Fantasy Island WGC-CA Championship

By Rex HoggardMarch 10, 2009, 4:00 pm
History and heart and traditional horses aside, this is not the week to burn a precious Tiger Woods offering. Yes, the world No. 1 owns Doral ' having won three of the last four gatherings on the South Florida pitch ' and hes due, but this is no time for reason.
In many pools there is a limit to the number of times a player can be picked and considering the road ahead ' Augusta National, Bethpage Black, et al ' its best to keep that particular ace close to the chest. Besides, after Woods Geoff Ogilvy may be the next best thing to a lock on the Blue Monster.
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Pick a Foursome: Late Sunday K.J. Chois cell phone rattled to life and a familiar number appeared. Moments after hoisting the champions trophy, Y.E. Yang called his fellow countryman and mentor, not to celebrate but to thank him. Choi is quickly becoming the trailblazing figurehead of a wave of South Korean talent that includes Yang, Danny Lee and Sang-moon Bae.
And if Yangs victory wasnt enough to motivate Choi, hes never finished worse than 20th since the CA moved to Doral.
Picks: Geoff Ogilvy, Camilo Villegas, K.J. Choi, Andres Romero
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).

Salary Cap: You cant overpower the Blue Monster, but there are worst strategies to go with when the south Florida winds come up and at press time the games most complete bomber was Dustin Johnson. Ogilvy, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk are World Golf Championship staples and pen Rory McIlroy into every weeks lineup until the Northern Irishman floats his way back across the pond.
Picks: Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy ($9.98 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
Pick One: Geoff Ogilvy. Sounds like a bandwagon move picking the Australian on the tail of his WGC-Match Play victory, but the Aussie was convincing last year at Doral, winning the Monday finish despite a closing 71, his worst round of the week, and was nearly perfect two weeks ago at Dove Mountain.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
This week, with the PGA Tour hosting the Puerto Rico Open in conjunction with the WGC-CA Championship, our staff will be picking one player from each tournament.
The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.


NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardGeoff Ogilvy/Michael AllenConsider Ogilvy low-hang fruit even outside the Greater Tucson area. As for Allen, we have a soft spot in our hearts for affable journeymen and the island seems to bring the best out of them. Last years champion, Greg Kraft, is cut from the same mold as Allen.$359,440
Jay CoffinSergio Garcia/Bart BryantFor some ridiculous reason Im still not ready to take Tiger Woods. Saving him for the majors. Still, Sergio is a great pick with six top-10s at Doral. / A good bet if youre looking for someone who will collect a paycheck (hes made 4 of 5 cuts this year).$3,081,685
Mercer BaggsJim Furyk/Bo Van PeltHow do you not take Tiger? You take Jim Furyk. How do you take Bo Van Pelt? Who else are you going to take?$1,427,563
Erik PetersonGeoff Ogilvy/Jerry KellyI want so badly to defy convention here, but with the way Ogilvys playing right now hed be my pick even if he wasnt the defending champ. / Last years runner-up is playing better of late, evidenced by his T-6 in Mexico.$1,251,817
Brian KoresselSergio Garcia/Jeff OvertonTime for the Spaniard to make a big statement and come out of the shadows recently cast by the likes of Ogilvy, Tiger and Lefty. / Going with my fellow Evansville, Ind., boy once again. If he can work toward eliminating a few costly mistakes, he will soon find the winner's circle.$1,750,566
Dena DavisTiger Woods/Jeff KlaukTiger is 15 of 28 in WGCs. If I was good at math, I'd calculate that as winning 54% of the time. Gonna have to take him 100% of the WGC time./ While you were away, Jeff Klauk has moved to 19th in FedEx Cup standings, with two T11 finishes this season and a 4th place at Honda last week. I don't mind that.$1,928,456
Jerry FoltzVijay Singh/Tadd FujikawaTiger will probably prove me wrong, but I think it'll take even Tiger more than two weeks to win again. And Vijay has a great record in Florida./ Tadd is a long shot to say the least, but it's the only other PGA Tour event played on an island.$1,291,461


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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.