Welcome to my 3pm chat. Please fire away with questions or comments.
Does the PGA like how they've arranged the fall series?
Sam,I think they are happy with everything. There is no way of not running into football season. Still the interests is high and the fan response is still there. There weren't a ton of fans at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but we got a good tournament and a good winner.
Hey, Farrell. The World Golf HoF announced their nominees the other day, with Jim Furyk and Phil leading the way in terms of name recognition. Phil's an easy lay-up, but what do you think about Furyk's chances?
I think Furyk needs to get to 20 wins. He's got 16 now.
Any thought of pushing back the final major to later in the summer, to stretch out the meaningful golf a little bit later in the year?
The PGA is always been treated as a kind of a lost brother to the other three majors. So pushing it back wouldn't help its already marginalized place. I think it's fine in August. The FedEx Cup is supposed to be that meaningful golf late in the season. Also don't forget about the fall series, where a lot of good players are trying to keep their jobs for the following year.
What's the best tournament remaining on the schedule?
Greg,I think it's this week in Chicago. Forty guys are going to go home after Sunday. There is a lot on the line in terms of Presidents Cup standings. It's a no -cut event so guys don't have that added bit of pressure. So you'll see guys trying to both hold their positions and fire at the pins, especially as it gets late on Sunday.
Outside of the playoffs, which of the last tournaments would you say I shoudl go to?
I would go to the Frys.com in California in early October. Tiger will be there, raising the status for all time at this laid-back Fall series event.
Will Michelle Wie ever be a dominant player or have we seen the best she has to offer?
As soon as she finishes Stanford she'll be able to focus full-time on her golf. That will help her game but I think that she may have lost too much to her contemporaries with the divided focus to catch up. Can she ever beat Yani Tseng consistently? I doubt it.
who has the better chance of being the new face of the pga? fowler or bradley? bradley's got 2 wins and a major, and rickie hasn't won at all. i think when rickie does win, he'll win a lot.
Mark,Rickie definitely represents something special for the kids. At Tour events, Puma hats are as numerous as cigars. Keegan could have the better career in terms of wins, but Rickie will be a bigger star.
Farrell, do the Tour Confidential discussions ever get heated? You guys seem to have a lot of fun playing off each other.
Patrick,Tour confidential is a Sports Illustrated group. I work for ESPN now. And since I have left those discussions have become less heated--at least from what I have heard.
Who is the best ball striker on Tour right now? Do you think Stricker is the best putter?
Do you see a sense of urgency in Phil? He's added a mental coach, and is giving the belly putter a trial run. He showed at the Open Champ that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Do you buy what he recently told Charlie Rose, that he believes these next 4-6 years will present his best opportunities to win majors?
Phil is a process guy. He loves to tinker and study everything. That's his nature. What looks desperate to us might be his way of exhausting all the options. I think he will ditch the belly putter and keep the mental coach. Because deep down he knows it's all mental. I think he has to tell Charlie Rose that or he sounds like he's given up on winning. But I wonder about his dedication. Phil has a very full life with the wife and kids. Why would he keep up that crazy pace?
Did Farrell break?
Obligatory Tiger question: What can we honestly expect out of him at the Frys.com (great tournament last year with Rocco's holing out from everywhere) and then the President's Cup?
Patrick,Tiger won't win but he'll play well. He's back home practicing. The Presidents Cup all depends on who is paired with him in the four-balls and alternate shot. He'll do fine on his own ball, especially in match play.
I feel like I'm hogging all the questions here... But, if no one has any, I'm more than happy to keep asking.Anyway, what do you think we should expect this week in Chicago? Will DJ or Simpson put some distance between themselves and the rest, or do you think someone else will toss their hat in the ring and win to really set up a fun Tour Championship?
What's your opinion on guys getting in the Golf HOF before retirement? Do you think there should be an age limit?
It's ridiculous. No major sport does it other than golf.
If Keegan and Rickie both finish outside the President's Cup's top 10, whom of the two should Freddie pick? Or should he pick someone else?
If it's between Rickie and Keegan you have to go with the guy who has won twice this year. That's a non brainer, even with Rickie's Ryder Cup experience.
Off-topic question. My son is a 10 year old player and the junior tours here either are P either par 3 tourneys (10-11) or full fledged 2 day 18 hole tournaments (10-13 year olds) from the forward tees, which is a better format for a good 10 year old player?
Put your boy in the two-day 18 hole tournament. He's old enough to play real golf.
I'm past my time here. Let's meet again next week at the same time to talk about the Tour Championship. I had a few bugs in the system this week so I hope to have them worked out next week. If you have anything pressing, send me a note at evans.espn@gmail and I'll will try to answer your questions.
Farrell, what do you usually shoot on a good day? On a bad one?
Jim,I didn't break a 100 the other day on the Bethpage Black course. But I have shot a 75 this year.