Golf Talk Live - Charlotta Sorenstam Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
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CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM IS SUCCESSFULLY CREATING HER OWN IDENTITY AS A PLAYER TO BE RECKONED WITH. FOR HER FIRST LPGA VICTORY, SHE KNOCKED OFF THE TWO BEST PLAYERS IN WOMEN'S GOLF. MEET WINNER, CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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ALL OF US WHO PLAY GOLF APPRECIATE THE RARE MOMENTS WHEN OUR SWINGS AND INTELLECT AND EMOTIONAL CONTROL ALL WORK IN HARMONY TO ALLOW US TO PLAY OUR BEST GOLF. SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONALS KNOW HOW

DIFFICULT IT IS TO SET ASIDE SELF JUDGMENT AND SELF IMPOSED PRESSURE IN AN EFFORT TO STAY OUT OF THEIR OWN WAY AS THEY SEEK TO PERFECT THE MADDENING GAME.

SO FEW PLAYERS SINCE CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGAN IN 1860 HAVE MADE THE SHORT LIST OF TRUE GREATNESS AND PERHAPS ONCE EVERY 20 YEARS, A PLAYER COMES ALONG THAT WE RECOGNIZE AS ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME.

BOBBY JONES LEFT THE GAME WHEN THE SELF AND EXTERNALLY IMPOSED PRESSURE TO SUCCEED BECAME A CONSISTENTLY UNPLEASANT CIRCUMSTANCE. IMAGINE THEN, THE DIFFICULTY OF BEING JONES' SON AND

TRYING TO PLAY HIS OWN GREAT GOLF. NEVER MIND THE KIND OF GOLF HIS DAD PLAYED. JACK NICKLAUS' SONS HAVE TAKEN ON THE DIFFICULTY OF THE GAME AND THE BURDEN AND EXPECTATION OF BEING A NICKLAUS.

GARY PLAYER AND HIS SON WAYNE BOTH WANTED WAYNE TO BE THE NEXT GARY. ALLAN STRANGE HAD HIS BROTHER CURTIS' RECORD HELD UP AS A MIRROR WHICH UNFAIRLY SERVED TO JUDGE HIS OWN SUCCESS AS A PLAYER. CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM HAS HER OWN DREAMS AND

HER OWN TRACK RECORD AND HER OWN CONFIDENCES AND FEARS AS SHE STRIVES TO MAKE A GREAT NAME FOR HERSELF IN THE GAME SHE LOVES AND HER SISTER ANNIKA IS ONE OF THOSE PLAYERS WHO COMES ALONG JUST A FEW TIMES EACH CENTURY, AND AS MUCH OR MORE THAN ANY OTHER IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OF A FAMOUS PLAYER, SINCE YOUNG

AND OLD TOM MORRIS WON FOUR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE MID 1800'S, CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM HAS BEGUN TO PROVE THAT SHE CAN WIN. THAT SHE CAN BE CONSISTENT. THAT SHE CAN FIND WAYS TO DEAL WITH THE PRESSURE OF

COMPARISON WIT HER SISTER. SHE HAS AND CAN CONTINUE TO TAKE ON THE GAME AS SHE STRIVES TO REALIZE HER GIFTS AND MAXIMIZE HER FUN.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. IT'S A GREAT PRESSURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO A RISING STAR, CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANK YOU PETER

PETER KESSLER
WERE THE LITTLE HAIRS ON YOUR ARMS STANDING UP DURING THAT?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, WHEN I MADE THAT LAST PUTT THERE.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME ABOUT THAT.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I KNEW I COULD MISS IT BUT I THOUGHT IT LOOKED REALLY GOOD IF I MADE IT SO I JUST, GET, HAD A SHOT AT IT AND I MADE IT.

PETER KESSLER
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU WATCHED YOUR WIN OF LAST YEAR SINCE IT OCCURRED?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
ABOUT 4 OR 5 TIMES.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
YOU JUST HAD A RECENT BIRTHDAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
HOW'D YOU CELEBRATE?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
USUAL. JUST A NORMAL DAY ON THE GOLF COURSE AND THEN A NICE DINNER.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE, ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, YOU HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES I DO. I KIND OF CHANGED MY LIFE A LITTLE BIT DURING THE OFF SEASON AND I JUST LOOK FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW'S IT CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES IT DID.

PETER KESSLER
HOW?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
HOW... I UH I JUST, I'M HAPPIER THAN I WAS BEFORE. I'M ENJOYING LIFE AND JUST TAKING IT AT THE MOMENT.

PETER KESSLER
GIVEN THAT THERE ARE TWO WORLD CLASS ATHLETES IN YOUR FAMILY, WHICH ONE OF YOUR PARENTS WAS A GREAT ATHLETE, MOM OR DAD?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MY DAD WAS AN ATHLETE.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WAS HIS SPORT?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
HE WAS ALL AROUND BUT HE, WE HAVE A SPORT CALLED HAND BALL IN SWEDEN AND HE WAS PRETTY GOOD AT THAT, SO, AND WE USED TO JOIN HIM AT HIS GAMES AND THROW AT THE GOALIE DURING THE BREAKS SO THAT WAS FUN.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WAS THE FIRST SPORT THAT YOUR PARENTS INTRODUCED YOU TO THAT YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I THINK IT WAS TENNIS, AT FIRST. GOLF WAS ALWAYS AROUND THOUGH BUT WE THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY BORING AT FIRST. TOOK A LOT OF TIME AND WE JUST GOT BORED SO WE PLAYED A LOT OF TENNIS FOR A WHILE AND, BUT THEN, SUDDEN WE JUST, BOTH OF US, JUST
CHANGED OUR MINDS AND PLAYED GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
NOW YOU AND YOUR SISTER WERE BOTH NATIONALLY RANKED JUNIOR PLAYERS. WAS IT THAT EASY TO GIVE UP? HAD YOU ALREADY FALLEN IN LOVE WITH GOLF BY THE TIME YOU GAVE UP TENNIS?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, I MEAN, WHEN YOU COME TO A CERTAIN LEVEL IN TENNIS IT'S, IT GETS HARD TO PRACTICE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BE TWO. WE WERE TWO BUT WE HAD DIFFERENT SCHEDULES SO IT WAS HARD TO TIME IT, AND BUT GOLF, YOU CAN

PRACTICE ALONE AND YOU DON'T NEED MUCH CHALLENGE TO DO IT. YOU JUST TAKE A SHAG BAG AND GO TO A GREEN SPOT AND HIT THE BALLS, SO THAT WAS MUCH EASIER.

PETER KESSLER
SO MANY PARENTS TRY TO INTRODUCE THEIR KIDS TO GOLF, AND END UP GETTING IT WRONG BUT EITHER FORCING THEM AS

OPPOSED TO EXPOSING THEM. WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS DO THAT WAS RIGHT THAT
BOTH SISTERS SHOULD FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GAME THE WAY THAT YOU DID?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THEY JUST TAUGHT, SAID JUST DO WHAT YOU WANT AND THEY SUPPORTED US WHERE WE WANTED TO GO. WHERE EVER WE NEEDED TO GO AND WHENEVER WE NEEDED TO GO SOMEWHERE AND THEY JUST LET US FREE HANDS ACTUALLY. JUST DO WHAT WE WANTED

PETER KESSLER
KNOWING HOW TOUGH THE GAME IS FOR MOST PEOPLE, DO YOU THINK LOOKING BACK THAT IT CAME TO YOU FAIRLY EASILY?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, I THINK IT HELPS IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE TALENT.

PETER KESSLER
I'LL SAY

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH (LAUGHS). I THINK I DO AND I THINK MY SISTER HAS TOO BUT OF COURSE, IT'S A GA... ANYTHING, IT YOU WORK HARD AT IT YOU CAN GET GOOD AT IT BUT, YOU HAVE TO LOVE THE GAME OR WHATEVER YOU DO TO GET GOOD AT IT, TOO AND

BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO ENJOY EVERY MOMENT, BECAUSE YOU PUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT TO DO IT.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN DID YOU THINK TO YOURSELF FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU KNOW, I COULD DO SOMETHING WITH THIS BEYOND JUST HAVING FUN WITH GOLF.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I DON'T KNOW WHEN, EXACTLY THAT TIME WAS. I JUST THOUGHT IF I WORK HARD AND, AND STILL ENJOY IT I THINK I CAN BE OKAY. I CAN, I'LL HOPEFULLY GET TO THE TOP ONE DAY.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN DID YOU FIND OUT THAT YOU WERE DYSLEXIC?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WHEN THE KIDS IN SCHOOL STARTED LAUGHING AT ME WHEN I READ ALOUD.

PETER KESSLER
NOW HOW DOES DYSLEXIA, IN YOUR CASE, MANIFEST ITSELF?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MMM I LIVE WITH IT. IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL, ACTUALLY, I JUST HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHEN I CHECK MY SCORECARD AND THAT'S ABOUT IT.

PETER KESSLER
NOW, WHAT DO YOU SEE THAT MOST OF US DON'T SEE BEING DYSLEXIC? ARE THE NUMBERS REVERSED?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
NUMBERS AND LETTER. I CAN READ A LITTLE FUNNY SOMETIMES.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S WHAT MADE THE KIDS LAUGH?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES

PETER KESSLER
20:WHAT WOULD YOU DO, PUT THE WORDS IN THE WRONG ORDER?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, WORDS OR LETTERS. SO SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE WHAT I SAY , WHICH IS NORMAL, BUT, NO I JUST, I'VE GOTTEN BETTER DURING THE YEARS. I, I HAVE, MY, MY THING WAS NOT VERY STRONG SO I DIDN'T HAVE ANY HELP FROM A PROFESSIONAL. I DON'T THINK I NEED IT.

I THINK IF I JUST TAKE IT EASY AND JUST BE CALM AND WHEN I READ I CAN DO FINE, SO, THAT'S ALL I NEED TO DO.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE, JUST, THERE'S A DISPROPORTIONATELY LARGE NUMBER OF GREAT PLAYERS FROM SWEDEN AND CLEARLY THE SWEDISH GOLF FEDERATION DOES MORE THAN GET LUCKY OR HAVE THIS HAPPEN BY HAPPY ACCIDENT. WHAT IS IT THAT THEY DO THAT IT, IN YOUR

VIEW PREPARES YOU EMOTIONALLY, INTELLECTUALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO PLAY GOLF?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL THAT'S A LOT OF THINGS. WELL, THEY JUST, AT A YOUNG AGE, THEY SUPPORT US WITH COACHES, EITHER GOLF COACHES OR PHYSICAL COACHES AND THEY HAVE, WE HAVE A LOT OF TRAINING CAMPS AND IT'S ALL DIVISION. I MEAN REGIONAL OR LOCALLY OR, OR COUNTRY WIDE, SO, AND THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT

LEVELS AND EVERY, IT'S LIKE A GROUP. YOU PRACTICE TOGETHER, YOU EITHER TRAVEL TO A TOURNAMENT OR TRAVEL JUST TO PRACTICE SOMEWHERE AND THEY SUPPORT YOU ALONG THE WAY WITH A COACH ALL THE WAY AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND AT A YOUNG

AGE WE HAVE EVEN TOURNAMENTS LOCALLY AND THEN YOU ADVANCE TO REGIONAL AND YOU ADVANCE TO, LAND, THE WHOLE COUNTRYWIDE AND THEY DO THAT IN EVERY AGE AND TOURNAMENT AND PRACTICE LIKE THAT IT MAKES YOU STRONGER AS A PERSON, AS A GOLFER, AND ALL THE ASPECTS YOU'VE MENTIONED THERE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU PAY FOR IT? DOES YOUR FAMILY PAY FOR IT? OR IS IT SOMETHING THAT, THAT GOVERNMENT PAYS FOR IF YOU'RE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE COACHED THAT WAY?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THAT'S THE PRIVILEGE, THE GOVERNMENT, OR THE FEDERATION. THE FEDERATION HAS SPONSORS, AND THE GOVERNMENT SO THEY PAID FOR US, SO THAT REALLY HELPS.

PETER KESSLER
PEOPLE TALK ABOUT PIA NILSON A LOT
IN TERMS OF THE INFLUENCE THAT SHE HAS WHEN A LOT OF YOU WERE MUCH YOUNGER AND THE INFLUENCE THAT SHE CONTINUES TO EXERT, FORGETTING HER SOLHEIM CUP PRESENCE, BUT JUST AS SOMEONE WHO STAYS WITH YOU IN

SOME MEANINGFUL WAY ON AN ONGOING BASIS THROUGH YOUR CAREER. WHAT'S HER GIFT, WHAT'S HER SECRET?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL I THINK YOU'D HAVE TO ASK HER THAT... BUT

PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE HAD, YOU'VE HAD THE EXPERIENCE, RIGHT?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH I HAVE, I'VE BEEN WITH PIA SINCE I STARTED IN THE SWEDISH GOLF TEAM WHEN I WAS 14 AND THAT'S A LONG TIME AGO, BUT, NO SHE'S JUST ONE OF THOSE PERSON THAT TAKES THE INDIVIDUAL AND WORK WITH THAT ONE, NOT AS A GROUP, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE A GROUP. SHE, WE

ALL ARE DIFFERENT, SO SHE, SHE TRIES TO WORK WITH US THAT WAY AND SHE, SHE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY GOLF AND WHEN WE GOT OLDER SHE HAS PLAYED ON THE LPGA TOUR BEFORE A LOT OF US DID AND SHE COULD HELP US PLAY TOURNAMENT

GOLF, YOU KNOW, AND SHE KNEW WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT TO BE A PROFESSIONAL AND THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO, SHE TRIES TO WORK FROM A YOUNG AGE TO, DIFFERENT LEVELS UP TO BE A PROFESSIONAL.

PETER KESSLER
IS IT, IS IT A BIG HONOR, AT THE TIME AND ARE YOU AWARE OF IT THAT BEING ON THE SWEDISH NATIONAL TEAM IS A PARTICULARLY BIG DEAL?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES IT WAS, BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO YOU PLAY INSIDE THE COUNTRY, WE GET TO REPRESENT SWEDEN AROUND EUROPE AND THAT WAS A REALLY BIG PRIVILEGE AND IT WAS A LOT OF FUN TOO TO MARCH

DOWN IN THE NATIONAL CLOTHING AND RAISE THE FLAG AND JUST PLAY FOR, AS A TEAM FOR SWEDEN.

PETER KESSLER
HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT WHEN BOTH YOU AND YOUR SISTER, ANNIKA PLAYED FOR THE TEAM AT THE SAME TIME?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YOU MEAN AT SOLHEIM?

PETER KESSLER
NO, BEFORE ON THE SWEDISH NATIONAL TEAM.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
OH WE DIDN'T DO THAT BECAUSE SHE WAS OLDER THAN I WAS, OF COURSE

PETER KESSLER
AND STILL IS

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES (LAUGHS) SO SHE WAS IN A DIFFERENT AGE GROUP SO WE DIDN'T PLAY MUCH TOURNAMENTS TOGETHER BUT WE DID HAVE PRACTICE, TRAINING CAMPS TOGETHER NOW AND THEN.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID YOU THINK, LOOKING BACK, WERE THE WEAKNESSES THAT YOU HAD, WHETHER THEY BE EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL OR PHYSICAL, THAT YOU NEEDED TO ADDRESS TO BECOME THE WORLD CLASS PLAYER THAT YOU CLEARLY HAVE BECOME?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL, I'VE BEEN TRYING LATELY TO WORK ON MY PHYSICAL, MY HEALTH AND I'M ABOUT HALF WAY WHERE I WANT TO BE, AND UM, MY SWING TECHNIQUE, I THINK IT'S OKAY, BUT EVERYTHING CAN BE BETTER AND I'M ALSO WORKING

TOWARDS TO GET A BETTER SWING AND TECHNIQUE AROUND THE WHOLE GAME AND MY MENTAL PART, IT'S BEEN DOWN LATELY BUT I'M WORKING ON IT AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL GET BETTER.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU SAY YOU'RE WORKING ON YOUR HEALTH DO YOU MEAN YOUR PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND YOUR ENDURANCE AND, AND FLEXIBILITY, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
ALL THOSE THINGS, YEAH, AND IT'S EVERY IMPORTANT IN GOLF, I MEAN THE, THE QUALITY OF THE PLAYERS RIGHT NOW IS SO GOOD, SO YOU HAVE TO KEEP UP AND GET BETTER. TAKE IT, YOU KNOW, A STEP AHEAD OF EVERYBODY ELSE AND I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THEM THAT WE NEED TO WORK ON.

PETER KESSLER
NOW, FROM THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE, IS IT FAIR TO GUESS THAT THAT KIND OF WORK ISN'T SOMETHING THAT COMES TO YOU EASILY? THAT WORK ETHIC IS SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO WORK AT?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
NO, I, I WAS, I'VE GOTTEN BETTER AT IT, YEAH, I WOULD SAY. MAYBE I'VE GROWN UP.

PETER KESSLER
AND, AND WHAT'S CAUSING THE IMPROVEMENT IN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH THAT YOU SAY YOU'RE FEELING BETTER.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH A PSYCHOLOGIST IN SWEDEN AND IT'S REALLY HELPED. I'M ACTUALLY SEEING HIM AGAIN NEXT WEEK AT THE TOURNAMENT SITE AND WE'RE JUST

WORKING ON, YOU KNOW, MOSTLY BREATHING. IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH TENSION IN THE BODY IF YOU DON'T BREATHE RIGHT AND JUST TRY TO SEE HOW YOU LOOK AT THE GAME AND HOW YOU REACT TO THINGS ON THE COURSE. IT'S ABOUT BASIC.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S MORE NERVE WRACKING? DOING THIS OR PLAYING GOLF IN FRONT OF PEOPLE?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MMM, IT'S ABOUT THE SAME

(PETER AND CHARLOTTA LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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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.