FedEx Impact Wies Schedule

By Brian HewittJanuary 3, 2007, 5:00 pm
Perhaps a year from now all of this will have shaken out but ... everybody in golf continues to wonder what the effects of the FedExCup will be on the mens professional side in its inaugural year of 2007.

One early indicator arrived this week when Chad Campbell talked about how the FedExCup will affect his schedule. I might take three or four weeks off getting ready for the last few, Campbell said.

The last few are the three FedExCup Cup playoff events followed by the finale, the TOUR Championship, Sept 13-16.

One week prior to the playoffs is the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. It also happens to be one week after the PGA Championship. Tournament director Mark Brazil will have his hands full getting commitments from all the players he wants ... unless ... there is a close race to see who gets into the playoffs. Stay tuned.

The week after the TOUR Championship, which also happens to be one week prior to the Presidents Cup, is the new Turning Stone Resort Championship. That event, too, faces a huge challenge getting a premier field. Although a $6 million purse will get peoples attention.

Now that Stanford has decided to accept Michelle Wie, Wie has to decide how long she will need to earn her undergraduate degree.

This is an excellent question, B.J. Wie, Michelles father, informed me this week.

This much we know for sure: Michelle will enter Stanford in the fall quarter of this year. Stanford students typically attend three of the four quarters per year to graduate in four years. The best guess is that Wie will attend two quarters per year and graduate in closer to six years.

Michelle and I plan to do more research, B.J. Wie said. There are so many issues to deal with, ranging from residence and class schedules to her tournament schedules. It will be more challenging from 2008 (on).

What will be surprising is if Wie cant tailor a schedule that will allow her to play in all four womens professional majors.

And finally, for those who keep asking how Wie can play on the Stanford golf team -- mens or womens -- as a professional: The answer is she cant.

But, B.J. Wie said, Michelle will love to have some practice rounds with Stanford golf team members.

Stuart Appleby, looking to win for the fourth straight time at Kapalua this week, had this to say from Hawaii about Wies future in PGA TOUR events:

She came five years too early to try and play the mens tour. She needs to pull the plug and come back when shes 20 to 25.

Quietly, Sergio Garcia has dropped to No. 11 and out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

As Golf World recently pointed out, Garcias body language is different (and not good) on the 6-footers. Garcia may be the most consistent long driver and ball-striker in the game. But his problems highlight the notion that putting can never be overrated.

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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. 

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Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

“That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

So was Woods.

DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

“His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

“He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.

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“The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

“Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

“Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.