Ticked off Tiger texting MJ Boo are you

By Associated PressSeptember 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
Ryder CupLOUISVILLE, Ky. ' Justin Leonards undefeated record through the first three matches of the Ryder Cup wasnt enough to convince U.S. captain Paul Azinger to play Leonard during Saturdays afternoon four-ball.
 
Leonard and Hunter Mahan rolled to a 3-0-0 record through the first three rounds, and Azinger sent Mahan back out for the afternoon matches. Mahan joined Phil Mickelson as the only American players to play in each of the first four matches.
 
Leonard felt he could have gone another 18 holes, but respected Azingers decision.
 
I told Zinger, you know, I felt like I had some more in the tank, Leonard said. I wasnt sure how much. And I think he wants me to be ready for tomorrow. Im going to use this rest to my advantage.
 
Leonard wasnt the only red-hot player who took the afternoon off. Europes Justin Rose asked captain Nick Faldo if he could sit out the four-ball matches even though he and Ian Poulter had gone 2-1-0 through three matches.
 
I really felt like it was best for the team, should I sit out a bit, Rose said. Ive got a bit of a sore wrist and a few little things that you just want to just take care of, no big deal.
 
Valhalla marked the first time under the current Ryder Cup format that Europe had just one player compete in every session.

PAYNES SON

 
U.S. captain Paul Azinger had a special guest in his cart late Saturday afternoon ' Aaron Stewart, the 19-year-old son of the late Payne Stewart, who was Azingers best friend on tour.
 
The Americans have not won the Ryder Cup since Stewart played on the team in 1999 at Brookline. Six weeks later, Stewart perished in a plane accident.
 
TICKED TIGER
 
Michael Jordan knows how tense things can get during competition. So he took a little pity on European captain Nick Faldo during Fridays opening round matches, playfully giving Faldo a neck massage.
 
Jordan, back at Valhalla on Saturday, admitted the move didnt sit well with at least one Ryder Cup regular: Tiger Woods.
 
The worlds No. 1 golfer, watching the Cup on TV while recuperating from knee surgery, fired off a text to Jordan telling him to cut it out.
 
He texted me when I was massaging (Faldo), Jordan said. He said Get your hands off him and choke him instead of massage him.
 
Jordan has attended every Ryder Cup since 1997 and called it one of his favorite competitions in sports.
 
FLASHBACK
 
Justin Rose and Ian Poulter have been friends a long time, well before Poulter turned himself into arguably the most fashionable golfer this side of Jesper Parnevik.
 
To Rose, Poulter is still the chunky kid he played against as a junior, and the memories pop up at unexpected times.
 
Standing on the 14th green during their morning foursome match against Chad Campbell and Stewart Cink, Rose had a flashback.
 
This feeling came over me, and he probably wont thank me for saying this, but I said, Come on Poults, the fat kid from Milton Keynes, knock it in, Rose said.
 
Poulter converted the putt as the English duo won 4 and 3, their second win in three pairings during this weekend.
 
SERGIO SAVES THE DAY
 
Sergio Garcia found a way to make himself useful during the morning foursomes, even though the longtime European team star was sitting for the first time in his Ryder Cup career.
 
Riding along with assistant captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Garcia was standing behind the green watching Miguel Angel Jimenez and Graeme McDowell when a golf cart attempting to get up the bank spun its wheels and fell back.
 
Garcia leaned over to the driver and told him to back up and hit the hill running. After successfully making it up, the driver walked over and gave Garcia a high-five.
 
BOO ARE YOU?
 
Becoming one of the early U.S. heroes of this Ryder Cup hasnt exactly made Boo Weekley a recognizable face.
 
When Weekley attempted to duck under a rope and head into the clubhouse before his afternoon foursomes match with J.B. Holmes, the security guard manning the gate stopped him in his tracks and asked Weekley for his credentials.
 
Weekley, wearing a blue U.S. Ryder Cup team jacket, tan slacks and a blue cap with his name on the back, raised out his arms and pulled out his team shirt before looking at nearby reporters for some help.
 
The guard, embarrassed, let Weekley into the clubhouse while a handful of Weekley supporters ' several wearing Red, White & Boo T-shirts, laughed.
 
WEARING THE COLORS
 
U.S. captain Paul Azinger is borrowing a move from college sporting events to give Valhalla a more festive feel.
 
Azinger encouraged fans to wear blue to the course on Saturday and red on Sunday in support of the U.S. team. Azinger has implored fans to become the 13th man, even creating T-shirts with that phrase splashed across the front.
 
Getting the fans to play dress-up is a tactic thats worked well in Kentucky. Both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky have staged White Out and Black Out promotions during high-profile football and basketball games.
 
SOGGY START
 
A small batch of showers softened things up early Saturday morning, and had some of the players wives scrambling for rain gear.
 
Amy Mickelson was seen hustling down the first fairway after husband Phil, her arms full of stuff to bring the wives. The rain made going treacherous for spectators as they walked along the mounds and several photographers took a spill trying to make their way behind the green on No. 9.
 
The sky cleared as the morning went on with temperatures rising into the low-80s by the middle of the afternoon. Forecasters are calling for sun and temperatures in the 80s for singles play on Sunday.
 
SAY THAT AGAIN?
Players arent the only ones coping with nerves at the Ryder Cup.
 
The PGA of America asked former president M.G. Orender to announce the matches on the first tee, and there have been a few glitches. It started with the opening match Friday, when he introduced Padraig Harrington as Harrison.
 
Saturday afternoon, Orender had another slip of the tongue. He first announced Henrik Stenson as Stevens. Then he quickly changed it to Stevenson.
 
Orender at least got a mulligan. After introducing the European team, he again announced the Swede as first to hit, and correctly referred to him as Stenson. Orender held out his palms and rolled his eyes at Stenson to acknowledge the mea culpa.
 
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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.