Cut Line Angel and Heroes

By Rex HoggardApril 17, 2009, 4:00 pm
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Verizon Heritage may be the worst cut all year to miss. Even if youre out of the hunt come the weekend, sweeping views of Calibogue Sound and live music wafting up from the Quarterdeck make for easy living.
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  • Angel Cabrera. A few years back we were talking with Geoff Ogilvys swing coach Dale Lynch and the conversation turned to the 2006 U.S. Open, perhaps the last major played with as many moving parts on Sunday as last weeks Masters, and the Aussies take was interesting.
    Four players had a chance to win with a par at the last hole (Ogilvy, Colin Montgomerie, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson), Lynch said. Only one player did it.
    The 2009 Masters may be known as the tournament Kenny Perry, or perhaps Chad Campbell, lost, but history has a way of gnawing away at the minutiae and leaving only the facts. And the fact is only the broad-shouldered Argentine was fitted for a green jacket on Sunday.
  • Hilton Head Heroes. Truth is every week a local charity benefits from having the Tour in town. This week in Hilton Head, however, the benefits seemed to be flowing in both directions.
    Following a short press conference earlier this week Gregg Russell ' who founded Hilton Head Heroes with his wife, Lindy, in 1998 ' was headed out the door when he stopped to meet Tour player Jonathan Byrd, whose father, Jim, is battling cancer. Fifteen minutes later the two were still talking.
    Hilton Head Heroes benefits children who suffer from life-threatening or serious illnesses by bringing them and their families to Hilton Head for a cost-free vacation.
    We try to give them a week away from the pressures of having a sick child and doctors and chemo and treatments and give them a week at the beach where they can run and play and see the dolphins and in many cases say good-bye to their little one who is sick, Russel said. The long-range goal is just to keep doing what we're doing. We never run out of families, that's the bad news.
  • Sandy Lyle. The 51-year-old former Masters champion plodded his way to perhaps the quietest top-20 finish ever. But then that lack of attention doesnt surprise those within Lyles inner circle.
    This years Ryder Cup snub may have hurt the Englishman but he has used the episode as motivation. Lyle began working with TPC Sawgrass swing coach Todd Jones last year and is playing his best golf in 10 years, said one close observer.
    In retrospect, the European Ryder Cup selection committee may have been leery of a captain with more game than some of his players. At Augusta National, the only potential European Ryder Cupper to beat Lyle was Graeme McDowell.

    Missed Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
  • Rory McIlroy. We like the kid, in fact theres not much not to like, and he might have even had a point when he initially declined to return to Augusta National last Friday to review footage of what one UK network reported was a rules infraction on the 18th hole.
    Less than 24 hours later he defied the green jackets for the second time when he rushed past reporters following his third round. That may work when dealing with European Tour officials, but not at Augusta National.
    We write the entire episode off to youthful inexperience. Besides, if thats the only china the Northern Irishman mishandles during his barnstorming tour of the United States, one should consider the entire trip a success.
  • Europeans. Last weeks Masters made it a cool decade since a player from Europe has slipped into a green jacket. In fact, the Magnolia mile has gotten so daunting for the lads from the other side of the pond they didnt even have a player finish in the top 10 last week.
    The answer, at least considering the depth of talent the Continent has produced in recent years, seems to be little more than bad timing. But considering how one of these types of droughts can fester the sooner the slump ends the better. Just ask an Australian.

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  • Sergio Garcia. You may not like the Spaniards snarky post-round assessment of the Georgia masterpiece, but El Nino is hardly the first player that didnt take a shine to Augusta National ' although he might be the first one to do it publically in some time ' and he certainly is entitled to whatever opinion gets him through his pampered days.
    But Cut Line has a bigger bone with Garcias canned apology ' weve interviewed him on numerous occasions and never heard the word iconic come out of his mouth.
    Just five days after fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros was honored at the champions dinner, Garcias sulking was poor form, but the apology was simply the worst kind of backpedaling.
  • World Nos. 1-6. We know Masters week can leave players in search of a soft couch, and maybe an equally soft sport psychologist. But there is something wrong when the closest thing the Tour has to a decompression chamber, also known as the Verizon Heritage, cant pull a single player in the top 6.
    Its hard to question No. 6 Perry, who may need a few weeks on the DL to recover from his Masters miss, and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson certainly delivered the goods on Sunday in the years uber-pairing. But, as commissioner Tim Finchem has been telling anyone who will listen, these are tough times that demand new rules.
    Translation: you may not like Harbour Town, but for one week cant we suffer through tree-lined fairways and plates of shrimp and cheese grits for the greater good?

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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.