Daly Drinking and Tiger Juice

By Dena DavisMarch 12, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's note: As a part of the creative braintrust in the GOLF CHANNEL news department, Dena Davis thrives on uncovering compelling stories in golf for our shows, and finding unique, fresh ways to give viewers their golf news. These are her weekly thoughts, some random musings, and even a few programming notes. And she would like you to remember: It's all said in good fun.
Cut-Off Man
John Daly, our favorite drinker with a golfing problem (hey-ohhhh!), was partying like it was 1999 ... or maybe 1993 ... this weekend. After missing the cut at the PODS at Innisbrook, the former two-time major-winner resumed his sideshow at the Hooters Owls Nest tent off of the 17th hole -- getting schnockered, while signing autographs on womens posteriors. Later, JD was found at the Phillies spring training facility where he hurled B.P. to big-league bombers like his pal Pat Burrell. Clad in a P-stitched ball-cap and a tent-sized red No. 3 jersey -- looking eerily like a vintage '93 John Kruk, Long John Slinger kept his circus-act hits coming while giving up a few hits to Ryan Howard with his 85 mph fastball. With only three cuts made this year -- his highest finish registering at T69 -- Daly was actually the one whiffing. Instead of getting the most out of yet another sponsors exemption, the man with a grand gift for the game was once again allowing his affinity for self-destructive behavior take priority over his career -- and his health. I couldn't help but dwell on all that enormous talent being carelessly wasted. Butch Harmon, JDs swing instructor, apparently cut him off Tuesday, no longer wishing to be associated with the, well, the Busch leaguer ' there were just too many strikeouts to even count now.
What Els?
Coming off his MC (a free weekend!) at the PODS, I was disheartened to see Ernie withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational citing fatigue. I sympathize in what must have been an emotional week for his family with the disclosure of his sons autism, and the subsequent exhausting media attention surrounding it. However, I was eagerly (and selfishly, really) anticipating the affable South African back in the same field as Tiger again. Of all the tracks Tiger hasnt been able to tame in the last few years, Bay Hill was the one which might have posed the best opportunity for the Big Easy to take him down, erase the dreadful Dubai memories, and raise his confidence back up to 2002-Big Easy-playing levels. Now, hell (and well) have to wait a few more weeks until The Masters ' where, certainly, a pressure-packed major environment will really fatigue the guy.
Juiced Up
There are really only three situations in which Ill guzzle Gatorade: after running a race, if besieged by the flu, or when I'm doling out orange slices at my nephews soccer game. Though already having sufficient daily-potassium levels (I heart bananas!), I went ahead and took the Tiger-juice plunge in all three flavors anyway. The beverage bearing Gatorade Tiger accompanied by a fierce familiar fist-pump on the label, turned out to be the tastier than I thought! After playing Goldie Locks with the milk of El Tigre, I decided that Quiet Storm (the purple one) was juuuuust right for me. (I think I once had a Quiet Storm love-song compilation CD with the soothing sounds of Lionel Richie, DAngelo and even Barry White.) The unique grape-ish flavor was irresistible and instantly brought back childhood memories of holiday dinners at the card table on the farm. Grandma Davis used to mix up a similarly-flavored brackish and watered-down kool-aid which was always served to us kids with a plate of turkey and stuffing. So, in summary: R&B love songs and Grandma = Tiger Gatorade.
*Any personal product endorsement by Ms. Davis is wholly unaffiliated with the GOLF CHANNEL.
Did Colt Knost Best?
With a bad-ass name like Colt, youre pretty much destined to become a swash-buckling, uber-talented, hot-shot athlete (with lots of cool hyphenated adjectives preceding your name). However, as smooth as this young gun out of Southern Methodist University is (see: his impressive, heralded amateur career akin to that of Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore), Im reminded this week of his perhaps not-so-smooth decision to go pro last fall and forfeit his U.S. Pub Links Amateur Champion spot at Augusta National next month. (In September, Knost picked payday over a few months of patience -- and pimento sammiches at the most coveted invite in golf.) Well, this week, we find our Colt hero in the Bay Hill field on a sponsor's exemption. Since going pro, he's earned only a small cache of money and has not seen much success ' making just two cuts in four starts (two on the Nationwide, two on the PGA TOUR). In fact, Tom Scherrer has had a more productive and lucrative past six months. But here is Colt (hoping to not become the next Scherrer) looking to get his game in professional gear in front of the man with one of the coolest monikers of all time, The King. Heres hoping the talented Mustang can buck my opinion of his decision and really live up to his name this week.
(Going) Out of Africa
Perhaps it's ethnocentricy (thanks, 10th grade history class!) or just plain ignorance, but I'm always amazed learning of golf's global far-reaching roots and impact, even in some of the most unlikely locations. The latest involves my cluelessnes that the country of Uganda has a long and proud history of the game we love. When I was google-ing golf yesterday -- as I do every morning upon rolling out of bed -- I came across a story on Africas friendliest country (yep. didnt know that one either). Apparently, the fine people of this landlocked country, whose sporting fandom is actually more cricket-centered, are celebrating 100 years of golf this week, at the countrys leading club, the Uganda Golf Club. That's right. One hundred years. As part of the festivities, they opened the Ugandan Golf Hall of Fame, recognizing all their 'golfing greats', so that finally, household names such as Deo Akope, Sadi Onito, Charles Yokwe and Dedan Kagonyera will be honored in an appropriate manner. Do these guys get invited to WGC events?
Instant (Coffee) Karma
So, the merciful java gods smiled upon me at work this weekend. I did not have to fetch (nor spend not one red cent on) coffee for two days. Completely unsolicited, our insider Tim Rosaforte generously bought me a towering frothy latte from that colossal caffeine conglomerate (rhymes with sharmucks) on Saturday afternoon. And on Sunday, one of our producers spotted me a free freshly-brewed cup from a local gas station (hey, its better than the office stuff). I thought to myself, if my run of good luck continues like this, the UCLA basketball team may want to recruit me for their run in the Big Dance.
Bet Sounds
So, in honor of the regular-season Pac-10 champs and this NCAA Hoops Championship Week! (and the Beach Boys' best album), I leave you with my straight-up picks for this weekend. Im taking:
  • Tiger Woods over the Houston Rockets -- in keeping respective winning streak in-tact.
  • Ben Crane over Sean OHair -- in most times to be put on the clock at Bay Hill.
  • Anthony Kim (Ballantines Championship) over Jason Day (Bay Hill) -- as 21-year-old wholl have a lowest 72-hole score come Sunday.
  • Arron Oberholser over Albert Pujols -- as first to schedule surgery for a season-ending injury.
  • Cubs starting centerfielder Felix Pie over your starting Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- as athlete wed least want to be right now.
  • Syracuse over Colin Montgomerie -- as the bubble competitor who will play their way in.
  • Eliot Spitzer over Pacman Jones -- as seedy, salacious character 'da Cowboys will inevitably pick up.
  • Arnold Palmer over Billy Crystal -- as senior citizen wholl get the most distance when (if) making contact.
    Programming Notes:
    Analyze This
    Speaking of Rosie, the Senior Golfworld writer will help break down the Bay Hill action this weekend with Kraig Kann and Brandel Chamblee (fyi, the production staff on the show is already looking into a recipe for 'Brandel-ade'; drink it and your hair will grow fluffy bangs?) in our live 'Sprint Post-Game' shows from our networks global headquarters in Orlando.
    Paint it again, Graeme
    As a dabbler in oil painting myself, I have tremendous respect and admiration for this incredibly talented gentleman. I have a limited print (framed poster) of his painting of La Costa in 2003, when the Carlsbad course played host to the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Graeme W. Baxter is one of the world's most highly acclaimed painters of golfing landscapes. Some of his original paintings hang in famous clubhouses from Muirfield, Scotland to Augusta National. Last fall, he was commissioned to paint the landscape at the 18th hole of Bay Hill. Adam Barr followed him from the day he conducted the site survey many months ago, all the way through to the finished masterpiece. Tune into 'Golf Central' this Saturday, March 15th, to meet the artist, as well as the collector who bought his work.
    All the King's Men
    Additionally, the 'Golf Central' spotlight on Saturday and Sunday will feature a unique look at Arnold Palmer. Rich Lerner will explore what it's like for Arnie's friends to play regularly with the legend on his own course -- and at the Bay Hill Shootout.
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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.