SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- This week is the greatest show on grass -- the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
It looks like a huge tailgate party with a golf tournament playing through. With that being said, as hard as it was to pull myself away from the crowds on No. 16, my duty to all of you is more important.
You have questions, I have answers! Enjoy this week's Ask ESPNCaddie.
— Tim Nelson (@kotashaan1) February 2, 2016
Collins: Nothing. When the player goes into that zone in golf, all you're doing as a caddie is trying to be there with them. Very little talk unless the player initiates. Sometimes the only number you'll give is to the flag (not even the front edge). The trick is not to react to any birdies or eagles after the third one in a row. It's a way to keep the player from thinking, "I'm in the zone," because as soon as they let that thought take over -- it's bye-bye zone.
— Northwest Golfer (@NorthwestGolfer) January 29, 2016
Collins: When golf is as popular as those two sports, they'll stop saying it, for sure. Trust me. The reason you never hear about growing those games is because every kid in every school is exposed to them in some form. Can we say the same about golf? Maybe someday that will change, but for now, growing the game is a top priority for many.
— RStormDallasFan (@RStormDallasFan) January 31, 2016
Collins: It depends. If you're keeping their score or playing match play, yes. If you're trying to beat the darkness horn, have to use the restroom or need some extra time on the next tee, it's okay to leave early. Where it gets tricky is if you're doing it every hole or doing it to try and speed up your competitor. Then it becomes an etiquette issue and is not appropriate. Know the situation and act accordingly.
— Jennifer Berger (@WovenDimensions) February 5, 2016
Collins: I played with Josh Scobee and he shot the easiest 67 I had ever seen an athlete from another sport shoot. And he was still on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster when he did it. That's the best I've ever witnessed. It could have easily been a 64 or 63.
— Ingrid⛳️Stam (@ingridmeta) February 5, 2016
Collins: Here's the tweet Poulter put out on Friday after his round:
Just to explain. I holed at 24ft 1 handed out on 9. 12ft on 12. 6ft on 13. I putt nicely 1 handed in practice. Sometimes it works.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 5, 2016
For those who don't know, Poults put his left hand in his pocket and stroked the putt with his right hand only. I highly doubt it's a permanent thing, but when a player feels like his hands won't sync up on putts, this drill helps. It's used by many pros in practice, but it's strange to see it used in a tournament. Desperate times ...