Hello, thanks for checking in. Lots going on in the golf world, not all of it on the course. I'm here for the next little while, people fire away with your questions.
People were pretty harsh on Sim for laying up on 18. It's not like he's a guy who's made his bones on tour yet despite the battlefield promo in '09. I know people would like to see him go for it but that's a lot to lose for him at this point in the season (and career) if that goes sour and in the drink.... Thoughts?
Tom, I'm one who questioned Michael Sim's decision to not go for the green on Sunday, especially after Ben Crane laid up. You know your opponent almost certainly is not going to make worse than par. You have to have a birdie. A lot easier to make birdie if you're on or around the green. That said, Sim said he felt it might have been out of his range. Maybe he could have bailed out to the right? If his shot goes in the water, he can still make a 5 by getting up and down. Or a six and he finishes fifth which is a lot of money. I just think you have a chance to win, don't you go for it?
Hey Bob,HUGE win for The Scientist over the weekend - it looks like "that cat came back" in a major way. Do you know if he plans on playing any tourneys in the US besides the Masters/US Open/PGA? Thanks!
Gomes, at this point, I am not sure, although I'm sure you can count on him at the world events such as Match Play and Doral, which means he might also play another event or two in Florida. By the way, the reference is to Robert Karlsson, who won in Qatar on Sunday.
Any chance the PGA Tour adopts a local rule allowing U grooves from all manufactorers on a temporary basis until they can sort out the Ping mess? Also has ping released a statement on this at all?
Brian, take a closer look at the stores on espn.com. A good bit of this has been covered. But it's complicated. First, I have to try and straighten out the U grooves, square grooves talk. U grooves and Square grooves are not banned. There is no ban on shape. It all has to do with the volume in the space of grooves. Technical stuff to be sure. And it isn't a simple process for the tour to put in place a local rule due to the Ping lawsuit settlement. Stay tuned.
Do you think in the future that you will see a woman winning a PGA Tournament by beating a male golfer?
Chris, I think that possibility is a long way off. There are some amazing women golfers who can probably beat 95 percent of the male playing public. But beating men professionals is another matter, and it simply has to do with God-given physical advantages for men. They hit the ball farther. And that is a lot to overcome. I'm not saying it won't happen somebody. It very well might.
I noticed on TGC coverage that they had cameras on all 36 holes at Torrey Pines this week. Why do we only get to see the 9th and 18th holes at Spyglass and Poppy Hills (and i assume MPCC Shore course)? Also the scoring updates are brutal that week. We'll get no updates for an hour then they post about 6 holes worth of scores at once, why is it like that there but they can keep on top of it at the Hope?
Brian, I do not know the answer, and maybe someone out there does. Perhaps it is a costly production issue we're talking about. At Pebble Beach next week, most of the telecast will focus on Pebble Beach, not the other courses, simply for logistical reasons. As for scoring, I can't see that as be as big of an issue. Technology allows for fast reporting of scores today.
Better Course, Pebble or Riveria?
There is a lot involved in that question, so I'm just going to answer it by going with Pebble, simply because of aesthetics.
Bob, How about my prediction in last weeks chat on John Daly winning? I was close. Do you think he stays retiered?
Yeah, big John created more headlines for doing nothing. He said he was quitting when we all knew he would not. He's not retiring. In fact, he is scheduled to play next week at Pebble Beach.
Don't you feel for Robert Allenby? Week after week he's right up there and then trouble comes into play on the back nine on Sundays.. At least on the PGA Tour... Don't you feel that this could finally be his week? A course he likes, and I still don't like the ruling he got on 17 last Sunday.. Your thoughts?
Jon, I picked Allenby this week. The man is due. It's hard to believe he hasn't won on the PGA Tour in eight years, given his success everywhere else. I can't argue with the ruling he got Sunday, but truth is, he finished three shots back and that triple was very costly.
Don't you think it's kind of lame Tom Watson waited until now to question Tiger's on-course behavior? isn't that like kicking a man when he's down? why wasn't he speaking up about this before the sex scandal?
I think players have refrained from questioning Tiger's on-course behavior -- just like the media -- because in the overall scheme of things, it seemed like nit-picking. It seemed like a small thing to criticize when there was nothing else. Now in light of all the allegations, it becomes easier to pile on I suppose. Watson was simply asked the question and responded. And in the past, Watson has said he wished Tiger would calm down on the course. It just didn't get the same attention.
With Lovemark, Fowler and Lee now pro who is the best amateur in the world?
According to Golfweek's latest amateur rankings, it is Matteo Manassero of Italy. You might remember he played the first two rounds of the British Open last year with Tom Watson and tied for 13th. He also won the British Amateur.
Was Mickelson "Bunting with a 9 run lead" by using the ping wedge.
If you mean was he going against protocol, you would probably get some support on that. There are plenty of players who think it is against the spirit of the rules to use the club. Lots of debate on the subject. It appears Mickelson was doing so to prove a point.
how much resentment do the elder statesmen of golf like Tom Watson, have for how much money today's golfers make? i checked today and Sergio already has almost double the career earnings of Watson (sorry for hating on TW sooo much today)
I'm not sure there is resentment about the money. That is a fact of life. Jack Nicklaus made a lot more than Ben Hogan who made a lot more than Gene Sarazen. It's just how it goes. I guess I would counter by saying that when Tom Watson was winning all those PGA Tour money titles, he was doing pretty well for himself. And at 60, he still has earning power in golf. I doubt he's lamenting much.
I had heard Watson wrote Tiger a note shortly after the British Open outburst. To say he waited for the sex scandal isn't correct. That being said what kind of odds would you lay on him winning this week, 100-1?
I would think Watson's chances in Dubai are not very good. It's a long course with a lot of rough.
I agree with you about the ruling, but it seems like he just can't get a break. As long as you have picked him, I'll take Els then this weekend. We'll see how close we were next Monday. Big Ernie seems to be rounding into form and it is great to see him commit to play here in the States.
Jon, wise choice to pick against me. I won't say I like Els so as not to jinx you.
On Sim's play - at the same time, shouldn't a tour pro be able to get up and down with a wedge a pretty significant chunk of the time? It's not like laying up doomed him there. Look at Zach Johnson.
Evan, it's a good point. He obviously was playing to his strengths. It just looked bad afterward when he failed to even hit the green with his third shot.
Is the event that used to be played at Royal Melbourse (the Heineken Open or something) completely defunct now?
I cannot find the event listed on either the European Tour or Australian Tour schedules, and Royal Melbourne is not listed as a venue, either.
Will Riveria ever see a major played here and if not has the Tiger Camp put the kibosh on that as he does not play well there.
I really don't think Tiger has anything to do with it.There had been some talk about the US Open going there before Torrey Pines got it in 2008. There are also Opens at Pebble this year and Olympic in 2012 and a few years down the road at Chambers Bay in Washington State.The PGA was played there in 1995 to underwhelming crowds.
Lets be honest, Phil will probably hit 80% of the fairways this week and win by six after last week.... haha. But, honestly I am kind of rooting for Charles Howell to come through so he gets back to the Masters.. You know that tournament means a ton to him since he's a local boy. He's playing well right now so I guess wouldn't rule against him this week either. Track record speaks positively, too. Thanks, see you next week.
Charles Howell won his last tournament in a playoff over Phill three years ago -- or Phil would have won three straight at Riviera.
Why is it the US Am. Champ gets into the British Open (as long as he stays an am) but the Brit Am Champ has to sectionally qualify to get into the US Open?
Each of the majors has their own ways of doing it. The British Amateur champ does get into the Masters.
Rumor has it Tiger may be making his come back again at the match play in Marana. Any truth to this?
Pete, I don't put much stock in it. The tournament is just two weeks away. I have no information, but there has been no indicaiton that Tiger is even practicing or playing. It just seems too soon.
It was Sim's first time at Torrey. Even Feherty made mention that he won't make the same mistake again (not judging the correct amount of spin) on the approach.
Marc, it's true, lots of factors to consider for a first-timer.
Hey Bob, after seeing Rory McIlroy play 2 years ago, I knew this kid was going to be special. With a win in Dubai last year, how do you think he is going to fare this year? Do you think he will compete and contended in the States or at the majors, and if so, which one(s)?
Pat, Rory is highly regarded. It was Geoff Ogivly who said last year that if you want to get to No. 2 (behind Tiger) one day, you're going to have to go thorugh Rory eventually. High praise. I think he can contend anywhere, but the quesiton is him breaking through for more wins and how often he does so. I think he needs to take that step first.
Are they going to finish the US Open in primetime again this year? It was a lot of fun that way the last time it was in CA.
Evan, I believe that is the plan. Since it is at Pebble Beach, they can show it in prime time in the Midwest and the East.
I can understand not looking at a leaderboard for most of a Sunday, but what Ben Crane did had to be certifiably insane. On the last couple of holes, you HAVE to know where you're at, right?
Andrew, you would think so. Crane said afterward he didn't look at a scoreboard and didn't even know he had won. But he also said his caddie was instructed to give him a heads up if necessary. I'm guessing the caddie figured there was no reason to tell him anything on 18. But if he had to make a birdie or if he could win with a bogey, you'd think he'd let him know. Generally, though, I don't understand the philosophy. What if you are 2 behind with two holes to play? Don't you want to know you need to be aggressive and make a couple of birdies?
Are players mad about Tiger running golf through the mud?
The reaction to Tiger is widespread. Some might believe as you have said, others believe it is personal, still others just want him to get back on track and get back to playing golf.
are you mad at Tiger?
Personally, no. It's his business. I'm disappointed that he made decisions that have affected his ability to play golf at the moment. From a purley sports perspective, I think we'd like to see the best player competing in his prime.
Will beeing foriegn as far as endorcements and confidence hurt Rory's chances at beeing #1. I find it hard to believe that Sergio would not have won a Major buy now if he had the confidence gained from a 50million dollar Nike endorsement.
Blake, I would say that Sergio has earned plenty of money to feel secure. Same with McIlroy. These guys ought to be set for life. It should have no bearing.
With the struggles he had towards the tail end of last year, but two decent showings this year so far, how do you feel about Sergio Garcia as a contender this year. Yes he is one of the best ball strikers when he wants to be, but everyone that follows gold knows his downfall is the putter. Your thoughts on a new fresh start for the Spaniard?
Pat, the putting problems are a huge concern. It seemed as though he had gotten past it in 07-08, especially when he won the Players Championship. Then you saw him messing around with the belly putter last year, never a good sign. The problem with poor putting is it puts so much pressure on the rest of the game. All that said, Sergio should not be written off. He's too good and if he can just be a decent putter he'll have lots of success.
I just ment the only thing that will get in the way of Rory is him self and the pressure he puts on him self. I think Sergio raised the bar to high at to young of an age and has been playing from behind so to speak.
There is something to be said for raising the bar too high so early. What if Tiger didn't win the Masters so early? Remember before he won the '99 PGA, he was already starting to hear it because he had yet to win two. But at least he had won. The longer it goes, the more pressure. It's a lot to deal with when you are 19 or 20 to have people saying you should win a lot of majors.
Thinking in the future and what we know now, who would you rather have as your captain if you were a member of a Ryder Cup squad- Tiger or Phil?
Pat, I hate to be wishy-washy, but I'm guessing players will want to play for both of them. They are legends and to be part of their teams will be an honor -- even if they are completely different captains.
I am out of time. Thanks for all the questions. Check back next week when I'll be chatting from Pebble Beach. Thanks again.