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March 28, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Farrell Evans

CP (Charlotte)

As dominant as she is, does Yani deserve at least consideration for a sponsorship exemption for a PGA tour event? Do you think she would take it?

Farrell Evans
  (3:01 PM)

Good afternoon. Yani shouldn't play with the men. Annika's thing was a publicity stunt that didn't help her tour one bit. But to your question, if she got an exemption she should play.

JY (TO)

You ever win the media lottery and play Augusta? If so, how amazing was that experience?

Farrell Evans
  (3:02 PM)

Not yet. Hoping to get in this year. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

JY (TO)

I was pretty shocked to see the golfworld survey of tour players ranking Harbour Town (Hilton Head) the second best course on tour. I've played there several times and dont even think its the best course of the island! What would you rank as the top 3 courses on tour?

Farrell Evans
  (3:04 PM)

Outside of Augusta National and Pebble Beach, I would go with Redstone, Quail Hollow and Harbour Town.

JY (TO)

Farrell,Your colleague Bob disagrees with my contention that The Master's is the biggest tourney of the year (he says its pretty equal amongst Masters, US Open and The Open). What do you think? I just dont think the others have the same anticipation, allure and overall mystique as Augusta.

Farrell Evans
  (3:07 PM)

The Masters is the most prestigious of the majors, but it has a smaller field and on average smaller crowds because the Green Jackets are obsessed with keeping everything under control. They want the feel of a big open air picnic but with less talking.

JY (TO)

What is the one thing most people (watching on TV) would be most surprised about Augusta National if they ever got to visit the hallowed grounds?

Farrell Evans
  (3:10 PM)

TV flattens the hills a bit. It's a very hilly place in spots. Also just how green it is. But then there is a very ordinary quality to it at the same time. It's understated elegance is like old money.

JY (TO)

Do you think we'll ever see another golfer as good as Tiger (say, next 50 years)? I guess the gap between Tiger and Jack was only 15-20 years or so... Its just hard to imagine someone being that dominant in the future (esp if Tiger gets to 20 or so Majors and around 100 tour wins)

Farrell Evans
  (3:11 PM)

A Tiger and jack comes around every two or three generations.

JY (TO)

What are the odds that Tiger doesnt surpass Snead's 82 tour wins? How about 100? Doesnt seem out of the question.

Farrell Evans
  (3:13 PM)

Tiger has 10 more wins to catch Snead. He will definitely do that. I don't know if he will play enough to get to 100.

JY (TO)

If you had to bet your house on The Masters - Tiger, Rory or someone else?

Farrell Evans
  (3:13 PM)

I would pick Tiger.

Ed (Long Island)

With Tiger, Phil, Rory and Luke all winning so far this year, has there been a more under the radar defending champion than Charl Schwartzel???

Farrell Evans
  (3:15 PM)

Your point just proves how much quality there is in golf today that Scwhartzel's name barely comes up. He's a consistent talent that's not easily frazzled.

Michael Henderson RND 13 (Augusta National)

I'm going to Vegas in a couple days, I need to place a bet on someone for The Masters. Should I go with Tiger as he is the favorite? (I'll still like you if I lose)

Farrell Evans
  (3:16 PM)

Go with Tiger. But make a smaller bet on someone in the field

Ed (Long Island)

The Masters is considered the real start of the golf season to many. With the new wrap-around schedule, it will now be almost the mid point of the season. Is that a concern to the people that run Augusta?

Farrell Evans
  (3:17 PM)

Ed,The Green Jackets at Augusta live in their own little world. They hardly notice the rest of the season. It's the Masters. Nothing can overshadow that.

Jared (PDX)

What would you consider to be the best strength to have in playing/winning at Augusta: Length off the tee, short game/GIR's, putting/reading greens, mental strength, something else?

Farrell Evans
  (3:19 PM)

Jared,You need a combination of all those things to win, but on the 7400 yard Augusta National of today you can't win if you aren't pretty long.

Bob (NY)

Do you see the masters coming down to the last three holes or do you see someone running away from the field on the front nine on sunday or before that?

Farrell Evans
  (3:21 PM)

I see bunched all week. You'll have a rabbit come out and shoot a low number Thursday morning, but there are so many good players who aren't going to tear apart those par 5s that it's going to be tough for a guy to separate himself. Rory tried to do it last year, but he didn't have the legs.

Jared (PDX)

For my friend Michael RND 13, what course in Vegas would you reccomend he plays if he gets the chance? Have to take into account that he'll nearly be broke after placing his bets...

Farrell Evans
  (3:21 PM)

TPC Summerlin

Cory (Chicago)

Farrell, if Freddy hits the Driver long and putts well can he contend at Houston this week and Augusta next? Paired with his friend Phil Mickelson the first 2 days at the Shell should be comfortable for him

Farrell Evans
  (3:23 PM)

Freddie has the game still to win at both places. I talked to him about this in L.A. a few months back and he said that he felt like he could still win on the PGA Tour.

Jared (PDX)

Do you believe that professional golfers hold a Master's victory and Green Jacket in higher regards than the other 3 events? I feel like had Greg Norman won two Green Jackets instead of two Bristish Opens he would be viewed differently.. Agree?

Farrell Evans
  (3:24 PM)

It depends. The players covet all the majors but most U.S. players would say the Masters or the U.S. Open. While a European player, particularly if he's English, would obviously say the British Open.

Jared (PDX)

If you were able to win ONE major, which would it be?

Farrell Evans
  (3:26 PM)

The Masters. The tradition there is special.

Michael Henderson RND 13 (Augusta National)

Knowing that Tiger is still dominant in Golf, and he has been dominant for years using Nike clubs, why haven't we seen more players jump on the bandwagon of Nike? Obviously Tiger is amazing with any clubs, but you'd think some would hop over.

Farrell Evans
  (3:29 PM)

Michael,That's a good question about Nike. I know they make wonderful golf products. I was in one of the first presentations of Nike irons that Tom Stites gave many years ago when I was at Golf World. yet at the pro level, it's about money and branding. Club technology is a big part of it, but everybody makes good stuff now.

Tim (SF)

Rocketballz 3wood has been getting an (absurdly) amazing amount of hype by the Taylor Made marketing machine - how many guys on tour actually got the RBZ trey in the bag?

Farrell Evans
  (3:29 PM)

Tim,Come to a Tour event. They are everywhere.

Tim (SF)

Having never seen the golf course in person, how severe are the green complexes at Augusta actually? Speed is one thing, but everyone I talk to says that you can imagine the slopes.

Farrell Evans
  (3:31 PM)

The undulation is crazy, almost carnival-like. As one Augusta caddie told Scott Stallings recently, you are better off sometimes with a 20-foot up hill putt than a 5-foot downhiller.

Ed (Long Island)

How's your bracket looking? Go Louisville!!!!!

Farrell Evans
  (3:32 PM)

Not good but happy for the Kentucky teams.

Tim (SF)

Your impressions of Tiger immediately post-victory? I thought his comments were refreshingly human and actually full of real relief. A sign of a more open Tiger? or a sign of someone who just took a deep breath and is now ready to return to full golf-assassin?

Farrell Evans
  (3:34 PM)

Tim, Tiger has been through a lot of adversity of late. But there is no chance that's he's going to become more open or less profane on the golf course after a bad shot.

James O'Neill (Danville CA)

Do you think playing around Tiger has the same mental effect on players that it used to?

Farrell Evans
  (3:36 PM)

Sean O'Hair told me that he still gets jitters when he's around Tiger. So some players do feel is aura but I don't think they have that same feeling that they have to make 30 birdies to win the tournament like they did when he was winning everything.

Jared (PDX)

What is your personal opinion on TW's white shoes? I think it makes him look old and beatable on tv, what's you perspective in-person?

Farrell Evans
  (3:38 PM)

I like his white shoes. At least he's got a black swoosh to give them some color. And they are very athletic-looking.

Tim (SF)

OK...now down to the real question. Best hair on tour (head or facial) - Chucky Hoff? Bubba? Fowler? J Wags? Furyk with the halo? Rumor has it Daly is bringing the PGA Champ Mullet back too. I'm taking Hoff, for the pure absurdity myself.

Farrell Evans
  (3:39 PM)

Yes, Hoff's is crazy and fun.

Tim (SF)

I'll answer Jared - when Tiger busts 3-iron 267 into a par 5 in your face...you aint looking at his shoes. LOL

Andrew (WI)

I've never seen the Augusta greens in person, but one anecdote: played the new TW 13 game. Was making every putt in a couple rounds. Then played a round at Augusta and 3-jacked half the greens. I know it's just a video game, but if the game is accurate, those greens are insane.

Ed (Long Island)

Do you think that if and when Tiger gets 19, he let's down his guard a little and has more fun with the media? At this point, I think he just has a single minded focus on 19, and hell with everything else.

Farrell Evans
  (3:41 PM)

I hope so. Nick Faldo and Greg Norman got a little more bearable in their post-primes. Norman is a beloved figure and Faldo, still not the easiest guy in the world, tries to act human. But yes when these guys are trying to win tournaments, they block out all the noise.

Ed (Long Island)

When both are playing at their best, is there any shot that Tiger can make that Phil can't?

Farrell Evans
  (3:42 PM)

That's a tough one. Both are fearless.

Doug (GA)

I disagree Ed. TW's mentality is if he gets 19, he wants 25 and to put the record so far out of reach NOBODY ever comes close to it.

Tim (SF)

Thank you for the time - if you ever get out to SF lemme know. We'll go play Gleneagles - the toughest 9-holer you'll ever play. They just rebuilt the greens. It's so pure right now and we can walk right on. Public golf as it was meant to be.

Farrell Evans
  (3:43 PM)

I will be in Frisco for the U.S. Open in June.

Kirk (Oklahoma)

You mentioned in your Shell Houston Open article that there are 25 guys playing in the Houston Open and Masters. I counted 31. Am I incorrect?

Farrell Evans
  (3:44 PM)

Did I miss six players. let me count them,

Jared (PDX)

Off the top of your head, where do you rank Lefty's punch shot between the tree that landed just feet from the cup on the "Best Golf Shots at Augusta" list that I just made up?

Farrell Evans
  (3:49 PM)

Phil's shot is definitely in the top 5 for a Sunday at Augusta, in terms of difficulty. But it's not as good as the chip shot that Larry Mize made to win the '87 Masters.

Nick Pappagiorgio (Yuma, AZ)

No Shoshana from Boston today? I thought all he/she did was participate in ESPN chats.

Farrell Evans
  (3:49 PM)

Ha.

Doug (GA)

Having played ANGC (I was a walkon at UGA), the greens are insane. Even in the fall and not near time for the tournament, they are almost impossible.

Sumeet (Syracuse, NY)

who is your dark horse for the Masters?

Farrell Evans
  (3:51 PM)

Johnson Wagner. He's a good player with a win this year. He has four top 10s overall. He's not expected to win. He looked good at Bay Hill. I like his mustache.

Sean (Pensacola, FL)

What about Tiger's chip-in on 16 in 2005?

Farrell Evans
  (3:52 PM)

Easily one of the best shots ever. I'm laughing now because Steve Williams could say that his win with Adam Scott was his biggest as a caddie. You remember his bungled high five with Tiger after that ball fell in?

Andrew (WI)

I thought any discussion of the greatest shot in Masters history began and ended with the Shot Heard 'Round the World.

Farrell Evans
  (3:53 PM)

Yeah, Old Gene has been gone a long time.

Tim (SF)

One other question...why dont the other tourney's do "major prep" conditions...for example, prior to the US Open, narrow the fairways to about 22 yards wide and stagger grow the rough, firm up the greens etc... or maybe before the Open championship, the tour could pick a course with more links characteristics? Redstone looks awesome, and it totally helps their field.

Farrell Evans
  (3:54 PM)

Well Tim tournaments do different things to attract players. Houston got the good fortune of getting the week before Augusta. So their marketing angle makes sense. But that's not for everybody.

Jared (PDX)

LOL! Thanks Tim. I was actually afraid of Tiger and his people even while typing that out, let alone clicking submit.

Tim (SF)

You saving your nickels to get a couple pimento cheese sandos at Augusta?

Farrell Evans
  (3:56 PM)

I hate pimento cheese. I will be drinking water and eating crackers.

Nick (Chicago )

i always see David Duvals name at the bottom of the leader board, week after week. It seemed like he made strides 3 years back, what's going on with his game? Do you think he ever gets back to being competitive, or at least earning his card?

Farrell Evans
  (3:57 PM)

Duval is still trying. That's good enough for me. At least he hasn't quit. I talked to him a little at Q-school. He still has the desire but he can quite pull it together consistent enough to make a lot of cuts.

Andrew (WI)

Another answer for Tim: Because playing an Augusta-like course sounds like fun. Meanwhile, you think players want to play another US Open?

Michael Henderson RND 13 (Augusta National)

So, its 2009, Phil trades spots with Tiger, will the media be as hard on Phil as they are Tiger? And if not, is it because his race or because Tiger's impact on golf?

Farrell Evans
  (3:58 PM)

It's Tiger's impact on the game. I don't think race was much of a factor in how he was treated.

Keith H (Seattle)

Can we just cut to the chase? 1) If Tiger's not back, he's real close. 2) Rory, Tiger, Phil & Westwood are favorites for Augusta. 3) A darkhorse will emerge from the pack like Charl did last year. Did I get almost everything?

Farrell Evans
  (3:59 PM)

All of the above.

Zach (Chicago)

Hey Farrell, I was just wondering if you have an opinion on hanks decision to write the book?

Farrell Evans
  (4:01 PM)

Hank has the right to share his perspective on his years with Tiger. But to share their intimate conversations is an ethical breach of the player-teacher relationship. Period.

Farrell Evans
  (4:03 PM)

My time is up. It's been fun. I look forward to chatting with you all next week, same time, same place. If the time changes, I will let you know. Take care and root for Ernie to make his 19th Masters. It would be a shame to not have the Big Easy in Augusta.But I'll be there.

Rick (Kentucky)

Whats the big deal about tiger winnig a gold trnt. His first in 2 or 3 years. If he wins next weekend then maybe we can say hes coming back but lets not get to excited about it. Some of you guys are sickening.