Tavistock More Than One Winner

By Brian HewittMarch 21, 2007, 4:00 pm
Tiger Woods will once again be heading the Isleworth team that travels to Lake Nona next Monday and Tuesday for the Tavistock Cup matches that will be televised on GOLF CHANNEL.
And, yes, Isleworth will be helicoptered to and from the matches once again. Before you roll your eyes and start wondering what so-called pampered athletes will ask for next, consider this.
The 10 members of the winning team will each designate $100,000 to their favorite charity. That a cool million which isnt a bad two days cumulative haul for good causes.
So you might not want to be too quick to judge when you hear the contents of the goody bag each player will receive. But you might want to drool a little.
Included in each are: Armani Prive perfume, Chanel sunglasses, Cartier gift certificate, Coach umbrella, Crate & Barrel basket (2), Dean & Deluca caramel apples, Edward Bess lip wardrobe, Tiffany & Co. bracelet, Ernie Els wine, GAIAM jute yoga mat, Grey Goose (2), Hermes beach towel (2) Gap InspiRED shirt, Iomoi personalized paperweight, Jonathan Adler scented candle, Michael Kors handbag, Dolce & Gabbana coffee table book and gift certificate, Olympus digital camera, Palasdesthes tea sampler, Philosophy Hope and a Prayer, Sony VAIO FJ notebook computer (red or blue), Yves St. Laurent facial cleanser and Williams-Sonoma decanter.
The guess here is there will be a lot of re-gifting. At least a few of the participants already qualify for the category: The Man Who Has Everything.
Meanwhile, the player who shoots the low score Tuesday, regardless of how his team is faring, gets a check for $500,000. The guess here is that some of that money will go to charity as well. Second best scorer Tuesday gets $300,000; third earns $200,000.
There is also a gala that, according to tournament official Andy Odenbach, is the best party in golf'players actually go willingly.
In addition, the Long Drive winner scores $100,000 for his team. And the hole-in-one prizes on the par-3s are Escalades, Air Nautique Boats, a 25K Panasonic gifting experience and a 25K Cartier gifting experience. To clarify, if a player makes a hole-in-one on the Escalade hole, he AND his teammates all win Escalades.
Earlier this week, Hank Haney, Tiger Woods coach, communicated to me that Bay Hill was not the destination but just a stop on the journey. This was in response to certain critics who wanted to know how a player of Tigers immense skill could shoot a bloated 43 on the back nine Sunday.
Haney also took the time to further characterize his relationship with Woods. To be sure, calling Haney Tigers teacher is a bit of a misnomer. The two are much closer than that and they actually learn from each other.
No one knows Tigers game better than Tiger, Haney told me. How many top teachers have egos that would allow them to publicly admit that about the players with whom they work?
So what is Haneys role exactly?
My job is helping Tiger analyzing, diagnosing and helping to make a plan to improve, he said. Tiger is the only player I watch.
More specifically, in the last three years Haney has spent 110 days each year watching Woods. He says he never misses a shot Woods hits when he is at a tournament. Otherwise, he makes sure to follow Woods on TV or Tourcast. The two often talk before Tigers rounds and always chat after he plays. When Haney is with Tiger at Tigers home course of Isleworth he watches his practice sessions and often plays practice rounds with Tiger as well.
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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.