GolfNowcom Expands Online Tee-Time Service into Golf Mecca Myrtle Beach

By Golf Channel Public RelationsDecember 15, 2010, 1:08 am

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2010) – Golf enthusiasts planning their Myrtle Beach golf vacation now have a one-stop shop to conveniently book tee times – www.GolfNow.com.  More than 50 courses in Myrtle Beach – long recognized as one of the world’s premiere golf vacation destinations – have been added to Golf Channel’s online tee-time service, offering golfers the opportunity to book exclusive tee times directly through the website, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

GolfNow.com is the first national tee time booking service to enter the Myrtle Beach market.  Top area courses, such as Barefoot Resort’s Dye, Fazio and Love Courses; TPC Myrtle Beach; King’s North at Myrtle Beach National; and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club join the more than 2,400 golf courses throughout North America on the GolfNow.com platform.  The Myrtle Beach area, better known as “The Grand Strand,” hosts more than 1 million golfers playing more than 4 million rounds annually.

“Expanding into Myrtle Beach has long been a goal for GolfNow, and we are very excited to be offering consumers one easy, convenient location to book tee times at this premiere vacation destination,” said Gene Pizzolato, chief operating officer for Golf Channel New Media Ventures.  “Golf Channel continues to focus on developing innovative ways to promote the growth of golf and make golf courses across the country more accessible to the active recreational golfer, and we are very happy with the opportunity that this expansion presents.  We are excited to build on this roster of courses in Myrtle Beach as we head into 2011 and beyond.”

GolfNow.com offers access to golf courses from 45 states and is partnered with more than 2,400 courses across the U.S. and Canada. Through easy-to-implement solutions that sell tee times to golfers, GolfNow.com helps thousands of golf courses sell more rounds, increase revenues and, in turn, helps to grow the game. 

About GolfNow.com

Golf Channel’s GolfNow.com is managed and operated by GolfChannel.com, which ranks as a top golf destination on the Internet. Golfnow.com is the Internet’s largest and most comprehensive online tee time booking service, offering users the ability to book tee times at more than 2,400 courses nationwide at any time of day.  The tee time service is part of Golf Channel’s inventive online platform, a combination of sites designed to be the ultimate one-stop personal golf concierge service to help the recreational player enjoy every aspect of golf from getting the most up-to-the-minute golf news from around the world to help with how to play, where to play and what to play.  Golf Channel’s digital platform also serves golfers in the areas of travel and events – highlighted by the Golf Channel Am Tour, the largest amateur tour in the country with more than 800 tournaments in 60+ local chapters nationwide, providing casual players with a professionally-run golf tournament experience and access to play at some of the greatest and most challenging courses in their hometowns – and access to GolfChannel.com’s features and breaking news, a library of more than 2,500 instructional online videos, extensive product reviews, and tips from the most-trusted equipment experts.

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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.