Vokey Unveils Tour Designs

By Global Golf PostNovember 24, 2010, 7:54 pm

Vokey WedgeWorks is a high-performance custom shop where Bob Vokey and his team of artisans build wedges for everyone from PGA Tour players to recreational golfers. And every couple of months the past two years he has released almost random, limited edition creations for sale to the public, with the club choices varying each time with regards to lofts, grinds, models and finishes. A recent offering, for example, featured what Vokey described as Tour Issue Raw wedges, with pre-2010 grooves, custom stamping and engraving and a raw steel finish without any plating.

Recently, Vokey and his patrons at Titleist introduced an actual WedgeWorks line, called Exclusives. The idea is to gives golfers a more regular opportunity to purchase wedges that are personalized and built exclusively at the WedgeWorks shop in Carlsbad, Calif.

“WedgeWorks is a life-long dream come true,” says Vokey. “Wedges are personal, and Exclusives allow golfers the opportunity to make Tour-inspired and Tour-proven wedges their very own.”

The first Exclusives wedge to come to market is the crescent-shaped Tour Van Design (TVD), which has a variation of what Vokey says is his “most favorite” M grind. He combines that with a moderate camber so the club can more easily pivot around its center for versatility and shot making. Its moderate effective bounce also makes TVD effective in a variety of playing conditions.

The TVD wedges come with pre-2010 Spin Milled grooves as well as those that now must be used on the PGA Tour (and will eventually be required at other levels of play). Two distinctive finishes were created specifically for this model – Bright Brushed Chrome and Oil Can Zero – and they are the only ones in the entire Vokey Design wedge line-up that have a Tour grind in lower lofts beginning at 52 degrees and increasing to 60 degrees in two-degree increments.

What makes the Exclusives line even more unusual are all the customization options that had previously been reserved for the best players in the world. Golfers can chose from a range of 40 different toe engravings and as many as 20 paint-fill possibilities as well as stampings in three different styles and up to eight letters or numbers. The engraving options, of course, are endless. WedgeWorks also boasts a high performance shaft matrix that includes True Temper’s Dynamic Gold, Project X and Tour Issue as well as KBS Tour in steel and black nickel. And the final touches, as Vokey likes to say, as in golfers’ hands, as WedgeWorks has a variety of BV grips and specially designed shaft bands from which to choose.

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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.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.