Which TPC duo is best of the west

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 18, 2010, 10:15 pm

In this edition of Punch Shots, travel editor Erik Peterson and TravelGolf.com senior writer Mike Bailey debate which western TPC duo is best: Texas or the desert?


By ERIK PETERSON

With the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Dallas-Fort Worth and the recently opened TPC San Antonio, the Lone Star State joins Florida as the only states with at least two public-access TPCs. And with each Texas TPC offering its own distinct style, travelers have a solid one-two punch of PGA Tour-caliber golf.

Set in north San Antonio amidst the dramatic backdrop of Texas hill country, TPC San Antonio is a 21st-century golf arena built to host a PGA Tour event. With two brawny 18-hole championship courses – Oaks and Canyons – it definitely lives up to the classic mantra, 'Everything’s bigger in Texas.' In fact, at 7,400-plus yards from the tips, no other TPC is longer than the Oaks Course. Beyond the golf, you'll appreciate TPC San Antonio’s 1,000-room J.W. Marriott, six-acre water park, and seven restaurants.

About 250 miles north on I-35 is TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving. Though they share the TPC name, that’s about where the similarities end.

In contrast to San Antonio, TPC Four Seasons Resort is shorter – though a 2007 redesign by D.A. Weibring lengthened five holes and produced two 500-yard par 4s. The views here aren’t as scenic as San Antonio, but shot values are better, as evidenced by such prolific ballstrikers Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els etching their names on the Byron Nelson Championship trophy.

The adjoining Four Seasons Resort needs no introduction other than to say it recently underwent a $60-million upgrade. The resort is frequented by more than a few of Dallas’ pro athletes – including Tony Romo – who see it as a safe escape that’s close to home.

Each of Texas’ TPCs is a great golf experience, whether you’re into the scenery of San Antonio or the history and tradition at Las Colinas.

By MIKE BAILEY

When it comes to golf, if your definition of best is fun, then you can't beat the two desert TPC golf courses – the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale and TPC Las Vegas.

First off, any course with a hole where 50,000 fans boo more than they cheer and bet on which caddie makes it to the green first is all right in my book.

I'm talking, of course, about No. 16 at the Tom Weiskopf-designed Stadium Course in Scottsdale. The hole more closely resembles a baseball park than a par 3 during the PGA Tour's Waste Management Open, an appropriate moniker considering the state of many of the fans during the event. It's followed by a drivable par 4 that Andrew Magee once aced by caroming his tee shot off another player's putter on the green. (How cool is that?)

Plus, the rest of the golf course is a bomber's paradise with wide fairways, generous greens and flawless conditions in the fall, winter and spring (my kind of course).

The clubhouse is pretty magnificent as well, with photos and memorabilia of all the legends who’ve played it.

Then there's the TPC Las Vegas, and you could end the discussion with location alone. For most guys, nothing tops Sin City in terms of wicked fun, and this golf course falls in line with the theme. The course has awesome views of the glittering Strip below as well as Red Rock Canyon.

Designed by Bobby Weed with Raymond Floyd, TPC Las Vegas opened in 1996 and used to be the site of the Las Vegas Classic on the Champions Tour. Here you'll experience plenty of elevation change through desert canyons and arroyos. Keeping it on the 110 acres of irrigated turf is probably the best policy. Service is also first-rate, including the on-course beverage service.

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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.