If You Build It He Will Win It

By Scott LeeSeptember 24, 2007, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: Scott Lee is a contributing writer for GOLFCHANNEL.com. He has been covering the world of golf for more than a decade and offers a unique and entertaining look at topical matters in the sport.
 
If you build it, he will win it.
 
He, of course, is Tiger Woods, and we have been constantly reminded of the rest since the whole Hello, world thing back in 96. Remember before the tournament (Milwaukee), when then-ABC announcer Curtis Strange asked Tiger what his goal was in his first PGA TOUR event as a pro? Tiger said: to win.
 
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Tiger Woods has millions upon millions of reasons to laugh. (WireImage)
Curtis laughed in his face.
 
Since then, about the only one laughing has been Tiger. Meanwhile, asteroids have come closer to hitting the Earth than Strange has come to winning a pro golf tournament. And all the while, Tiger has been racking up wins faster than a stripper collects singles from a bachelor party.
 
Tiger is just that much better than everybody. Period.
 
There are players who work harder (Vijay). There are players who take plenty of time off (Phil), to stay rested and sharp. There are players with just as much raw natural talent (Serg ... um, Ill get back to you on that one). Players who bomb it, plumb bob it and bump-and-run it every bit as good as Tiger does. But none with as much consistency ' and none of them even come close to Tiger when it comes to putting together the complete package.
 
Tiger ends the unofficial official 2007 PGA TOUR season the unequivocal world No. 1 (he currently has 24.03 world ranking points) ' 14.3 points ahead of the second-ranked player (Mickelson, 9.73). Phils lead over No. 3 (Jim Furyk) is a measly 1.66 points.
 
Whats that? You say you dont understand that convoluted world ranking system to begin with? Well neither do I, really. So lets look at something we all understand. Money.
 
For the second time in his career, Woods has topped $10 million in season earnings ' and thats not even counting the Brinks truck drop-offs hell start getting a couple decades from now for that FedExCup win. His lead over the next-best on the money list (you guessed it ' Mickelson) is more than $5 million, or in practical terms, enough to add a second guest house to his new lot down in Jupiter.
 
Maybe in a parallel dimension, Phil would get all the credit that hes due. But in this world, it seems hes always No. 2.
 
And the stats keep coming. Take the two most telling PGA TOUR stats as they relate to scoring. Tiger leads the TOUR in Greens in Regulation and is third in Putting Average (putts per G.I.R.). It doesnt take Dave Pelz to tell you that if you hit greens and putt your ball, youre going to bring home the bacon ' and the hardware.
 
No other player alive is in the top-20 in both of those categories. And if Tiger keeps hitting fairways like he did in The Playoffs, things are about to get as silly as David Feherty on nitrous oxide.
 
In Scoring itself, Woods has a comfy stroke-and-a-half advantage over Ernie Els (Els lead over No. 3 Justin Rose? 0.01). Multiply that by four tournament rounds, and that means hes supposed to win every event by at least 6 strokes!
 
Hes the seventh grader with a mustache. Hes the New York Yankees, the New England Patriots and the San Antonio Spurs rolled into one. Hes the San Yorkland Spurkeepats, or something like that.
 
Tiger waltzed through the inaugural PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup (try saying that three times real fast), even after spotting the field one week to come and get him. If you ask me, I think he was just being polite ' after all, we wouldnt want the TOUR Championship to be a meaningless playoff event, right?
Then it would just be the Super Bowl.
 
Talk about tweaks! If were sick of seeing the same old guy win the same old tournaments (and some day the same old [insert corporate sponsor here] Cup) year in and year out, then there have to be a few new wrinkles added.
 
Augusta had its Tiger-proofing. We know how that worked out. Thats not what Im talking about, anyway. There must be some kind of format they can come up with that Tiger wont dominate...
 
Maybe you have to catch a fish between each hole. In addition to aggregate score, you have to factor in aggregate weight. After the round, there could be one hell of a fish fry ' maybe they could even give some to the media? What a moving day for Kenny Perry: 1 eagle, 4 birdies and 3 lunkers!
 
Or how about this: once the cuts been made, hold a single-elimination checkers tournament in the clubhouse (TV rights go to ESPN2). Anyone knocked out in the first round of Friday Night PGA TOUR Checker-fest gets docked 10 strokes; those eliminated in Round 2 lose 8 shots, etc. Have George Lopez host the re-pairings party.
 
The problem with those proposals, among other things, is that they really have nothing to do with golf. Of course the bottom line is if it does involve golf, Tiger is going to win it. That is, if its worth winning in the first place.
 
The fact that Tiger decided to win the FedExCup should be a testament to its validity. Tweaks or not.
 
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    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.

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    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

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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.”

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    “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. 

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