Is Duvals Luck Finally Changing

By Brian HewittOctober 1, 2003, 4:00 pm
When last seen by the golfing public, David Duval was withdrawing from the PGA Championship at Oak Hill with a bad back.
Maybe his luck is changing.
The former British Open champion hasnt played in a tournament since then. But two weeks ago in British Columbia, Duval bagged a 45-pound king salmon with an eight-weight fly rod while filming an outdoors show for ESPN that will air in January. It was two pounds shy of the listed world record.

Maybe Duvals luck is changing.
Maybe by January his back will be healthy again and he will begin the long, slow climb back to the top of mens professional golf. In 1999 he rose to the top of the world rankings. Today he sits at No. 173.
Duvals record in 2003 includes 15 missed cuts and 2 withdrawals in 19 events. He has battled vertigo, a dodgy neck and an inquiring public.
These days he is taking it easy. He is practicing, when the back allows. He is spending time in Sun Valley, Idaho, his home away from his Florida home. And he is catching big fish.
He may play in Las Vegas next week. He may not. He may play in Asia before the end of the year. He may not.
This is all part of getting his batteries recharged, said a source close to Duval Tuesday.
Its that time of year when players who havent gotten what they wanted out of 2003 already are planning for 2004.
Casey Martin has played 16 events on the Nationwide Tour in 2003 and missed eight cuts. The $15,945 he has won ranks him 157th on the money list. As recently as 1998 he was a winner on the Nationwide Tour.
Last week he tied for 24th at Rancho Cucamonga. It was his best finish of the year. Maybe his luck is changing. Martins immediate goal is the second stage of Q-School in Seaside, Calif., Nov. 19-22.
If he doesnt advance, you cant help but wonder how long Martin, who suffers from a degenerative circulatory disorder in his leg called Klippel-Trenauney-Webber Syndrome, will pursue his golf dreams.
I dont think anybody can answer that question with Q-School directly in front of them, said Martins agent, Chris Murray. These guys thrive on hope.
Murray says Martin is doing well financially despite his recent poor earnings from golf. Hes bought two big things, Murray said. A car and a townhouse. He gives a lot of his money to his church.
Martin is 31 years old, same as David Duval.
Australian James McLean is only 25. But he, too, is pointing to the second stage of Q-School and looking ahead to 2004.
McLean, the former NCAA individual champion from the University of Minnesota and one of the PGA Tours longest hitters, is currently chilling in the Cities watching the Twins play the Yankees and nursing a wrist that is swathed in a soft cast. Calcium build-up in the wrist has forced McLean off the tour.
Doctors have managed to avoid surgery as a last resort for McLean. But they say his condition is unique. They may have to operate eventually.
Meanwhile, the best players in the world this year have convened in nearby Atlanta for the WGC-American Express Championship. There is this matter of Player of the Year yet to be determined. It probably wont be settled until the final round of the Tour Championship, Nov. 9 in Houston.
At the moment, they have bigger fish to fry.
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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.