In a New York State of Mind

By Rich LernerJune 16, 2004, 4:00 pm
Tiger Woods walked through a corridor of fans three deep on either side with a vigorous gait and slight smile as he chatted with practice round playing partner Charles Howell Tuesday. A male fan with a camera yelled out in a thick New York accent, Hey Tigah, how bout a smile, this is New Yuahwk? Tiger moved briskly straight ahead, talking to Howell but never acknowledging the man, who then said, Guess not. Nice guy.
 
Tough town. But the course is even tougher. Shinnecock Hills is firm, windy, dusty and hard. If it stays hard like this, said Phil Mickelson, I dont see how anybody can shoot around par.
 
  • If Phils golf is as good as his public relations game, hell win the Open by 10. The Masters and peoples champ tossed out a few love letters to New York in Tuesdays press conference, including, I love spending time in New York. My wife loves it, our children love it. They go to shows and they just think its the greatest place in the world.
     
  • David Duvals expected arrival on Wednesday to play a course this difficult is like a baseball player coming off an extended stay on the DL and then stepping in to face Roger Clemens. Good luck.
     
  • Names we keep hearing that arent on the front burner: Chad Campbell and David Toms.
     
  • The par-3 seventh hole will land in the Golf Hall of Infamy before the week is over.
     
  • With the shaved run-off areas youll see plenty of tortured, disgusted looks from players when their chip shots roll up to the edge of the green, peek, then crawl agonizingly back to their feet.
     
  • Shinnecock looks more like a British Open than the British Open.
     
  • If Padraig Harringtons not in the mix by Sunday it would qualify as a surprise.
     
  • David Duval used four different teachers at four different majors last year. Tim Mahoney from Scottsdale is his current guru.
     
  • Short game and ball-striking are paramount this week, which is why its extremely hard to pick against Phil, Tiger and Ernie. The three are as good as this generation has seen on and around the greens.
     
  • Vijay could knock down a third leg of the career grand slam, and lock down an already probable spot in the Hall of Fame along the way.
     
  • Ernie could get people talking about his place among the all-time greats with a third U.S. Open win.
     
  • Tiger against Phil late on Sunday could bring the house down.
     
  • Standing behind the ninth green I heard a guy yell from behind me, Yo! I turned around. Then he barked, Yo, Im tryin to take a pikcha, do ya mind?! I asked politely, Yo? Not excuse me? He said, I like yo. OK, so do I.
     
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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.