TOUR Notes Foreign Flavor in Memphis

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 5, 2007, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • The Stanford St. Jude Championship field will feature several international stars that are appearing in Memphis for the first time. Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington and Adam Scott will all make their first appearances in the tournament this week.
  • There will only be 10 weeks left in the PGA TOURs regular season following this weeks stop in Memphis and the top players are beginning to climb up the FedExCup points leaderboard. Of the top 15 players in the points standing, 12 are among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • Look out for David Toms this week in Memphis. The TOUR veteran has finished in the top 10, winning twice, in his last five starts at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Over that five-year span hes posted 16 rounds in the 60s out of 20 starts and is 65 under par. In those 20 rounds, Toms has two 63s, a 64 and four 65s.
  • Dont look for a long hitter to win this week in Memphis. Since the 2000 Stanford St. Jude Classic, none of the winners have finished higher than 72nd in driving distance for the season in which they won. In fact, the average final position in driving distance for that group is 116th.
  • Loren Roberts, a winner last week on the Champions Tour at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin, will be playing this week in his hometown Stanford St. Jude Championship. It will only be the second PGA TOUR appearance for Roberts since he turned 50 back in June of 2006.
  • K.J. Choi has five career victories on the PGA TOUR to equal the total of all other Asian-born winners in TOUR history. Shigeki Maruyama has three career titles while Isao Aoki and T.C. Chen each won once.

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  • How about those 71-year olds? At last weeks Boeing Championship at Sandestin, 71-year old Bob Charles bettered his age twice (70 and 68) while Gary Player did it once (70). For Player, it was the sixth time this season hes shot his age or better.
  • You cant keep a good man down. One day after shooting the highest score of his brief Champions Tour career (80), Nick Price turned around to shoot a 63, his best score on the Champions Tour.
  • Gil Morgan will be looking to successfully defend his title this week at the Principal Charity Classic. If he does, it wont be the first time. Morgan has successfully defended a title four times in his Champions Tour career.
  • Hows this for putting? Rod Spittle one-putted 14 times in his final round last week at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin, including nine one-putt greens in a row at one point.

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  • Brenden Pappas will be seeking a repeat win this week at The Rex Hospital Open. If he pulls it off, hell be the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend a title.
  • The field at this weeks Rex Hospital Open features 27 former PGA TOUR winners who have a collective 68 TOUR wins. Included in that number are a Masters (Larry Mize), a PGA Championship (Mark Brooks) and a U.S. Open (Steve Jones).
  • If the PGA TOUR Regular Season ended today, 15 of last years 22 graduates would qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
  • The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs announced this week that it generated at least $2 million for local charities. Thats the most of any event in the Nationwide Tours history.
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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.