Wies Camp Adds a Spin Doctor

By Brian HewittFebruary 15, 2007, 5:00 pm
While many people remain confused that Michelle Wie continues to insist on trying to compete against men despite increasingly high scores and bad publicity, its almost as puzzling to note that she now has two publicists - one on each coast.
Part of this stems from the need for her father, B.J. Wie, to remove himself from the every day demands of media phone calls and E-mails. And that part is understandable. The elder Wie is a college professor.
But it is unclear why his daughter needs two publicists when, for example, she refused to confirm the nature of her recent wrist injury. All we know at the moment is that she injured her left wrist while jogging Monday February 5th; doctors took X-rays and placed a hard cast on the wrist.
The Wie camp is saying Michelle expects to return to competitive golf in four to six weeks. But, said Greg Nared of the William Morris Agency in Los Angeles, Michelle has instructed him not to disclose what the X-Rays revealed.
Wies reason? Nared said Wie told him that the results of her X-Rays were a personal matter.
In certain polite societies its considered rude to ask a woman her age. But that doesnt explain why the LPGA, in its 2007 media guide, has decided to publish the year, but not the date, in which its players were born.
The recent announcement that David Toms had signed on with Gaylord Sports Management, which is also Phil Mickelsons management company, is interesting in that the thrust will be in golf course design. Toms hopes to pursue course design opportunities and is especially drawn to golf communities that combine hunting and fishing facilities as part of the lifestyle.
There are more than a few on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean who believe Tiger Woods would have a more difficult time winning seven straight tournaments on the European Tour than the PGA TOUR.
The reason: There are more fearless players at the top of the European Tour. And those players have less history of losing to Woods than the Americans.
Englands David Howell, ranked No. 17 in the world, had this to say Tuesday when quizzed on this subject:
Im not sure its quite that simple..When Tiger has come and played in Europe the last couple of times and hasnt won I guess there are a few people from the European Tour that are sort of fairly pleased and smug about that..
I think the U.S. Tour, the courses at times probably suit Tigers game that bit more than they do in Europe.We have slightly narrow fairways in general on the European Tour..were certainly happy that Tiger is not on an eight or nine winning streak in Europe as well.
Tom Doak, who designed the critically-acclaimed Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Oregon, has broken ground in the same state for a private golf course to be called Wicked Pony. Doaks firm, Renaissance Golf design, hopes, according to Doaks people, to use the great Pine Valley golf course as a reference to bring out the unique land features throughout Wicked Pony. Says Doak, Im not saying we will be able to achieve all the same things, but it (Pine Valley) is a good case study for what were building...Seven of the last 10 winners of the Nissan Open have been international players..Nick Price hit 81 per cent of his fairways and 81 per cent of his greens last week in his Champions Tour debut at the Allianz Championship. He finished T20 because he needed 31 putts per green.
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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.