Notes Tiger Taking Off a Month

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 1, 2003, 4:00 pm
NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods birdied his final two holes Monday to finish tied for seventh in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
He shot back-to-back 67s after surviving a cutline scare in Round 2. He ended at 11-under-par 273; nine back of champion Adam Scott.
Woods, whose Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the tournament, was given a raucous standing ovation as he left the 18th green. Chants of Tigah! Tigah! resonated from the massive New England crowd.
It will be a while before fans get a chance to see Woods again. When asked if he would play before the WGC-American Express Championship in early October, Woods said: No. I am done.
With his victory, Adam Scott has a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
But don't expect him to play full time.
'I'm not really keen on jumping back and forth all the time,' Scott said of playing between the European and PGA tours. 'But, fortunately, the majors and the World Golf Championships count for the European Tour, as well as here.'
Scott said he still has plenty left to accomplish on his 'home' tour.
'Winning the Order of Merit would be great,' said the 23-year-old Australian. 'It is my home tour and that's obviously what I want to achieve.'
Justin Rose would have loved nothing more than to win this week. Instead he settled for the second-best outcome.
Im happy for Adam, Rose said of champion Scott.
Rose is 14 days younger than his Australian friend and rival. The two have been competing against one another ever since they went head-to-head in the 2001 Alfred Dunhill Championship (won by Scott).
The two had dinner together almost every night this week.
Were pretty much best mates, Rose said of his relationship with Scott.
Though Rose didnt win ' he shot 67 to finish five back of Scott ' he did achieve another personal goal.
With his third-place finish, Rose earned $340,000. That pushed his 2003 PGA Tour total to $599,874, easily be enough to finish inside the top 125 on the money list by seasons end, and earn full-time playing privileges next year. He would be ranked 85th in earnings if he was a regular member of the tour.
I had a hidden agenda this week, said Rose, who is a regular on the European Tour. Not to say Ill play full time here next year, but its great to have the opportunity to play on a tour like this.
Like Rose, Rocco Mediate didnt win this week, but left with a bit of satisfactioin.
Mediate shot 66-65 over the final two rounds to move into second place. It marked his first top-10 since Pebble Beach in February.
Its good, Mediate said of the result. Ive been playing like crap lately.
Mediate has only played nine times ' the same amount as Tiger Woods ' in the last four-and-a-half months. He took time away from the game to spend with his family. And while his world ranking has dropped over the summer, My ranking with my children and my wife ' Im No. 1, Mediate said.
Mediate earned $540,000 to move to 29th on the money list. The top 30 prior to the Tour Championship get into the elite field.
Mediate plans to play in five more tournaments: WGC-American Express, Las Vegas Invitational, Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Funai Classic at Walt Disney World, and Chrysler Championship.
If I cant do it in five tournaments, I shouldn't be there ' and Ive got my shot, he said.
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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.