Play It Again Sam Alexis

By Brian HewittDecember 7, 2007, 5:00 pm
Tiger Woods golf game sure went to hell in a hand basket after the birth of his first daughter. It was inevitable, wasnt it?
Thats what certain uninformed critics were predicting anyway.
The worlds best golfer, they said, would lose his focus. The game wouldnt be important to him anymore, they said. Hed never win another major.
So along comes daughter Sam Alexis Woods on Monday, June 18, 2007. And sure enough Tiger stumbles to a sixth place finish three weeks later at his own new tournament near Washington D.C. Then its off to the Open Championship at Carnoustie and Woods mails in a T12.
See? See?
But what I want to know is where, exactly, were those same critics when Tiger returned from Scotland and won the WGC Bridgestone?
Where were their strident voices when he followed that up with a resounding victory at the PGA Championship in the searing heat of Tulsa?
Yes, Phil Mickelson outdueled him Sunday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. But Tiger bounced right back with wins at the BMW Championship near Chicago and the Tour Championship in Atlanta. In the process $10 million in deferred monies got wired into his retirement account for winning the inaugural FedExCup. Not a bad little start for little Sam Alexis trust fund.
Ok, lets be serious about this for a second. Not too many really believed being a father would impede Woods inexorable march to becoming the greatest golfer, with the greatest record, of any player who ever lived.
Now he just has a little more balance in his life. And hes the first to admit it. Here are a few of his own words on the subject:
I cant describe how wonderful it is to be a father. This is something I dreamed about and I am enjoying every minute. Its a good thing I dont need much sleep.
Something that Elin (Tigers wife and Sams mother) and I talked about on first night was how can you love something so much that didnt exist the day before. We had never experienced anything like that..Its something we want to experience again.
Jack Nicklaus, somebody pointed out to Woods, won all 18 of his major championships after being a father.
I havent quite experienced what he experienced, Tiger said of Jack, and how its going to be when we start traveling together. But for him to do that throughout his entire career and raise great kids, just great kids'I mean Barbara (Nicklaus wife) is fantastic. Shes the best. And to have as close a family as they have, because a lot of times, when people are traveling a bunch, theres a disconnect.
Thats certainly not apparent in the Nicklaus household. Thats something that, you know, I want to have as well, because my mom and dad were always there for me, and I know I cant physically be there all the time. Thats something thats going to be frustrating because you want to be there, and unfortunately I cant be there physically and all the time, but Ill try and be there as much as I possibly can.
There were, Tiger said, complications in the final stages of the pregnancy. Elin was admitted to the hospital on a Thursday and didnt deliver Sam Alexis until Monday. But mother and baby were resting comfortably by the end of the week.
So we can add the birth of Tiger Woods first child to those lists of things that happened On This Day June 18.
Beatle Paul McCartney was born on June 18. So was film critic Roger Ebert. And on June 18,, 1928 aviatrix Amelia Earhart became the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean when she flew from Newfoundland to Wales.
Sam Alexis Woods, meanwhile, is already famous for putting the lie to the myth that fatherhood would derail the career arc of Tiger Woods.
And for that, everybody in golf can be thankful.


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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.