TOUR Notes Tiger Over $80 Million

By Pga Tour MediaMarch 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
News and notes from PGA TOUR officials for the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours.
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  • Last weeks World Golf Championships-CA Championship wasnt just good for winner Geoff Ogilvy, it was also good for Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Retief Goosen and Nick OHern. That quartet of world-class players each earned his first top-10 finish of the season last week.
  • More on Ogilvy: Hes now the third player to win more than one World Golf Championships title joining Tiger Woods and Darren Clarke.
  • With his fifth-place finish last week at the CA Championship, Tiger Woods went over the $80-million mark in career earnings.
  • Winning has many rewards and among them is a substantial jump up the FedExCup points list. CA Championship winner Geoff Ogilvy climbed from 79th all the way to 10th while Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular winner Greg Kraft surged from way back in 162nd place up to 37th.
  • This weeks Zurich Classic of New Orleans comes 70 years after the first New Orleans stop on the PGA TOUR. While the event is 70 years old, this will be the 60th playing of the tournament. The TOUR didnt stop in New Orleans in 1943, 1947 and from 1949-57.
  • When Greg Kraft won last week in Puerto Rico at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 19 days, he became the oldest first-time winner on the PGA TOUR since Ed Dougherty won the 1995 Viking Classic at the age of 47 years, 8 months and 19 days.
  • While a strong field has assembled in New Orleans this week, you might want to look for a first-time winner to emerge. The last three winners in the Crescent City were first-timers'Nick Watney, Chris Couch and Tim Petrovic. In fact, five of the last six winners of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans won for the first time.

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  • When Bob Gilder tees it up this week at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach, it will mark the 100th consecutive tournament in which hes played.
  • This weeks field includes all 30 of the Top 30 money winners from the 2007 season on the Champions Tour. Thats the first time it has happened since the 2005 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.
  • Former Masters champion and European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam will make his Champions Tour debut this week. Seven-time PGA TOUR winner Joey Sindelar turns 50 this coming Sunday (March 30) and will make his debut next week at The Cap Cana.
  • Brad Bryant has finished second in the last three Champions Tour events. Hes the seventh player in Tour history to finish in the runner-up spot in three consecutive events. He joins a list that includes Chi Chi Rodrguez (1986), Dale Douglass (1987), Bob Charles (1987), Jim Albus (1994), Ray Floyd (1995) and Larry Nelson (2000). No one has ever finished second in four consecutive tournaments.

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  • Chris Couch won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2006, but this week hell be a hundred or so miles down the road in Lafayette for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by Dynamic Industries. Couch has not played on the PGA TOUR this season due to a shoulder injury and will be making a rehab start this week on the Nationwide Tour.
  • While Chris Couch will be in Lafayette this week, former Chitimacha Louisiana Open winner Johnson Wagner (2006) will be in New Orleans competing in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
  • When Greg Kraft won the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular last week he became the 100th different Nationwide Tour alum to win on the PGA TOUR. Overall, former Nationwide Tour players have won 224 TOUR titles.
  • This years tournament will mark the 17th consecutive year the event has been held at Le Triomphe CC, the only course the tournament has ever known. Only two other tournaments on the Tour have been played on the same course for a longer period of time'the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper and the Albertsons Boise Open presented by First Health.
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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.