Chat with Billy Andrade
A native of Bristol, R.I., Andrade won the 1981 Rolex Junior Player of the Year award.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, PGA Tour pro Billy Andrade stops by to chat about Adam Scott's win at The Masters and the golf season, including the tournament Andrade hosts in June, the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.
Andrade, a four-time Tour winner, along with fellow Tour pro Brad Faxon co-host the CVS Caremark Charity Classic which has raised more than $16 million dollars for hundreds of charities throughout Southern New England.
The CVS Caremark Charity Classic runs in a different format than other golf tournaments. Held at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I., the tournament features 20 professionals from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours, who are all paired 10 two-man teams, playing a best ball format.
Send your questions now and join Andrade Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Why did you decide to have the tournament with a different format than most other tournaments?
Billy Andrade (2:00 PM)
Right off the bat, off the top of my head, we're not like the other PGA tournaments we have every week. We wanted something different. Having a two-day tournament and a team format. To have it a little more relaxing. To have the fans be able to get closer to the players, where it's not a full-fledged PGA tournament. At a regular event, it's pretty intense out there. At a major, like the Masters, it's super intense. Our event is more about being relaxed and getting up close and personal with the players. And have the players have fun. They really enjoy playing, because they know that we're putting on a great event and supporting charity. The players over the years have been very happy with what we've done to help charity.
I know it's easy to say that Tiger should have withdrawn, but at the end of the day, in the same situation, don't you think most golfers would have abided by the ruling that was made?
Billy Andrade (2:02 PM)
Well, JJ, you've been mistaken. I think most of America was mistaken, because nobody knew the rules. He abided by the rules and the rules of golf 33-7 states that the rules committee can do whatever they want to do. They decided since it was the rules committee's mistake, they made a wrong a right, basically. Everyone jumped to the gun way too early. I think that has to do a lot with our culture, with Twitter, Facebook, TV, radio that people jumped to a conclusion. Also, this is the Masters and the people the run the Masters are from the USGA, RNA, PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine Tour and I don't know where else. These are the best minds. 99.9 percent they're right. The rules officials, while Tiger was still playing looked at the tape.
Billy Andrade (2:05 PM)
When looking at the tape they decided he did nothing wrong. He signed his card. It should have been over. Then he went and talked on TV and he said what he did. Then they decided they had made a mistake. They called him in on Saturday and they asked him what happened, he told them honestly. He didn't do anything wrong. There is a new rule, a technology rule with HD TV. Everyone thought it was this new rule. It goes to show you that Tiger broke a rule, but no one knew about it. Thank God there's that 33-7 rule in there so he could continue to play. Hopefully, JJ, that clears the air.
Where did the idea first come for you and Brad to host an event and to make it benefit charity?
Billy Andrade (2:07 PM)
Peter Jacobsen had a tournament the Fred Meyer Challenge. Soon after the CVS CEO Tom Ryan played in it, he was thinking about a charity event and he came to Brad and I. We had a PGA Tour event up in Massachusetts. For one year, CVS sponsored it. After that tournament, Tom Ryan came to Brad and I and said let's do a tournament in RI. Bring in a small group of players and raise money for charity around RI and Massachusetts, where the CVS headquarters are. We thought it was a fantastic idea. We can bring in all of our friends and entertain them. It's a win-win. It's been a fabulous event. To say that we've had our home course have Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino play is incredible.
Hey Billy, what's your favorite Masters memory?
Billy Andrade (2:08 PM)
I would have to say 1987 when I played as an amateur. My favorite one was that one. I went to Wake Forest. I was on the Arnold Palmer scholarship. In my first Masters, I got paired with him in the first round. He's been like a grandfather figure to me. I was 22. To be able to play in my first Masters and play with him is a memory I'll never forget.
Ben T. (Cape Cod)
Do you think Adam Scott can move forward and win more majors? What if the anchored putting ban goes through?
Billy Andrade (2:10 PM)
I think if you poll all PGA Tour players it's a shock Adam Scott took this long because of how talented and great a player he is. He's won 9 PGA Tour events. The Masters now. Absolutely he has a chance to win many more. But there is a big question mark with this anchored putter situation. I played with him some before he switched the putter. He went to the putter because he probably wasn't putting well the other way. Only time will tell if he has to switch back to see how competitive he is and all of the other players.
Hi Billy -- who are you most excited about seeing at the CVS tournament this year?
Billy Andrade (2:11 PM)
We've got a great field. We're not fully set yet. We have probably the best field yet. We love having the fans come and watching the event we put on. Everybody in Rhode Island, me included, it's kind of the start of the summer. When the CVS Caremark Charity Classic comes on, it's the start of the summer. I'm excited for that.
Nate (Rhode Island)
Hey Billy -- it's great what you guys do at the CVS. As someone that lives in RI, thanks. On the tour, I think Tiger's game is almost back, but he's still a little off. Do you think he'll be able to win a major this year at any of the three events left?
Billy Andrade (2:13 PM)
Absolutely he has a chance. He just didn't putt very well, especially on Sunday at the Masters. What he's done so far is remarkable. His putting has been the difference this year, other than the Masters. I think he'll be a force at Maeion. You need imagination. Muirfield in Scotland, he's played well there. He had a chance to win the last time he was there. He got caught in the monsoon of weather in the third round. To finish it up in Oak Hill in Rochester, that's a big boy course. It would not surprise me at all if he wins one or two this year.
How exciting is it to see your tournament grow every year?
Billy Andrade (2:15 PM)
Very exciting. Not just for me personally or Brad Faxon, for us. This is the biggest sporting event for Rhode Island for the year. The economic impact for the state. We're able to raise a lot of money and give away to charity. Not in my wildest dreams did I think we could go into our 14th year. My first year, I was just hoping people would come out to see us play. It's grown and gained momentum. This is really not our tournament. We host it, but it's hosted by all of RI. We have a great volunteer base. They take ownership of this event. That's the essence of how charity events work. If you take ownership of it, that's when you get success. To the folks who help run it, the people who watch it and the volunteers, we all feel a piece of it. That's what makes me most proud.
Billy Andrade (2:16 PM)
We'd love to see you come to Rhode Island to our wonderful event June 23-25. If you come, I guarantee you'll have a great time. Find out more at CVSCharityClassic.com.
Buzzmaster (2:16 PM)
Thanks for chatting Billy!