calcavecchia took about a half-dozen swings on the driving range, slicing just about everything. She thought the dangling bracelet on her left wrist was the problem, but fortunately, the caddie delivered good advice. Aim left and swing harder, her husband Mark said.
 
There was a lot of tips like that Tuesday.
 
The scene couldnt have been more laid-back. They posed for pictures on just about every hole, cheered like crazy when topped 75-yarders from the fairway happened to roll up on the greens, and more than a few freely acknowledged they didnt know what was on their scorecard ' nor did they care.
 
My wife has high expectations on every shot, with a very low amount of work put into her game, Mark Wilson said. To see all the other players and their wives in a setting like this, and we dont have to hit a shot, theres no pressure on us at all. So this is so much fun.
 

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    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

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    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

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    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

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    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.”

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    “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

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    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.