Tolliver Leads Actor Breaks Windshield

By Associated PressJuly 14, 2006, 4:00 pm
2004 American Century ChampionshipSTATELINE, Nev. -- Charles Barkley hit several trees and a scoreboard and actor Matthew Settle broke a windshield on a boat on Lake Tahoe as the galleries dove for cover Friday in the opening round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
 
Defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver shot a 3-under 69 to take the lead with 27 points in the modified Stableford scoring system, one better than four-time tournament winner Dan Quinn in the field of 81 sports stars and entertainers.
 
But the real action was with the players at the bottom of the leaderboard as they hacked and scrapped their way around the 6,707-yard course on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
 
Settle, who starred in HBO's 'Band of Brothers,' sliced a 5-iron on the 169-yard, par-3 17th hole into the boat, breaking not one, but two windows.
 
'That will go down in history,' said Settle, who started playing golf only a year ago. 'I don't think I've ever hit anything other than a tree. It was a tough day but I had fun.'
 
The scoring system awards six points for an eagle, three for a birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus-two for double bogey or worse.
 
Tolliver had six birdies with three bogeys -- one with a penalty stroke because his caddie accidentally kicked his ball while stepping off a yardage. Tolliver drove the ball 340 yards on the par-5, 18th then barely cleared the pond in front of the green with his approach and got up and down for birdie.
 
'If it's one foot short, it's wet,' said Tolliver, the former NFL quarterback who has won the tournament twice. 'I live on the edge. It's hard being this good-looking and not live on the edge. Perfect face for radio.'
 
Quinn said he was determined to do well after finishing sixth in the $500,000 tourney last year. The former hockey player won in 2001, was third in 2002 and won back-to-back the next two years.
 
'There's nothing worse than getting on a flight to go home on a redeye out of Vegas on Sunday night when you had a chance to win and you know you should be able to,' he said.
 
Actor Jack Wagner and former quarterback Chris Chandler were tied for third with 23 points. Chandler had 18 points on the back nine, including a chip-in for eagle 3 on the last hole.
 
'That was a lifesaver,' Chandler said.
 
Tolliver said he hadn't heard about the broken boat windshield.
 
'That's the kind of word that doesn't travel fast, you know. It's not like a hole-in-one,' he said.
 
Mark White of Stateline was on the boat anchored just off the shore along No. 17.
 
'We had been sort of joking around about it before hand that there might be a chance of us getting hit. Then my buddy said, `Look out! Incoming!' And we heard the glass shatter. It just exploded. We couldn't believe it,' White said.
 
White said Settle came to the boat and apologized.
 
'He said he'd be happy to take care of the expenses. He was very nice about it,' White said.
 
Settle was paired John O'Hurley and Cheech Marin but said the comedians didn't rib him about it. But afterward, O'Hurley called the shot a 'flaming whoopsie.'
 
'I've seen broken windows on golf courses before but never on a boat,' he said.
 
It wasn't that strange to Chris Webber.
 
'I hit somebody in a boat a couple of years ago and they threw the ball back out like it was a home run at a baseball game,' he said.
 
Webber, who is betting Barkley $50,000 for charity that he'll better him, actually strung together consecutive pars in one stretch, including on No. 17 after he'd hit his tee shot 30 yards right and over the green then skipped his chip shot off the cart path to within 2 feet of the hole.
 
The previous hole he hit out of a greenside sand trap, catching the lip of the bunker before it trickled to 3 feet as Barkley shook his head and laughed in disbelief.
 
'That's what I tried to do,' said Webber, whose minus-22 points were nine better than last-place Barkley's. 'You've got to be able to use the whole golf course, the lip, the trees, everything.'
 
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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.