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 Monday, PGA Tour pro Billy Andrade stops by to chat the finish to the 2014 U.S. Open and the rest of the golf season, including the tournament Andrade hosts in mid-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 $17 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 Monday at noon ET!
Buzzmaster (11:59 AM)
Billy is here!
How do you think Kaymer will do at the British and PGA? As well as he's playing you have to think he has a chance to add a second major?
Billy Andrade (12:01 PM)
Obviously, after his performance in the last two months, you have to put him right up at the top as one of the favorites in both of the next two majors. He has two of the four now in the Grand Slam. I think he'd like to get the next leg of it. In both tournaments, excluding the Players' Championship win, when he hung on to win with the weather delay, he's been mistake free and on automatic. He has a beautiful golf swing, but his putting stroke is money. It's silky smooth. I think he only missed one or two putts.
Erik Compton had a breakout performance at the US Open and he's headed to the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. How do you think he'll fare at your event?
Billy Andrade (12:02 PM)
Well, he has a lot of momentum. The one person that's excited the most is Brad Faxon, because he's playing with him. I got a text from Brad this morning "How about Compton?" I think he's excited. We have such a great field with some stout teams. This is a breakout form for Erik's career.
What were your thoughts on the changes made to Pinehurst? I'm sure some fans aren't used to seeing that much brown on a course, but I thought it looked really cool.
Billy Andrade (12:04 PM)
I played the course a couple of years ago after they first made the changes. It's different. The yardage doesn't equate to how you're actually playing the course when it's firm and fast. In watching on TV, the players seemed to get some breaks. There were some wild shots hit, including Kenny Perry holing out. I don't know what the numbers are as far as how much money you're saving in maintenance, but I thought it looked fantastic on TV. The scores that were shot, only 3 breaking par, it was tough enough.
How much fun do you guys have putting on the CVS tournament? Must be a lot of work for you?
Billy Andrade (12:05 PM)
It's an absolute blast. It's an honor to be a part of something as wonderful as this. CVS, we've given away $17 million to charity. That's what it's all about. Having all of our friends to come and play with us, everyone that comes understands what we're doing. It's an honor and a joy to do it. We couldn't do it without CVS.
Do you think Mickelson's time to win a US Open is running out?
Billy Andrade (12:06 PM)
Yes. I think at his age, 44, the older you get the harder it gets. Going into this Open, he wasn't "on." He's been struggling with his putting, that usually happens when you get older. But he's still Phil Mickelson. I wouldn't count him out just yet.
JK (Los Angeles)
What do you think about the men's and women's US Opens being played at the same course? I like the idea, but I wonder what kind of shape the course is going to be in for the women. That place looked pretty beat up by the end of the men's tourney.
Billy Andrade (12:07 PM)
I think the USGA really took that into consideration. The scores in the men's event, they might have let go more if they didn't have the women's event after. That's why they might have put some water on the greens on Wednesday. They might put some more water on the ground now, depending on the weather. I think it's a great concept. We'll see how it plays out this week.
What's your favorite memory from the CVS Caremark Charity Classic
Billy Andrade (12:08 PM)
I think my most favorite memory was probably our first year. I was playing with Brad and we were playing with Jack Nicklaus and his son. There was a loud roar and Jack said "looks like someone made a hole in one." Then 30 seconds later, there was another roar. Sure enough, there were back to back hole-in-ones. It's a rare feat. Being that it was our first year and first day. Brad and I were worried about people showing up. And they did and they still are, which is awesome.
Billy Andrade (12:09 PM)
And so many more memories with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino. So many guys that have given us their time. I will never forget it.
Jason T (New Haven)
What do you expect from Tiger when he comes back? Do you think he still has any shot to catch Jack for majors?
Billy Andrade (12:10 PM)
Probably the greatest question and the toughest question. If we had a crystal ball, it would be nice to see through that. I have no idea. At one time you would have said yes, but now, with the injuries he's gone through. Having issues with your back, which is probably the worst thing you can have, we'll have to wait and see.
Do you think Kuchar can break through at a major soon? He seems to be around most of the time, but just can't quite get a win.
Billy Andrade (12:12 PM)
Yes. He's been very consistent the last five years. Whether that window closes, I don't know. He hits it straight and putts it well. That combination usually helps at majors. He did win The Players. It's close to a major. He's almost won one. He has won a U.S. Amateur. I think he has the game and demeanor and the drive to do it. I hope he does because he's a nice guy.
You guys must be pretty excited about having Compton and Fowler playing this year? They might have been way behind Kaymer, but they won the tournament for second at the US Open.
Billy Andrade (12:13 PM)
We're really excited about Compton. But unfortunately Rickie is not playing in our event. He has played the last few years, but couldn't fit it into his schedule this year. But we are thrilled to have Erik playing. Like Rocco Mediate in '07 or '08, finishing second to Tiger and he came to our event.
How impressive was Kaymer's performance? What makes him so good, and how good do you think he could end up being. He's only 29 and he already has two majors (Mickelson didn't win his first until he was in his mid-30s).
Billy Andrade (12:14 PM)
I agree. The sky is the limit. He's strong. He's long. He has that silky stroke. Depending on his drive, which I think he has it. You can see it in how he plays. He doesn't get too excited. Too up or too down. Coming back from being the No. 1 player in the world, he appreciates it more this time. Maybe he took it for granted the first time around. If he has the drive, he can dominate.
I'd love to see Jordan Spieth contend in the next two majors? What do you think of his game and do you see a major in his near future?
Billy Andrade (12:16 PM)
He's played great in all of the majors so far and he's 20. He almost won the Masters. He had a nice run at the U.S. Open. I'm amazed in how he's handled himself to this point. He seems like a classy kid. It seems like he respects the game and is respectful of others. I met him after he first turned pro and he couldn't be nicer to me. It's up to him to keep it going and I think he will.
Billy Andrade (12:19 PM)
We're real excited about this year's event. We have probably our best field ever. Tickets can be bought online at CVSCaremarkCharityClassic.com and $5 from every online ticket purchase goes to a charity of your choice. Tickets are $25 for a Good-Any-Day ticket. Children under 17 are free as are our veterans and first responders.
Buzzmaster (12:19 PM)
Thanks for chatting Billy!