Tigers niece a freshman at Wake Forest

By Associated PressSeptember 16, 2008, 4:00 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ' When Cheyenne Woods steps up to the tee, its obvious golf is in her DNA. Shes got the firm grip and a fluid swing, not to mention the almond-shaped eyes and wide smile of her uncle Tiger.
 
With her Wake Forest golf coach and teammates watching at a recent practice, the pressure was on the teams lone freshman. She wasnt too happy with a tee shot that landed near a tree, but pumped the next through some branches, over sand traps and onto the green.
 
My mom and I would go to the park every night and hit balls because she didnt know what a driving range was, Woods said. Thats when I fell in love with it.
 
Like Tiger, Woods got her first set of clubs as a youngster from the late Earl Woods Sr., her grandfather and Tigers father. He taught her how to swing, as he had years earlier with his now famous son, during spring break visits to his California home. He visited her home in Phoenix to watch her play events when she was younger.
 
She did have a special relationship with her grandfather, said Susan Woods, Cheyennes mother, who divorced Earl Woods Jr., Tigers half-brother, when their daughter was 2.
 
Now the niece of the worlds best golfer is playing competitively for the Demon Deacons, ranked 12th in the NCAA by Golfweek. Wooed by several universities, including Tulane and Tennessee, Woods said she chose Wake Forest because of its academics and golf program.
 
In her first tournament, the Duramed NCAA Fall Preview in Maryland, Woods and the Demon Deacons finished ninth in a 15-team field. Her three-round score of 225 was good for a tie for 26th out of 75 players.
 
Shes going to have an impact on the team right away, coach Dianne Dailey said.
 
Woods has played in charity matches with Tiger in support of his foundation and, though she doesnt speak with her uncle on a regular basis, said he inspires her.
 
Just seeing him on TV and knowing that someone in my family is succeeding, its just really motivating, she said.
 
So far, Woods said she hasnt felt extra pressure because of her last name. She prepares for matches the same way she did while playing high school golf at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, tuning her iPod to Usher to keep her mind level. She grew accustomed at Xavier to cameras at her matches and television interviews when she was finished.
 
Although 2,000 miles away from her Arizona home, she said she has been recognized as Tigers niece when she introduces herself to people on campus and admits shes had quite a few unfamiliar friend requests on her Facebook and MySpace pages. But she said shes just trying to maintain a normal life.
 
They dont make a big deal about it here, she said. But when I was in high school they did.
 
After spending her first week in college battling strep throat, Woods is still adjusting to the rigors of a full course load, daily athletic conditioning and practice ' and not seeing her mom every day. She hasnt picked a major yet, though shes leaning toward psychology. Shes still trying to figure out how to decorate her dorm room and what pictures shell put up.
 
I knew it was going to be kind of hard managing my time, getting used to college life and being busy with golf, Woods said. So thats what Ive expected.
 
Susan Woods said playing college golf will give Cheyenne opportunities to mature and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with being on a team. Eventually, Cheyenne wants to play professionally.
 
Im looking forward to the travel and being on a collegiate team, and playing in the college-level tournaments ' meeting new people, making new friends, Woods said. Its kinda just like starting new.
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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.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.


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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.