Tiger Golfs Einstein

By Brian HewittFebruary 8, 2008, 5:00 pm
Tiger continues to be the hottest topic in golf and the challenge continues to be finding new analyses that help explain his dominance.
The simple reason for his dominance is, of course, that he plays better, thinks better and works harder than any other player in the world. But there are more esoteric explanations, too.
Without further ado:
Kriss writes: Lets try another take on the Tiger machine. For years its been Tigers swing changes, Tigers inconceivable putting skills, short game, stingers, even the twirl-and-kick after a satisfactory shot. Well, heres my take: Tiger plays the numbers and angles. He has always said he likes math. Guess what: Hes always reading arcs and angles and curves and geometry. If we could see inside his brain, Ill bet wed see physics, architecture and telemetry. He doesnt just read breaks; he reads geometric planes. And thanks to his math skills, were getting really good at addition'62 and counting!
The Comebacker Well done. This is a take The Comebacker hasnt heard before. And he has heard a lot of takes on Tiger in the last 10 years. By the way, if The Comebacker could see inside Tigers brain, The Comebacker would look for Tigers ATM PIN number. For that would make The Comebacker a rich man.

Shannon writes: As I sit here in Baghdad so far from home and any golf courses, Tiger Woods brought a smile to every one of us that were glued to the television set. He could win the Grand Slam this year!....Thanks for taking care of those who are doing the nations business abroad and away from our families and friends.
The Comebacker It is us who thank you.


Emil writes: About Dubai.I wonder why I havent heard you or any of the other experts suggest that Els could have wedged to the 18th green in three and had a 15-foot-or-less putt to tie Woods..seems much smarter to me.
The Comebacker Maybe he was trying to make three and beat Tiger. Ever think about that?

Paul writes: I am constantly amused by the bravado exhibited by those not named Tiger Woods. I am talking about all those who have, very openly, aired their intent to challenge Tiger for the No. 1 spot..Scary to think how hard he (Woods) would push if there was a solidified No. 2 nipping at his heels. So, drop the bravado, get to work and let your game do the talking for you.
The Comebacker Letting your clubs do the talking is never a bad idea, unless you are playing bridge.

Gary writes: Would you like to work online from Home/Temporarily and get paid weekly? We are glad to offer you a job position at out company
The Comebacker Knock it off, pal. Ever heard of the SPAM police?


Irene writes: Why do commentators insist on saying off of instead of just off or from?
The Comebacker Because the commentators guilty of this grammatical faux-pas were absent from school the day the teacher taught the rest of us that one preposition is better than two. And remember, no ending a sentence with a preposition either. The erudite Bobby Jones said Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar not which I am not familiar with.
Keeps those E-mails coming. And remember, it doesnt necessarily have to be in response to articles posted on GolfChannel.com. The Comebacker reads all E-mails and considers all suitable subjects.
Email your thoughts to Brian Hewitt
Getty Images

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.

Getty Images

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

Getty Images

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.”

Getty Images

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.