Wild 1st Day at Celebrity Golf Championship

By Associated PressJuly 13, 2007, 4:00 pm
STATELINE, Nev. -- Billy Joe Tolliver followed consecutive bogeys with a 25-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to take the first-round lead at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe on Friday.
The former NFL quarterback, a two-time winner of this event, had three birdies and three bogeys to go with the eagle in accumulating 25 points in the modified Stableford system that puts a premium on birdies and eagles.
'I mean, I'm not Tiger Woods or anything. I know I'm going to have three or four bogeys a day,' said Tolliver, who shot a 2-under 70 in the opening round of the 54-hole tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Sterling Sharpe, a five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver when he played for the Green Bay Packers, had 24 points, tied for second with Hockey Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr.
Another point back was a trio of past and present quarterbacks -- Chris Chandler, Trent Dilfer and Tommy Maddox.
Former major league pitcher Rick Rhoden, who has won the tourney a record six times, was tied with former quarterback Mark Rypien with 22 points. Defending champion Jack Wagner had 18 and four-time tournament winner Dan Quinn had 17.
An eagle is worth six points, a birdie three, a par one, a bogey zero and a double bogey or worse minus 2.
Rhoden, Wagner and Quinn have won five of the last six celebrity titles.
'On Sunday, they'll be there,' Sharpe said. 'It's like death and taxes. Rick is going to be there. Jack is going to be there. Dan's going to be there.'
Fuhr had the best round of the day -- a 3-under 69 -- but didn't have an eagle.
'It's fun to be in contention. Obviously this would be a lot more fun if it was Sunday,' the former goaltender said.
The field of 78 includes a variety of sports stars, entertainers and other celebrities.
Ray Romano, playing with former 'Saturday Night Live' star Kevin Nealon, enjoyed a lucky break when his shot wide right of the par-4 9th hit a Ponderosa pine in front of a greenside bunker and kicked directly in front of the green.
'My bad luck was drawing Nealon,' Romano said.
Nealon, who was next-to-last at minus 27 points, hit three consecutive shots back and forth across that same green into sand traps. He started by digging into the sand, approaching the ball and yelling, 'Fore!' before he swung.
The shot bounced off the grandstand and into the trap on the other side, where he again yelled, 'Fore,' before repeating the miscue back to the original bunker.
Nealon, who said before the tourney his goal was to finish in the middle of the pack, was followed by a group of friends and family members who wore bright orange T-shirts that read, 'Team Nealon' on the front and 'It could happen ...' on the back.
NBA forward Chris Webber, who in past years has made a wager for charity with Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley about who would finish worse, pulled out of this year's event.
'Probably scared,' said Barkley, who was last at minus 30.
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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.