Rymers Top Tournament Destinations

By Charlie RymerJanuary 5, 2010, 1:05 am

Plantation Course

1. SBS Championship at Kapalua, Maui. Let’s get balls in the air! And what a place to start. Kapalua is one of the best and most magical spots on the planet. I've travelled the world (at least 3 times around), been to many a goat ropin' and several shrub judgins'. You might say I've seen it all, but I'm always excited to go home. Except when I leave Kapalua. It’s the only place on the planet where I get sad when I leave.

St. Andrews

2. The Open Championship at St. Andrews. Even though I am a Southerner (breaking news), the Open Championship is my favorite major. I love links golf and I just can't get over the fact that guys smacking rocks with shepherd crooks around a stretch of land good for nothing but that purpose are the forefathers of our great game. And it all started at St. Andrews. It is unique and well above comparison.

Augusta National

3. The Masters. Well, it’s the Masters. The back nine Sunday is back ... and I hope for good.

Whistling Straits

4. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. This Pete Dye gem is a true American classic, and you don't even feel like you are in America. It’s a love it or hate it golf course. If the wind is up, it may be possible that just one man will love it in August.

Pebble Beach

5. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. I just finished 'The Match' by Mark Frost. I sure wish I had read that book before playing this event for the first time. Great read. Great event. Frost traces the history of the 'Clam Bake' and it's fascinating. A new course is in play this year and the Monterrey Peninsula CC is reputed to be a beauty. I've never played it as the club has a requirement that you must keep your shirt on at all times. That’s a commitment I just can't make. Just watching Bill Murray play golf is enough to get my attention. And finally, if you attend the event, you have to try some fried squid. They have it in stands all over the place. Prior to my first trip to Pebble Beach I thought squid was just used for catching catfish. Now I know why it works so well. That stuff is good!

Pebble Beach

6. The U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Always a great U.S. Open venue. I missed the cut there in 1992. I think it was because I ate too much fried squid.

John Deere

7. The John Deere Classic. This was a favorite during my playing days and remains so today. Events like this are the heart and soul of the PGA Tour. It’s a great fit for the community and hopefully John Deere as well. Kudos to the players who keep the John Deere Classic on their schedule and also to the community that supports this event. And did I mention that they have world class pork chop sandwiches on the course? I can close my eyes and smell those babies grillin’ right now.


8. St. Jude Classic in Memphis. Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous Ribs. 355 North Main Street. Charlie Rymer 5-Star rated (out of 5).  And in case you are counting, that’s two consecutive picks that involve pork. My record is four.


9. The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Cub in Paramus, N.J. Viewers tuning in this year will miss the beautiful camera shots of the Statue of Liberty that were such a treat at Liberty National in 2009. But they will come to love Ridgewood. Designed by A.W. Tillinghast and opened in 1929, it is an absolute beauty. It’s some of 'Tillie the Terrible's' finest work. I'm a huge fan of classic architecture and I'm always thrilled to see a great old course added to the PGA Tour. And did I mention this is the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs?

Byron Nelson

10. HP Byron Nelson Championship. I have the course record at the TPC at Four Seasons [It’s a 61 gross. Really. All 18 holes. I was paired with Davis Love III. He shot 71. I beat him by 10. In one day. Really.].  If you listen to the broadcast of the tournament I'm real sure they will mention me. At least they better! Hey, when you only have one career highlight you gotta fit it in somewhere.

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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.