Clarke Equipment Getting Too Good

By George WhiteFebruary 27, 2003, 5:00 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Add Darren Clarke to those who think golf equipment has just about become too good for the courses.
 
The games changed, said Clarke. Youve got to hit it 300 yards and straight.
 
I do agree that the distance that people are hitting it, we are soon going to overpower the best golf courses in the world. But it would also be interesting just to let it go, and see how far we can actually go. Because theres going to come a stage where everybody is going to hit it that far, but youre going to have to start losing control sooner or later at the moment, if youre with the right equipment, youre on the right side of it.
 
Scott Says Goodbye to Dubai, Qatar
 
Australias Adam Scott says he will not play in either Dubai the first week in March or in Qatar the next week. The reason, of course, is the threat of war in nearby Iraq.
 
I love the golf over there, I love Dubai, said Scott, a European Tour regular. And Qatar, obviously, I won there last week and would love to go back. I feel with everything going on over there now, I dont feel like risking anything for a couple of weeks of golf. Im sure Ill go back there in the future, because its a great spot. But I just feel its a big risky to go over there.
 
Tiger Woods said he is still uncertain whether he will go to Dubai.
 
I havent made my decision yet, he said. Check tomorrow.
 
It's a Good Format -- Sometimes
 
Nick Price won again, this time over Niclas Fasth, and he says sometimes he enjoys this format. Then again, sometimes he doesnt enjoy it.
 
Yesterday, I played really well and shot 68 and would have probably have beaten maybe 59 guys in the field, he said. But if you come up against one of the other five and play like that and get beaten, then it is goodnight and that is it.
 
It all depends on the matches you get, and all I try to do is just play one shot at a time and try not to get too far ahead of myself and worry who I have to play in the next round. When I play my best, that is always what I have done, just get to the first tee, hit the ball in the fairway, and then worry about the next shot.
 
Rose Heads to Florida for Tune-up
 
Justin Rose is out of the Match Play tournament, so it is off to Orlando for some polishing for the 22-year-old Englishman.
 
Im going down to David Leadbetters place in Florida, he said. Then Im looking forward to getting down to Florida and playing a few more tournaments leading up to the Masters.
 
Lonard Learning a Match Play Lesson
 
Peter Lonard advanced to the third round with a 5-and-4 win over Phil Tataurangi, which is something of a rarity for him in match play.
 
It does play on your mind and is something I still have to get used to, he said. Im enjoying the challenge, it is a little confusing at times, wouldnt like to play it every week, but it is interesting to play golf in a different manner to the norm, where you have to think differently over different shots.
 
The other professional match play event I played was the Australian Match Play in 1990. I didnt have any idea of any of the rules or anything, so it was a little surprise when I went out in the first round to Brad Hughes. Hopefully, Ive learned a little since then.
 
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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.