Please No Letdown

By Kraig KannAugust 19, 2005, 4:00 pm
Now that Phil Mickelson has the PGA Tours final major to tote around for the rest of the 2005 campaign, lets not just go through the motions. Okay? Given the year weve had, it just wouldnt be fair.
 
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson has only one career win after the month of August (2000 Tour Championship).
First off, congrats to Mickelson who showed up at Baltusrol hardly carrying the banner of consistency. Without a fancy showing in any of the majors thus far, doubters (me included) could hardly put Phil on equal footing with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.
 
Sure hed won the Masters in 2004, but critics could use the glass half empty point of view and point out that, given the near misses that came in the 2004 majors after his victory leap at Augusta, what if that putt at 18 to win hadnt dropped? And what if Phil had lost a playoff with Ernie Els that year? Then what would be said about a majorless streak with no signs of an end?
 
Instead, now that Phil has two majors, we ought to look back at all the close calls and salute him for years of major consistency. He didnt win 'em all, but he sure knew/knows how to contend.
 
One thing that hasnt gotten a lot of play among the media is that in Phils two major victories ... he absolutely did it.
 
At the Masters, Phil needed that putt at the last to avoid a playoff and win outright. He made it.
 
At the PGA Championship on Monday, Phil needed to birdie the last hole to avoid a three-way playoff and win it outright. He did it.
 
Phil was clutch. And so often before, he hadnt been.
 
So now Lefty is right where he wants to be heading into the 2006 campaign.
 
*Hes now third in the Official World Golf Ranking, and suddenly not too far behind Vijay Singh for the second spot.
 
*He now ties Woods for most victories on the PGA Tour this season with four.
 
* He now throws his name into the ring for 2005 Player of the Year; though, hell need a huge, huge finish this season to upend Woods for the honor given Tigers major success this year (1,2,1,4).
 
And that gets me to my point. Dont let up. Dont give in to the exhale factor. Dont leave us simply waiting for Augusta in April 2006 to pick up this great story where it left off.
 
This weekend at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio can become a WGC event worth really paying attention to rather than just another gathering of the world golf ranking leaders playing for what is deemed a big event.
 
Cmon, Phil ' make more magic. Cmon, Vijay ' make some putts and make a run at another money title. Cmon, Davis ' make last week seem like an appetizer, make like your old self, and take it all the way to the house like we know you can.
 
The year 2005 began with Stuart Appleby successfully defending his title at the Mercedes Championships. Then we got on this run with all of the big names winning tournaments. Remember David Toms at the Match Play? Remember that Mickelson had three wins before the Masters? Remember Vijays early season string of success? Remember Tiger outlasting Phil at the Ford Championship at Doral? Do you remember that Justin Leonard and Kenny Perry have multiple titles this year?
 
Im just afraid that all of those guys remember all too well their successes this season and might just lose their collective will to care about the rest of the season.
 
Dont do it guys. Dont force us to think only about Jason Gore the rest of this PGA Tour season. That would be a shame. Augusta doesnt come until April ' and before we get into thoughts about Phil going for his third major or Tiger going for his 11th ' lets make some late-season fireworks and finish this thing off in style.
 
p.s. Anybody think Gores got a win in him?
 
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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.