Welcome to my Wednesday afternoon chat. Tiger is in Malaysia this week. What should we expect from the 14-time major champion?
Are most tour players wiling to talk to you (or other writers) informally, or do you have to just talk to them at pressers and/or through their reps? Are they friendly or guarded with tier quotes?
Michael,Most of the players are comfortable talking with reporters informally. Tiger is probably the only player that tries to keep his comments within the confines of a press conference.
A lot of talk about the next Ryder Cup captain. First I think a definitive evaluation of what the role really is and entails. If it's just a figurehead/ceremonial position, then fine, reward a player who had a successful career. If there really is a managing job that is entailed, dealing with players, motivating, strategy - that is an entirely different skill set. Tom Coughlin, Phil Jackson, Jim Leyland, Vince Lombardi, Bill Parcells, Pat Riley - none of them great players, but great leaders of men. And if we want to maintain the premise that the Ryder Cup is a highly regarded event, then select the most qualified person for the designed skill set.
Ed,Your instincts are spot on. It's a popularity contest. If it were not, Larry Nelson, a great Ryder Cup player and three-time major winner, would have gotten a nod for the captaincy a long time ago. Who better exemplifies the spirit of the matches than a guy who fought for his country in Vietnam?
Some rumors swirling about Rory signing for 10 years/250 Million with Nike...is that a done deal, or still in the works? Is an equipment change a smart idea for him at this point? Seems risky to me
jeff,Trust me. Nike will build Rory an iron and a driver that's very close to one that he plays for Titleist. It's risky only from the vantage point if he changes balls.
Does anybody confuse you for Tiger Woods because you're the only black guys on the golf course?
Josh,I get double takes, obviously. But not because I look like Tiger. It's just that there are so few blacks at PGA Tour events, let alone inside the ropes.
What PGA Tour Event was Delayed Because it was very Cold and Frosty?
Chris,Tour events in the winter have frost delays all the time.
A lot of talk about the HOF and Couples getting in and now talk about the future of Furyk. I don't think Couples should have gotten in as he does not have the win total (15) or multiple majors (1) to merit it. I know he was #1 in the world but these career numbers just are not HOF worthy. Now Furyk has time to add to his 16wins and 1 major, but if he doesn't, then how can he be a HOFer? I read he will be in because Couples has lowered the bar. What can be done about this if anything? I know its tough to get to 20wins but there should be some minimum to look for (20 wins with 1 major, 15+ wins with multiple majors). What are your thoughts on the HOF?
Nothing against Fred Couples, but he got in because he's a very popular guy. I mean Corey Pavin has to be next. Davis Love III. How many players have double digit wins and one major? But I would love to see the HOF folks make 20 wins the starting point for the Hall, unless a guy wins a half dozen majors. Yet the Hall should continue to make space for pioneers like Charlie Sifford. There really should be a bigger wing for players who made special contributions to the game.
Farrell, how do you see next year's Major Championship venues setting up for Tiger and Rory, respectively?
Augusta, you know the answer to that. Merion for the U.S. Open will force these two long hitters to harness their power for the sake of getting around this historic gem. Muirfield for the Open Championship fits the eye of both players. Weather will be a factor more than anything. It always is at the Open. Oak Hill will be a great challenge for both at the PGA. All in all, Rory has an advantage. He's got young nerves, even if Tiger owns all the experience.
just saw the Parnevik Gangnam style vid...this has to be the greatest thing any golfer has ever done ever, right?!
It's lovely. If injuries and misfortune keep you from being a world class player, why not have more fun off the course.
Do you think John Daly will lock up full-time European Tour status? Will get an automatic check this week. Would be a great story if he did.
Tommy,I always root for Big John. It's really phenomenal that he's still playing. He could have quit a long time ago. I don't know if it will happen for him this year, but down the road he'll win again somewhere around the world.
I just dont see how Pavin is a HOFer either. I'm not being mean, but trying to justify how special the HOF is/should be. Couples/Pavin/Furyk just dont have the win total to merit it (13-16 wins + 1 major). I know Couples was popluar as you stated, but at least he did win a couple TPC, but what does Pavin have beside a US Open? My concern is after DL3 (20 wins with 1 major), who else has HOF numbers? The next people in line are Pavin/Furyk/Toms and while they had good careers, they did not have great HOF careers. It seems like after Tiger is done, the only truly special player out there is Rory. I think Scott Van Pelt said it, if everyone is getting into the HOF, then there should be a new wing for the greats (Jones, Hagen, Nicklaus, Palmer, Tiger, ets)
Yeah, the problem is the HOF thinks that it has to try to put someone in every year. But the fact of the matter is that there are not that many players with Hall of Fame careers. Also, Lee Janzen won the Players and two majors. Do you put him in the Hall with eight wins? I doubt it.
Farrell I know Gary Woodland is secure for next year on tour based on his Transitions win a year ago. Obviously quite a down year with the injury and swing change. Do you see a top 50 money list finish for him in 13'?
Woodlands is a nice player. But as soon as he dumped his agent and teacher to go the Hollywood lights of Butch Harmon and Marc Steinberg, I knew he was in trouble. You have to stay humble and understated until you have a reason to make big changes. Plenty players think that the closer they get to success, the closer they are too having it for themselves. But that's definitely not always true.
besides Rory - I don't see any current player getting to 20 wins, probably not even 15. Agree or disagree
Sadly, I agree. It's hard to win golf tournaments!
By putting such a premium on majors, I think golf does a disservice to a lot of golfers. Furyk has probably been a top 30 player in the world for a dozen straight years. I would think that type of consistent high level play is really worth a HOF induction. How many players have that kind of longetivity of sustained success. Being top 30 in the world at any point in anything just once is an accomplished, do it for a prolonged period...HOF worthy. To me, Westwood and Montgomerey belong in the HOF, even no majors. Did they have better careers than a guy like Andy North with 3 career wins but 2 happen to be majors - absolutely.
Furyk is a Hall of Famer for the reasons you mention. But consistency shouldn't be the litmus test for inclusion. You need to win and win big, often.
why do we constently have to hear about Tiger's driving distance when he isn't even in the top 15 in distance
Tiger needs to hit the ball 300-yards plus to keep up with the kids who bomb it. And as the greatest player in the world, he needs long drives to set up short irons that begat good irons that begat easy birdies.
Tigers or Giants?
Tigers. Starting rotation is just too good
With a shorter US Open course in 2013 could this be Phil's year without having to worry about spraying his driver?
You can never tell with Phil. No one is more prepared for each shot than he and Bones.
If anchoring the putter is such an advantage, why don't more players employ it?
Ed,It's a feel thing for many of the guys, especially on long putts. The anchored putting style work best on putts inside 10 feet, where the pros make their cash.
The Fall Finish tournaments have been exciting with good finishes. I will miss them next year.
Me, too. I'm not looking forward to seeing the Nationwide Tour guys with the regular pros in a battle.
I think Ernie Els will get to 20. He only needs one more.
Els will be a Hall of Famer, but then his circumstances are different. He is an international player, a South African, with an appeal all over the world. His impact in his home country and around the world has been very significant.
My time is up friends. See you next week, same time, same place, drop me a line at evans.espn@gmail if you have something pressing on your mind or a bit of gossip you want to share. Take care.
Do you think international wins should count towards HOF criteria? Are European wins in this day and age as good as PGA wins?
FYI, Ernie Els is in the HOF already.
That's right. He doesn't need anyone to defend his right to be there.