Disorder In The Court
Its a 390-page unmade bed of a book that is a pure delight. Its authors are Lorne Rubenstein and Jeff Neuman. Its publisher is Workman. And its available in paperback for $13.95.
The whole disorderly idea is that you can open the book to any page and find a nugget about golf that you might not already have known; or that you might have forgotten; or that you couldnt have imagined.
It is not meant to be read from cover-to-cover. It is not meant to be a page turner. It is meant to be savored. You can fall asleep while reading this book, wake up having lost your place and not miss a beat. It is golfiana.
On page 7 I discover that one of Alister Mackenzies essential features of an ideal golf course is this: The course should have beautiful surroundings and all the artificial features should have an appearance that a stranger is unable to distinguish them from nature itself.
On page 41 I learn that Flipoot, Glory Dimple, Glory Floater, and St. Mungo are all brand names of golf balls once marketed. So are Jack Rabbit and Jolly Junior.
On page 52 I am reminded that not only was Jackie Pung disqualified for an honest scorecard mistake that cost her the 1957 U.S. Womens Open but Betty Jameson, playing with Pung made the same mistake on her scorecard and was also disqualified.
On page 82 I find out that Tommy Armour (TA I) is said to have coined the word yips.
On page 99 I see that Sandra Palmer was the leading money winner on the 1975 LPGA Tour with a whopping total of $76,374.
On page 197 the authors list the 10 most memorable lines from Caddyshack. A few of my favorites: I tell you, this steak still has the marks from where the jockey was hittin it. And: In one physical model of the universe, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. . . in the opposite direction.
On page 229 there are golf quotes from literati. William Wordsworth: Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. Mark Twain: Its good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling. John Updike: Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
On page 263 there are instructions on how to play a round of golf without knowing any yardages. Let your eye and your senses guide you around the course. The wager here is that youll hit a greater variety of shots, that youll be more involved in your round and that youll enjoy it in new ways. Youll probably also score better.
On page 267 Gary Player says this: The Masters is the only tournament I ever knew where you choke when you drive through the front gate.
On page 279 Harvey Penick says this: The first and foremost fundamental [of chipping and putting is]: keep your hands ahead of or even with the clubhead on the follow-through. All the way through.
On page 322 and 323 there is a list of Quotations From Chairman Moe (Chairman Moe being idiosyncratic Canadian golf savant Moe Norman). My favorite: I am not ball oriented. Im divot oriented. I swing past the ball.
Yes, I listed these few of my favorites in chronological order. So shoot me.
Bottom line here, if you have a golf books section in your library at home and you are, in any way proud of that collection, you must have this book in it.
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.