The Good the Bad -- and Faldo

By Kelly TilghmanFebruary 2, 2007, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: Each month, Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman will be answering reader and viewer questions. Kelly is the first female in golf television history to be a lead play-by-play commentator.
Has it been difficult adapting to a 4-hour or so telecast after doing mostly half-hour-to-hour shows? And what is a normal work day like for you? -- Robert from Georgia
Dear Robert,
Thankfully, it hasnt been much of a problem adapting to a 4-hour broadcast. I had plenty of practice for those with our 'Live From' shows in 2006. We actually did 6 hours a day for last years Masters and well likely do it again. That was tough. I will say that the main thing you need to do to maintain your energy is eat! We have plenty of protein snacks and fruit in the booth to get us through the broadcast. You can imagine how hungry (Nick) Faldo must get being nearly 64'! He eats like a horse!
Best wishes,
Is Faldo the same guy off camera that he is on camera? ' Ryan from Canada
Dear Ryan,
Kelly Tilghman and Nick Faldo
Kelly and Nick make a great on-air tandem. (WireImage)
Faldo is not the same guy off camera that he is on camera. Hes even funnier! Multiply his enthusiasm times 5! Nick is a rare kind of person. Hes constantly thinking, creating, moving and making everyone laugh. He is a bright and witty guy who has a deep passion for what he does. He puts just as much energy, if not more, into his television career as he did into his golf game over the years. I think the most important thing for viewers to understand about Nick is that hes not faking it for the camera. Thats the real Faldo.
Best wishes,
How has your reception been from players and others in the business with you being the first female golf anchor on a tournament broadcast? ' Angela from California
Dear Angela,
My reception out here has been overwhelmingly positive. Several players and fellow members of the media have congratulated me on my new position and it has been heartfelt. Im sure there are plenty of people who are taken aback by this move, but hopefully over time, they will come to accept it. I know that this is a new concept for many but its not the first time theres ever been a first in the business! As long as I bring credibility to the broadcast booth, that will ease the transition. Judy Rankin and Dottie Pepper are two of the most revered talents in the business because they are knowledgeable and hard working. It just takes time.
Thanks for the support.
What is the hardest part of your job and what do you need to work on to be as good an anchor as you want to be? ' Terry from Indiana
Hi Terry,
Kelly Tilghman
A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to make everything look good. (WireImage)
The hardest part of my new job is the adjustment to life on the road. I traveled a lot when I was a touring professional but I was much younger then with less of a sense for home base. Its not easy jumping from city to city, hotel to hotel, and airplane to airplane, but it does make me appreciate the long anticipated return to my own bed and my family and friends. As far as being the best anchor I can be, I feel that time and repetition will help me hone my skills. The more shows you do, the stronger your sense of timing and your feel for the moment becomes. Remember, Im just 3 weeks into my new career, whereas Jim Nantz, Mike Tirico and Dan Hicks are decades along. Im looking forward to the journey.
Do you get to play the courses at the tour stops each week? ' Mike from Indiana
Hi Mike,
I have the opportunity to play the tournament course only once in a blue moon. Usually, I cant fly in until the day before the broadcast because of other obligations and I leave immediately following the broadcast to prepare for the next event. Occasionally, I will tee it up somewhere and when I do, its great. Nick and I played the Plantation Course (host to the Mercedes-Benz Championship) on New Years Eve. Its totally different getting to play a course under tournament conditions. Its a real test of your game. The greens are usually lightning fast and the rough is always thick. It makes you appreciate the scores these pros are shooting week in and week out.
How do you stay in shape on the road? Do you have a fitness routine that you stick to with all of the work? ' Kevin from Canada
Dear Kevin,
Its a real challenge staying in shape on the road but I use workouts for more than just staying fit. They are mental releases for me. We have gym benefits just about everywhere we go or I will use the hotel facility if it has all of the equipment I like to use. To make it easy, I simply make it a part of my daily routine, much like you would at home. I always work out in the mornings. It helps my metabolism jumpstart and it gets my blood pumping to the brain!
All the best,
I think you are doing a tremendous job, but Im sure you ' like every other broadcaster ' get your fair share of criticism. Do you pay attention to the critics; whether they say good things or bad things, and how do you deal with it? ' James from New York
Dear James,
One thing I learned pretty quickly in this business is that critics are about as common as the number of breaths you take in a day. My thought process is quite simple in that department: I wake up every day trying to be a little better than I was the day before, knowing that I cant possibly please everyone on this journey. My priority has always been to be true to myself and the viewer. The rest will work itself out. I have a close circle of friends and I value their opinions very highly. Letting too many comments rule your world only creates confusion. Like the great Arnold Palmers father once said, Son, you go ahead and listen to all of those people who think they have the answer to your swing problems. Ill have a tractor waiting for you when youre finished so you can make a living.
Thanks for your questions and support,
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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.