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By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
In Backspin, GolfChannel.com takes a look back on the biggest stories from the past week in golf ' with a spin.
 
SHELF LIFE: Tiger Woods made news the day after the conclusion of the PGA Championship by announcing on his Web site he not only wont be playing in any events in 2008, he wont even be swinging a club for the rest of the year.
 
Backspin Once 2009 rolls around it looks like there will still be plenty of golf rehab for the No. 1 player in the world. He mentioned in his newsletter that he is finally able to get around a little better, saying, Im a lot more mobile, which is really nice. Hes gonna have to be if he wants to try and chase Padraig Harrington down next year at Augusta. We like to kid Tiger.
 

TOUR'S SEASON FINALE: Powered by a course-record 61 in Round 2, Carl Pettersson cruised to a two-shot victory over Scott McCarron at the Wyndham Championship. It was the third career victory for Pettersson, who just so happened to grow up in the Greensboro area.
 
BackspinIn addition to an invitation to next year's Masters, Pettersson also may have put himself on Nick Faldo's radar as an option for one of his two captain's picks for the European Ryder Cup team. Pettersson, from Sweden, wont likely make it through the European qualifying, but with the Cup in the States it could be beneficial to have someone on his team ' outside of Harrington ' who has actually won here.
 

NO SMALL FEAT: Fred Funk won his first major on the senior circuit ' and first major on any tour ' at the JELD-WEN Tradition with a three-stroke victory over Mike Goodes. The eight-time PGA TOUR winner fired a Sunday 69 to finish the championship at 19 under, five ahead of Tom Watson and Jay Haas.
 
Backspin Funk, who entered the final round with the lead, said he was pretending he was actually trailing, allowing the 52-year-old to stay aggressive while increasing his lead. 'We were trying to make it as if we were behind all day. Dont protect anything and fire at all the flags,' Funk said. Hey, whatever works is good by us, especially when it comes to winning a major.
 

SHOCKING COLLAPSE: Yani Tseng, already a major champion this year, had a complete meltdown in the final round of the Canadian Womens Open. Her 5-over 77 allowed Aussie Katherine Hull to come from behind to win her first-ever LPGA title. Tseng promptly blew off speaking to the media.
 
Backspin Tseng, a rising Taiwanese star who is just 19 years old, has already established herself as perhaps the player to give Lorena Ochoa nightmares. Along with her breakout win in the years McDonalds LPGA, Tseng also has four runner-up finishes, including a second place at the Womens British several weeks ago. After going toe-to-toe with Ochoa on Saturday, beating the worlds No. 1 by six shots, a victory lap seemed assured. We now will wait to see how the probable future world No. 2 will respond.
 

IN A PINCH: The day after the PGA Championship, captain Paul Azinger officially announced the eight automatic qualifiers who earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He will make the four captains picks following the third week of the FedExCup playoffs.
 
Backspin Although this is how Zinger wanted the selection process to play out ' giving him more picks and more time to make the selections ' it sure as heck wont make things any easier when the time comes. Battling for phone calls from the captain include fan-favorite Rocco Mediate, host-state Kentuckians J.B. Holmes and Steve Flesch, the feisty Woody Austin and the anti-Woody Steve Stricker. Good news for Zinger? Kenny Perry locked up a spot thus ensuring a little more noise from the Kentucky fans. The bad news? He might get booed by those same fans if he passes on Flesch and/or Holmes.
 

PLAYOFFS! PLAYOFFS?: The top 144 players on the FedExCup standings made the field for this week's Barclays in the PGA TOUR's version of a post season. The last man in was Lee Janzen, who jumped ten spots with a strong T-15 finish at the Wyndham Championship.
 
BackspinIt's Year 2 for the FedExCup, and the trophy hasn't been kissed. With Tiger gone, it really is anybody's game as not a single player has separated himself from the pack. And since it's playoff time, that means we can all take a moment to revisit the greatest post-game press conference rant ever. Priceless.
 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Michelle Wie, needing a strong performance in the Canadian Open to earn her 2009 LPGA card, tied for 12th Des Smyths son, Gregory, won an Irish lottery worth nearly $15 million The field was finalized for the PGA Grand Slam, with Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen rounding out the foursome Peter Hanson held on to win the SAS Masters in his native Sweden for his second career European PGA Tour victory... Zimbabwes Brendon de Jonge won the Xerox Classic, closing with a 1-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Jarrod Lyle.
 
Backspin Wies performance was OK, but not nearly good enough to get her card for next season. Now its off to Q-school. Or maybe not The son of a successful Champions Tour player ' who could need $15 million more than him? Mickelson and Goosen are in thanks to Tigers absence and Harringtons major double Hanson became the first Swede to win the SAS Masters since Jesper Parnevik , who did so a decade ago... Im very excited. It was about as hard as I thought it would be, said de Jonge after picking up his first Nationwide Tour win.
 
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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.