A Season for the Ages

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 15, 2003, 4:00 pm
Looking back, Dan Forsmans victory in the 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania was a bit premature.
Forsman ended a decade-long winless streak on the PGA Tour by sinking a 20-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole at the Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, Pa., for a one-stroke triumph over Robert Allenby and Billy Andrade.
The win was Forsmans fifth on tour, and his first since the 1992 Buick Open.
But it was an anomaly in 2002, when a record 18 players captured their maiden tour title; it would have fit in the fabric of 2003 much more comfortably.
Forsman was 44 at the time of his victory. He was one of only six players in his 40s to win on tour a season ago.
Already, eight different players 40 and over have taken top honors thus far this season. That includes now 43-year-old Kenny Perry, who has won three times; Vijay Singh, who has won once at 39 (Phoenix) and once at 40 (Byron Nelson) this year; 49-year-old Peter Jacobsen (Hartford); and 50-year-old Craig Stadler (B.C. Open).
Like Forsman a year ago, these 40-somethings ' and senior Stadler ' have made long awaited returns to the winners circle.
Fred Couples won the Shell Houston Open for his first win since 98. Perry hadnt won since 95, likewise for Jacobsen and Bob Tway, who won the Bell Canadian. Stadlers drought had extended to 96, while Kirk Triplett, who won in Reno, had been winless for three years.
There are several players in this weeks field that would love to continue this seasonal trend.
Mark OMeara, 46, hasnt won since the 1998 British Open; Mark Brooks, 42, since the 1996 PGA Championship.
Forty-four-year-old Jay Don Blakes last win came in the 1991 Shearson Lehman Brothers Open. Neal Lancaster, 41, hasnt held a trophy since the 94 Byron Nelson. David Frost, 44, hasnt had that thrill since the 97 Colonial.
Scott Simpson will turn 48 Wednesday. His last title was the 98 Buick Invitational. Steve Pate, 42, also hasnt won in the last five years (1998 CVS Charity).
And dont overlook Mark Calcavecchia (43), J.L. Lewis (43), Steve Lowery (42), Hal Sutton (45), and Duffy Waldorf (41), all of whom have gone at least two seasons without a victory.
Helping their individual causes is the fact that only two (Chris DiMarco and Robert Allenby) of the top 20 players from the Official World Golf Ranking are in attendance.
For the third time in the events short four-year history, players will have to get accustomed to a new venue.
Waynesborough was the host in 2000 ' when DiMarco won ' and last year. Allenby won the 2001 edition at Laurel Valley Country Club in Ligonier, Pa.
This years host site is the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington. The Mystic Rock Golf Course will play to a par 72 at 7,329 yards.
There are only seven full-field events remaining on the 2003 PGA Tour calendar. This week's purse is $4 million, with $720,000 going to the winner ' whatever his age may be.
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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.