19th Hole Blog - September 21

By 19th Hole TeamSeptember 22, 2011, 12:00 am

Wednesday – September 21, 2011

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Show Highlights:
-D.A. Points says he'd rather win the FedExCup than the PGA Championship, but would take a Masters, U.S. Open or Open Championship over the $10 million.
-Jeff Rude, John Hawkins and D.A. Points all agree THE TOUR Championship and FedExCup should be decided in match play.
-Jeff Rude likes Webb Simpson to win the FedExCup, D.A. Points like Matt Kuchar and John Hawkins takes Luke Donald.
-Jeff Rude says Michael Whan should have been standing on the 18th green of the Navistar LPGA Classic with a trophy, hug and tour card for Lexi Thompson.
-John Hawkins thinks that more important than who wins the Solheim Cup is that it's a close finish.
-John Hawkins says that Bill Haas will be considered as a Presidents Cup captain's pick because Fred Couples has always had a 'crush' on his father Jay.
-D.A. Points says if he were the U.S. Presidents Cup captain, he'd take Keegan Bradley with his last pick.

Viewer Comments and Questions:
Terry Grubb:
'I've always been told rules are rules, but I can see that you the media seem to be pushing for the powers that be to now forget the rules and allow admission for Lexi Thompson. What are the rules? If the rules state you must be 18, then she should abide by the rules like everyone else. Period.'

Alan Zwicker:
'Hawk, you are the man.  Your opinions are right on 90% of the time.  I agree with the Lexi Thompson deal that she should get her card, and your 'people ruin people' comment was spot on.'

Kevin McDonald:
'Love the show! Just wanted to say I met Lexi back when I caddied on the Nationwide Tour and knew her brother Nick. She was 10 and she grabbed my attention even at that age, and I thought that she was going to be something big. She had amazing golf talent, smarts and was almost too mature for a girl at 10. Do you think she could end up like Michelle Wie did after she got all the coverage for being such a young star?'

Response from GolfChannel.com Editorial Director Jay Coffin to Kevin McDonald:
'It's certainly possible for Lexi to go the way of Wie but I don't see it in this case. Lexi has had the reigns pulled back on her more than Wie at this age. Remember, Wie put it all on herself when she wanted to compete against the men and play in PGA TOUR events. That got the hype spinning out of control. Lexi has had a very limited schedule and even if she plays the LPGA full-time next year, she won't play more than 14-15 events, which is just the right balance of golf vs. life. I'm not saying she's the savior of the LPGA and I'm not saying that she'll win five times a year and 10 career majors but it would be a surprise if she doesn't win once or twice each year for the next decade.'

Last Calls:
Watch the Last Calls
-D.A. Points on Chicago deserving to have a yearly PGA TOUR event
-Jeff Rude on Justin Rose winning by keeping it simple
-John Hawkins on the PGA TOUR Player of the Year Race
-Todd Lewis on Jason Dufner returning to Atlanta after his PGA Championship defeat 

Links of Interest:
Grey Goose 19th Hole Internet Extra
Articles by John Hawkins
Articles by Win McMurry

Show Photos:
Win McMurry welcomes PGA TOUR winner D.A. Points back to the studio 
Grey Goose 19th Hole

Next Week:
Grey Goose 19th Hole
Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 & 10:30PM ET

Guest Panelist: Alex Miceli (Golf Channel Contributor)
Guest Panelist: Rex Hoggard (Senior Writer, GolfChannel.com) 
Panelist: John Hawkins (Golf Channel Contributor)
Host: Whit Watson (Grey Goose 19th Hole)
Win McMurry (Grey Goose 19th Hole, Winsday)

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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.