Votaw to Step Down After 2005

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 7, 2005, 5:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-- Ladies Professional Golf Association Commissioner Ty M. Votaw announced Friday that 2005 will be his final year as the head of the LPGA. The 2005 season will mark Votaws seventh year as LPGA commissioner and his 14th as an LPGA executive.
 
'Having the privilege to lead the LPGA will always be one of the highest honors of my professional life, Votaw said in a statement. While it was a difficult decision for me, it was made easier by the fact that the LPGAs foundation is the strongest it has ever been in its 55-year history and the organizations future is very, very bright.
 
'I am very thankful to the LPGA Board of Directors for providing me with the opportunity to serve as commissioner and am so very proud of what the membership has allowed the LPGA to accomplish during my tenure. I will always look back upon my time at the LPGA as one of the most rewarding times of my
career.
 
Votaw was named LPGA commissioner in March 1999, and his seven-year tenure will be the second-longest in LPGA history. Highlights of Votaws tenure include: the LPGAs 50th Anniversary celebration; the historic LPGA Player Summit in 2002, where the organizations successful Fans First strategic business plan was introduced; the convening of the first-ever World Congress of Womens Golf in 2004; and increasing economic opportunities for LPGA members.
 
In 1999, Votaws first year as commissioner, there were 12 LPGA tournaments with purses of at least $1 million or more and none with purses of $2 million or higher. In 2005, the LPGA schedule features 30 tournaments with purses of $1 million or more and four events offering at least $2 million. During that same period, the average purse rose from just more than $840,000 in 1999 to $1.4 million in 2005, with total prize money of $45 million this season, the most in LPGA history.
 
The increased economic opportunities for our players is a direct result of two factors: the exponential growth of talent and entertainment value embodied by LPGA Tour members and the recognition and support of that talent and entertainment value by our fans, our tournaments and our sponsors, said Votaw. One couldnt happen without the other, and I am deeply appreciative of the hard work everyone associated with the LPGA has done to make the LPGA stronger during my tenure.
 
Ty has been a great leader for the LPGA, said Heather Daly-Donofrio, president of the LPGA Tour and a member of the LPGA Board of Directors. Ty has instituted many new initiatives for our organization, resulting in higher purses for our players, significant sponsorship support and increased television exposure for our Tour. On behalf of the entire Tour membership, I thank Ty for all he has done to strengthen the LPGAs position as the No. 1 womens sports organization in the world.
 
With the announcement from Votaw, the LPGA Board of Directors has established a Search Committee to identify candidates for the next LPGA commissioner.
 
'I am pleased to announce that the LPGA Board of Directors has finalized a Search Committee to identify qualified candidates for the associations next commissioner, said Marguerite Sallee, chairman of the LPGA Board of Directors.
 
The search committee is being co-chaired by Heather Daly-Donofrio, president of the LPGA Tour, and Rae Forker Evans, one of the five independent members of the LPGA Board of Directors. The balance of the Search Committee is comprised of LPGA Board of Directors Patti Benson, Dawn Hudson and Charles S. Mechem Jr., commissioner emeritus of the LPGA, and LPGA Tour players Beth Daniel, Lorie Kane, Laura Davies and Deb Richard. LPGA TSA President Jack Benjamin will also serve on the Search Committee in an ex-officio non-voting capacity.
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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.