WHEW! I missed you guys/girls. Ready for a fast hour?! Me too!
I'm going to the AT&T National on Friday. I've seen Tiger play before in person, so I don't plan to stick with him too much. Any other players you know of that would be fun to follow for a few holes? Thanks!
Gotta follow Garrigus. Gotta follow Mahan. Then watch Perez and Piercy, cause if they have a couple bad holes you'll get to hear some language and see some fireworks!
Who's the best pro you've ever seen at escaping sand traps?
In person... Daniel Chopra, I used to call him Houdini.
who is your pick to win the at&t national
WOO-HOO! I broke 100 for the first time yesterday! Sorry to shout. The frightening thing is, I shot so well on the front 9, I could have broke 90, but my psyche reminded myself that I don't normally play that well, and I stumbled all over the back 9. Funny how the mind works in sports...
CONGRATS!!!! The trick is... don't add up your score after nine holes. My best friend broke 90 two weeks after breaking 100 because of this tip from a pro I got a LONG time ago. I still don't.
Love your work, Michael! Hey, how nervous do touring pros get during their round. I know being in contention is one thing, but do some of the guys get jumpy, like amatuers, for certain shots/conditions, etc?? I know I DO!!!
Thanks Mike. Yeah, some pros get nervous grinding to make the cut. I had one pro that was nervous on a Friday cause he was trying to make his 150th cut, took him three tries cause he couldn't stop thinking about it.
Can you please list your five best golfers ever not including guys that played before the era of Snead, Hogan and Nelson?
Nicklaus, Tiger, Hogan, Player, Palmer, Snead
Maybe switch out Palmer for Nelson and put Palmer after Snead
Temperatures are supposed to hover around 100 F for much of the tournament. To what extent will the heat play a factor this week?
Big time if temps hang there. It's not a "hard" course walk but it ain't easy either. Guys are gonna have to take electrolytes and stay hydrated. The first sign of dehydration for a golfer is bad decision making so if player and caddie are dry they'll miss the cut.
Have you seen the video of the streaker in Wichita yet, Gore's quote was "now it is a real tournament"
Nah, I just got the note on twitter right before I started the chat so I'll check it out when we're done
Hey Andrew from Chatanooga, now I'm not gonna answer you just outta spite.
I love Olympic as a U.S. Open course and think the USGA should have one there every 10 years, not every 14. However, the only real complaint that I have from the entire week was the pin position on 18 on Sunday. If they put that thing in the back left, the ending (from Harrington to Thompson to McDowell and Furyk) would have been way more entertaining.
That course was SO awesome. I loved everything about it, even the Sunday pin position. But I see what you're saying.
Buddy just checked Pebble off his bucket list. If you had only one more round to play, where would it be?
Don't know. Honestly. There are so many places I wanna play and haven't yet.
(note my list of most important golfers would be diff than list of best, and would certainly include palmer and player)
send your list again... sorry
that's 140 times you've sent it and it's still coming. C'mon man. I don't wanna have to block your computer. You've been here before. Etiquette, show some
Who do you think the next break out star is on the European Tour? I know, strange question, but I enjoy watching it Saturday and Sunday mornings. I saw either Colsaerts or Oleson.
Got to see Nicholas Colsaerts game up close at Olympic, the guy is solid. I still don't see the next "one" yet though.
I was saying I could make a case for Phil over Palmer and certainly Player
Phil over Pamler maybe but Player has all four major trophies. No chance Phil's better
I know Tiger swaps a five wood and a two iron, do you know if he has ever tried a hybrid?
he talked about messing with one for a little bit and his 2/3 iron is a driving iron with a thick back, but I'vve never seen him use one in competition
He can play that course without ever hitting driver and that may be his best option.
Michael, I'm a 5 handicapper and I swear I could finish par-bogey or bogey-par on those last two holes when I know that I have a two shot lead. Hit an anti-right shot on 17 (who cares what club, either) and then at least get your putt to the hole on 18. I love Hoffman but geeeshh!!!
His wife tweeted me today. I said, "I've been on vacation. What I miss?" She said, "Heartbreak."Nuff said.
I sure didnt think -14 was gonna be good'nuff yesterday. Leishman put 62 on it, but with CHoff getting to -16 with 5 to go, I kinda feel like it was a gift. Question is, as it was Leishman's first victory, are we the fans the only one's that care when a player backs into a victory....do the player's ever feel that way? or is a W a W no matter how you get it?
First one... you don't care. Easier when you back in but a 62 is a 62 on Sunday no matter what. For the fans it's disappointing, for the player it is like getting a gift but that also means you kept your head down while everyone else blew themselves up.
What holes are the toughest this week at the AT&T? any pivotal holes to note?
check out my "Holes to Watch" video blog. It'll be posted tomorrow
I'm headed to Bethesda this Sunday for my first-ever PGA event. Any spectator tips?
hang out at 16! especially on Sunday
Olympic seemed like a fun course, but it didn't seem to really reward ball striking, as much as scrambling bc nobody could hit a bunch of fairways or greens
US Opens are all like that, either impossible to hit fairways or green that won't hold a shot from the fairways
Realistically, how many times do you think Tiger will win this golf season. I really think you are the bomb, Michael!
I predicted 4 earlier this year and I'm still comfy with that.
Now with Westwood coming stateside next year, is that a big blow for the European Tourn now that Westwood, McIlroy and Donald all will be based here?
Nah, cause they're all still gonna do time over there. It was Donald winning both money titles living here that set them up to know it could be done. He should get alot more credit for that feat than he's getting
Where can Tiger have a better chance at winning PGA CHamp or Brit open
Both the same, they're both gonna be decided by wind and then your tee times Thursday and Friday
Gotta put this one in print too...Was Rick Reilly standing on a step ladder on the roof of O-Club for your wrap-up piece? or were you on your knees? ;-)
Another "access" question for you. While I was working the USOpen, we saw they had all the Tour vans there of course, grinding, tweaking, whatevering the players wanted...you ever get to head into the Tour van and have them customize a set of Collins' grinds for you? or get yourself a new R11s driver maybe?
haven't got irons... but I've had some clubs made for me by some very good friends. And Reilly and I were BOTH standing on boxes if you can believe that!!
Going back to Furyk on 16 on Sunday and his comment that you can't prepare for moving up 100 yds - I understand and I don't at the same time. What would your advice have been? Seems to me if he would have been more comfortable hitting driver, he still should have hit it.
And even at 580 it was a three shot hole for him. So, on one hand no you can't practice for that, but on the other hand, you never played a 580 dogleg left par five before? C'MON MAN
Tiger prob doesn't need to hit driver all that often at Lytham, but he's actually been hitting it well when he chooses to pull it. Can't really work around the wedge/chipping issues though. Hard to make a lot of birdies, or save par when you're constantly looking at 30ft putts
After seeing Bubba adopt a kid and get him the week of the Masters, and Webb skipping the British for his kid....apparently the secret to winning majors is timing your wife's pregnancy. Pro tip to golfers: We're 9 months out from the 2013 Masters in 2 weeks.
I did a video today about Webb skipping the British Open. Why do y'all think Bubba got killed for taking time off after Zurich and no one is saying anything about Webb skipping the British?
Hey Michael, My daughter and I love your work! She is a big Rickie fan for obvious reasons and I am a Bubba fan. Good to see Bubba back in contention again. I thought he was done for the year with being on cloud nine after the baby and the green jacket. And rightfully so! Your thoughts on Bubba for the rest of the year?
I expect at least one more win from Bubba by years end and I think he may contend at the PGA Champ or Tour Champ. And thank you
Gotta give you props, I expected you to withdraw from this chat in the first round due to exhaustion from vacationing. Kudos for vacationing properly.
NICE!! I am exhausted after my vacation but I owe it to the sponsors... hahaha
Any truth to the rumor that Jim Furyk mistakenly took 4-Hour Energy prior to the final round of the US Open?
Does Westwood win the US Open if not for the tree?
don't know for sure if he would've won but I bet he'd have been there going into 17th.
Will Marc Leishman be a one-hot wonder or do you see mulitple wins in his career (or even this season)?
I think he get a few more wins in his career, but getting more than one a year... don't see that
Best course in Los Angeles, Riviera or LACC north? And will either host a U.S. Open in the next 25 years?
Riviera, but it just doesn't have the infrastructure to hold a major anymore.
Duane Ford says that Tiger Woods gave the field a Golf Lesson over the weekend at Olympic.....
Golf lesson on how to what?
Whos your favorite golfer to watch?
Bubba, Tiger, Phil, Garrigus. Then Luke Donald
Michael.. have you ever looked at or played Chambers Bay in WA? Thoughts on 2015 Open being there?
Never been but the pictures look amazing and friends that have been out that way say the area is very pretty
There are 14 Americans right now in the owgr top 25, none name Furyk (who I think makes the team) vs 8 Europeans. Not that it will be easy, but got to think DL3 is a happy captain right now
Gotta be careful of overconfidence this early though
Paddy Harrington is rounding into form...could be a (not-so) sneaky pick at the Open Championship no? It's good to see him playing well again.
Just haven't seen him close. And he's had some horrific weekends too.
Bubba is not playing again until the British Open. It seems that he really does not take golf that seriously. Play 3 tourneys and take 10 weeks off between the Masters and British. Thoughts?
I honestly don't have a problem with it. I didn't when Tiger did it so I'd be a hypocrite to chastise Bubba for it.
I have loved the west coast US Open's the last few years. Aside from Pebble, Olympic and Torrey, are there any courses in the Pacific or even Mountain time zones that could host an Open?
Too many to name
Michael...will you be at Congressional? Best way to get around for the day and see lots of good action?What do you think about Mahan, Moore, Reavie, Cantlay for fantasy this week?
I won't be there this week. Been there many times though. Hang by two green, you can see a bunch of stuff close by.
Speaking of Bubba's schedule, what is the minimum events to keep his card? I don't have a problem at all with what he is doing. One of the perks of the job, but is he going to have to play every week this fall?
15 to stay a Tour member. And he's already got 12 starts. See how spoiled we are?! haha
To Eddie: Bring lots of water and sun tun lotion!
Michael, it seems that almost every week on tour, at least a few of the big guns show up, unlike in the past where you had all the big names skipping a ton of tournaments. Do you think this is a product of the fact that there is so much depth on tour? Or is it more that there really is a push to play a variety of so-called "lesser tournaments" like Hartford, the Honda, etc.?
It's depth and some of the big names like different styles of courses. So we see great golf all over all year. It's great if you are really into the game
Michael whats your favorite post round meal?
What golf tournament is the best to attend (lets say money isnt an issue)?
Man that was quick!! As usual. But it's ok... Same bat time, same bat channel next Monday!ESPNCaddie@gmail.com@ESPNCaddie on twitterPlay well this week!