Euros Yanks Still Fan Hate Flames
Someone hears a few buzzwords ' hatred or them or dont like - and they dont even wait for the rest of the sentence. The only thing they get is the name of the offending player, and off a rumor goes, making thousands of rounds before it finally lands in the garbage can where it belongs.
A month or so ago I received an e-mail from a disgruntled reader ' he obviously was from Europe, but he could just as easily been from America under a little different circumstances. The e-mail went something like this:
Whats the difference in Chris DiMarco saying he hates Europeans and what Paul Casey said?
Huh? I never heard DiMarco say anything that even remotely suggested he hates Europeans. Matter of fact, I never personally heard Paul Casey says he hates Americans, either, but he apparently did say something like that to a London newspaper. Casey said ' and Im paraphrasing here ' that during Ryder Cup week he hates the American team. It sounded a wee bit harsh, but I figured it just meant he does something to stoke the competitive fires. So be it ' but it caused a tremendous negative reaction here in the U.S. of A.
Casey later went of American television ' The Golf Channel ' to explain what he meant. And I didnt find what he said offensive at all. But plenty of Americans wanted some fodder to feed their hatred, and they have found it. Poor Paul has had a terrible time of it in the U.S. this year, missing five cuts in nine starts before fleeing back to his home in England.
Europeans, though, thought they had a comparable villain in DiMarco. Someone thought DiMarco said, We hate the Europeans after the Presidents Cup victory. Nothing, DiMarco said, could be further from the truth.
You know, its funny ' I got a call about a week after (the Presidents Cup) from somebody at the Golf Channel, DiMarco said Wednesday. They said, Hey, there was some comments made
And DiMarco was forced to start the process of putting out another brushfire, much the same as Casey had done.
I guess what I meant to say - and what was perceived - were two different things, he said. What I said was, The media and the fans want there to be hatred in the Ryder Cup.
Unfortunately, I made it sound like, We hate them. Which is totally wrong.
I went back and found what DiMarco really said at the Presidents Cup. And if you were just searching for one or two hot words, you would probably come up with, I hate the Europeans. Put the whole phrase together, though, and you have something totally different.
I like that there's a genuine respect for both teams, DiMarco actually said, and it's more about the game of golf and not necessarily somebody being ugly and somebody not being ugly.
I think the players pretty much on both teams, whether it's Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, have a mutual respect for everybody. I think the media makes it, unfortunately, for Ryder Cup, hateful, and that's the difference between the two.
I would naturally take issue with his statement that its the media who has done the skullduggery ' but, I guess that just comes with the territory. Whatever ' the fact is, what DiMarco said, and what he is being accused of saying, are as far apart as London is from Los Angeles.
So, DiMarco has gone into the preempt mode. It started at the WCG-American Express Championship recently in San Francisco, where he happened to bump into a couple of Euros ' Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie ' at the course. He immediately stopped the pair and went into an explanation.
I just wanted to let them that know that what I said, and what they heard ' was not what I said, said DiMarco.
And then he went down the list, of all the European Ryder Cup members at the tournament.
I have the utmost respect for everyone on that team, he said, mentioning that the play of Westwood in the Ryder Cup has been phenomenal.
Just the fact that there was a comment on that ' I didnt even know there was something going on. So I sat down with every one of the Ryder Cup members I saw last week, I sat down with them and said, Im sorry that it was misconstrued that way. They all said, Its no big deal.
He knows, however, that he can never, ever change the mind of some European fans who need to have an American villain ' just like some Americans refuse to consider that Paul Casey is just another Englishman who didnt at all mean to bum-rap the U.S.
Like I said, they (the fans) just want to make it to where it seems hateful, said DiMarco. And, there is no hatred. I just think that people like to take the competitive nature of that, and they think that hatred is a part of that. Thats not what it is.
Thats the nature of the Ryder Cup. People work themselves into a fever pitch, and to do so, they need somebody to hate. Doesnt matter who it is, as long as that person is on the opposite side. Is it any wonder that DiMarco is despised in Europe, and Casey is despised in America?
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings
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.
Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut
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
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
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.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
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.