Woods proving he's not done yet at Quicken Loans

By Ryan Reiterman July 31, 2015, 8:06 pm

GAINESVILLE, Va.  – Just two weeks ago, Tiger Woods was being asked about retirement.

After two rounds at the Quicken Loans National, it’s clear Woods is not ready to hang up the spikes just yet.

Woods went out early Friday and followed up an opening 68 with a 5-under 66 to sit just one stroke off the early second round lead.

"Overall, I hit the ball really well today," Woods said. "I was very pleased with that and made a few putts, but also I missed a bunch, too. This could have been one of those really low rounds ... I'm in a good spot heading into the weekend."

It’s a spot Woods has been missing from for most of the last year and a half as he’s gone under another swing change with instructor Chris Como. Woods denied rumors the duo were breaking up, and Como was observing Woods on the range before he headed off for his second round.

With the exception of one drive, the 2015 version of Woods looked like the 2005 version on Friday. He was pounding drives, twirling his club, throwing darts into greens and sending the crowds into hysteria with birdie after birdie.

“It’s a great atmosphere,” Woods said.

Lately the hooting and hollering has been replaced with groans and even laughter as Woods’ game had sunk to unimaginable depths.

There was the chipping yips and an 82 in Phoenix. “Glutegate” and a WD at Torrey. The 85 at Memorial. Missed cuts at the U.S. Open and the Open at St. Andrews, his favorite course in the world.

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It certainly looks like Woods has found something here at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, a course he hadn’t competed on since the 2005 Presidents Cup. But before we go handing Woods the trophy, he still has to make it through two rounds with a swing that’s very fragile.

Woods kept the “oh my gosh!” swings under control for most of his round, except for his drive on the par-5 14th, his fifth hole of the day.

“Big, high draw that went about 90 yards,” Woods joked.

It was only one swing, but it’s further evidence that Woods hasn’t shaken the swing demons off his shoulders.

“I don’t need to think about positioning and have the club in this position, that position, that kind of thing,” Woods said when asked if he still has technical thoughts on the course. “It’s more feels for certain shapes I’m going to hit.”

Woods admitted earlier this week the combination of recovering from back surgery and switching swings from Sean Foley to Como was the perfect storm that’s led to his struggles.

“It’s not that long ago I was Player of the Year,” Woods said. “I know my ranking is awful, but it’s a matter of obviously I was away from the game for a long period of time, plus playing poorly compounded it, and I just need to keep playing and keep plugging along. Eventually I’m climb back.”

He’s put himself in position for a chance this weekend to completely turn around his season. If Woods were to win, he would get into next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on a course – Firestone –where he’s won eight times. And he would also get himself into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

As Woods has proven through two rounds, you can’t count him out just yet.

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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.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.