Wie Impresses Legends

By Associated PressFebruary 1, 2004, 5:00 pm
04 WendyWAILEA, Hawaii -- Michelle Wie certainly got Jack Nicklaus' attention Saturday in the Champions Skins Game pro-am. Standing from the champions tees on the first hole, Nicklaus asked the 14-year-old Wie which tees she wanted to hit from.
'Back here,' she replied.
'You want to play back here?' Nicklaus said. 'You want to embarrass me that much?'
Wie consistently outdistanced Nicklaus, who is 50 years her senior. But Nicklaus showcased his accuracy and iron game that earned him 73 PGA Tour titles, including 18 major championships.
'He outdrove me twice,' Wie said.
The other three amateur men in Nicklaus' group played from the forward tees.
Hundreds followed the group, while only a few dozen people watched the other groups.
'I like to watch the other guys, but I'm here to see Michelle,' said John Murphy, 62, of Connersville, Ind. 'I think she's fabulous. I think she's going to be one of the best golfers there ever was.'
So far, Wie has had some impressive playing partners. She played a practice round a couple weeks ago with Ernie Els before the PGA Tour's Sony Open in her hometown of Honolulu.
'He's more young obviously,' Wie said. 'It's different because Jack Nicklaus is a golf legend and Ernie Els is one of the top players now. But in the same way, they are both very nice and very good players.'
Wie said she was honored to play with Nicklaus.
'Just to see what he has done and see he can still play, is amazing,' she said. 'He hits the ball really good.'
Wie said Nicklaus gave her various tips, but the biggest lesson was: 'He told me that a lot of people is going to give me advice, but I should just trust myself.'
Before the pro-am, which was played in a scramble format, Wie was collecting autographs of Nicklaus and the other three World Golf Hall of Fame players.
'I have grand children older than she is,' Arnold Palmer said.
Wie wasn't just the youngest, she was also the tallest of Nicklaus, Palmer, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino.
Wie quickly recognized Trevino.
'I saw you in 'Happy Gilmore,'' she said.
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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.