Tiger Woods won't be bothered by 36-hole finish

By Randall MellJanuary 27, 2013, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods shouldn’t mind an extra day at Torrey Pines.

Zeus couldn’t have been more at home on Mount Olympus than Woods is hurling his own lightning bolts around this golf course.

With fog preventing all but two groups from teeing off Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, play was suspended for all but about 15 minutes. Woods never even made it to Torrey Pines with a “marine layer” squatting over this coastline course all day. With the third round pushed to Sunday, the Farmers Insurance Open’s final round will be bumped into Monday.

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“I have been out here long enough to know that this is part of the game,” Woods said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

With his 7-under-par 65 Friday on the North Course, Woods took sole possession of the lead in his bid to win his eighth professional title at Torrey Pines. At 11-under 133, he’s two shots ahead of Billy Horschel and three ahead of six other players.

The field will return to the course at 7 a.m. PT Sunday to resume the third round, not to re-start it. The Tour’s plan is to play as much golf as possible and finish up on Monday without a 54-hole cut or re-pairing.

Sleeping another night on the lead in a PGA Tour event is no big deal for Woods, who has slept on more of them than anybody but Sam Snead. A bigger deal is that Horschel and Casey Wittenberg have another night to sleep on their pairing with Woods. Also, with the Tour not re-pairing after the third round is complete, Horschel and Wittenberg are assured of playing with Woods for the final 36 holes.

Horschel loved the idea.

“It’s a pretty cool thing that’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun day tomorrow.”

Wittenberg also sounded up for the challenge.

“We’ll have to get out there and see what we can do,” Wittenberg said.

Horschel, 26, and Wittenberg, 28, are seeking their first PGA Tour titles. Woods doesn’t have a lot of “pedigree” on his heels. Horschel and Wittenberg are among the seven players directly behind Woods on the leaderboard who have never won a PGA Tour title.

Horschel and Wittenberg can only hope Woods’ momentum was slowed by Saturday’s fog delay. Woods is on a roll this week. He rekindled his prowess with the driver over the first two rounds, putting on a clinic with one long, straight drive after another. He ranks first in driving distance for the week (318.5 yards per drive) and, more impressively, fourth in driving accuracy (19 of 28 fairways hit). Those totals make him No. 1 in total driving this week.

The confidence Woods is displaying with his driver isn’t good for the rest of the field. It seems to be filtering into every element of Woods' game. He was sharp in every facet of his play Friday.

Winning at Torrey Pines looms as another kick-start to a big year for Woods. In the six seasons he has won at year’s start at Torrey Pines, he has gone on to win major championships in five of them.

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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.