Perfect No But Annikas Close

By George WhiteNovember 12, 2002, 5:00 pm
Annika Sorenstam won 10 times this year. Thats unheard of in golf circles, but thats still not golfing perfection. She didnt shoot 54 ' perfection as far as Sorenstam is concerned. And there were 10 or so tournaments that she didnt win.
 
Some people say things like that, that they wont truly be satisfied. Sorenstam says them ' and believes them.
 
I feel like I want to reach the point where I feel like this is as good as I can play, Sorenstam said. Not just for a round or two, but, you know, really feel like I cant get any better than this.
 
Shes already shot 59, and while she acknowledged that that was very good, there were a couple of places that afternoon where she felt she could improve. She won 10 times this season, the final one last weekend, but she knows that the year didnt approach perfection. Until she reaches that stage ' and no one has ever reached it before ' she will not be satisfied.
 
She can make it 11 wins when the LPGA plays its season-ending Tyco Championship the weekend of Nov. 21-24. She really has 12, since she defeated Karrie Webb in a playoff at an Australian event earlier this year, and also won once in her native Sweden. She could reach the magic 13 at the Tyco, which would tie Mickey Wrights record, although Wright will still own the record since all her wins were official LPGA tournaments.
 
But she still wont consider it perfect. Perfect is reserved for that special place in her mind where she hits every shot in the sweet spot. And perfect is attainable, to all those golfers who might be thinking it isnt, she says.
 
Im too anxious at certain times, Annika explains. My caddy always says that Im over-ready. Im just so ready to go that its like I step on myself a little bit. I have to get a handle on that because I want too much when I come out. I get too anxious sometimes and its like I have to hang on and slow down.
 
She also is ill sometimes and has to slow down. It happened in Japan when she won last weekend with a severe cold.
 
Im a little shocked, I think, said Sorenstam, and it was difficult to tell if it was because of the illness or because she won her 10th.
 
I set high goals for myself, she conceded, but sometimes you wonder if you can achieve them. Here I am, and I definitely achieved one of my goals. I feel like crying in a way, but Im so happy that I feel like jumping high. Its wonderful.
 
Annikas rounds seemed close to perfection ' she shot 69 when she was feeling really lousy Friday, backed that up with a low one Saturday (65), then came right back on Sunday with a 67. Thats a long way from 54 ' remember that perfect round? ' but its getting awfully close, especially for an out-of-sorts woman.
 
My driving accuracy and greens-in-regulation are good, but there are still things I think I can be better at, she said, and it was apparent that that same old perfection thing was coming through.
 
It takes good technique, which I have, but my imagination with shot-making is not as good. I keep thinking the same on all shots, and if you have a good imagination, you can see different shots, and that's what I need to develop.
 
So now its just not the shots she hits ' but the shots she could have hit!
 
That's something my instructor (Henri Reis) and I have worked on the last few years, Annika said. We've been working on hitting different shots with different clubs because I'm a player who hits the same shot the same way over and over. That can be good for certain points, but when you get a lie you're not used to, you need to have a good imagination.
 
Well, there you have it. That could keep her busy for, oh, say, a couple hundred years. She wont ever be perfect. But ' shhhh ' dont tell her.
 

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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.