Weir Presidents Cup Diaz

By Associated PressMay 14, 2003, 4:00 pm
Masters champion Mike Weir has traveled to Argentina, Japan and Mexico the last three years to play in the World Golf Championships-World Cup, a rare chance for him to represent Canada in a team competition.
The World Cup is in Kiawah Island, S.C., this year, but Weir has little choice but to take himself -- and possibly his country -- out of the tournament.
Because of scheduling problems created by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the World Cup will be played Nov. 13-16, one week before The Presidents Cup in South Africa.
'It looks like if I don't go, Canada might not be able to qualify,' Weir said. 'On the other hand, if I play in the World Cup I lose a day and don't get to South Africa until Tuesday. That gives me one practice round, and that's not fair to The Presidents Cup team.
'I'm in a tough spot.'
He's not alone.
Along with the defending champion (Japan), only the top 17 players from different countries are exempt to the World Cup.
Weir currently is at No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking. If he decides not to play, Canada's spot would go to the country with the next highest-ranked player available: Thomas Bjrn (No. 64) and Sweden if the teams were chosen today. Ian Leggatt is the next highest-ranked Canadian at No. 179.
K.J. Choi might qualify for his first Presidents Cup team and could face the same problem as Weir. Next in line for South Korea is S.K. Ho at No. 156.
Vijay Singh has played the last two World Cups. Fiji's next-best player is Dinesh Chand, who checks in this week at No. 353. Then again, no one would be surprised if Singh played the World Cup and The Presidents Cup.
The Presidents Cup team will be decided Aug. 17. The qualifications deadline for the World Cup is Sept. 22.
Canada, South Korea and other countries affected by the scheduling still could play in the World Cup by earning one of the six spots available through qualifying.
The Presidents Cup, matches between the United States and an International team from everywhere but Europe, had been played in even-numbered years, but was pushed back to 2003 when the Ryder Cup was delayed.
Ed Moorhouse, chief operating officer for the PGA TOUR, said officials had no choice but to put the World Cup one week before The Presidents Cup.
'There were a lot of moving parts, and that was the only place the World Cup would fit in,' he said. 'This is going to be the only year we'll have that scheduling issue.'
Europeans do not start qualifying for the Ryder Cup until September, but this week could go a long way toward building its team.
European Tour officials will meet during the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open TPC of Europe to discuss whether to change its selection process to include five players from the Official World Golf Ranking and five from the money list, instead of 10 players from the money list.
Laura Diaz and her teammates at Wake Forest made a pledge that if one of them made it big on the LPGA Tour, she would buy the women's golf team a new van.
During the Wake Forest annual pro-am two weeks ago, Diaz gave coach Dianne Dailey the title to a new van. It has leather seats and a TV, plus a VCR and DVD player.
With Steve Flesch winning in New Orleans, Skip Kendall takes over as the active player who has earned the most money without winning. Kendall has played 276 events on the PGA TOUR and earned more than $5.2 million. ... Mi Hyun Kim has made the cut in 52 consecutive LPGA events, the longest active streak on Tour. ... Asked whether she moved into the same neighborhood as Charles Howell III, Se Ri Pak replied, 'I don't know who this is.'
Phil Mickelson has been 'low lefty' in only two of the eight PGA TOUR events he has played this year -- the Buick Invitational and World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. He and Mike Weir tied for ninth in the Phoenix Open .
'I think we can get a keg of something shipped in.' -- Masters champion Mike Weir of Canada, asked what would be on the menu for next year's champions dinner at Augusta National.

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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.