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By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 3, 2008, 5:00 pm
In Backspin, GolfChannel.com takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf ' with a spin.
 
YOU DON'T SAY?: It was reported this past week that John Daly spent a night in a Winston-Salem jail after police found him drunk outside a Hooters restaurant at 2 a.m. Authorities on site said he was 'extremely intoxicated and uncooperative.'
 
Backspin Daly called the incident a misunderstanding, which is to be expected. Nothing is ever his fault. If Daly was as good at golf as he was at coming up with excuses for his behavior, Tiger Woods would be chasing him for No. 1 in the world. The only good thing for Daly is that his mug shot did not rival those of Nick Nolte and James Brown. But he's probably got a good reason for that, too.
 

MOVE OVER PADDY: Soren Kjeldsen won the European Tour's season-ending Volvo Masters by holding off Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood down the stretch in Sotogrande, Spain. Meanwhile, Swede Robert Karlsson held on to win the tour's Order of Merit title.
 
Backspin Coming into the event, Karlsson admitted, regardless of the final rankings on the money list, that Ryder Cup teammate Padraig Harrington has had the better year. Of course, we agree; nevertheless, this it yet another feather in the cap for the fast-rising Swede, who is trying to become part of golf's elite. Well, upon further thought, his current world ranking ' sixth, one behind Harrington ' shows that he is already among golf's upper echelon.
 

GINN TO WIN: Ryan Palmer birdied the 72nd hole to break out of a six-way tie for the lead and capture his second career PGA Tour title at the Ginn sur Mer Classic. Palmer's maiden Tour title came four years ago at Disney, where the Tour is headed this week.
 
Backspin Palmer earned more than just $828,000; he gained a two-year Tour exemption. Palmer entered the week 143rd on the money list and rocketed up to 73rd place. He became the fifth out of six Fall Series winners (Zach Johnson being the lone exception) who moved from outside to inside the top 125 by winning an event. Vaughn Taylor (129th to 100th) and Jeff Overton (126th to 125th) moved inside the cut line as well this week, while Charles Warren (123rd to 127th), David Toms (124th to 128th) and Patrick Sheehan (125th to 129th) moved out ' not that Toms has anything to worry about.
 

TAKE THAT, KATHY WHITWORTH: Annika Sorenstam earned her 89th career victory by defeating China's Li Ying Ye in a playoff at the Ladies European Tour's Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open in Ye's home country.
 
Backspin If all of those wins had come on the LPGA, Sorenstam would be the all-time wins leader. Kathy Whitworth currently holds that distinction with 88. Sorenstam has 72 on the LPGA, with one more event to play in 2008 ... and then, who knows?
 

I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!: Erik Compton, who is trying to earn his PGA Tour card just five months after his second heart transplant, was granted an exemption into this week's Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney.
 
Backspin Compton will be the first player since Casey Martin to use a cart during competition on Tour. It was just two weeks ago that the 28-year-old closed in 68 to advance past the first stage of Q-School. Things are looking up for the young man, and we at Backspin pray things will continue to go in his favor.
 

MAYBE I WILL, MAYBE I WILL: Phil Mickelson said last week that he is considering playing the necessary 12 tournaments in order to take up European Tour membership in 2009. If he does that, the world's No. 2 player will qualify for the new 'Race to Dubai,' which has an overall prize fund of $10 million.
 
Backspin Mickelson talks a lot so we're not going to jump overboard and assume he will actually play 12 European Tour events next season. But, others who have said yes include Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas. Looks like the 'Race to Dubai' is already paying dividends for the tour.
 

THIS LOGO LOOKS HARRY: The European Tour revealed its new logo at the Volvo Masters. The new tour emblem sports a silhouette of Harry Vardon.
 
Backspin Padraig Harrington, for one, felt the image should have been that of Seve Ballesteros. Seve certainly would have been the sentimental choice, but given his battles with tour heads over the years he probably wasn't much of a candidate.
 

AND THE WINNERS ARE : Andy Bean routed the field in soggy Sonoma, California at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season finale on the Champions Tour. He finished nine shots clear of runner-up Gene Jones.
 
Backspin While Bean took the individual title, Jay Haas took home the season-long award for topping the Cup points list. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer held off Haas to claim the money title. One tournament, three winners. Not a bad conclusion to a good year for the seniors.
 

GOOD GIG, IF YOU CAN GET IT: Hunter Mahan defeated Ryder Cup teammate Anthony Kim in a playoff to win the Kiwi Challenge. Mahan and Kim both finished at 8 under on the Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs courses on New Zealands North Island. Brandt Snedeker finished third, one back, and Adam Scott was fourth in the four-man field.
 
Backspin Mahan earned $1.5 million for playing two days on two of the most picturesque courses in the world and beating three other players. It's almost incomprehensible. We really can't say anything more about this.
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Officials of the Seve Trophy announced that they plan to go ahead with the scheduling of the event next January despite Ballesteros' current condition ... Defending champion Justin Rose shot 80-81 at the Volvo Masters and then withdrew ... Candie Kung won the LPGA's Hana Bank Kolon Championship in South Korea.
 
Backspin Ballesteros was listed in stable condition as of the most recent update, which came out on Friday ... Rose didn't pull out because of his poor scores, but to be with his family in South Africa following the death of his grandfather ... Kung ended a five-year winless drought in the process.
 

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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.