It seems as if there is never a dull moment in the golf world these days. Thanks for checking out this golf chat. Feel free to fire away with your golf-related quesitons and I'll do my best with the responses.
I agree with Jack, Corey Pavin is out of his mind and selfishly using this opportunity to get ink for himself. To disregard Tiger's 14 majors, 11 POYs, and his 5 for 5 showing at last year's President's Cup is crazy. Pavin can't actually believe that there are 4 better players out there. I think that he is trying to dissuade Tiger from playing because he knows that Tiger will likely win the British or Bridgestone and make the team on points.
Bill, for those who don't know, captain Corey Pavin said this week that Tiger is not an automatic pick for the team. Fair enough. But I'm with you: if Tiger is willing -- and that is a big if -- and able, then he should be there. No way Pavin picks somebody else over Tiger if Tiger wants on the team. And it's true, Tiger has plenty of time to earn a spot on the team.
Should tiger be tested for PEDs?
Should he be tested for performance enhancing drugs? I don't know if he should be, but I do know he can be. He's subject to the PGA Tour's testing policies.
Ty Tryon won his local qualifier last week. About a decade ago he was the Jordan Spieth of his day. Any update on him? Is he still on mini tours? Do you think he'll ever get back to the tour?
Brian, Ty Tryon offers an excellent example of why you can't get too excited about a teenager having success on the PGA Tour. As impressive as Jordan Spieth was, it is no indication of future success. Tryon had similar success at age 16 and made it through 3 stages of Q school to earn his PGA Tour card -- but has never been able to keep it. He's failed to advance out of Q school in subsequent years and remains on the mini tours.
Since his dr is under fed scrutiny they should
They should test him? Sure, but if he passes, does that mean all the controversy about the doctor under fed scrutiny goes away? Say what you want about Tiger, but I'd be very surprised if he were taking PEDS simply because of his outspoken comments WANTING drug testing on the tour. It just doesn't add up.
What's so wrong with what Pavin said? I mean if you go by this year then there are absolutely 4 players playing than he is. Actually there are about 10, its a what have you done lately event. If it went off past achievments than Jack, Watson, and for that matter Palmer would be in the discussion.
Pavin's comments just seemed a bit disingenuous to me. I understand the idea of everyone being treated equal -- except that never happens. If it did, they would simply go by the points and there would be no captain's picks. To compare Tiger to past greats like Nicklaus and Watson is also a bit disingenuous. Tiger is a season removed from three top-10s at the majors -- which earn Ryder Cup points -- and a 5-0 finish at the Presidents Cup. Sure there are guys playing better than him now; but the event is in October and if Tiger finishes, say, 12th, in the points, are you not going to pick him?
What better way to avert suspicion? Note bigger body losing hair duh?
Look,I'm not defending him here. Yes, it could be a way to divert suspicion, but it also means he subjects himself to getting caught. Of course he could have stopped using, right? Still, the bigger body has been achieved over 10 years!
I guess the "everyone else" won't be judged on things like performance in major championships, world golf championships, match play experience and record. Oh by the way Tiger finished 4th in this year's biggest event. Between not consulting Azinger and these quotes Captain Pavin is starting to create doubt of whether he's up to the task.
Jim, it really is kind of early for people to be worrying about Tiger and the Ryder Cup, which is probably what Pavin should have said. He could have said, "Tiger's got a lot of time to make the team on his own and I feel confident he will; if he doesn't, there is a long time to decide." That simple.
Tiger was only 5-0 because his partner carried him
It's true, Steve Stricker had an excellent President Cup, and Tiger had made note of that. But they were a good parternship. And Tiger did it all on his own in singles.
Mickelson, Woods, Els, Garcia and Scott all previously won the Byron Nelson. None of them (for various reasons) showed up this week? Are organizers afraid that now then Nelson has passed they are going to struggle to draw the top names? Also the course is 2 stars at best and the water on 18 looks and feels too contrived, are there any thoughts of moving the tournament venue?
Brian, the Nelson, to me, is a victim of something I've talked and written about forever: too many good tournaments, too many choices. Before 2007, it was probably among the two or three best events between the Masters and U.S. Open. Quail Hollow came along and so did the Players moving to May and now you've got Colonial and Memorial, too. They can't play them all. It's more about time on the schedule and golf course, I'm afraid, than anything.
The Senior PGA championship is this week. Twice this was held at Augusta. Do you think, say in the next 25 years, we will see any tournaments, outside of the Masters, held there?
We can dream, right? I think it would be fantastic, but highly doubtful.
Going to the other side of the Ryder Cup, what are Sergio's chances of actually making the team? It seems like there's a bunch of Euro star power passing him by in the standings, but a Ryder Cup with Sergio seems insane.
Andrew, he's in a bit of a tough spot because he doesn't play enough on the European Tour to make it through the tour standings, and his form is off so he's not high enough in the world points standings. Monty has 3 captain's picks to work with so it will be interesting to see what happens or if Garcia can find some form and earn a spot.
I'm sure that is what Pavin meant, that if he plays his way in which i'm sure he will, then he'll be on the team. He just shouldn't be automatic because he's Tiger. Pavin is trying to win and if Tiger still hasn't found his game by then, then Pavin would have to pick someone that would be the best contributor to the team
What is the definition of Tiger finding his game? If Tiger doesn't want to be there, that's one thing. But you think that one of the all-time greats should be left off just because he doesn't make the team on points? I understand why you don't just say now he's on no matter what.
Do you think Tony Romo has any shot at making the open?
Corey, I would say his chances are very slim. Now he's going up against tour players. Remember he had to make it through a playoff just to get to sectionals, where he'll be playing against guys who do this for a living. It would be a phenomenal achievement if he pulled it off.
Can the PGA Tour compel an amateur to play in the Wednesday Pro-Ams at all? I'm sure Jordan Spieth will be in the top 50 most sought after players in Memphis but is it called Pro Am for a reason and not Am-Am?
They cannot compel him to do so, but the sponsor has the ability to pick a few players it wants in the pro-am. Perhaps they would want him to play with other amateurs.
With Pebble Beach hosting the US Open this year it will be the 16th time in the last 19 US Opens that the tournament was played on either the East or West Coast. Also the next 6 after this year are either East or West Coast. Why is this? Also why is Cherry Hills out of the rota? It is now over 7500 yards. Yes it is at altitude but the greatest US Open ever played was there and drew the big names (Hogan, Palmer and Nicklaus) to the top of the leaderboard on Sunday. I would think the USGA would welcome that.
I didn't check your math, but the basis for your quesiton appears to be: why no midwest venues? The USGA has not gone to the Midwest since Olympia Fields in 2003. Since then it has been to the New York area for Opens three times (2004, 2006, 2009) and to California once -- where it will go this year and again in 2012. For some reason, Medinah (a PGA Championship venue) is no longer in the USGA's plans, and Cog Hill, site of the BMW, is an outside hopeful. The USGa appears enamored with Erin Hills in Wisconsin for a future Open. But what about Oakland Hills or Bellerive or other Midwest sites?
I'm pretty sure he's played badly other than the Masters! I know he had the neck injury, but come on he's spraying shots all over the place and is missing putts that used to be pretty routine for him. Do you really believe he can win matches in the Ryder Cup with play like that? I know he is the be all end all to people in golf but take the blinders off for a second.
The Ryder Cup is 4 months away. A lot can happen between now and then. Stewart Cink is presently 8th in points and would make the team today. He hasn't done much since winning the British Open. If it came down to Cink or Woods, who do you take?
All signs pointing to Tiger being at the Memorial?
Frank, yes, Tiger made it official a little while ago. He plans to be there next week.
When will Phil take HIS #1 ranking?
Phil can move to No. 1 if he wins Colonial this week.
Do you think the neck was an excuse at the Players for Tiger? You know that if he was in contention he finishes that round Sunday. Seemed like a cop out to me. Your thoughts?
I have to go by his history, he's never done it prior. It's one thing to try and tough it out if you have something bothering you, but if you fear risking further injury, not sure what else you are supposed to do. I'm guessing if he were in contention, the neck would not have been bothering him. I think you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Between Cink and Woods? Can I take a mulligan?
Don't get me wrong, I can see why people are wondering about Woods right now. But there are several guys who are going to make the team on points who you would not pick ahead of him even if his game is off.
Who will be the first to win a major... AK or Rory?
Justin, my hunch is Anthony Kim. A bit older, and he's already won a few more times and been in contention more. But, of course, he is out with an injury at the moment.
This may sound strange, but is Jordan Spieth getting attention becuase of Jordan Spieth or becuase he is 16. I argue if he was 26 would he be getting the same sort of attention.
There's no doubt it is because he is 16. He became the 6th youngest player to ever make a cut on the PGA Tour and until the 15th hole on Sunday was still in contention. No doubt, a player 10 years older would not have even been discussed.
What is up with the redesign of Wentworth? I always thought that was a great old course, similar Riveria or East Lake. IMO this set up looked contrived. What was wrong with the old set up? It couldn't have been that bad if they had 2 premier events a year there in the BMW Euro PGA and the World Match play.
It just seems like the thing to do these days, redesign or toughen courses to make them stand up better to the pro game. There were many who felt the course had been passed by, but from the sounds of the complaining across the pond last week, perhaps they should have left it alone.
Tiger is just average now
Perhaps, but how does Tiger being average compare to Ben Crane, who is 9th in the Ryder Cup points?
How Good are you at Playing Golf?
Chris, not nearly good enough, unfortunately.
Bob, can you do your best weatherman impersonation and tell me if there might be rain like Bethpage at this year's US Open. Pebble doesn't usually get that much rain this time of year, right? I'm trying to book tickets and I would appreciate any insight as to when I should fly down there and back home. Thanks!!
Matt, I would wager heavily that it'll be nothing like Bethpage in terms of rain. It's one of the reasons it is surprising they don't take the Open to California more often, especially Southern Cal, where it hardly rains in the summer. They did have fog delays the last time at Pebble.
Tiger should EARN his spot!
Why? There will be 4 players who are picked who did not EARN their spot. Why should he not be considered for one of them if he finishes outside of the top 8?
The new grooves on the wedges hasn't been talked about in awhile, from the players you have talked to are there many complaints?
No complaints, but still adjustments being made. There is no doubt the new grooves have had an effect, although maybe not as much as some thought.
Aren't people over-reacting aobut Tiger? Average golfer right now? Are you kidding me? T4 at Augusta National is not average. This year is a wash, but I bet he's plays better than ever next year
There probably has been over reaction. He's played only three times. He tied for 4th, missed a cut, and then couldn't finish due to injury. His game was obviously not sharp, he was having issues with his swing. I think we all knew he was going to need some time.
Do they not realize that some of the guys that will be on the Ryder Cup team might have 1-2 CAREER wins?! And some of there win(s) came before Tiger's last win!
It's just an interesting topic to me, debating whether or not Tiger would be worthy of the Ryder Cup team if he doesn't earn an automatic spot. Hard to believe it is even being discussed -- which I guess points out how much things have changed.
Jack had 53 top 3s tiger will NEVER TOP HIM
By my count, Tiger has 23 top 3s in majors. So I think Jack's record is probably safe.
Any word on Stricker's injury?
He's going to give it a go this week at the Colonial, where he is defending. It's his first tournament since the Masters. He had a shoulder injury that caused him to withdraw from New Orleans and was advised to rest and rehab.
With regards to all of the hype about the young guns on tour, AK looks like the only one who is a real superstar. Maybe Dustin Johnson can join him, but AK is the only one that I have seen handle the final round of a tournament with a lead and not look shaky. It seems like the other young players either back in to a win (J. Day) or sneak up on one (Rory, Mahan)
Until one of these guys breaks through and wins a bunch of tournaments, it is difficult to disagree. Rory McIlroy had a great Quail Hollow but has done little else this year. Mahan has a great rep but just two tour wins. Jason Day looked like he wanted to give it away the other day. Shows how tough it is.
And he won 8 senior majors! Tw isnt close
Well, it's 16 years before Tiger can even play in a senior major -- if there are senior majors then.
Jack would win 25+ majors today tw might win 5 with jacks competition
It's a great argument to be sure.Here's the deal: Jack had more guys to go through who had won majors in his era: Palmer, Watson, Trevino, Miller.But Tiger has far deeper fields. There is much more of a chance today of getting beat by a Rich Beem, Michael Campbell, Angel Cabrera, Y.E. Yang, then was ever the case for Nicklaus.
Alright all you Tiger haters. Did he make some mistakes? Yes. But come on he is not only the greatest player of this generation he is the greatest ever. All he should have to say is "Hey Corey, I'm playing in the Ryder Cup." That is all it takes.
Personally, I believe if Tiger shows that kind of resolve, he will be playing in the Ryder Cup.
This comment from Pavin seems shortsighted. If TW did not"fall",but not playing well, such comments would not even be uttered. Are they all taking pot shots?
I do think there is some legitimate concern abou this game, and given the time off and the personal issues, if he would be able or willing to deal with the Ryder Cup. But if Woods wants to play, and is able to play, it is hard for me to believe he won't play.
Okay folks,I'm out of time. Thanks for all the questions and enjoy the golf this weekend.