Hall Opens Doors for Price

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 7, 2003, 4:00 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nick Price no longer has to wonder what it takes to get into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Price, who won three major championships and dominated golf in the 1990s, was elected Tuesday through the PGA Tour ballot and will be 99th member of the hall.
No other player was elected through the PGA Tour or International ballot.
Price will be inducted Oct. 20 at the World Golf Village along with two-time PGA champion Leo Diegel, former Japanese star Chako Higuchi and Annika Sorenstam, who qualifies as soon as she plays 15 events on the LPGA Tour this year.
'I was hoping that it was going to be my time soon,' Price said at the Wachovia Championship. 'It happened sooner rather than later.'
Price received 76 percent of the vote on the PGA Tour ballot, easily getting the minimum 65 percent. Tom Kite received 59 percent of the vote, followed by Henry Picard (43 percent), Curtis Strange (38 percent) and Larry Nelson (37 percent).
Three Japanese players led the International ballot voting, although no one reached 65 percent. The closest was Ayako Okamoto at 46 percent and Isao Aoki at 45 percent. Jumbo Ozaki, who has won more than 100 events on the Japanese tour, had 35 percent.
Price wasn't even aware of the Hall of Fame until he visited its old site at Pinehurst some 20 years ago, but it became a goal in recent years -- especially as some of his contemporaries with fewer major championships were inducted.
Payne Stewart, with three majors but only 11 victories, was inducted in 2001. A year ago it was Ben Crenshaw, who won two Masters.
Price has three majors among his 18 victories on the PGA Tour, and 23 other victories around the world. He won 16 times during the 1990s, more than any other player, and was the most dominant player in golf until Tiger Woods came along.
'Every golfer knows that major championships are what make the world go 'round,' Price said. 'I saw guys getting in ahead of me at two (major championships), and that was a little hard. I was beginning to wonder when it was going to happen.'
'If you've won more majors than guys in there, and they're your contemporaries, you wonder what you've done wrong. It was perplexing.'
Price separated himself in more than just victories. He won by big margins at some of the biggest tournaments, such as his five-stroke victory in the 1993 Players Championship, and his wire-to-wire victory at Southern Hills in the 1994 PGA Championship, winning by six.
He said his three most important victories were his first on tour, the '83 World Series of Golf at Firestone, his first major at the '92 PGA Championship and the '93 Players Championship, which he said was four great rounds of golf.
Still, he was at his best in the mid-90s, winning nine times in just under 15 months.
'Nick will always be remembered for one of the dominant stretches in PGA Tour history, and this honor is an important part of his legacy,' PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.
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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.

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    Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

    “Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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    “We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

    In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010. 

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    Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 11:27 pm

    SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.

    “That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”

    So was Woods.

    DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.

    “His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”

    Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.

    “He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told PGATour.com afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.

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    “The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”

    Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.

    “Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told ESPN.com, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.

    “Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”

    Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.