Chat with Farrell Evans
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com golf writer Farrell Evans stops by to give you the latest from the links.
Evans grew up in Forsyth, Ga., 60 miles south of Atlanta, where he learned the game at the Forsyth Golf Club, an 18-hole public course. After high school, he played on the golf team at Florida A&M University and interned with the PGA Tour at the TPC at Sawgrass.
Before joining ESPN.com in August 2011, Evans was a golf writer for nine years at Sports Illustrated. He currently lives in Harlem.
Send your questions now and join Evans Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET!
Ray Stinger Jr (in a sand trap with a buried lie)
Fore,Farrell! Head down,follow through. It sounds so simple but anyway.... do you think Tiger or Phil can win a major this year?
Farrell Evans (3:00 PM)
Good Afternoon. Let's get started.Ray, As I have said now what seems like a million times, Tiger and Phil can win at Augusta with their eyes closed. As far as the other three majors, it all depends on the course setups and how well they are playing coming into the event.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is the Hottest Temperature that the Golfers played in on the PGA Tour so hot that they almost passed out?
Farrell Evans (3:02 PM)
Chris,At the 1964 U.S. Open, Ken Venturi almost died from heat-exhaustion during the 36-hole final when temperatures soared over 100 degrees at the Congressional C.C. The '94 Open at Oakmont is also one of the hottest tournaments on record.
Tommy (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
He has no status anywhere but where will John Daly mostly play this year? His exemptions have dried up... Maybe head to Europe for the year in hopes to get his world ranking up?
Farrell Evans (3:04 PM)
Tommy,Actually, Daly was in the field this week at the Sony, but he pulled out. Big John will always be a fan draw, so the sponsors will take him here and abroad.
Can the PGA speed up the slow play or can they still change the rules?
Farrell Evans (3:10 PM)
Chris,The pros aren't going to play any faster. The tour has tried various things to speed up play, but without forcing the players to play ready golf, you're not going to see faster play at this point with so much money on the line.
Lion (San Francisco)
Why has Golf never developed a 2 man team format that spans over the course of the season like the FedEx Cup? Allow the players to form their own 2 man teams. They can gain points for individual play and team play as well. How hard would this be to coordinate?
Farrell Evans (3:17 PM)
Lion,Your plan wouldn't work for TV golf, which is what sustains the Tour. Although, it would be a fun concept to have once a year.
I have Choi, Howell III, Glover, Gainey, Leonard, Anders Hansen, Couples, and Matteo on my fantasy team. I think it is pretty stacked when it comes to possible cuts made. Who do you think i should/could trade to get another big time "stud"
Farrell Evans (3:19 PM)
Pat,I would get rid of Lucas Glover. You did see that he got hurt horsing around in Hawaii?
Tyler (Barnesville, Georgia)
Farrell When is Tiger ever going to be Tiger again? And what I mean by that is dominating? How often do you head down south nowadays?
Farrell Evans (3:21 PM)
Tyler,Good to hear from a local boy. I was in Lamar County over the holidays out at the Bush farm looking at chickens. As for Tiger, I think that it's just a matter of time before he wins again, but he's never going to be as good as he was in 2000 and 2001.
Tiger was better in 2000 than he was in 2001, 2001 was an average yr. Over the course of his career Tiger's average yr has been about 5 wins and a major. How close do you see him getting to those numbers this year?
Farrell Evans (3:25 PM)
Shoshana,You showed up late last week. You must know that it's going to be very difficult for Tiger to ever reach those kind of numbers again. I know Vijay was great in his 40s, so I'm holding out hope for my man, Tiger. But I don't see more than a couple of wins a year for him going forward.
Two surprising things that you think will happen this year?
Farrell Evans (3:29 PM)
Another rookie will win a major and Steve Stricker will win two majors.
What if the PGA Tour handed out penalties for slow play? A couple apiece to Webb, Jonathan, and Ben should make Rory happy.
Farrell Evans (3:34 PM)
Bob,The Tour will hand out penalties if a player doesn't get back into position after being put on the clock. The last guy that the tour penalized for slow play now works for the PGA Tour. His name now slips my mind.
You don't do a very good job advertising your chats! To be fair Stricker has had multiple wins a year multiple years in his 40's, so has Furyk. But I'd put the over under for Tiger this year at 2.5
Farrell Evans (3:36 PM)
Shoshana,That's not a bad guess. I would love to see him win any event, but it would be great for him to get it going again at the majors, where let's be honest, is all that matters to Tiger at this point in his career. Three more Arnold Palmers is not going to do much for his legacy.
Dang if a rookie wins one, and Striker wins 2, that doesn't leave a lot for the rest of the tour
Farrell Evans (3:39 PM)
It's a stretch but whose better than Stricker and Webb Simpson right now?
Do we underrate the players from the last 20-25 years because they don't have as many majors as the players from earlier eras? Majors are a lot harder to win nowadays due to deeper fields and equipment that has leveled the game, some.
Farrell Evans (3:48 PM)
Shoshana,Actually, it's been proven that it's just as hard to win the Players Championship or Wachovia as it is the majors. Think about it, the Masters has one of the weakest fields in golf. Yes, it's true that the PGA has a very strong field, but the U.S. Open and the British are always full of little known players. But to your question: I think we do have to look at how many people Jack, Arnie, and Ben actually had to beat to win some of their majors. It was a pretty small number by today's standards.
I think I'd take Donald over Simpson or Stricker. Donald and Stricker though have somewhat similar games. I could see either of them winning the Opens this summer.
Farrell Evans (3:52 PM)
Good point. Donald can win any of the majors. But I hope he doesn't put too much pressure on himself. It's easy to treat the majors like it's the end of the world if you don't win one.
I totally agree that we underrate regular tour wins. I think Snead's victory record isn't given near enough importance. But when we talk all time greats we tend to focus on how many majors they won. I think this means we underrate Phil, Faldo, Ernie as compared to Tom, Arnie, Sevie etc
Farrell Evans (3:58 PM)
S.,Several players have told me over the years that they would take five or six wins in a season over 1 major. It's a no brainer. The other thing is that and I have to give Larry Nelson credit for saying this, but a major doesn't mean the same thing for everybody. If you're supposed to win a major, it means a lot. But if you're guy like Nelson or Sean Micheel or Andy North, it doesn't mean as much. So at least the guys you mentioned were players who all established themselves as winners outside of the majors in other big tournaments.
And just wanted to say thanks for the chats :)
Farrell Evans (3:59 PM)
Thank You. Next week, I'll be live at the Humana Challenge in Palm Springs, where they have assembled a very strong field. Talk to you then. Take care.