The Social: Jack, Chi Chi and Paige play the hits

By Jason CrookJanuary 31, 2017, 6:00 pm

One GOAT congratulates another, we almost had another Chi Chi Rodriguez situation and Paige Spiranac hits the biggest party on Tour. We know what you like and we're delivering in this week's edition of The Social.

Roger Federer won his 18th major title over the weekend, beating longtime rival Rafael Nadal in an epic Australian Open final. Another guy with 18 major titles, Jack Nicklaus, took notice and reached out to congratulate Federer on Twitter, Instagram and even made it Facebook official.

Imagine that, 77-year-old Nicklaus crushing the social media game. Maybe in his spare time he can teach Bill Belichick all about SnapFace.

Smylie Kaufman came dangerously close to Chi Chi Rodriguezing himself earlier this week while attempting some bottle-breaking trick shots for charity.

Rodriguez is a World Golf Hall of Fame member with eight PGA Tour wins to his name. However, in this viral-video era we live in today, he will be remembered for this painfully hilarious attempt to break a pain a pane of glass with a golf ball:

The best part of that video will always be the woman immediately asking Chi Chi if he was OK. Chi Chi was not OK.

It’s been a while since we’ve had an idiot on the field at a golf event (insert joke about whichever professional golfer you don’t like here), but one man at the Farmers Insurance Open made a splash this weekend, quite literally.

Thanks to this video from Harold Varner III’s Twitter account, we got to see just what kind of moves it takes to elude security at Torrey Pines. The answer? Just a couple of fake "give-ups" and a jump into the pond:

Varner could use some work on his play-by-play though. Instead of saying nothing at all, maybe something like this iconic call from Kevin Harlan:

Regular golf is fun and all, but sometimes it’s good to shake things up. Well, that "shake" made the rounds on Golf Twitter over the weekend, giving birth to Cricket Golf. While I haven’t seen an official rule book, it appears a man with a cricket bat stands still while two little girls drive a golf ball at his legs and then dance around and celebrate while he writhes in pain on the floor.

Consider me all-in on Cricket Golf.

Aspiring LPGAer Paige Spiranac tweeted that she'll be at golf's biggest party of the year at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open and that she wants to meet her fans. With nearly 1 million Instagram followers, I hope she's got some extra time on her hands.

For those wondering how in the world you're going to pick her out of the crowd, well, she looks like this:

When you want it to be sweater weather but it's still hot where you live

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When in Korea, take a selfie #thefaceofjetlag

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Another "saucy selfie"

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Shouldn't be too difficult.

We’ve featured Joshua Kelley and his “Hole in 1 Trick Shots” Instagram page on our site before for pretty obvious reasons. Frankly, everything he does is ridiculous. But the shot he posted this week deserves some special recognition.

Driver-flop-shot-under-the-leg-hacky-sack-kick-full-swing-out-of-mid-air combo:

And on top of all that, he did it in slow motion. Guy is a wizard.

By some bizarre combination of one man's determination and Sergio Garcia not knowing Twitter has a block button, the Spaniard will have a new caddie for one day in September at the British Masters pro-am.

After 206 straight days of tweeting at Garcia with the special request to carry his bag, Mark Johnson finally got his wish.

Congrats on the new friend, Sergio.

Sometimes, typo humor is the best humor.

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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.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.


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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.