Don't mess with my clubs

By Gary WilliamsMay 17, 2013, 8:22 pm

I was outbound from Orlando to Wilmington, N.C., Thursday afternoon for a member-guest with a dear friend and couldn't wait for the competition. I arrived at the ticket counter three minutes late to check in and got bounced to a flight seven hours later. I tried to invoke rule 33-7 and was rebuffed like I was looking to play in shorts from the forward tees at the U.S. Open. 

At issue was the checking of my clubs, which prevented me from going stand-by on any flights other than the one they re-booked me on, which was the last of the day. I'm not a Tour player, I'm a guy who can scrape it around, so why would I be so emboldened to make sure that I have my equipment in this two-day battle of the average and delusional? Because to me, I'm the most important golfer in the world and my clubs are mine and only mine.

You ever feel reluctant to let a friend use your driver for fear he might put the dreaded 'dummy mark' on the top of the club? Share a football, basketball, bat and baseball all day long, but for the love of Hogan, Nicklaus and Palmer you're not gripping my babies.

In today's world you should get fitted for your equipment, which will give you an even deeper personal relationship with the beloved '14.'

Putters should come with a prenup, but while you're dating she's yours and anyone batting an eye at her could get a beatdown. Drivers are disposable but while in the relationship they seem flashy, new and full of the extra 15 yards. It's not just what's in the bag, it's also what's in the bag.

Personal bar marks, your gloves, pictures of the kids, your stinky rain suit that you wore when you had your career low and the bag you choose because it spoke to you and said 'I should be on your shoulder.'

Our instruments are our tools of ignorance. If we are going to go down it will be with our own weapons. I spent seven hours in the Orlando airport Thursday afternoon and enjoyed the banter on Twitter, the people watching, the nap in front of Spirit Air Gate 30, no flights coming in or out, but the thing that kept running through my mind and was the thing that seemed to mean the most: 'Please let the clubs get there come hell or high water by Friday at 9:10 a.m.' I was scheduled to land at 12:30 a.m. arriving at a course sight unseen for the first tournament day and I would feel better with 30 minutes of sleep with my 14 babies as opposed to nine hours of sleep and somebody else's crap. 

We want to enter the arena with our clubs and if I do I'll take the results because its on us!!  Your bag is a reflection of you, from the specs to the go-to towel that you've used since junior high. For those at the ticket counter who didn't understand my emotion, you must not play the game.

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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.