After Further Review: Kirk's Ryder Cup future

By Randall Mell, Rex HoggardMay 25, 2015, 12:28 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Chris Kirk's Ryder Cup future, Colin Montgomerie winning another senior major, and a Memorial Day weekend tradition, the Patriot Cup.

With his victory Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Chris Kirk keeps moving up in class. That's three PGA Tour titles now over the last two seasons. Only Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker have won more in that span. Kirk, who just turned 30, also had it going three weeks ago at The Players Championship, where he was the 54-hole leader before falling back into a tie for 13th. He's no longer a bubble boy on the qualifying lists to make American international teams. Eight months after being skipped over as a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, he leaps to fourth on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list. That event later this year will give Kirk a chance to show he didn't just belong on the last American Ryder Cup team but that he can be a difference in future Ryder Cups. - Randall Mell 

He spent all that time as the most prominent player to never win a major and now he has three of them. Sort of.  Colin Montgomerie won his third Champions Tour major and his second consecutive Senior PGA on Sunday at French Lick. He holed his final putt, took off his hat, cracked a smile, shook hands with Bernhard Langer and soaked in another major win. Monty’s adversarial relationship with American crowds goes back a long way, but he’s received plenty of support on the senior circuit. He’s been as happy to embrace them as they’ve been to embrace him. There has to be some part of Montgomerie that thinks, “This isn’t the same,” but it’s probably still pretty good. - Nick Menta

Former U.S. Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill stood in a steady drizzle on Sunday in the hills just outside Tulsa, Okla., talking about the mission. No, not the mission where he shot al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but the Folds of Honor mission and this weekend’s Patriot Cup. The event – born from Patriot Golf Day and a half-dozen other initiatives to provide educational benefits for spouses and children of military members who have been killed or disabled while on active duty – includes PGA Tour professionals, celebrities and, most importantly, current and former members of the military. It’s also a moving example of what golf can accomplish, regardless of the score. - Rex Hoggard 

A season of near-misses continues for Kevin Kisner. Kisner lost in a playoff last month at the RBC Heritage, then lost again in sudden death at The Players Championship. A win in either event would have gotten the veteran into the biggest tournaments of the year. Instead, Kisner teed it up at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in need of a big result, and he tied for fifth. While at the start of the week that seemed enough to earn a spot in the U.S. Open, Kisner ended the week at No. 61 - while the top 60 in the rankings punched tickets to Chambers Bay. Kisner is among the hottest players on Tour, and he could still make the field via sectional qualifying on June 8 or by cracking the top 60 on June 15. Kisner doesn't have a spot yet in the U.S. Open, but based on his recent play it seems he is likely to grab a spot in the coming weeks. - Will Gray

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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.