Stock Watch: Henderson heads up; Day down

By Ryan LavnerApril 28, 2015, 3:16 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

J-Rose (+8%): After building his reputation with hard-nosed golf on tough courses, he’s shown in the past month that he’s dangerous in track meets, too, running up 49 birdies in his last eight rounds.

Lydia (+6%): The kid – sorry, adult – is so overwhelmed in the big moment, she giggles on the tee and jokes after stuffing a wedge shot to set up another victory. She is golf’s lovable assassin.

WGC-Match Play (+5%): It’s the most unpredictable tournament of the year, but the new round-robin format should – repeat, should – set the stage for some big-time matchups on the weekend. Which definitely means Danny Willett is going all the way.    

Brooke Henderson (+3%): The perfect foil to Ko, the 17-year-old Canadian starlet is ambitious, fiery and aggressive. Where can we sign up for a decade-long rivalry?

Rookies (+2%): Remember last year when Chesson Hadley won top rookie honors by default and only two newcomers kept their card? Yeah, that’s not happening this year. Nick Taylor already has a win, and Daniel Berger and Justin Thomas have stamped themselves as week-in, week-out forces on Tour.

Steph Curry (+1%): NBA players and tour types don’t intersect often – or, like, ever – but the Warriors’ sharpshooter inspired Rose with the way that he keeps the faith and chucks up 3s even when he’s cold. And if you thought he had a smooth stroke on the court, Curry’s swing is pretty sweet, too.


FALLING

Freddie Jac (-1%): The Junkman finally disposed of his three-putt streak after an unfathomable 542 holes. His next goal should be to get into contention – something he hasn’t done since his run began in late January.  

Rory’s group (-2%): In the traditional 1-vs.-64 bracket, he’d have what is statistically the easiest road to the finals. Instead, he drew BillyHo, Sneds and Duf in – all together now! – the Group of Terminally Ill.  

Phil (-3%): Despite voicing support for the new format, Mickelson backed out of the Match Play for the fifth time in six years. Thankfully, the “personal issues” that forced him to WD are reportedly nothing serious, but most interesting is that Lefty is still expected to tee it up the next two weeks.

J-Day (-4%): With a chance to bolster his résumé and move another step closer to Rory and Jordan, golf’s most tantalizing talent instead made a series of crucial mental mistakes that torpedoed his chances to win the soggy shootout in NOLA. Ugh.  

Mike Davis (-6%): The USGA’s setup czar raised a few eyebrows when he said he’d consider putting a few tee boxes on side slopes at Chambers Bay because … well … there doesn’t appear to be a reasonable explanation, other than the apparent need for par to be protected at all costs even on what is already a quirky links design. Let the howling begin!

Paula (-7%): Playing in front of friends and family in San Fran, Creamer shot rounds of 82-78 to continue what has already been one of the most frustrating seasons of her sagging career.  

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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.