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October 12, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Bob Harig

Bob Harig
  (1:58 PM)

Hello and thanks for checking out this golf chat. The PGA Tour season is winding down but still plenty of fodder. Please feel free to fire away with your golf questions. Thanks

Brian (Westborough, MA)

Since when is a t30 (with 0 WR points earned) defined as putting someone (who once went 28 months without a finish that low) on the right path? I saw a man who misses shots both directions, has a steaky putter, is bad out of sand, and still doesn't trust his driver and yet everyone seems to be saying he's on his way back. What did he show us last week that he didn't show us at Firestone? Was it that 29 other gjys had career weeks and he should have won if not for that?

Bob Harig
  (1:59 PM)

I don't anyone is suggesting he had a great week. But some perspective is in order. Tiger simply has not played enough golf for us to expect him to be competitive. The injuries, the swing change. . all of that suggest he needs some time. And some more tournaments -- which is why many wish he'd add another one. His putting got better and he really was not missing it both ways -- just a pull that he had trouble with. The big foul balls were mostly missing, although he misses way too many fairways in my opinion.

Patrick (Hanover)

Have you ever seen in golf or any sport a player like Tiger who has won as many times as he has and as many big events, in his prime years and yet last week some are calling it PROGRESS that he finished T-30 in a Fall Series Event.

Bob Harig
  (2:01 PM)

To follow up on the previous question and answer. . . I think you need to put it into perspective, that he's simply not played very much. I think the progress was from him actually shooting 3 straight scores under par. Hitting 14 of 18 greens three straight days. You can't judge it by the result, really. Golf has no place to do a injury rehab stint. And playing with your buddies at home is not the same. I don't think anybody expected him to win. Finsihing 10 shots back shows there is a long way to go.

Mike (Charlotte)

Any update on Stricker? Could this be an injury that affects him into next year, or is it something that should be better by Jan?

Bob Harig
  (2:03 PM)

There is a story now on espn.com about this. I'm linking it here: http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/7091864/steve-stricker-focused-presidents-cup-injuryBasically, Stricker says he still plans to play, he is giving his injury another few weeks of rest, and is a bit frustrated by it.

Brian (Westborough, MA)

If i told you someone wins the grand slam next year, who would you say did it?

Bob Harig
  (2:05 PM)

First, I don't think it will happen. I doubt we'll ever seen anybody come close. What Tiger attempted to do in 2002 and what he has done in some major years just shows you the difficulty.But putting the way you put it, I'd say McIlroy. He's shown that he can play all of the major venues. He's contended in all of them already.

Brian (Westborough, MA)

What's the best round you've even seen an am put up in a pro-am and have you ever seen the am beat the pro?

Bob Harig
  (2:06 PM)

To be honest, I can't think of one. I'm not typically paying that close attention, although if it had happened you'd think something like that would make the rounds.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What is the Coldest PGA Tour event that you have been to?

Bob Harig
  (2:07 PM)

The 2002 British Open, third round. It rained sideways for much of the day. The temperature was in the high 40s/low 50s wit ha wind chill of about 37 degrees. No heat. Miserable. And play never stopped. Quite amazing, really.

Mike (Charlotte)

Do you think Webb Simpson can have similar success next year or is he destined to come back to Earth some?

Bob Harig
  (2:08 PM)

That's a tough one. Does he use this year's success as a stepping stone, gaining confidence form it? Or does all of the attention and being in contention so often take something out of him? It could go either way. There are no guarantees. It will be interesting to see how he follows up such a strong year.

Brian (Westborough, MA)

Danny Lee will have his PGA card next year. I think he is a phoenom who will be the next great player, what do you think of him?

Bob Harig
  (2:11 PM)

Danny Lee is hard to figure. He had all that success as an amateur. Won a European Tour event. That suggests a good future. And then he sort of stalled. This year he got his game back on the Nationwide Tour. He's won a tournament and had seven top-10s and is 4th on the money list. All of that is good stuff and the Nationwide Tour is a good way to prepare for the PGA Tour. But it's no guarantee, either.

Ed (Long Island)

For a fall series event, seems to be a nice field, what's the big draw here?

Bob Harig
  (2:15 PM)

I take it you are speaking of the McGladrey Classic? Yes, it has a better field than some regular tournaments. Furyk, Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Paul Casey, Graeme McDowell. Davis Love is the host, which I'm sure helps. It's a few weeks removed from the Tour Championship. Sea Island is supposed to be an excellent place. Add it all up.

Ed (Long Island)

Do you think Fowler winning last week takes the monkey off his back or with such limited ranked golfers, can't take too much away from it?

Bob Harig
  (2:19 PM)

I think it's good for him, certainly. Not a bad thing. But people will still look for him to win on the PGA Tour. The field was not deep in Korea.

Ed (Long Island)

With Stricker being injured but saying he wants to play in the President's Cup, should Couples consider not pairing him with Tiger, an injured golfer and a golfer going through swing changes with not a lot of tournaments under his belt this year?

Bob Harig
  (2:20 PM)

It depends. If Stricker is healthy by then -- remember, it's still five weeks away -- then by all means they should play together. If Stricker is not healthy, then he shouldn't play. If he is there but not 100 percent, the issue is there is only one session he could sit. He'd have to play four of the five sessions. He worked so well with Woods that I think you have a hard time splitting them up.

Ed (Long Island)

Does Phil keep working with the belly putter now that he's off for a while or does he go back to his old putter and work with that?

Bob Harig
  (2:21 PM)

He said at the Tour Championship that he was going to continue to practice with it in the offseason. But then again, he often takes a good bit of time off. Phil will be playing in Singapore the week prior to the Presidents Cup. That's the next time we'll get to find out.

Travis (Vancouver, BC)

Is Adam Hadwin getting any attention from the media outside of Canada?

Bob Harig
  (2:23 PM)

Not much, but he's a heck of a story. He's played in only 4 tour events but has won over $400,000. He tied for 7th last week and is in this week's McGladrey. He can save himself some trouble if he can become a special temporary member of the tour by winning more than the 150th place finisher last year. That exempts him into the final stage of Q School. Of course if he can win enough money to be among the top 125, he's set for next year.

Shoshana (Boston)

Tiger made plenty of birdies at Fry's (esp after Thurs), the issue is to many bogey's and part of that gen stems from rust. Even when not going through a swing change most golfers struggle when they basically haven't played any competitive rounds. What's so difficult to understand about that?

Bob Harig
  (2:27 PM)

It's Tiger, for one. People expect a lot out of him. He also has been playing a lot of golf at home. Not the same, but he's been playing, working on his game. But no question, there was going to be some competitive rust. He usually downplays that, but it's there.

Shoshana (Boston)

There have been some suggestion in the media that Tiger isn't playing more bc he's injured/can't play more, and was walking gingerly at Fry's. Thoughts?

Bob Harig
  (2:31 PM)

It's possible that he has to be careful. He has not said that. He was told he had the green light to play. And he suggested he played often at home, although that is mostly in a golf cart. He looked fine physically to me, I didn't notice any limping. He is going to play 3 of 4 weeks with Aussie Open, Presidents Cup and Chevron. And week prior to Aussie Open he's got a bunch of corporate stuff as well as some exhibitions. So there will be a good bit of golf coming up. Not sure that adding the Disney tournament would have been a big deal from a physical standpoint.

Shoshana (Boston)

For the President's Cup, does everyone have to play every day? Or could you sit Stricker for both Sat sessions?

Bob Harig
  (2:32 PM)

Everyone must play every day. The first two days there is just one session, which six matches in each -- hence everyone plays. On Saturday, there are two 5-match sessions, which means two players from each team sit out one of the sessions, but can't be both.

Shoshana (Boston)

Thoughts on Rickie's win? Actually a big deal? or just a nice few days over a pretty weak field?

Bob Harig
  (2:34 PM)

I would say it's a bigger deal than not. Of course it wasn't a great field. But he did beat McIlroy by six strokes and Y.E. Yang played as well as several other top Asian players. A win of any kind for Fowler was important at this point.

Brian (Chicago)

Over/Under 1.5 more majors for Tiger, same question for Phil

Bob Harig
  (2:39 PM)

Tough. I don't know if either will win another major, so I guess it would be easy to go with the under for both. If each wins one more, I still win. That's clearly the safer bet anyway.

Shoshana (Boston)

In relative anonymity on the LPGA tour Yani has been awesome, what can/should she do in order to get more attention?

Bob Harig
  (2:40 PM)

Nothing. She's doing all she can do. She's winning at an enormous pace and has done so much at a young age. It's not like her story hasn't been told. Not sure what else she can do, really.

Shoshana (Boston)

Kind of hard to see Tiger not winning another Masters in the next decade, and he'll have two more cracks at St Andrews before he's 45

Bob Harig
  (2:45 PM)

Good point. But we also said the same thing about last year, when we expected him to win U.S. Open at Pebble and British at St. Andrews. No guarantees. All of it depends on his health and getting his swing back.

Bob Harig
  (2:46 PM)

Okay folks, out of time. Thanks for participating and check us out again next week. Enjoy the golf.