Kim in Fast Company - COPIED
Kim captured the AT&T National Sunday and, among other things, secured a spot on captain Paul Azingers American Ryder Cup team. He also got a call from the recuperating Tiger Woods afterward during which he addressed Woods as Bro.
Im just going to try to keep doing what Im doing, Kim said. Im working hard on making the right decisions on and off the golf course and Im going to keep working hard and see where that gets me.
Well said. These are good times for Anthony Kim.
Watching Kim so efficiently golf his ball at Congressional Sunday reminded me that we have just inched past the halfway mark of calendar 2008 and one of the moments that sticks out, as I look back at the first half of the year, was Kims breakout 5-shot victory in the Wachovia Championship.
It was the first TOUR win for the 23-year-old Kim (he was 22 at the time). And he just looked so good and so confident on that Sunday.
With all due respect to Trevor Immelman, Justin Rose, Geoff Ogilvy, Hunter Mahan and all the other top 20-somethings, I believe Kim will be the one who will eventually succeed Tiger Woods atop the world rankings. It may be five, or even 10, years from now. But Woods cant be No. 1 forever.
Kim has changed for the better in the past two years and he has talked about acquiring a certain amount of maturity on and off the golf course. What I like about this transformation is that he has done so without giving up all the attitude that helped him achieve much of what he has to date.
Earlier this year I reported that Kim was in the process of leaving one agent and looking for another. I made the point on Golf Channel air that this was the kind of distraction that was coming at precisely the wrong time for Kim.
And he took my point to mean that I thought he was reverting to his old ways. That wasnt the case. But I respected his perception. When he learned that I wasnt meaning to be critical of him, things cooled down between us.
The bigger picture is the AT&T National was a wonderful golf backdrop for a Fourth of July weekend that seemed to have more import this year. Our forces are at war in the Middle East. Its an election year. And a slumping American economy is serving up tough times for a lot of people.
All of which, I think, will contribute to a heightened sense of meaning when the Ryder Cup convenes in September in Kentucky.
Im not advocating the jingoistic War By The Shore atmosphere that pervaded much of the U.S. Ryder Cup victory at Kiawah in 1991. But the Europeans should be on notice that there will be an SEC football game atmosphere at the matches. And they will not be playing for the home team.
And, by the way, Id still love to see a U.S. Ryder Cup team with Woody Austin, Paul Goydos, Boo Weekley and Rocco Mediate on the roster. The theater, if not necessarily the result, would be terrific.
Speaking of terrific, the ascendancy of Lorena Ochoa on the womens side (especially at a time in which Annika Sorenstam is preparing to exit the competitive stage) was a tonic for the LPGA in the first half of 2008.
My personal highlight was standing near the banks of the 18th hole water hazard at the Kraft Nabisco in early April while a Mexican mariachi band played and the victorious Ochoa and her friends and family took a victory swim.
Tiger Woods winning four of the six events he entered was bittersweet. Bitter because a bum knee ended his year prematurely. Sweet because his level of excellence had once again risen to the level of the hype that surrounds him every time he shows. The U.S. Open victory will only grow in stature as the years pass.
Woods, meanwhile, is a shoo-in for Player of the Year unless either Phil Mickelson or Trevor Immelman wins the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.
On the subject of the Open Championship, which will be upon us in less than two weeks, a lot of people are suggesting that a victory there will be accompanied by an asterisk because of Woods absence.
The best way to end that debate will be for high drama to unfold Sunday at Royal Birkdale. Something along the lines of a playoff that ends when somebody holes out a shot from the fairway on the final hole to win by a shot.
I know thats unlikely. But if this years British has the kind of memorable conclusion that you can hope for but not predict or expect, nobody will be talking about asterisks.
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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.