Every honors Tebow in Patriots' country

By Jason SobelAugust 29, 2013, 3:46 pm

NORTON, Mass. – Matt Every is a Tim Tebow fan.

You don’t need to hear him talk about his fellow University of Florida alumnus to know that. It’s written on his golf bag.

Every recently put Tebow’s name and uniform No. 5 with a New England Patriots logo in the same spot where most PGA Tour players pay homage to a sponsor.

All of which could potentially lead to an awkward situation this weekend.

Competing in the Deutsche Bank Championship just a few miles from the Patriots home stadium in Foxboro, Every could find himself playing this weekend with a name on his bag attached to the logo of a team for which he no longer plays. That’s because Bill Belichick’s squad is expected to make another round of cuts on Friday and Tebow, who didn’t play in the team’s last preseason game, could be among those left without a job.

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“I could care less,” Every said of that prospect. “I really don’t care.”

When asked if he thinks Tebow will earn a roster spot, he added, “I do think he will make the team, regardless of his performance. I think they need him on there. Not as a quarterback, just as a teammate.”

The genesis of Every placing the name of Tebow – whom he says he knows, but wouldn’t consider a friend – on his bag was a debate with other PGA Tour players.

“The whole argument started when the question was brought up: If you have a gun to your head and somebody had to win a football game for you – Tim Tebow or Tony Romo – who would you take?” explained Every, who said an early-first round tee time will prevent him from attending the Patriots final preseason game on Thursday night. “Everyone thinks it’s an automatic Tony Romo, but we’re not talking about fantasy football here. We’re talking about a real football game. This guy wins every close game he’s been in. Ever. Tony loses every close game he’s ever been in. There’s something to that.

“I’ve been having an argument out here with a few guys, mainly Colt Knost, who are Dallas Cowboys homers. They worship Tony Romo and just hate on Tim Tebow. I don’t get it. I know Tim is not a world-beater. Fine.

“When he got picked up by the Pats, I’m like, I’m getting that on my bag just to piss these guys off. That’s mainly why it’s on here.”

Every maintained that his Tebow fandom extends beyond just a connection from the same school.

“I don’t see how you can dislike a guy like him who’s brought none of this attention on himself,” he continued. “It’s not like he’s on Instagram tweeting photos of flying on private jets and stuff. This guy is as genuine as you can get.”

As for the reaction he gets from fans on the golf course, Every said, “I haven’t gotten loud reaction on the course, just people who whisper about it.”

Here in the heart of Patriots nation, the fans will be doing more than whispering – whether Tebow makes the team or not.

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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.