The Road Back for Furyk Will Be Slow

By Associated PressJuly 1, 2004, 4:00 pm
Cialis Western OpenLEMONT, Ill. -- Last year, all Jim Furyk heard about was his U.S. Open victory. This year, all anyone asks about is his wrist. Furyk is making his return to the regular PGA Tour in the Western Open this week.
 
He had surgery in March to repair torn cartilage in his left wrist, and didn't play again until the U.S. Open two weeks ago.
 
'The wrist is feeling fine,' he said Wednesday. 'Eventually I'll get a sign on my bag saying, 'The wrist is fine, thanks for asking.' It's everyone's question and it's understandable. I appreciate everyone being nice about it.'
 
Furyk came to the Western as something of a conquering hero last year, having won the U.S. Open at nearby Olympia Fields just three weeks earlier. He tied for third, then went on to win the Buick Open, which vaulted him to a career-best third in the world golf rankings. He finished his season with two more top-10 finishes.
 
But Furyk had started feeling pain in his wrist at last year's British Open. It would go away when he took some time off, but always returned. After the Hawaii swing in January, he got a cortisone shot in hopes that would allow him to keep playing.
 
By early February, though, he couldn't grip a club.
 
'It got to the point where I started gripping the club and I couldn't do that anymore,' he said. 'Yeah, I was nervous. You never know what's going to happen. The worst part is not knowing.'
 
He finally had surgery in March. Furyk said his doctor hoped he'd be playing within three months - he beat that estimate by a week at the U.S. Open - and by six months, would forget he'd even had the injury.
 
'So we'll see,' Furyk said. 'Time will tell.'
 
For now, he's working his way back onto the tour gradually. He hopes to take at least one week off between every event he plays and see how the wrist responds.
 
'I think toward the end of the year, you'll see me hopping into three weeks on, a week or two off, three weeks on and try to get a little rhythm before the end of the year,' he said.
 
Furyk made the cut in the U.S. Open by a shot, an accomplishment in his first competitive event in almost six months. But he struggled on the weekend - like many did - and tied for 48th at 18 over.
 
Time on the course is all his game really needs, Furyk said. But he knows better than to push it. Don't expect to see him on the practice range, hitting a couple of hundred balls after he finishes his rounds this week.
 
'I have to be patient. It's going to take some time to get back to where I was at the end of last year,' he said. 'I have to be very wise about the amount of time I put in right now. I'm very capable of playing 72 holes and finishing the tournament, but not beating balls every day.'
 
Furyk isn't the only one trying to get his game back to major-winning shape. Tiger Woods arrived at the Western Open having not been a factor in either of the year's first two majors. He hasn't won much on the regular tour either, notching one victory in his first 11 starts.
 
Then again, Woods heard the same things before last year's Western Open - and promptly went out and shattered a bunch of records on his way to a wire-to-wire win.
 
'Certainly I'm not playing as well as I know I can,' Woods said. 'I feel like the game is very close to coming together. I know I keep saying that, but I feel in my heart of hearts that it is. I'm close to putting it together.'
 
This might be the perfect place for him to do it. Woods has always loved the Western, playing it every year but one since he turned pro - he withdrew because of the flu in 2002 - and winning it three times.
 
He knows the Dubsdread course at Cog Hill Golf Club probably better than anyone but owner Frank Jemsek. Last year, he opened with a 9-under 63 that tied the course and tournament records. His 21-under 267 matched the Western Open record, and he was the Western's first start-to-finish winner since 1993.
 
And there's no question he feels at home here. A grin spread across his face as he talked about his past trips to Cog Hill, and he didn't get defensive at all when he was asked about the problems with his game.
 
'Everybody goes through highs and lows in their career. Everyone,' he said. 'It goes in waves. You don't want to do that, trust me. But it happens.'
 
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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.