Too Much or Too Little Tiger

By Brian HewittFebruary 27, 2009, 5:00 pm
The Comebacker is all about ' no surprise ' Tiger Woods. But were going to drill down here a little bit this week. Were going to pit the e-mailers who think were way over the top with our praise of Tiger against those who have decided The Comebacker is anti-Tiger.
Well sprinkle a little Phil in, too, for the Leftyphobes.
Without further ado:
Bill writes: Whom may I ask, is this man called Tiger?
The Comebacker
Pretty existential there, Bill. But, yes, you may ask. And I will tell you that he is a man with a pretty good past and a pretty good future.
Mike writes: Talk about Barack Obama all you want, but the REAL Messiah is returning.
The Comebacker
To a lot of people Tiger Woods is a religion and the golf course is his house of worship. Theres a story going around that when he announced he would play at the match play, business at driving ranges all over America skyrocketed.
Dorothy writes: To hear all the to-do, one would think its the second coming. Please people: this is only a golfer, albeit one who plays the game exceptionally well, not a savior or anything like that. I believe that position has already been taken. Get a grip. No wonder Tiger Woods is so insufferable.
The Comebacker
Lets see if Ive got this straight now: Tiger Woods IS a Messiah but he is NOT a savior.

Petuniaes writes: I can now return to watching again. I tried to watch during his (Tigers) absence, but it was soooo boring. My golf juices are flowing again.
The Comebacker
You missed a pretty good Ryder Cup.

Sam writes: At least watching golf was enjoyable for 253 days. Now I'll have to quit watching again. No more watching golf or the Golf Channel for me unless he breaks another leg. I'm sooooooooooo sick of hearing about Woods and Wie.
The Comebacker
Ouch, a back door shot at Michelle Wie And Im just going to remind you people once: The word so has just one o in it.
Connie writes: Is anyone playing this tournament besides Tiger Woods? If there are others playing, I, for one, would like to see them. At least that way I would know for sure he is not playing alone.
The Comebacker
What? The return, after eight months, of arguably the greatest player who ever lived didnt whet your appetite?
Betty writes: With 64 players in the tournament, why is all the news 99.9 percent Tiger? Should this be changed to Tiger's exhibition? The critics ask why high profile golfers do not play more events. Your program takes out all competition. Give all golfers equal billing. I do enjoy golf. Tiger seemingly is a nice person; however, did you ever feel as if you were being gagged or choked on one player?
The Comebacker
No, never.

Fitz writes: I don't know why you hate so much, (Yes I do) but if you think that you can beat him, then pick up your clubs and stop the hate.
The Comebacker So Im guessing that Fitz thinks I hate Tiger because I cant beat him at golf. Of course I cant beat him at golf. If I could, Id be a billionaire. But I dont hold that against Tiger. I hold it against the fates who decided I would never be the best player who ever lived.
Roy writes: I am as glad as anyone to see Tiger back in action against the best players in the world. But changing the site of this world class event is not working at all for me. A little boring watching another desert tournament, even if it is a whopping 7,800 yards and designed by Jack (Nicklaus). This event deserves a much more recognizable site. Here's a thought ...why not hold this in Europe where an Open or even a Ryder Cup was held?
The Comebacker
The answer is easy: American television. Thats where the big dollars come from and the bosses would never tolerate the time difference. Thats the reality and its not a harsh one. As far as the new course being boring: Give it a chance.
Bill writes: Thanks Brain, for letting us know there are other matches besides Tiger.
The Comebacker
People misspell The Comebackers first name like that all the time. I call it a Freudian typo.
Bob writes: Hello to everybody. I guess I am the one who has to say it: the sun does not rise and set on Tiger Woods.
The Comebacker
Others have said it. But many believe it does.

William writes: Why is he such an exception. The caddie bib is standard for all tour caddies, but Steve (Williams) did not wear his for the practice round and removes his walking up 18 every time Tiger plays. The sponsor pays dearly for those pictures with their name on display and Steve must think he is an exception. Hardly. Hes just a guy with an overstuffed ego.
The Comebacker:
Sponsors are not to be messed with in this economic climate. Neither are fans.

Mark writes: Tiger? Who's that guy? I didn't see him play in the FedEx Cup or the Ryder Cup last year are we sure this guy is worthy of such high expectations this week?
The Comebacker
Are we not sure?

Boris writes: I disagree with your contention that Phil (Mickelson) has been the only rival of Tiger. When was the last time Mickelson was No. 1 in the world? I thought that Vijay Singh was the last person to be No. 1 in the world before Tiger, and didn't he just win the second FedEx Cup?
The Comebacker
Reasonable points. Vijay is not a match for Phil in the talent department. Phil is not a match for Vijay in the work ethic department. Combine Phils and Vijays strengths and you might have a clone who could challenge Woods. Maybe some of this debate, by the way, is why Phil and Vijay dont particularly care for each other.
Peter writes: Phil Mickelson is the most fun to watch golfer on the PGA Tour, but I must agree with some of the readers that (Dave) Pelz and Butch (Harmon) are bad for Phil, especially Pelz, you can't make putting into a science, just look at the two greatest golfer in the game Tiger and Nicklaus, when under pressure it's their mind that takes over.
The Comebacker
Bit of a run-on sentence there, Pete. But youre spot on about the strength of the minds of Jack and Tiger.
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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.