Back on the mainland, this part of the season is like the first turn at the Kentucky Derby -- not going full speed but trying to settle in and find a good pace. That's the exact opposite of what we do here, though. Every week it's an all-out sprint to get the best questions, so I can help you show off to your friends and family. Here are this week's #AskESPNCaddie winners:
— Blake (@btrudge) January 22, 2016
I applaud the tour and agree with the concept of the penalty. I have a problem with the way John Paramor decided he would enforce it. This is the same person who put Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington on the clock at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2009, and Tiger said it may have affected his results. Paramor also penalized Tianlang Guan, a 14-year-old amateur at the Masters in 2013, almost causing him to miss the cut. Are we seeing a pattern here? The fact that he waited until cameras were around to inform Jordan Spieth tells me he was seeking attention. Paramor reminds me of NBA referee Joey Crawford as a person who wants to be part of the show.
— Jeremy Lance (@JeremyLance) January 14, 2016
My top food stops on the PGA Tour are New Orleans and Las Vegas. I literally can't eat crawfish or oysters for the rest of the year after I go to New Orleans. Acme Oyster Co., Dragos, and Café Du Monde are the bucket list hits when you're there. Of all the times I've been to Vegas (over 20), I've never had a bad meal. The beauty of Vegas when it comes to food? Not only is every style of food available, it has everything from one-star to five-star restaurants.
#AskESPNCaddie what course has the best sunrise? Best sunset?
— Matthew Broach (@i_c_crazy_matt) January 14, 2016
The best sunrise happens at Spyglass Hill Golf Club on the Monterey Peninsula. Even during the craziness of the tournament, it's a very spiritual experience. The mist hangs low in the air through the tall pines, deer quietly walk across the fairways, and the sound of the ocean teases your ears. For a sunset it's Phoenix. The western desert sky seems to be set on fire when the sun bounces its final light on the mountains. Again, if you're somewhere quiet when sunset hits, whatever weighs heavy on your heart will slowly start to lift. I don't know how corny that sounds, but I'm telling you the truth from my experiences.
— Vincent Garman (@VinceGarman) January 15, 2016
There are benefits of hitting off a mat, especially if you have a really steep downswing. A mat can help shallow your swing, and another way to do that is to pick mid-irons clean out of a bunker. The downside of using mats is that they don't give true feedback, and many who go from a mat range to the course hit their first few iron shots fat. Pros use mats if they have a home simulator, or if they're working during bad weather (although at Nike's Oven they have grass mats they can bring inside).
— Ty Schrupp (@tyschrupp05) January 22, 2016
Most midseason firings happen because the player is in a slump and needs to try and shake things up. A different voice is the fastest way to do that. Changing clubs might violate a contract, and don't even think about changing a significant other. Most caddie changes happen right before the Florida swing or right after the U.S. Open so keep your eyes open around that time.