Daly fails to get through US Open qualifying

By Doug FergusonJune 8, 2009, 4:00 pm
Bookmark and Share
2009 U.S. OpenGERMANTOWN, Tenn. ' John Daly makes his return to the PGA Tour this week.
 
His return to the U.S. Open will have to wait at least another year.
 
In his first time competing in America since the PGA Tour lifted his six-month suspension, Daly managed only four birdies over 36 holes of a U.S. Open qualifier Monday. He shot 1-over 143 and didnt come close to getting one of 13 spots available in Tennessee.
 
My feet are tired, Daly said after politely declining an interview with a Memphis TV station.
 
Daly was awarded a sponsors exemption for the St. Jude Classic, which starts Thursday, and he took one positive out of two mediocre rounds at Ridgeway (70) and Germantown (73). At least it helped him make the transition from playing in Europe.
 
Being over there for five weeks, the greens are so much slower there and I wasnt used to the speed, he said later. I havent putted on Bermuda greens in a long time. Boy, talk about not even sniffing a putt.
 
Hell have to change his clothes when he gets back on the PGA Tour, though.
 
One of the charms of U.S. Open qualifying is that all players are allowed to wear shorts. Daly stood out on this steamy day, wearing knee-length shorts with a blue-and-white checkered pattern. But he looked slimmer than he has in years after a stomach surgery in February that limits his appetite. Daly said he weighed 218 pounds when he checked on Sunday.
 
The 13 qualifiers included J.P. Hayes, J.J. Henry, and Casey Wittenberg, a former U.S. Amateur finalist who grew up in Memphis. Greg Kraft earned the final spot in a 6-for-1 playoff among all PGA Tour players, getting through on the second extra hole.
 
Daly attracted a crowd of nearly 300 people, who followed him down the fairway, waiting for something to cheer. There were no big numbers, except for a double bogey when his tee shot sliced onto the road, and there were not enough birdies.
 
The Tour suspended Daly for a series of off-course incidents that led to the wrong kind of publicity, particularly a photo of Daly from a North Carolina jail after he spent the night to get sober.
 
The U.S. Open will be held June 18-21 at Bethpage Black, a public course in New York where Tiger Woods was the only player to break park when the U.S. Open was held there seven years ago. Daly finished 27 shots behind, including one round in the 80s, and he wanted desperately to get back.
 
Thats the only reason I did this, Daly said. I love Bethpage. Its the ultimate major course. Its fair. Its so hard, they really cant make it any harder.
 
So many others are vying for a chance to take it on in 36-hole qualifying across the country.
 
In other sectional qualifying:
 
  • Matt Kuchar hustled out of Ohio on Sunday and got home to Atlanta in time to win one of three spots.
     
  • Bronson Burgoon of Texas A&M continued an amazing two weeks by earning one of two spots at Northwood Club in Dallas. Two weeks ago, it was Burgoons wedge from deep rough to within inches that gave the Aggies the NCAA championship.
     
  • Brad Faxon missed qualifying by two shots in Purchase, N.Y., where Kevin Silva of New Bedford, Mass., earned one of four spots.
     
    Most of the PGA Tour players were either in Tennessee or Ohio. Some didnt make it to the first tee. Jerry Kelly withdrew in Ohio, while Scott Verplank and Steve Elkington were among those who pulled out in Memphis.
     
    Michael Letzig, who played with Tiger Woods in the final round at the Memorial and had a front-row seat to Woods victory, could not get a flight to Memphis in time and had to withdraw from the qualifier.
     
    Related Links:
  • Full Coverage -2009 US Open
  • Sectional Qualifying results
  • Bethpage Black Ballpark
  • Getty Images

    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.

    Getty Images

    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

    Getty Images

    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.”

    Getty Images

    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.