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September 17, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Michael Collins

Michael Collins
  (3:00 PM)

It's the fastest hour in golf! Feels like forever since we've chatted!!So first up... can Rory be the first to win three FedEx Cup events?

Alex (Anaheim)

What's the secret to putting?

Michael Collins
  (3:00 PM)

Confidence... 99.9%

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

When will there be a PGA Event at Disney?

Michael Collins
  (3:03 PM)

There is. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Played on Disney's Palm and Magnolia (host course). This year it's the week of November 5-11Last year Luke Donald won and it gave him the money title and wrapped up POY for him

David (Orlando,Fl) [via mobile]

Hey MC I know you were down on Mickelson a couple weeks ago but looks like hes getting his game back, your thoughts?

Michael Collins
  (3:05 PM)

He's actually one of my "expert" picks this week. Don't know where the late season surge is coming from (maybe the new claw putting grip) but I'm very impressed by his readiness for this week and next

Nemes (P-Town)

How good was Ji-Yai Shin's win this weekend under those conditions?

Michael Collins
  (3:07 PM)

Especially after starting with a triple bogey! It's almost ashamed that the women played a true "British Open" and the men only got kinda tough conditions on Sunday... ALMOST

Tiger (FL)

I was the most consistent golfer on tour this year...no?

Michael Collins
  (3:08 PM)

As long as you don't look at or count McIlroy's record sure.

Colin (Seattle)

Hi Michael- So who would you say are the go to pairings for both the U.S. and European team if they need to pull out a point?

Michael Collins
  (3:13 PM)

Four Ball I'll always take Stricker and Woods USand I'll put Poulter and Rose against themFoursomes I'll take McDowell and McIlroy against Dufner and SnedekerBetcha they'd both go all square!

steven in orlando [via mobile]

Mike, hope all is good bro. Your thoughts on what will be the most important storyline for the ryder cup? Also, will you be doing a chat during the ryder cup? Be safe bro.

Michael Collins
  (3:15 PM)

The storyline is gonna be how the captain's selections do for each team and who sits out matches. That's where all the second guessing and Monday morning QB'ing will come in.

Michael Collins
  (3:15 PM)

And yes, I'll be doing the Live Chat from onsite for the matches on GolfCast.

Patrick (North Carolina)

Do caddies travel and stay with players, more now than in the past?

Michael Collins
  (3:16 PM)

Maybe now that players and caddies are both using Priceline. But caddies still don't fly first class... there isn't THAT much money out there! haha

Nemes (P-Town)

What is the best way to become a caddie? Seems like the LPGA path would be easier than PGA/Champions/Nationwide tours.

Michael Collins
  (3:18 PM)

lower tier caddies on the LPGA tour are much more volatile than on the Nationwide Tour from what Iv'e heard but I never caddied on the LPGA tour so it's only from guys that have been out there that I get my info from.

Michael Collins
  (3:19 PM)

I still say if you wanna be a caddie try it on a few small time tours first to get your feet wet, then try stepping up to the next level.

Ed (Long Island)

Think there is any chance anyone other than the top 5 seeds this week brings home the $10 million?

Michael Collins
  (3:20 PM)

I just did a video on what it'll take for Scott Piercy (#30 on FedEx Cup) to win. Check it out later on espn.com/golf I hope you laugh a little.

Zach (Detroit)

Do tiger and Phil still hate each other?

Michael Collins
  (3:21 PM)

I don' think they ever "hated" each other. I think they both enjoyed the fact that they were trying to be better than each other and embraced their roles in that.

Zach (Detroit)

Do tiger and Phil still not like each other?

Michael Collins
  (3:23 PM)

They don't hang out together during the week of a tournament but, next week at the Ryder Cup they'll be rooting for one another... hard

Russell (Texas)

With the fedex champ. and ryder cup back to back, which team does this effect the most?

Michael Collins
  (3:26 PM)

Maybe us, cause we have more guys playing in the Tour Championship that gives us less time to be there getting ready, but I talked to Davis today and the way he's set up the course, our guys won't need a ton of prep time.

steven in orlando [via mobile]

Mike, as the golf year approaches the finish line...what will we remember most of 2012? Tiger's resurgence? Rory's dominance?

Michael Collins
  (3:27 PM)

Rory's dominance at another major, and then if he wins this week, doing something that not even Tiger has done. Then Tiger's wins second.

Zach (Cincinnati)

I caddy at my country club. Is there any tips you can give me to be more successful

Michael Collins
  (3:29 PM)

I've never caddied at a country club so I'd be the wrong guy to ask. I wouldn't last half a round caddying for "Mrs. Nusbaum"!

Ed (Long Island)

How do tee times work this week? Go out in ranking order? Groups of 2 or 3? Do they switch the "early/late" for Thursday and Friday?

Michael Collins
  (3:30 PM)

With 30 players it's twosomes off the first tee starting at the bottom of the FedEx Cup list and ending with the top two.

Michael Collins
  (3:31 PM)

Now if there's a chance for bad weather they go off in threesomes ten groups, but the tour won't do that unless they REALLY have to

Ankeet (Detroit)

MC, I don't know why Keegan and McDowell are considered elite even though they miss alot of cuts?

Michael Collins
  (3:35 PM)

So Keegan making 20 out of 24 cuts this year having a win and 13 top 25's and being in the Tour Championship ain't enough for you? And McDowell goes 13-16 with 8 top 25's AND played some Euro Tour events... What are you married to TWO supermodels? C'MON MAN!!! Don't be silly

Michael Collins
  (3:39 PM)

Would love to have some Tour Championship predictions from everyone!! Whatcha got?And wait til you see what DLIII has on the back of his truck.I'll put it on twitter later...@ESPNCaddie

Ed (Long Island)

Tour Championship prediction...everyone leaves with a truckload of cash no matter how they finish!!!!!!

Michael Collins
  (3:41 PM)

Wanna hear something funny... the FedEx bonus money ($35 million dollar pool) pays down to 150th!! Yep, even if you don't make the playoffs you get a check. Pretty sweet right? I think that's really dumb.

Ankeet (Detroit)

Is there any money involved in ryder cups? I mean does US compensate their players in any way?

Michael Collins
  (3:42 PM)

No official money, but everything is paid. And even the caddies are compensated for their time and effort.

Jay (Roswell,Ga)

Going to hang out on Wed for the practice rounds. Do all 30 play on Wednesday?

Michael Collins
  (3:44 PM)

Not always, but the weird thing is the course is closed to the public so when guys play practice rounds tomorrow they'll lose golf balls because there are no marshals to see where the ball went if they miss the fairways. It's kinda creepy and weird. Players love it after they get used to it.

Matt (Denver)

Which holes are going to make or break a player's round this week?

Michael Collins
  (3:46 PM)

Check out my "holes to watch" video blog. I picked one on the front and one on the back. But I'll tell you the stretch 5 thru 7 on Sunday is gonna tell ALOT, and on the back nine... well watch the video

Ed (Long Island)

Do caddies get a cut of the FEDEX cup bonus money?

Michael Collins
  (3:48 PM)

Most guys that get over 100K throw their caddies a bone, one player whose name I won't mention got over a million and had to be guilted BY OTHER players into giving his caddie a bonus!

Ed (Long Island)

Any chance Tiger and Phil would want to play together at some point in these team matches, just to prove everyone wrong and they can play together?

Michael Collins
  (3:49 PM)

No. Their style of play doesn't match up well in any format and they know it.

Tom (Morgantown, WV)

Yo Mikey. How did you spend your time in WV or did you get to the Greenbrier?

Michael Collins
  (3:50 PM)

Unfortunately I wasn't there this year.

Matt (Uk)

So will Tiger and Rory be out last on both Thursday and Friday this week? Also, what you think of a par three to finish?

Michael Collins
  (3:51 PM)

Thursday for sure, they re-pair Friday I believe.I'd like it alot more if it was a legitimate birdie hole so there could be more fireworks instead of guys missing 7 footers for par to lose.

Ed (Long Island)

Bigger TV draw final pairing against the NFL Sunday - Tiger/Rory or Tiger/Phil?

Michael Collins
  (3:52 PM)

OOOOHH. That's a tough one, but I'd say Tiger/Rory. Young lion versus resurgent Tiger!!

Michael Collins
  (3:57 PM)

Well once again time has FLOWN by!! Next week... RYDER CUP!! It's the most electric feeling I've ever had on a golf course, can't wait to see the fans in Chi-town gettin' nuts!!Remember you can always email ESPNCaddie@gmail.com or hit me on twitter @ESPNCaddie.Talk to ya next week!

Ed (Long Island)

More nervous putt - to win the $10 million or win the Ryder Cup?

Michael Collins
  (3:57 PM)

Ryder Cup... Not even close