Major Performance Keys

By David BreslowAugust 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
The 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey offers up some tantalizing possibilities for golf fans.
 
First of all, it is the final major of the year 2005 and many golfers are looking to end the Major Season on a high note. Can Phil Mickelson return to the top of the leader board? Can Sergio Garcia have a break through tournament? Will Kenny Perry and others rise up to put a charge on the leaderboard?
 
To add to this, we have the resurrection of Tiger Woods who has, oh by the way, won the British Open, The Masters and finished second in the U.S. Open. In major events his shot making, fierceness and tenacity are still up to the highest levels. Of course, defending champion Vijay Singh is playing terrific golf and doing it on a consistent basis and along with Tiger are the only two golfers who have finished in the top 10 in all three majors this year.
 
However, as is usual in the worlds majors, it is the golf course that is so often the story. Major Golf events have a very different feel to them and this year and Baltusrol will be no different. It is a long (7,376 yards) golf course with very narrow fairways which measure up to 25 ' 30 yards in width.
 
The winner of the 2005 PGA Championship will have to be strong mentally, physically and emotionally. Of course, these three elements ALWAYS work together and when they are in synch we will see some great golf.

Here are some of the Performance keys I believe will be important this week:
 
1. Accuracy off the tee
As in most major events, it is crucial to keep the ball in play off the tee. With narrower fairways and tougher rough accuracy off the tee will be a key factor in scoring. This requires a steady mind, steady emotions and the ability to maintain great rhythm and trust in the golf swing.
 
2. Driving distance
This course does favor the long ball strikers because of its length but distance cannot be sacrificed for accuracy. It will be a strong test of each players ability to make the right decision at the proper time and balance the fine line between distance and accuracy.
 
3. Patience
This word is appropriate for any golf tournament but especially so in major events. Scores can change quickly because of the golf course and players have to be able to let go of poor shots and poor holes to avoid any negative effects on their game. This is where the ability to see the bigger picture comes in handy. A golf tournament is a journey and if looked at in the proper perspective; every journey has its ups and downs, highlights and lowlights.
 
4. Consistency
Steady and strong is the watch phrase in the 2005 PGA Championship. The mental game is crucial in this respect in terms of keeping the mind focused and clear, allowing emotions to flow in a steady stream and maintaining a steady rhythm to the golf swing. Consistent play is a result of generating consistent thoughts and feelings that propel you to create your best rhythm time after time. In a major event this process is crucial.
 
The 2005 PGA Championship has the potential to be a terrific display of golfs best shot making and a competition that brings head to head battles right down to the wire!
 
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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.