The Social: Players in vacation mode

By Jason CrookApril 18, 2017, 6:00 pm

The #SB2K17 boys did their thing in the Bahamas, but they weren’t the only golf crew on vacation last week. Plus we’ve got trick shots gone painfully wrong and an interesting victory dinner decision by a new PGA Tour champ in this edition of The Social.

The highly-anticipated #SB2K17 has come and gone, and in terms of sequels, it was “The Hangover Part II” of buddy trips. Sure, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman had their fun playing golf shirtless and enjoying all that Baker’s Bay has to offer, but for all of us golf vacation connoisseurs out there, we’d seen it all before and were left wanting something a little different.

Their vacation is, after all, about us, not about them.

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Luckily, they weren’t the only golf crew on vacation this week. Masters runner-up Justin Rose (who has life pretty much all figured out by living where his peers vacation) had some friends down to the Bahamas for something he called #SBJR17. It may not have been as highly-publicized as #SB2K17, but it did include swimming with sharks and some platinum-selling recording artist named Niall Horan, maybe you’ve heard of him?

Some short game work! #SBJR17

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Bahamas Squad!! #SBJR17

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The vacation caught the eye of one Justin Thomas, who took some time out of his own Bahamas vacation to have some fun with Rose and Horan in the Instagram comments.

Looks like we could be in for dueling vacations again next year.

Bahamas not your style? How about a trip to Duck Bottom Plantation in South Carolina, where several PGA Tour players, including Kevin Kisner, Boo Weekley and Scott Brown gathered for #redneckSB2K17. Seriously.

In case you couldn’t guess from that hashtag, there were horseshoes on the river bank, hunting, fishing and plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Happy Monday! #redneckSB2K17

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Little horseshoe on the river bank #redneckSB2K17 @k_kisner @scottbrowngolf @hug_hay13 @jtillerygolf

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And because we don't want to leave anyone out, Jimmy Walker also took a spring break golf trip with his buddies, while new Masters champ Sergio Garcia visited the Swiss Alps with his fiancée.

#SB2K17 With my boys. Great guys trip. Enjoyed the two days.

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Poor Gary Player. Would someone please send the man an invite?

Happy Easter everybody!

So plenty of guys took last week off, but what about the ladies of the LPGA? Well, they were hard at work, or at least as hard at work as you can be when your place of business is the tropical paradise of Hawaii.

Cristie Kerr got her 19th LPGA win at the Lotte Championship, but plenty of the field found some time to enjoy the sandy beaches and beautiful scenery in their down time. And they shared the pictures because, of course they did.

Hawaii lovin

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Well, you knew it was coming. Someone went and attempted the stupidest trick shot of all time, and wouldn’t you know it, things didn’t work out so well.

The good folks from the Barstool Sports “Fore Play” podcast shared the video below, of a man volunteering his groin area as a tee for another man who is swinging for the fences. If you haven’t had a good cringe today, go ahead and hit the play button.

Vasectomy by driver

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While there’s no topping that video for a number of reasons, this next one gives it a run for its money.

Remember kids, always keep your head on a swivel.

Less studying more golf @marcusotmar @totalgolfmove_

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Wesley Bryan's meteoric rise from trick-shot artist to PGA Tour winner hit him as he stood on the 71st hole Sunday at the RBC Heritage, when he admitted, “Honestly, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. And I was like, shoot, I guess this is what nervous feels like.”

And the best part of that quote? It may not have been the only time Bryan barfed on Sunday, after stopping for his victory dinner at Taco Bell.

Bryan’s run for the border is something of a victory tradition for the 27-year-old, but, everyone knows the consequences of fourth meal going in. It’s just the price you pay for the always delicious Taco Bell.

Hey, at least he got a response from the fast food giant for thinking outside the bun. Did someone say endorsement deal?

You tell 'em Anne. Internet message boards are no place for negativity.

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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.