Woods Keeps Open Hopes Alive

By Associated PressJune 17, 2005, 4:00 pm
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Tiger Woods dragged his putter and marked up the ninth green in a show of disgust. When he missed his short birdie putt on the last hole, he stepped off the green and shouted an obscenity.
 
For a guy who spent the week preaching patience, Woods had a hard time Friday keeping his.
 
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Tiger Woods reacts to one of his three birdies Friday.
Woods drew a mild rebuke from the USGA for damaging the green on the ninth hole and some disapproving stares from the crowd around the 18th green for cursing. When the day ended, though, his party line hadn't changed.
 
'You can't have highs and lows,' Woods said. 'Yeah, I get frustrated out there and excited out there, but you try to keep everything down, keep it as level as you possibly can.'
 
Woods remained in contention for his third U.S. Open title and his second major of the year, overcoming his anger with a good finish for a 1-over 71 that left him right where he began the day - three shots off the pace.
 
The round was more plodding than spectacular but it certainly had its moments, beginning on the second tee when Woods had his caddie, Steve Williams, take scissors to his shirt because it felt too tight when he finished his swing.
 
That was interesting to all watching, but what happened on the ninth green wasn't so entertaining to Open officials.
 
Woods had putted from the front edge of the green on the par-3 and ran it past some 12 feet. He missed the putt coming back and, as he walked toward the cup, he pushed down on his putter and dragged it heavily on the green in frustration.
 
The putter clearly marked up a line on the green several feet long, and Woods sheepishly tried to pat it down after tapping in his putt for bogey.
 
'I wasn't exactly very happy with myself,' Woods said.
 
Woods didn't attempt to apologize for the incident, and he wasn't penalized for it despite the USGA saying his actions 'may be understood as a breach of etiquette.'
 
In a statement, the organization said that since it was a one-time occurrence, it did not qualify as a 'serious breach' that would require a penalty. The USGA also said a rule prohibiting scraping the putting surface for testing purposes wasn't broken because Woods had just a tap-in left and wasn't trying to test the green.
 
Woods tried to cast the incident in a humorous light.
 
'I just roughed up the green and went back and mowed it back down again,' he said.
 
The bogey at No. 9 was the third on the front side for Woods, who started the day with a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole to get to 1-under-par for the tournament. He was six shots off the lead as he made the turn, then ran off a string of pars before reaching the 492-yard par-4 16th, the hardest hole on an extremely hard course.
 
Woods made it look easy, booming a drive that almost made it to a crosswalk that wasn't supposed to be reachable. He then feathered a 9-iron to about 8 feet and made the birdie putt.
 
Woods nearly saved the best for last. After another massive drive on the 18th hole, he had a wedge to the green and hit it to about 8 feet once again. The putt was relatively simple, uphill and breaking a bit to the right, but Woods didn't give it enough pace and it fell off on the low side.
 
Clearly unhappy, Woods walked a few steps off the green and cursed loudly at himself.
 
'I really wanted that one,' he said.
 
Woods, whose last U.S. Open win came in 2002 at Bethpage, is at 1-over 141 after rounds of 70-71. He wasn't unhappy with Thursday's opening round, and he was pleased with the second round despite missing the last putt and 3-putting the sixth and ninth holes.
 
'Days like today typify a U.S. Open,' Woods said. 'You've just got to go out there and be as patient as possible and grind away.'
 
Patience might not have been the word people watching Woods would have used to describe the round. But Woods, who has a history of having minor blowups on the course, is just as adept in refocusing himself and moving to the next shot once he's let off steam.
 
That happened again on Friday, one reason why Woods likes the position he's in going into the weekend.
 
'If you finish the week even par, you're going to be looking really good, and the guys are coming back,' he said. 'That's just the way it's going to be. No one is going to run off with it, not with these conditions and these pin locations.'
 
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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.