Comebacker More Perspective

By Brian HewittJanuary 18, 2008, 5:00 pm
So far so good. The Comebacker returns intact for its second week. Keep those e-mails coming. Keep them compelling. Dont be afraid to be edgy. And dont assume your e-mails need to be in direct response to a subject Ive addressed in one of my columns. If somethings on your mind and it hasnt surfaced on our Web site, dont worry. Fire off an e-mail.
 
I received more than 900 e-mails last week. An overwhelming majority dealt with the subject of Kelly Tilghman. Unless you were on Mars last week, you know the details. They dont need repeating here. Last week I said it was time to move on. But not acknowledging that kind of e-mail volume would be like ignoring the elephant in the room.
 
The Comebacker has chosen one Tilghman-related e-mail to reprint in this space this week. It was the one that forced me to think the most. The rest of this weeks choices are on other subjects.
 
Without further ado:
 
Neville writes: (through me) to Kelly Tilghman: For your entire life you have tried to be a good person and now you are being skewered for one unfortunate remark. I have noted and admired your career on the Golf Channel these many years and sincerely hope that this episode will not derail the career for which you have worked so hard..I am a black Jamaican, living in Jamaica. I have done graduate studies in your country so I have some slight appreciation of your country.
 
As great as it is, America has not achieved its fullest potential, partly because of its obsession with race and its obsession to categorize people, in almost every instance, according to race. We have had slavery here in Jamaica, but we have long passed the tensions that exist over there. Yes, there are great social and economic problems here. Too much crime also.
 
Yet had you made similar remarks here, you would have probably been criticized only for the violence suggested and not because of the race of the person to whom they were directedThere will be many who will try to inflame the situation. But, please dont become bitter. Dont become them. Continue to reach out to all, without reservation, and trust in the better aspects of the human race. Again, my very best wishes for the future and dont lose your sense of humour.
 
The Comebacker This perspective from someone who grew up outside our country and outside of our society, at the least, gives pause.
 
Ken writes: Recent study found the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon. Kind of makes you proud.
 
The Comebacker To paraphrase Emerson: A fuelish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
 
Ray writes: .I agree that Bobby Jones may have been a good golfer during his time, but Tiger Woods, the golfing phenomenon, is way beyond that. If I were asked to make a comparison between the two men, I would classify Jones as an honors high school graduate, but I would have to classify Tiger as a cum laude university graduate with multiple Masters Degrees. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give Jones a 7.5 for his slam, but award Tiger a 10+ for his.
 
The Comebacker The reason Tiger is the best player who ever lived (and any honest TOUR player will tell you this) is because on his best day no one who ever lived could beat him and on his best week nobody who ever lived could beat him. Jack Nicklaus still has the best record of anybody who ever lived. But that will no longer be the case when Woods, almost certainly before his 40th birthday, passes Jack in the professional major championship count. Woods currently has 13. Nicklaus won 18.
 
Mary writes: Rory (Sabbatini) is immature. He does not always make sure his brain is in gear before he starts running his mouth. However, when I saw him with his skull belt buckle I thought he had really lost it. Of course I am a dinosaur myself, being past 65; I find his dress and behavior really off base.
 
The Comebacker Rory was wearing a dress?
 
Rob writes:: Is the PGA playing it safe by waiting six months to start drug testing?..Are they giving some players time to dry out??????? Also, I note that I am taking three Prescribed Medications that are on the banned list. These are prescribed drugs for Health conditions. Am I a cheater????? ..At 65, I think it would take a lot more than a couple Prescription Drugs to improve my game.
 
The Comebacker 65? Hmmmmm..Rob, have you met Mary yet? ... Seriously, I doubt the TOUR had a drying out period in mind when it set the date. But if there are any players using substances they shouldnt, and I say IF, they would do well to take advantage of the head start.
 
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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.