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May 21, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Michael Collins

Michael Collins
  (3:00 PM)

I'm pretty sure Jason Dufner showed his teeth when he made the birdie to win Byron Nelson last week... I promise this one hour is gonna have a BUNCH more emotion than that! Ready?!

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What Golfer is so bad that he should retire from the PGA Tour?

Michael Collins
  (3:03 PM)

Last week Alex Aragon in the Nationwide Tour event shot a first round 90!! But then he backed it up with a 71, and then 69. So unless one of these guys can't walk they are pros and can't quit. Like a bad habit!

Ken (Moseley, VA)

Hello Michael,Any idea of the reason for David Duval's WD at the turn on Friday? I saw that he is not in the field for the Colonial (usually a sponsor's exemption tournament for him), so I figured injury. Any insight is appreciated.

Michael Collins
  (3:03 PM)

Honestly haven't a clue. I wasn't there last week so I never got to see him or talk to him. But if he plays at the Memorial I'll ask him.

bogeyhunter253 (tac. wa) [via mobile]

what are some of the perks of being a cadie besides the chance of making good money and being around great golfers

Michael Collins
  (3:05 PM)

The best perks are... if you are REALLY nice to the guys in the trucks, then depending which clubs your man plays you may get some new toys along the way. And of course we get to meet people who have access to some pretty good golf courses we get invites to every now and then.

Alex (Anaheim)

What upcoming tournament are you most looking forward to?

Michael Collins
  (3:07 PM)

The Memorial. Bubba will be back, plus Rickie and I have a special burger joint ritual we hit on either Tuesday or Wednesday, and maybe again on the weekend!

derek (Iowa)

You seemed a little hard on the LPGA. I think it was the right call. They showed a replay it didn't look like Pressel cared, she was on the clock. Took her time on all of her shots on that hole.

Michael Collins
  (3:08 PM)

So you were cool with her hitting the wrong club when the wind kicked up to 25? And it was ok with you that the rules official gave Ms. Munoz and great big hug when she won and not the other contestant?All I'm saying is the timing was just a bit TOO convenient.

swingtheclubken (North Carolina)

in your opinion is slow play as big and issue with the players as it is with the media and the tour officials

Michael Collins
  (3:11 PM)

slow play is a huge issue for the players but the slow guys are only slow when they are playing good. And then the real issue becomes who the tour enforces it on, because I've caddied for slow guys and been paired with STARS that are slow. Guess which one the officials will talk too.

ken kuhlman (NC)

my question is simple do you think the players come close to having as big a problem with slow play as the media does

Michael Collins
  (3:12 PM)

Yes, they do, but if one of them gets the penalty... it's like speeding in a car. Yes I was going 70 in a 65 but why did you pull ME over when THAT guy was going 75?!

Ed (Long Island)

I think it's come to the point where the Tour needs to publicly address this slow play. If it gives the player an advantage or puts his playing partner(s) at a disadvantage by getting them out of rythym, then start giving the stroke penalty. If it really has no competetive advantage to him, or hurts who he's playing with - say that. Talk is over taking what is turning into an outstanding golf season.

Michael Collins
  (3:14 PM)

Interesting, but the soapbox that many people are on says, "It's hurting the growth of the game." I say BULL! Everything nowadays is fast and furious, we wanna play a 2 1/2 hour round on a Saturday at 11 am on a muni. Here's a better idea, teach patience.

derek (Iowa)

So your saying the fix was in, why wouldn't they want an American to win. I'm saying her 2nd, 3rd shots she didn't seem to be in a hurry over.

Michael Collins
  (3:16 PM)

Who the higher profile golfer? If Munoz gets a stroke, and she said in her interview, "I was slow too." does it make the headlines it makes? C'MON MAN!!And if it's Tiger Woods, you think that official stands in front of the camera as boldly as he did? HELL NO!! He'd be running for his life and we all know it.

@Hawkeyehuddle (Iowa)

the slow play of the pros trickles down to slow play of amateurs, other than rulings which take extra time, why don't they limit shots to 35 seconds. You only get 5 mins to look for a ball?

Michael Collins
  (3:18 PM)

The clock is set at 45 seconds if you are first, and 40 seconds if you're second or third in the group. BUT, that is in perfect conditions. Officials are at their own discretion to an extent when weather, rulings in the groups ahead, etc. dictate

dp (colorado )

LPGA should have had Morgan forfeit the next hole, and then move back into position by skipping it. No way you should go from 3up to 1up. Even a 1 shot penalty keeps her at 2 up.

Michael Collins
  (3:20 PM)

I wouldn't have as big a problem with this if they'd have done that instead. Especially then what happened on the 15th, and Munoz saying, "I don't know if I grounded my club." Same official in the tv truck... shoddy.

Ken (Moseley, VA)

Michael,Thanks for offering to follow up on DD. Hope he is at the Memorial. BTW, any suggestions for fantasy golf leagues this week at the Colonial. Coming off a bad week....need to rebound.

Michael Collins
  (3:21 PM)

My "Expert Picks" will be out tomorrow but... You ever see the movie "Let It Ride"? ;)

Eric (Jersey City, NJ)

Michael: I was following the slow play group on Sunday in the gallery. We weren't sure exactly what transpired until a few holes later. As a caddie, what do you do when your pro goes on the clock? Do you keep time for him and make sure he knows where he stands vs time par or do you stay quiet and hope he speeds up? Some of the pros may find it more stressful if they have the caddie also telling them to hurry up.

Michael Collins
  (3:23 PM)

Usually when we got on the clock I was HIGH TAILING off the tee box to get to the ball and have all the numbers so when my pro got there I was handing him a club and saying, "Here's our target." And the fact that I was running up the fairway was enough to signal him to hustle. never had to say anything.

ken kuhlman (NC)

well unless they put a clock on every player for every shot it will never be fair. I also do not see where speeding up the tours will speed up public courses but plain and simple Morgan got screwed like you said both girls were out of position Would you call Tiger a speedy player

Michael Collins
  (3:24 PM)

Completely agree. And when Tiger is playing well, he can be slow. But so was Nicklaus... ever hear of him being put on the clock? BAHAHAHA

Kevin (Louisiana)

Can Dufner be a star in this league or does his lack of emotion make him less attractive.... I think he is different... with the way he carries himself and the waggle. His fan base seems to be growing but his stoic nature seems to be all commentators talk about...

Michael Collins
  (3:27 PM)

Well yeah he can be a HUGE star, but he's going to have to embrace the "stoic" image, turn it into his brand. That'd be huge for marketing. I just don't see Fowler fans embracing that style of play. Maybe accountants and lab scientists. Just kidding!!

Ed (Long Island)

I don't think slow play on the PGA tour hurts the growth - it is the actual slow play when playing that hurts the growth.

Michael Collins
  (3:28 PM)

Very true, and tv has the option to switch to another group while they wait for one guy to play.

Keith H (Seattle)

We can debate ad nauseum whether or not the slow play rule was the right call in that instance. However, for once SOMEONE DID SOMETHING about it & called a penalty!!! Haven't we been crowing about that for awhile?

Michael Collins
  (3:30 PM)

EXACTLY. And that's why I say be careful what you wish for. I truly believe the LPGA Tour rules official did it because of the uproar last week at the Players. But now the focus isn't on golf like it should be.

Eric (Jersey City, NJ)

I think in Munoz's defense, she did say that she played slowly, but she also said that once they were both put on the clock, she played quicker not to be penalized. I don't think you make that call on the last day of the tournament. They were the last group on the course and following their match was a lunch break. The LPGA was on a tape delay and we had plenty of day light left. It's a tough situation. One lady goes on to win $375000 and the other $150000. Doesn't seem like it should be decided by the rules official, but that's just me.

Michael Collins
  (3:30 PM)

And you are NOT alone in your opinion!

ken kuhlman (NC)

do you think the LPGA by some mixed wisdom chose Sunday to enforce the rule for publicity or because of the Kevin Na thing to prove they are stronger than the PGA on slow play it was still dumb but it would give us some explanation

Michael Collins
  (3:33 PM)

without question I believe that. and watching the rules official that enforced it and his actions after the fact solidified my convictions about it. Could you EVER see a rules official doing a 4 person conference on ESPN if he'd done that to Tiger?And there's the answer.

Ed (Carlsbad)

Do you see the PGA tour ever returning to La Costa, CA? The course has just been remodeled and they just had an LPGA tour event.

Michael Collins
  (3:34 PM)

Doubtful, the PGA Tour hates having to pay to play events at private clubs, it's why you see so many TPC's in the rotation.

Paul (San Diego)

I've picked Louis Oousthazen and Furyk for the US Open, what do you think?

Michael Collins
  (3:34 PM)

Both solid.

Eric (Jersey City, NJ)

I'll have to remember that tip if I ever get to caddie for a pro during a tour event. Do you think that the mental coaches encourage or discourage their players to play slower or quicker? Most pros back off of a shot & then have to start their pre-shot routine all over again.

Michael Collins
  (3:36 PM)

And ironically enough, every good tv announcer says, "that's the right thing to do." when they back off. Mental coaches like a guy to err on the fast side because the less you have going on in your head... the better

ken kuhlman (NC)

dont you think a lot of the slow play can be attributed to the difficulty of the courses and the size of the fields (by the way Jack invented slow he used to step off yardages during the round)

Michael Collins
  (3:37 PM)

all things contributed, and don't forget the amount of money they are playing for now too. Might make you take an extra look at the line of a putt!

Aaron L (Missouri)

How many of the U.S. Open contestants will come via local qualifying?

Michael Collins
  (3:38 PM)

I don't have the exact number in front of me but I think it's right around 100, maybe just over.

Andrew (WI)

I'd like to see a test run of slow play rules. Put all players on the clock in a tournament, time all the players based on whatever rules you set, but don't give penalties. At the end of the tournament, release all the info about how many times someone went over their alloted time. And I think once we have a good idea of just how severe or not sever the problem is with individual players, then we know how to proceed

Michael Collins
  (3:39 PM)

I LOVE IT!! But you should do it over three or four weeks to get the truest sense of players. And it has to be a black ops thing... cause if players know they'll play a hole faster.

derek (Iowa)

During the telecast I think they said this was the 3rd penalty they have gave out this year and they gave out 5 last year. So don't say it was because of last week. They are just a tour that backs up on there rules.

Michael Collins
  (3:41 PM)

Oh yeah, without using the internet who got the last one? What was her name and what tournament? See even I don't know, so this was a GREAT way to get EVERYONE to go, "HEY! The LPGA enforces their rules." Did you hear about the five last year on tv or in chat rooms? Didn't think so

Henry ((Tempe, Az))

MC are you with me?! I was wondering what you think the winning score will be at the US Open? Will anyone break par at Olympic?

Michael Collins
  (3:42 PM)

If the course plays firm and fast and they don't get rain like Congressional last year, NO WAY anyone is breaking par.

Andrew (WI)

Everyone's talking about the slow play call, but did anyone see a couple holes later when Morgan tried to call a penalty back on her opponent on the green? I admit I had to change the channel after the absurdity of the LPGA losing a big portion of their screentime to waiting for a ruling there.

Michael Collins
  (3:43 PM)

And there was no angle to see her ground the club? C'MON MAN!!!!!

ken kuhlman (NC)

Michael I have to run your doing a great job with this hope I get to see you again stay cool . This is your old buddy Swingtheclubken signing off

Michael Collins
  (3:43 PM)

PEACE OUT!! Thanks for hanging

Billy (PDX)

Do you think this is positive publicity for the LPGA? I must admit... I might tune in for Azahara coverage from now on.

Michael Collins
  (3:45 PM)

Absolutely not. And are you going to watch hoping to see a slow play penalty or because Azahara is kinda HOT?! Ok not kinda, the girl is very pretty.

Adam (Work)

I absolutely love watching Dufner and his attitude on the course. And yes, I'm an accountant!

Michael Collins
  (3:46 PM)

That made me seriously laugh out loud. Thanks for the honesty Adam.

cr8onjr (Iowa)

MC, the Champions tour comes back to DSM next week, would you ever consider a loop for one of the Sr.'s?

Michael Collins
  (3:47 PM)

Sure, on a week off from ESPN, I'd even let the player have the cart!! Guaranteed made cut even if the money isn't big, you're promised a piece.

TO (Chicago)

I think most people have read the article on the dude who is putting in 10,000 hours of practice, playing, etc to become a scratch golfer. Golf seems extremely hard ... I fully admit I don't have to the time to get too serious but I'm a 10.1 handicap and can't see myself getting to a scratch. I won't even into the difference once pressure is involved. Thoughts?

Michael Collins
  (3:49 PM)

the difference between a scratch golfer and a touring pro is about 30 shots. That's why they did that US Open Challenge thing. I've played with scratch golfers that couldn't break 80 playing with me cause they were nervous... And I am nothing but a caddie!!

Andrew (WI)

Why don't more American players go over to the BMW? Travel be darned, seems like an opportunity against a quality field that you can't find at most PGA tour events.

Michael Collins
  (3:50 PM)

Risk vs. reward... imagine going the whole way over there and getting beat in the first round. Way too costly for most Americans, even for the extra potential of ranking points

cr8onjr (Iowa)

MC, what are your thoughts on the use of lasers and/or gps for yardages. amateur golfers use them all the time and it definately speeds up play.

Michael Collins
  (3:52 PM)

I like the way it is now. Use lasers for practice but lets see how mentally tough you are on Sunday coming down the stretch. I mean players AND caddies

Doug (GA)

To answer Aaron L's question, maybe one at the most will make it through both local and sectional qualifying.

Michael Collins
  (3:53 PM)

My bad, I thought he mean total guys that get thru sectional to play. I'd say about 20-30 each year make it thru the whole way.

Tim (SF)

How about some love for Dicky Pride this past weekend huh? - it's been like 437 years since he shocked the world at the St. Jude. Strong stuff from a guy who has struggled. He seems confident...think he can keep putting up (low) numbers?

Michael Collins
  (3:54 PM)

If you check his numbers this year compared to in years past it doesn't seem like the same guy. I'm anxious to talk to him and find out what's changed with him, cause he's made more cuts this year then the last 40 years combined... ok now I'm exaggerating too!

Eric (Jersey City, NJ)

How often did your pro ask you to read putts? I didn't see more than a few caddies helping their pros this weekend at the Sybase Match Play. Just curious.

Michael Collins
  (3:55 PM)

Depended on the player. I had some that had me read them all and guys who only brought me in when they were not sure.

Joan (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Went to the Players' and spoke to Phil as well as Amy who was following him. They have to be the sweetest nicest couple on the PGA. Phil is the only reason I go to PGA tournaments LIVE as much as possible!!

Michael Collins
  (3:56 PM)

So when you see me you're not even gonna talk to me? AW MAN. :(

Scott (Sacramento)

Just attended my son's DIII NCAA National tournament last week in Florida. First day his threesome received a red card at the end of their round for slow play. After much discussion, officials decided NOT to access each player a 1 stroke penalty. What is a player to do when another player in their group is playing slow in order to not be peanlized for the other players slow play? Are they to pull a Sabatini and walk off the green and start playing the next hole?

Michael Collins
  (3:57 PM)

That's part of the problem with putting a GROUP on the clock. Same thing for the guy who is in a category with some slow guys and he gets paired with them enough to get a fine and he ain't slow. And don't give me the "life ain't fair" thing unless you like the "stray bullet" thing too.

John (Ohio)

Howdy MC. When Tiger broke on the scene, I imagined he would attract a new demographic to the sport. Yet his impact on how the game is played seems to to have outpaced his impact on who plays. If so, any thoughts on why a greater diversity of Americans have yet to break into the pro ranks of such a fabulous sport?

Michael Collins
  (3:59 PM)

Man I wish you'd have asked that question at the beginning of the hour instead of with a minute left. Promise to ask me that again when we have some time cause it's a great observation that few wanna look at!

Tim (SF)

Celtics are -5 (currently) against the Sixers tonight in Game 5 at home. Take the Celts and give the points right?

Michael Collins
  (4:00 PM)

how much you wanna lose to this Sixers fan?!

Michael Collins
  (4:01 PM)

Once again y'all made this the fastest hour of my week!! Same time, same place... next week?! Cool.As most of you know if you email me or hit me on twitter I will answer back!ESPNCaddie@gmail.com@ESPNCaddie on twitter