Golf Guy: Bold predictions ... and sneezes?

By Golf GuyJanuary 7, 2012, 12:00 am

After shutting down the Grill Room for the second half of the season last year for several reasons (contract demands, technological differences, a revamped menu, root canals, ex-wife telling me she's getting remarried ... OK, you get the picture), the Grill Room is back open for business. Opening-week rum and Cokes are on the house!

Happy Hour Predictions!

John Daly WDs/DQs/MCs for 2012 – This depends on how many sponsors will continue to give Daly invites, but I'm setting the bar at a 75 percent clip of WDs/DQs/MCs for events that he starts. That means three out of four he will not finish what he started. Go JD!

BCS Championship Alabama over LSU. The reason? Nick Saban simply scares me. I believe that if I cheer for LSU, Saban will show up at my doorstep in the middle of the night and cast an evil spell.

Super Bowl New Orleans Saints. Drew Breeeeeeeeeeeeees!

Masters Tournament Well, I don't really want to toot my own horn or give myself a slap on the back, but I called Charl Schwartzel to win the Masters last year at 66-1. Therefore, here is my gift to you: smart bet Jason Day at 28-1; crazy, Schwartzel-like bet Robert Karlsson at 100-1.

Oscar for Best Picture And the envelope please ... 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.' Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, 9-11. A mixture of America's favorite actors and one of America's worst nightmares.

Kentucky Derby Liaison.

NBA Finals Miami Heat. Sadly, a lock.

U.S. Open Jason Dufner. Just a hunch. Like his shoulders.

Wimbledon Roger Federer. Oops, just wishful thinking. Novak Djokovic once again.

Open Championship A European. That's all I got.

Summer Olympics Ryan Lochte upsets Michael Phelps in several races. USA barely beats Spain for gold in hoops. Italy over Hungary in fencing.

PGA Championship In the craziest major of the year, Kiawah Island and the Atlantic Ocean winds wreak havoc on the entire field. Last man standing, albeit dazed and confused ... is Lee Westwood.

Mayweather-Pacquio ... if it happens. Both fighters are two of thegreatest ever. And for the first time in my life I don't have agut feeling. My dog Mikko says gowith Money Mayweather.

Total majors won by Yani Tseng Two. The smart choice is four, but by saying two I'm hoping that at least the other two are interesting.

PGA Tour Player of the Year Jason Day.




Stat-O-Licious

So much for quick starts on the PGA Tour. In the last 10 years, the winner of the season-opening event in Maui has failed to finish the year as the leading money winner. In fact, only Vijay Singh in 2007 could muster a top-3 showing on the year's final money list (although he still finished $6 million behind Tiger Woods that year). Here's the list (year, player, final place on money list):

'11 Jonathan Byrd 22nd

'10 Geoff Ogilvy 29th

'09 Ogilvy 8th

'08 Daniel Chopra 52nd

'07 Singh 3rd

'06 Stuart Appleby 8th

'05 Appleby 23rd

'04 Appleby 13th

'03 Ernie Els 9th

'02 Sergio Garcia 12th


On a Scale from 1-10

(with 10 being awesome and 1 completely sucking)

Cost of golf balls 2. Waaaaaaaay too expensive. Not sure why but I think I'm entitled to free golf balls. Hell, I think everyone should get free golf balls. Why pay for something if you know with 100 percent certainty that you are going to lose it? Would you buy an $800 big-screen TV if after several weeks you knew you would come home from work one day and it would be gone? Granted, this logic doesn't work with sunglasses, food and gambling accounts.

Sneezing 8 and 1. If you're sitting on the couch, in the privacy of your own home, a nice sneeze can be refreshing. Good for you, it helps with your body's immune system. But if you are in the checkout line at the grocery store or talking to that new, hot chick at work, an ill-timed sneeze might be one of the worst things in the world. For your enjoyment I have put together some fun, barroom tidbits on sneezing:

• Sneezes travel at a rate of 100 mph, which it turns out, is only about half as fast as a golf ball being launched off a tee.

• Bright light, i.e. sunlight, can make you sneeze. One out of three people has this condition. And yes, there is a name for you freaks: 'photics.' The Golf Guy is one of them.

• Mythbuster: Your eyes will NOT pop out of your head if you sneeze with your eyes open. And that's a shame, this would make for some funny YouTube moments.

• Mythbuster Part II: Eight sneezes in a row will NOT cause one to have an orgasm. And that, too, is a shame, as that would also make for some funny YouTube moments.

• Sneezing during someone's backswing is regrettable but a forgivable offense. Rule 37-6 states: 'If a player sneezes during someone's backswing and ultimately causes the player to spray his tee shot out of bounds and lose his golf ball, the sneezer must immediately replace his golf ball, offer up a sheepish 'Sorry about that,' buy him a hot dog at the turn ... but incurs no penalty strokes.'

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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.

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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.