Coaching Curtis Cup Cash More

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 3, 2003, 4:00 pm
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) -- Juli Inkster is known as one of the most intense players on the LPGA Tour, and for having no rhythm whenever she tries a victory dance.
 
So, imagine the 43-year-old as a seventh-grade basketball coach.
 
'I don't get mad. And I have never gotten a technical or anything like that,' Inkster said.
 
Juli InksterInkster coaches at St. Simon's in Los Altos, Calif., where her oldest daughter, Hayley, is on the team. They were 8-1 this year, although she said they got drummed in the playoffs.
 
'I put more pressure on myself than I do the other girls, because I know their limitations,' Inkster said. 'I know they're out there to have fun, so I don't put a lot of expectations on them.'

But she is strict with her rules.
 
'One goes to the bathroom, they all go to the bathroom,' she said. 'It's a classic.'
 
The other rule has to do with sharing half of the court with the eighth-grade boys team. Inkster told her charges that if anyone was caught paying more attention to the boys, all of them would have to run.
 
'So who was the first one? My daughter, just staring at those boys,' she said. 'They all ran lines, back and forth.'
 

CURTIS CUP: Martha Kirouac, who won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1970, was selected Wednesday as U.S. captain for the Curtis Cup in 2004.
 
The Curtis Cup, a version of the Ryder Cup for female amateurs, will be played next June at Formby Golf Club in Merseyside, England, on the Lancashire coast.
 
The United States leads the series 23-6-3 over Britain & Ireland, and is coming off an 11-7 victory at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh last year. Four of the eight players from that Curtis Cup team are playing in the Women's Open this week.
 

TOP PRIZE: A player who has never made a cut could win the U.S. Women's Open this week and jump to No. 4 on the money list.
 
Attribute that to the $3.1 million purse, which is nearly double the amount of any other major and three times as high as most LPGA Tour purses. The only thing close is the Evian Masters in France, which offers $2.1 million.
 
The purse is nearly half of what the men received - $6 million at the U.S. Open. The USGA says prize money is dictated by the market value, and the women simply don't get the same kind of TV ratings, corporate support and attendance as the men.
 
Spokesman Marty Parkes said the USGA plans to keep the purse at the Women's Open higher than the Senior Open, which was $2.6 million last week.
 
'In the last few years, the executive committee felt that the pay structure for the Women's Open should be higher than the Senior Open, but not as high as the men's Open,' Parkes said. 'That's sort of the basic criteria they've used.'
 
He also said the USGA is careful not to make the U.S. Women's Open prize money out of whack with the rest of the LPGA Tour.
 
'We would never set a Women's Open purse at a certain rate without having talked to the LPGA about that,' Parkes said.
 

NEW SPONSOR, NEW SITE: One of the most popular stops on the LPGA Tour is getting a new title sponsor and a new golf course.
 
Safeway Inc. will take over sponsorship of the LPGA event in Phoenix, which will be called the Safeway International. It will move from Moon Valley to Superstition Mountain near Mesa, Ariz., a 36-hole course that will allow for more pro-am opportunities.
 
Safeway becomes the first company to sponsor two LPGA events. It has the Portland tournament.
 
The Phoenix tournament had 98 of the top 100 players on the money list. Se Ri Pak will be the defending champion next year.
 

TEEN TALK: Sydney Burlison, 13, is the youngest player at the U.S. Women's Open, born nine days after Michelle Wie.
 
The two teens have played together twice before, including the U.S. Junior Girls last year, although they are just passing acquaintances.
 
'The main thing we talk about is when we get our braces off,' Burlison said.
 
Wie is 1-up on that end. She has graduated to a retainer.
 

GOLF GRANTS: LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a developmental junior golf program for girls between the ages of 7 and 17, is getting plenty of help this week.
 
The PGA Tour and the PGA of America pledged $75,000 to the program over the next three years, while the USGA donated $200,000.
 
The money will be spent at nearly 130 golf facilities around the country. More than 11,000 girls have participated in LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, the only national program for girls.
 
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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.