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April 4, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Farrell Evans

Farrell Evans
  (12:58 PM)

Here live at the Masters. Let's get started

JY (TO)

Do you think Tiger breaking Snead's 82 wins is signficiant historically (beyond the obvious fact that he has the most wins ever), or is it really all about catching Jack's 18? If Tiger has 100 tour wins, but only 15 majors at the end of the day, would people still hold Jack above him? Are the majors "The" measuring stick?

Farrell Evans
  (1:00 PM)

It's all about catching Jack's record. It's like the difference between DiMaggio record 56-game hitting streak versus the home run record or the RBI title.

JY (TO)

Most under-rated subplot to the 2012 edition of The Masters?

Farrell Evans
  (1:01 PM)

It's probably Charl Schwartzel repeating.

JY (TO)

Any wildcard/sleepers that you think may make a run at the green jacket?

Farrell Evans
  (1:01 PM)

Johnson Wagner is my sleeper.

JY (TO)

Gun to your head - who wins The Master's?

Farrell Evans
  (1:02 PM)

Tiger Woods.

JY (TO)

I respect your opinion my man, but if you think # 12 at Augusta is the hardest short par 3 in the world, you've never seen/played the postage stamp at Troon!

Farrell Evans
  (1:03 PM)

I said it was the hardest par 3 in major championship golf. Troon is cute like 17th at Sawgrass without being silly.

JY (TO)

Best hole on the front 9 at ANGC in your opinion?

Farrell Evans
  (1:05 PM)

The 240-yard par 3 4th Hole. It's beautiful with a nice natural amphitheater feel.

Melissa (Baltimore)

The course has been described as very wet. if the conditions stay how they are now, does that close the door on shorter hitters?

Farrell Evans
  (1:08 PM)

Melissa, The softer conditions definitely give the longer hitters a decided advantage. But the short knockers can get around if they chip and putt well.

Joe (Columbus)

What are your thoughts on Hunter Mahan's chances this week?

Farrell Evans
  (1:09 PM)

Hunter has won twice this year and he's the best driver of the golf ball in the world. It's hard to look past a guy with that kind of momentum and confidence with his driver.

Melissa (Baltimore)

Tiger mentioned that the greens were receptive but fast. Still accurate today?

Farrell Evans
  (1:10 PM)

Yes, according to his practice round partner, Sean O'Hair, who I talked to about an hour ago after his round with Tiger.

joe (HTOWN)

what do you think of rickie fowlers game and his chance to win this week

Farrell Evans
  (1:11 PM)

Fowler is struggling with his game but he had a nice finish a few weeks back at Bay Hill. He loves the limelight so he'll get up for this.

Aaron L. (Missouri)

A wetter Augusta will probably play longer, right? Does the need for accuracy increase or will players swing away knowing there is less of a chance to roll into trouble?

Farrell Evans
  (1:12 PM)

They have to swing away because it's play longer than norman and there isn't any rough. On 10 and 11 for example, location in the fairway is very important on what will be difficult approach shots.

Aaron L. (Missouri)

Any updates on DJ's WD???

Farrell Evans
  (1:13 PM)

Stay tuned.

Thomas (Charleston, SC)

Does the entire field play the par 3 event?

Farrell Evans
  (1:13 PM)

No. Tiger hasn't played since the late 90s.

Keith H (Seattle)

Everyone asks about dark horses at the Masters. I'm not sure this guy is much of a dark horse. What do you think about Justin Rose's chances?

Farrell Evans
  (1:14 PM)

J.R. is not a dark horse. He should be a favorite.

Matt ((at work))

What did you think about Hank Haney's book? I understand they were Hank's memories too, but a lot of the book was based on private conversations and just seemed like a violation of trust.

Farrell Evans
  (1:16 PM)

I interviewed Rick Smith, Phil's former teacher, about the book. I let him speak my sentiments which are that the book is unethical.

Ryan (ATL)

Tiger and Rory in a battle to win on sunday, who is the crowd rooting for?

Farrell Evans
  (1:16 PM)

Crowd is definitely rooting for Tiger.

TyWebb (Bushwood)

What happens to Bob Harig if TW loses or worse, misses the cut? I predict Gulp Channel and ESPN close down for a day or two to recoup.

Farrell Evans
  (1:17 PM)

LOL. Harig writes the winner, whoever it is.

Andrew (WI)

I would've thought hell would've frozen over before we saw lift, clean, and place at Augusta, but it sounds like the way the powers that be are talking about the conditions, it's not out of the question. Do you think we'll see it?

Farrell Evans
  (1:19 PM)

The competition folks here say they don't know that it's ever happened. I don't see them starting it this year. It's the MASTERS.

Ryan (ATL)

Any word on if masters.com will feature Tiger's group tomorrow due to him playing before ESPN's coverage?

Farrell Evans
  (1:21 PM)

Tiger's group will be featured.

Bob (Seattle)

Did Payne's comments make it sound like Rometty is up for membership?

Farrell Evans
  (1:22 PM)

Payne didn't flat out say no. He played it pretty close to the vest. I don't think it's happening this week. It would be a major distraction.

judge smails (bushwood country club)

Here's a group to watch! Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington, Stewart Cink

Farrell Evans
  (1:23 PM)

That's a missed cut watch.

Aaron L. (Missouri)

Bubba inside the Top 10 when Sunday evening rolls around?

Farrell Evans
  (1:24 PM)

Bubba will definitely get a top 10. But to win he'd have to think his way around the golf course.

Alex (KCMO)

So how exactly does this sub-air system work?

Farrell Evans
  (1:26 PM)

It blows air into the root system and vacuums water out of the ground into the irrigation pipes, basically drying out the greens.

bunky henry (boston)

pimento and cheese or chicken sandwich? and can Freddie Couples really contend this week?

Farrell Evans
  (1:27 PM)

Chicken wrap. Couples contends through the first 3 rounds.

Matt (Michigan)

Tiger and Phil in the Final Group on Sunday...whos the fan favorite???

Farrell Evans
  (1:27 PM)

Phil

Matt (Michigan)

Farrell, how is your golf game? You been shooting in the 60's at all?

Farrell Evans
  (1:27 PM)

Not since Clinton was the President.

Melissa (Baltimore)

The competition folks may not have a choice. Friday's weather looks crappy and the course is already wet. I guess there is a first time for everything at the Masters right?

Farrell Evans
  (1:28 PM)

No way, Melissa. This is the Masters.

derek (IN)

how long do think it will take fowler to break through and win?

Farrell Evans
  (1:28 PM)

Fowler isn't consistent enough yet to contend every week. He's got to give himself regular shots in contention.

dlink04 (NC)

what's with Rick Reilly's article about Tiger Siblings.. why this week..

Farrell Evans
  (1:30 PM)

Why not? Tiger's brother has a disease. When Tiger wins on Sunday we have to ask him about it.

Shoshana (Boston)

Do you think clubs with a discriminatory membership policy should be hosting events sanctioned by the world tours?

Farrell Evans
  (1:32 PM)

You're back! Women have always played ANC. It's an all-men's club. I'm not sure about it.

Aaron L. (Missouri)

If Tiger happens to win this week, how many tour wins do you think he earns this year?

Farrell Evans
  (1:34 PM)

I said that TW would only win twice this year. If he wins this week, you have to believe he might really win five or six times again in one year.

Kurt (Killeen)

If the conditions are wet this week, who do you have as your favorite to win?

Farrell Evans
  (1:35 PM)

The same guys. Tiger and Rory are long hitters. Luke has the best wedge game in the world.

Jamie (Indiana)

What player are you most surprised does not have a green jacket. I vote for DLIII - I would have thought Augusta was in his wheelhouse.

Farrell Evans
  (1:35 PM)

Greg Norman.

Shoshana (Boston)

Come now, being allowed to play (with a member escorting you) and being allowed to be members are two totally different things. But it's not just about Augusta, several of the British Open clubs are men only as well

Farrell Evans
  (1:37 PM)

It's a tough one. All week I have proudly noticed all the Black members walking on the grounds in their green jackets. Thirty years ago this would have been a laughable image.

carl spackler (Vegas)

Shoshana, you're free to start an all female golf club if you'd like......

dlink04 (NC)

so you guys found out about Tiger's brother only this week.. you guys are sick

Simon (UK)

Lift clean and place happened once. It was about 8 years ago, Tiger made 6 or 7 birdies in a row, I remember it well.

Shoshana (Boston)

Really if Tiger wins the masters you have to ask him about an article that came out before his Tues press conf, about a family issue? There's clearly something else going on there, but pretty sure it's not my business

Farrell Evans
  (1:40 PM)

Shoshana,We love a backstory. This is Tiger's brother, half-brother albeit, but it's a part of his story. God forbid something happen to Kevin this week, but it would be interesting to know how that would figure into Tiger's mindset during the tournament. That's the job of a journalist.

DjSk (hawaii)

Shoshana, there are 1,000,000 other courses that women can play at. Augusta would be too hard for women anyways...

Andrew (WI)

According to what I'm seeing, in the online Masters coverage, Tiger's group isn't a featured group. Actually, world #1 Donald isn't either. I have one eyebrow raised...

Josh (Washington, DC)

How do you feel about Sergio's chances? His game is on the rise and he is still looking for that breakthrough in a major...

Farrell Evans
  (1:42 PM)

Sergio has the ball striking and driver to win at Augusta, but he hasn't contended much this year. I don't know if he can turn it on and keep it on for four days.

bjturk (Chandler, AZ)

Was Mickelson overstating things when he said that a wet course takes away the rookie disadvantage because the greens won't be as sensitive? It seems to me the sub-air system would do much to firm them up quickly.

Farrell Evans
  (1:44 PM)

Yes but Phil wants the course to play like it should. He's mad.

shooter mcgavin (red lobster)

how do you feel about the young gun first timers such as kyle stanley, webb simpson and sang moon bae? do any of these guys have a shot?

Farrell Evans
  (1:45 PM)

Kyle Stanley, I like. But don't forget about Keegan Bradley. This is just his second major championship. He could really win.

dlink04 (NC)

so you love to have a controversy to stir up the ratings.. what better than the week of Masters..

Farrell Evans
  (1:46 PM)

I know it's not perfect timing. Reilly wrote the column. I might have waited until the Monday after the tournament.

Shoshana (Boston)

Shrug guess I just feel that even athletes and celebrities have some right to privacy, and that not everything is my business

DjSk (hawaii)

If every player in the field puts together the best 4 rounds they can this week...who wins?

Farrell Evans
  (1:47 PM)

Great question. Tiger.

dlink04 (NC)

Luke Donald is the No 1 and no love for him..

Farrell Evans
  (1:48 PM)

But for a double at 12 last year, Donald could have won the Masters. He's legit. But he's not going to beat Rory and Tiger if they play their best golf.

TyWebb (Bushwood)

How in the world can Tiger NOT win? is it possible? A meteor crashes into the earth might stop it? Just curious...

Farrell Evans
  (1:48 PM)

LOL. He's got to make putts.

dlink04 (NC)

ok that's my intention too Mr Farrell.. i feel for his brother.. but timing is bad..

Showtime (Chicago)

What's the winning score this week?

Farrell Evans
  (1:49 PM)

12-under par.

Lafferty, Daniel (Course)

Who's going to be the Immleman of this years major

Farrell Evans
  (1:49 PM)

How about the Charl Schwartzel. I said yesterday that it could be Robert Garrigus or Bubba Watson.

Shoshana (Boston)

if it's wet but no lift, clean and place, do we see low scores bc of soft greens, or not bc of mudballs?

Farrell Evans
  (1:50 PM)

Mud balls.

Keith H (Seattle)

If Tiger didn't want to have a story on his half siblings during Masters week, he could have done something much earlier: Contact them. Rick Reilly's credentials are impeccible. He does his homework.

Farrell Evans
  (1:51 PM)

Exactly. Tiger didn't even acknowledge that he knew about his brother's situation.

Showtime (Chicago)

Are you in the media lottery to play Augusta on Monday?

Farrell Evans
  (1:51 PM)

Showtime, Thanks for reminding me. When I'm done here I'm going to sign up.

dlink04 (NC)

what's your take on Sean Foley.. people have doubted his teachings.. but looks like his students have done very good lately and still they doubt his teachings

Farrell Evans
  (1:53 PM)

Foley is a good friend. I like him a lot as a teacher and a person. There will always be haters, but his players have won four events this year. Sean has never said that he was an innovator, per se. He takes from a lot of methods to teach each player.

greg (north carolina)

what does the crowd want to see more on sunday for a showdown, tiger and phil? or rory and tiger?

Farrell Evans
  (1:53 PM)

Tiger and Phil. EASILY.

DC (VA)

What I don't like about Reillys article was that it was one-sided. Obviously, Tiger won't give his side, but we don't know why they had a falling out. I'm sure everyone has family that you don't talk to anymore for whatever reason.

Farrell Evans
  (1:54 PM)

Wouldn't Tiger defend himself if he cared?

DC (VA)

How can you believe that Haney's book was unethical, but now want to pry into Tiger's extended family?

Farrell Evans
  (1:55 PM)

If I wrote about conversations with golfers that were off the record that would be unethical. If my therapist writes about our conversations during therapy, she's unethical. Hank was unethical.

Joe (Atlanta)

Why is noone talking about Rick's true motivation? Apparently Tiger and Rick Reillys niece had a fling

Farrell Evans
  (1:56 PM)

Didn't know that. I will ask Rick about this.

butch (denver)

give me your top 5 leader board heading after round 3 heading into sunday, and how it will change come sunday night?

Farrell Evans
  (1:57 PM)

RoryTigerPhilBubbaJustin RoseSunday night: Bo Van Pelt will emerge out the pack of guys in a tie for 12 to get second place to one of these five.

Sam (Tulsa)

Does Tiger have a chance this week and the Masters? and who will be the winner>

Farrell Evans
  (1:57 PM)

Tiger should win.

bjturk (Chandler, AZ)

ANGC doesn't sell hardly any Masters memorabilia outside of Masters week on online. Unless you want the annual, the DVD or posters, you're out of luck unless you can get a ticket. Why is that?

Farrell Evans
  (1:59 PM)

They don't need to! They make millions during the week in the merchandise tents. Ask my colleague, Mike Collins, how much he;s spent in two days.

Lafferty, Daniel (teeing off)

What is the weather suppose to be like all weekend? Any delays in the mix?.. give a shout out to SVP for me

Farrell Evans
  (1:59 PM)

Rain is expected Thursday and Friday.

Shoshana (Boston)

Tiger's insanely private, he's not going to talk about it. Clearly there's something going on (which Rick said in his article), but to me that's also clearly family business. And btw this isn't the first time Earl Jr has come out and said something. The odd thing is that Earl's daughter clearly can get in contact with Tiger

DjSk (hawaii)

Are you going to be out at the course on Sunday at all? How would I go about buying you a chicken biscuit or an egg salad sandwich? You'd enjoy talking golf with me also...

Farrell Evans
  (2:00 PM)

Yes, I will be on the course all day Sunday. Can't help you with the food.

Joe (Atlanta)

My sources tell me that Ricks niece was a college student and she started hanging out with Tiger and they ended up having a short lived torrid afffair. Apparently tiger cut her off and she hasn't been the same since. Aslo might want to ask Rick why he let his parents electricity get cut off in 07

Farrell Evans
  (2:00 PM)

I will ask him.

Showtime (Chicago)

What do you think of Hank's statement that he's decided to never coach another touring pro? If Tiger, Phil or Rory came to him asking to be his coach - think he'd change his mind?! Obviously no pro would ever work with him after the book....

Farrell Evans
  (2:01 PM)

Showtime. It's not his choice. Hank didn't have but one player before Tiger and that was Mark O'Meara. It's not like he was ever on the level of Butch or Leadbetter.

Joe (Atlanta)

Does Rick know you are black? He probably wont acknowledge you

Farrell Evans
  (2:02 PM)

Ha. We are very good friends.

Farrell Evans
  (2:04 PM)

My time is up. I will be chatting live tomorrow and Friday from 10am to 11:30am eastern during first round coverage of the Masters. See you then.