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.
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Farrell Evans (2:58 PM)
Let's get started. I'm still a little hungover from the Ryder Cup.
What's the most difficult part of the game? Chipping, putting, sand traps?
Farrell Evans (2:59 PM)
The short game is very difficult, but probably the hardest thing for the typical player is consistently making solid contact.
Austin Meehan (Winter Park, FL)
I've always thought David Toms would be the next Ryder Cup captain in 2014. I cannot think of anyone else who would be considered. Possibly DL3 (again, not likely), Leonard or Calcavecchia?
Farrell Evans (3:02 PM)
Toms is the most likely candidate. He will be in his mid-40s and he's a past PGA Champion with a lot of playing experience in Ryder Cups. Calc would make a good captain but he's no longer on the regular tour. And Leonard's now out of the loop a bit in terms of contending for things like this.
Austin Meehan (Winter Park, FL)
Hey Farrell, I really think that Davis Love III will start to re-discover some good form now that the pressure of being Ryder Cup captain is over. He still bombs it off the tee, but he needs to putt better. Even with all the time devoted to the RC, he still became the first sitting captain to qualify for the FedEx. I know he's got one more President's and Ryder Cup left in him!
Farrell Evans (3:05 PM)
Austin,Love can obviously still play and should make the playoffs every year that he continues to stay on tour, but I don't know if he has another team competition in his game. I think he would be surprised if that happened.
Farrell Evans (3:06 PM)
Matt,Awesome. The views around 15 and 16 were beautiful. The facility comfortably held 50,000 plus a day. I loved it. The golf course held it's own, although I would have liked to have seen it with some rough.
Did Phil truly tell Davis that he wanted to sit out? Does anyone believe he actually wouldn't have played another match if Davis wanted him to? Seems like as usual, Phil and Tiger, polarizing figures that they are, are being made into scapegoats by a lot of people. Didn't Davis tell people before the matches began that nobody was playing 5?
Farrell Evans (3:09 PM)
Casey,Yes, Love did say that he didn't want anybody to play all five matches, but stuff can change. I think if Phil says to Love, look we're playing great, let us ride this momentum, Keegan and he are back out in the four balls on Saturday evening. But as Phil said, they made a decision at the start of the day that they were not playing in the afternoon.
Given the way Phil was running around helping dictate strategy with DLIII, does the player-captain strategy work with Phil in '14? Of course, knowing Phil, he could win 2 majors in '14 and withdraw from the qualifying standings if he were captain, because, well, Phil.
Farrell Evans (3:10 PM)
Phil would he a popular pick but I think he is eyeing 2016 or '18. He still has a lot of game and the player-captain thing is just too much work. I don't think Phil wants that kind of responsibility.
What did you think of Medinah as a RC venue?
Lois Lane (Hot, Humid, Wet S. Florida)
Hi Farrell: I've copied and pasted this post from a WOMAN 2 days after the Ryder Cup. Though you would get a feel for the only one out of hundreds of nasty remarks about Tiger that have been commented on. This is her comment, to which I wholeheartdly agree. Please, if you do post this, what do you think? Thank you in advance, Farrell."Thank God golf is primarily a solo sport, because that has allowed Tiger Woods to be the greatest player ever. No team captains to hold him back or hold him down,Tiger has often not been allowed to shine in Ryder Cup/team matches. Losing captain Curtis Strange held him out in 2001 and Davis Love did Tiger no favors in 2012.Why the Steve Stricker ghetto? Why was Tiger not allowed the conviviality and joy of success partnering with Bradley and/or Snedeker?Frankly, my Sunday viewership was ruined when Jimmy Roberts interviewed Love pre-match and the thick-lipped, droopy-eyed Davis Love III drawled that Tiger "STOLE" his golf cart. What a niggardly thing to say. It set the tone." Thank you for reading this.
Farrell Evans (3:13 PM)
That's an interesting point. Why after two defeats wouldn't Love figure out that Stricker and Woods were not a good team in these matches?
Farrell, how does the USA core of Woods/Furyk/Mickelson have 19 majors while the European core of Donald/Westwood/Poulter/Garcia have ZERO? It just makes no sense watching the way the Euros play the Ryder Cup
Farrell Evans (3:14 PM)
Jeff,If I had the answer to that question I might be a very rich man. On paper, there is no way you bet against the Americans.
So, again, why is Phil taking heat for something that Davis should have been in control of. As Captain, if Phil was indicating he would rather sit, you make a decision and get his butt back out there. That falls on Davis, not Phil. Why Phil felt the desire to sit is another question.
Farrell Evans (3:17 PM)
Love can't make a player go out if he says he's tired. That's the last thing he wants. Also that's not Love's style. He wanted these matches to be fun and players excited about playing.Phil said that three matches in a row was all he had.
Fresno State Fan (Fresno CA)
Do you think that Nick Whatney would have been a better choice in the Ryder Cup than say Tiny Tiger Woods?
Farrell Evans (3:18 PM)
No, I think a more consistent player like Bo Van Pelt would have made a good choice. Watney didn't do anything after he won at the Barclays.
Really, the only thing I question DL3 on, is I think I would have gotten Brandt into a fourball match. Especially as a rookie, I think it's hard to never play your own ball all week & then perform in singles
Farrell Evans (3:20 PM)
That's a great point, Shoshana. And even Europe unlikely hero, Matt Kaymer, got to play his own ball on Friday. That made a lot of difference for him in how he handled the situation with Stricker.
JA (St. Louis)
I hate to break it to anyone that wants to blame the captain, but this is all on the players. Everything in Davis Love's control he managed to a 4 pt cushion going into singles. You're mad that they didn't have a 5 pt lead going into singles? Please. The US players couldn't get it done in singles, period.
Farrell Evans (3:20 PM)
JA,That's the crux of matter. They got beat in the singles.
So, is there an actual quote from Phil about wanting to sit because he was tired? I have yet to see that. I saw one about wanting everyone to be fresh and that others were playing well and needed a chance to get some play in. Are we just assuming that it meant that Phil was tired and didn't want to play, because to me that doesn't seem like a fair assumption necessarily.
Farrell Evans (3:22 PM)
This is Phil defending Love on Sunday night."As far as playing Keegan and I, you need to hear something. Keegan and I knew going in that we were not playing in the afternoon, and we said on the first tee, we are going to put everything we have into this one match, because we are not playing the afternoon. And when we got to 10, I went to Davis and I said, listen, you're seeing our best; you cannot put us in the afternoon, because we emotionally and mentally are not prepared for it. And I know you're going to get pressure, because we're playing so good."
Obviously Stricker didn't have it this week, but for those suggesting they break up Tiger and Stricker, than who does Stricker play with? What other team do you break up? Or do you just sit him, and hope he rebounds?
Farrell Evans (3:23 PM)
I think you bench Stricker. If you look at it, Tiger and Stricker were the only two who didn't work out at all.
Why is Phil talking for Keegan anyway? I would have sent Bradley and Woods out in the afternoon session. Would have been great for TW.
Farrell Evans (3:25 PM)
Guy,You're right. Why is Phil talking for Keegan? Bradley, I'm sure, wanted to play. Since when was a 26-year-old emotionally and physically spent?
Europe had 4 of the top 5 in the world on their team. They had played poorly as a team, but they rebounded in singles and the US got beat. Sort of the reverse of a normal RC.
Farrell Evans (3:27 PM)
True but those guys didn't play like they were ranked that high until Sunday. Well, Luke started to put it together on Saturday.
Hi, Farrell. Any thoughts on the impending decision to ban or not to ban "anchoring" (however it will be defined)?
Farrell Evans (3:29 PM)
It wouldn't be good for the game to enforce a ban on anchoring, but I think you will find that players will see use long putters.And to do it now puts the credibility of all the tournaments won with them into question.
To be fair Tiger and Stricker were 9 under par on Friday afternoon as a team (including 4 under on the front 9)
Farrell Evans (3:30 PM)
I've said all week that if Tiger were playing stroke play he might have won the tournament, but it's match play. You can't start your run on the 10th hole.
Lois Lane (Hot, Humid, Wet S. Florida)
Thanks for posting my point. Today on Morning Drive they said the 3 BEST match play players are: Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, and yes, TIGER WOODS. All other acknowledgement of this fact has been smothered with what he did this weekend, and at Ryder Cups in particular. Farrell, I know you know his Jr Am, Amateur, and Pro record in winning various match play tournaments. This is not a weekly, monthly or annual fact. It is cumulative throughout his career.Why won't anyone get down on Love for not placing him earlier on Sunday, and having him play with another partner to possibly motivate him on the second day, at least? This just affords Love and the media to continue with ...'he'll never be the same, or any good".
Farrell Evans (3:33 PM)
I think if Love had to do some things over again, he might put Tiger with a different player. It seems like his governing by committee with a lot of player input didn't always work.
joe (new orleans)
has anyone looked at the actual scores the US posted in singles? (accounting for conceded putts/holes). Was it bad playing or bad matchups or both?
Farrell Evans (3:34 PM)
Joe,A few years players played really poorly, Sneds and Furyk, for example, but they got beat by a better team on Sunday.
Thoughts on the Ollie/Tw/Molinari thing?
Farrell Evans (3:36 PM)
I think Molinari instincts in the fairway to give Tiger a halve and bring it into the house was the right thing to do. And although I didn't like it then, I like that Tiger didn't dignify the meaningless moment. The match was over!
That was half my point, on Friday PM they didn't, through 10 holes they were 5 under & 2 down. But also sending out a team together that was 9 under, rather than sitting a guy all day Saturday, make logical sense. Usually sitting a guy all day backfires in the singles.
Farrell Evans (3:38 PM)
Good point. Still the bottom line is that all those birdies didn't yield a point for the U.S. team.
Who do you think is the best choice for US Captain in gleneagles (not most deserving)?
Farrell Evans (3:39 PM)
David Toms is the most realistic choice. I would love to see Azinger do it again.
Thanks for the quote. I hadn't seen that. Phil needs to man up, and this is coming from one of his biggest fans. It's 3 days. He has 3 months to rest.On another note, do you think it was wise for Davis to put the guys playing best first off in singles? To me, losses in those matches possibly kills momentum when as good as most of the team was playing, you could have stolen a couple early matches anyway and then possibly had some easier matches later.
Farrell Evans (3:43 PM)
The thinking behind sending out certain players early was that they were the tone setters for everybody else. Bubba got things going in a way that no one else could. And I think he lost some of his focus on Sunday trying to play to the crowd.
Didn't ask for realistic, asked for best :). Seems like the PGA should start using best as their criteria, rather than guy who won our championship & we like (although I think Davis did a good job).
Farrell Evans (3:44 PM)
Fred Couples. But he is not going to get it.
joe (new orleans)
hindsight being 20/20 and all what are your thoughts on letting Furyk or Stricker being sacrificial lambs so to speak against Donald/Rory/Rose? Then save the guys playing well to pick up easier points. Would that be damaging to morale?
Farrell Evans (3:45 PM)
Love was trying to win the match. And he put his horses out earlier. He's thinking there is no way he loses the first five matches on Sunday.
I feel terrible for both Stricker and Furyk (and anyone arguing Stricker shouldn't have been a captains pick is flat wrong, there's a diff between someone not delivering & someone not deserving to be there), but are these the last team matches for Stricks and Furyk?
Farrell Evans (3:48 PM)
it's hard to say. They are both still top 30 players. But Love definitely could have gone with two younger players. One friend told me the other day, a swing instructor on tour, that these matches are a young man's game. I think Furyk and Stricker were nervous more than anything.
Hypothetically if Kaymer missed his par putt on 18, does Tiger win the cup for the USA?
Farrell Evans (3:49 PM)
Yes, he has a chance to win it if he can keep his lead over Molinari.
Shoshana: easy answer, Snedeker plays with Tiger and Stricker sits forever. Stricker just wasn't playing that well to begin with. In fact, that captain's pick to me at the time seemed dubious but everyone gave it a pass because of the Tiger effect.
Any chance Tiger adds a new event in 2013? Like he did with Greenbrier this year
Farrell Evans (3:49 PM)
I don't know where he would add an event. He had a very full year.
I think too much has been made out of the Tiger Woods' pairings. Seems to me he would be just fine with a Sneds, Bradley or Bubba. I think it is a disservice to everyone to make it such a large deal. I think media is partially at fault.
Farrell Evans (3:50 PM)
Guy, PAIRINGS ARE EVERYTHING IN THE RYDER CUP.
I can't remember if you wrote about it, or even if it was on ESPN or somewhere else, but I remember articles pre-Cup talking about how Phil suggested to Love that he be more of a leader in the weeks leading up to the competition. I think Phil wants all that responsibility, to be honest.
Farrell Evans (3:52 PM)
Yes, Andrew, I wrote that in a story about Phil challenging Love to be a leader. Phil desperately wants that leadership. He has one of the strongest personalities on tour.
Any idea about this Turkish Airlines World Golf Final next week? 8 players...match play I assume? I wonder how they construct the bracket?
Farrell Evans (3:52 PM)
Michael C. (Westport, CT)
Will Michael Jordan be the next Ryder Cup captain?
Farrell Evans (3:53 PM)
MJ loves the attention. I would love to see him not walk around with the players. i think he is a distraction.
What do you think of Tiger Woods as a role model for today's youth? With his questionable personal life, occasional bad attitude, and his unprofessional temper tantrums on the golf course, should young people look up to him as the "golfing God" the media has portrayed him to be?
Farrell Evans (3:56 PM)
Tiger is doing some amazing things through his foundation for kids. But I would like to see him get more involved on a personal level with young people. I want to know how much his heart is into it. This was Earl's vision for him. I wonder how much he wants it for himself.
Hi, Farrell. What do you think will happen with the impending decision on "anchoring" with the USGA and/or R&A? How will "anchoring" be defined? I'm wondering if broomstick putters may be less affected than belly putters.
Farrell Evans (3:58 PM)
anchoring will be defined as any part of the putter touching your body during the stroke. I don't think that ban it because players have used them too long.
Daniel Scroggs (West Palm Beach [Fl])
Will Tiger Win a MAJOR in 2013... If so how many?
Farrell Evans (4:00 PM)
Daniel,Tiger will win a major in 2013. I don't know how he's going to do with his driver and fear of the short putts, but he's too good not to win at Augusta.
Farrell Evans (4:01 PM)
So long. Enjoy the Vegas tournament and keep your phones and computers and TVs dialed to an ESPN property. Always.Peace.