Captains Complaints and Concessions

By Brian HewittSeptember 17, 2003, 4:00 pm
If anybody had asked me, I'd have told them that:
  • Nancy Lopez proved yet again Monday how competitive she still is and what a terrific captain she would make for the 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup squad. Playing in a highly-entertaining made-for-TV event on Kraft/Nabisco Shoot-Out in Boise, Idaho, Lopez rode the hot putter of partner Hank Kuehne to victory over Michelle Wie and John Daly in a better-ball skins game. Lopez, miked for sound, didn't play as well as she would have liked. But she competed on every shot and cared, unmistakably, about the outcome.
  • Now complaints are emerging from Europe that the concessions at the end of Sunday's Solheim Cup singles matches skewed the 'lines' laid down by the bookmakers on the other side of the pond. My opinion on that is anybody dumb enough to bet on golf gets what he or she deserves. But at the same time, the
    potential, God forbid, for tinkering with a 'line' is there. Our sport needs to be like Caesar's wife, above suspicion. Look for the PGA of America to come out soon with an announcement that all singles matches at the Ryder Cup next year in Michigan be played to conclusion, regardless of whether the team outcome already has been settled.
  • Speaking of Cups, you think Gary Player would like to have one of his captain's picks back? Recall that he chose Korean K.J. Choi and South African Tim Clark for the Presidents Cup matches to be played in South Africa in November. What about Hidemichi Tanaka? All the diminutive Japanese player has done is finish in the top 6 three times in his last four starts on the PGA Tour.
  • Speaking of captain's picks, the worst example of a blown opportunity was Dale Reid's decision to leave Scotland's Janice Moodie off the European Solheim Cup team in 2002.
  • There is a growing movement for Annika Sorenstam to be named Sports
    Person of the year by Sports Illustrated. This is one of the most prestigious
    awards in all of sport. Consider me to be on the bandwagon.
  • Player of the Year on the men's side? Davis Love's stock is slipping. Vijay Singh (now the leading money winner on the PGA Tour) is making a big move off his victory Monday at the John Deere Classic. My choice, if I had to vote today: Mike Weir.
  • One woman to make a 10-foot putt to save your life? That's a tough one. Probably have to go with Annika. But not before giving Moodie long consideration.
  • By the way, just because she missed a four-foot putt late Saturday, don't conveniently forget how consistently spectacular the play of American Laura Diaz was at the Solheim Cup.
  • Bobby Locke, the great South African putter, is the man credited with saying, 'Drive for show, putt for dough.' Actually, Locke had it wrong. It should be: 'Drive for dough AND putt for dough.' If you don't agree, ask Jim Furyk, who did both en route to his first major at the U.S. Open in June. Or Tiger Woods, who's still looking for the right driver.
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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.