These Guys are Good - at Acting

By Associated PressApril 3, 2004, 5:00 pm
PGA TourPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Chad Campbell moved slowly along a picket fence as he signed autographs, fresh off a stellar comeback at the Bay Hill Invitational for his second PGA Tour victory. The first was at the Tour Championship, where he shot a 61.
 
Campbell is one of the rising stars on tour. He is recognized wherever he goes at a tournament - but not only for his great golf.
 
'Chad,' a voice in the crowd cooed to him. 'I just love your commercial.'
 
Campbell is one of five PGA Tour players who star in a series of public service announcements - 30-second spots designed to bring out golf's personalities and highlight the tour's commitment to charity.
 
'I would like for them to remember the 61,' Campbell said with a smile. 'But this is fine. It's amazing how many people come up to me and say how much they liked it.'
 
These guys are good - even at acting.
 
Jesper Parnevik and Duffy Waldorf drop off their own unique style of clothing at a Salvation Army store. Construction workers pause and stand at attention as Jerry Kelly, intense as ever, drives a nail into a board. Ernie Els teaches a classroom of children his own version of math.
 
'They reinforce two of the most important things about our brand,' PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. 'One, we've got the best players and they're good, solid people. And two, we believe in giving back.'
 
Finchem showed the PSAs during a players' meeting last week.
 
'I've seen a couple of them 10 times, and I still laugh at them,' he said.
 
Campbell, 29, is a quiet, down-to-earth west Texan. In his commercial for 'Big Brothers Big Sisters of America,' he is playing in a sand box with children when one of them asks if they can play on the swings.
 
'Sure, let's go,' Campbell says, his speaking part all of three words.
 
They leave the sand box, but Campbell pauses and looks over his shoulder. With a deep sense of obligation, he returns to the sand box and smooths it over with a rake.
 
The PSAs are tied in to the local charity of that week's tournament - the Arnold Palmer Hospital during the Bay Hill Invitational, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation during the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
 
This was the second commercial for Els under the popular theme, 'These guys are good,' created by the tour's longtime advertising partner, GSD&M of Austin, Texas.
 
In his previous spot, he was feeding his daughter, Samantha, in a high chair when she spit oatmeal in his face.
 
This time, the Big Easy is standing at a chalkboard when he writes out an equation - nine numbers that add to 33. When he asks for the answer, the kids look perplexed before one girl gets it right: 3 under par.
 
Yes, that was Samantha who came up with the answer - 'three-unduh-paw,' in her distinctive Afrikaans accent.
 
'It was so much fun - a real joy, to be honest,' Els said. 'But the funny thing was, I had to stand behind the camera and keep telling her what to say. She kept forgetting.'
 
Even the players have a tough time.
 
Campbell said his 30-second commercial took four hours to make.
 
'I must not have been doing something right if it took that long,' he said. 'I guess we had to get the facial expressions just right.'
 
Kelly was almost embarrassed when he talked about how many takes were required in his commercial, which promotes 'Habitat for Humanity.'
 
The scene is a busy construction site, and the job foreman asks for quiet. Circular saws and drills are turned off, and laborers turn to watch Kelly. Adjusting his feet, both hands on the hammer in a perfect grip, he take it back slowly, shifts his weight and hits the nail. As the workers applaud, Kelly smiles and tips his cap as if he just made birdie.
 
One problem.
 
'I couldn't hit the nail,' Kelly confesses.
 
He had no trouble when standing close to the stud, but the camera angle was bad. The producers needed him to stand away from the stud to get a full view of him. From that angle, Kelly says, he missed the nail some 50 times.
 
'I was coming to the inside,' he said. 'Finally, they drilled a hole and stuck the nail in there lightly. I got about 6 inches from it and knocked it in.'
 
Kelly still called it a 'ton of fun' and said he was thrilled the tour asked him to take part in the PSAs.
 
'That's promoting the brand, and for them to think enough of me to promote the tour, that made me feel special,' he said. 'I'm not going to turn down a chance like that.'
 
Parnevik has the most peculiar wardrobe in golf, and he drops off some his outrageous clothing at a local Salvation Army store - the pink pants he wore when he won the Nelson Classic, the green-and-white shoes he wears at Augusta National, and a short, tight-fitting jacket he says is 'all you need for the French Riviera.'
 
On the way out, the Swede passes Waldorf, who's dropping off his Hawaiian shirts. The commercial closes with an ad-lib moment that has become a favorite among the players.
 
Waldorf, balding on top and with a paunch, is wearing one of Parnevik's colorful jackets with oversized shades. Styling in front of a mirror, he looks at the camera and playfully snarls.
 
'The closing took about 15 takes, because I was giving them all these different sounds and lines,' Waldorf said. 'What we got at the end turned out great.'
 
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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.