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April 5, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Michael Collins

Michael Collins
  (3:00 PM)

Welcome to the fastest hour in golf!!! Welcome back to friends and welcome to first timers.Here it is... OTHER than Tiger who are your favorites for the Masters next week?BRING IT!!!

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What Golf Course on the PGA Tour is So Hard that a PGA Golfer wins either 1 over par or Par?

Michael Collins
  (3:01 PM)

That's normally the US Open.

Sara Lee (Peoria, IL)

In your excellent video at Dubsdread Golf Course you said you didn't order cake. Did Bubba order cake?

Michael Collins
  (3:02 PM)

haha, neither of us ordered cake. He DID try to order a huge plate of French fries when I told him I had an addiction to em though. Maybe we'll put out a blooper reel!

Dan (MA)

Hey MC, Do you know when Tiger went to Augusta to chart things out for a practice round?

Michael Collins
  (3:03 PM)

I know of two trips to Augusta before this past week.

pj (midlo)

with the Masters around the corner, what do we fail to get an appreciation for watching it on TV? Did you ever caddy for someone in the Masters - As old fashion as they look I like those white caddy outfits

Michael Collins
  (3:04 PM)

That one of the empty pieces of my caddy heart. Never got to caddie the Masters. Not gonna lie, it's still a dream of mine. And the thing you can't believe until you're there is the hills and how steep they are.

Chris (Chicago)

Rory still does not seem to have it...do you think this will be a season long issue?

Michael Collins
  (3:05 PM)

I sure hope not but the longer he goes without success the tougher it will be to find it.

MB (MD)

After watching some of the Kraft yesterday, what is Michelle Wie doing? Her putting stance is awful looking and doesn't seem like it can work. After watching her play the last couple of years, has her time come and gone and her best days behind her as a 14 year-old? To me, she just won't match her hype/potential. Is she the Sergio Garcia of the LPGA? Huge hype at a young age, a few wins and then just hang around....

Michael Collins
  (3:07 PM)

It just proves what can happen when SO much pressure is put on someone so young. And I would say other than majors, Sergio has been pretty successful.

john (dearborn mi)

Did you get that bigger contract yet so you can get the $2k clubs? Hey ESPN...Pay Michael more $$ he's worth it!!!!!!

Michael Collins
  (3:10 PM)

I'm all for getting PAID, but I don't think even if I was making $10 million a year I'd spend that kind of money on one club. Just ain't my style. But I'll take the raise if they offer it!! I'm not crazy.

barb (FL)

woo woo MC, our phillies got a win last night! Not quite as exciting as the masters but nice!

Michael Collins
  (3:10 PM)

Glad Cliff Lee didn't wait til June this year!

JefKve (Newport Beach, CA)

How much fun was spending a day with Bubba?

Michael Collins
  (3:12 PM)

Bubba and I always enjoy hanging out. The best part was the look on people's faces when they saw him at a muni. Awe and confusion at the same time!!

Chris (Chicago)

AS' comments about Wie don't make much sense...Wie has not been relevant for years! Just another case of talent wasted really.

JefKve (Newport Beach, CA)

When will you be getting your hovercraft golf cart?

Michael Collins
  (3:13 PM)

If they gave me one to test out I'd take it EVERYWHERE!!

JefKve (Newport Beach, CA)

Despite the awesomeness of the Bubba video, I must ask: WHERE'S THE HAHN VIDEO?

Michael Collins
  (3:15 PM)

My bosses read this so your request will be noted. I'd say in all honesty it will be AFTER the Masters. We just have alot of stuff on the page. I wouldn't want it to get lost in all the Masters stuff. Be patient.

Robb (Colorado)

Mike, what has happened to Paul Casey? Guy was up near the top of the OWR not that long ago and when I look at the recent leaderboards he is not only MC'ing, but by several strokes. Always liked him and seemed like a good guy.

Michael Collins
  (3:16 PM)

He just hasn't been the same since his shoulder injury. Don't know if he ever will get back to where he was.

Tom (Verona, WI)

Nice video! Were the folks at Dubsdread appreciative of your work with the pink spray paint?

Michael Collins
  (3:18 PM)

I didn't tell them I did it til we got back to the clubhouse and worked behind the counter but they took a picture of Bubba holding it and now rent it out proudly! They might even sell it. It HAS been proven to work!

DP (Co)

Valero seems like a tough loop, good tune up for Augusta?

Michael Collins
  (3:20 PM)

No. A week in the gym would be better.

Michael Collins
  (3:21 PM)

No humidity to high humidity is a tough transition.

JefKve (Newport Beach, Ca)

Michael, forget the 2k clubs: Hovercraft golf cart. You know you want one!

Michael Collins
  (3:21 PM)

I DO!!

Durg (Jacksonville FL)

MC, give me the top five for masters 2013

Michael Collins
  (3:22 PM)

I'm gonna do a top 25 that will be posted next Wednesday. You'll just have to wait. Sorry.

ISCATI (Colombia)

MC...how about Ian Poulter to win the Masters?

Michael Collins
  (3:22 PM)

I just did a video making him one of my "sleepers"!

Jordan (AZ)

use the two grand to have bubba teach you how to hit clubs left handed with right handed clubs!

Michael Collins
  (3:24 PM)

I just wanna hit it good left handed first, but I ain't gonna hire Bubba as my coach! He'd be the only coach to say, "Well done!" after you hit a big 'ol hook or slice!! haha

Aaron (Wisco)

What do you consider the number one shot of all time at the Masters?

Michael Collins
  (3:25 PM)

Either Bubba's shot or Tiger's chip in

Doug (GA)

You need to make caddying the Par 3 a goal if you haven't done it.

Michael Collins
  (3:27 PM)

Thought I was gonna get to caddy for Fuzzy this year but he ended up auctioning it for charity. He told me it fetched $10k. Can't be mad at my friend for that!

Doug (GA)

Nobody will ever top Mr. Sarazen's double eagle in 1934.

Patrick (Philadelphia, PA)

What about Larry Mize in '87?

Shoshana (No Fake Sheak)

Video idea: Pro's show you their favorite trick shots

Michael Collins
  (3:29 PM)

Funny you should say that. I did a bit on the USA Network years ago that was a trick shot competition between golfers. It was a HUGE hit on the show. Maybe I can talk ESPN into letting me do it as an online bit.

Ed (Long Island)

Are the practice rounds they now play at Augusta at same green speed that will be when the tournament begins?

Michael Collins
  (3:30 PM)

NO! And from every player I've talked to, the greens are slower thru Wednesday too. Then Thursday... BA BLAM!! Lightning

Rob (Blatimore)

Michael, Heading to Augusta for the Monday practice round. Any tips for getting around the course?

Michael Collins
  (3:32 PM)

Go straight to the merchandise tent. Then head out to Amen corner. jump over to #6 around 11am. Wear some REALLY comfortable clothes and shoes. Drink lots of water and HAVE A BLAST!

SM (NJ)

MC, on what holes is tiger gonna have to hit a draw off the tee at the masters?

Michael Collins
  (3:33 PM)

#9 and

Guest (Palm Beach)

Why is it so imperative that the Media the next Tiger Woods golfer. Why not go with whats there and let the person play out. Woods came along 30 years after Jack, and Woods is not the next Jack

Michael Collins
  (3:34 PM)

That's what I've been screaming since I started covering sports. There is no "next", there is only the who now.

Doug (GA)

MC, thank the Sub Air system for changing the green speed on Wednesday night.

Shoshana (No Fake Sheak)

So Tiger is done forever in majors and will never win another one if he doesn't win this years Masters? Am I right, or have I just been reading to many golf prognosticators? :p

Michael Collins
  (3:36 PM)

Gotta stop reading those "end of the world" people. They should've died when Y2K happened remember? HAHA

Wally (Portland)

Do you think you stopped getting caddy jobs because your initials stand for Missed Cut?

Michael Collins
  (3:37 PM)

My initials stand for Making Cash. My guys missed 4 cuts in two years the last time I was on a bag full time.

Chad (Virginia)

I bet Stricker when he went off at 66/1, he's now 50/1. If his putter is hot look out! Agreed?

Michael Collins
  (3:39 PM)

To win? I don't think he's long enough. Top ten, I can live with that bet.

JefKve (Newport Beach, Ca)

Thoughts on the AMs at Augusta: How do you think Michael Weaver will fair?

Michael Collins
  (3:41 PM)

I think he should be proud to represent Cal but I doubt he'll play the weekend cause that's his goal. Goal should be top ten, then the cut wouldn't be a struggle.

Trevor (Oklahoma)

Do you have an extra Masters ticket? I'll buy the beer!

Michael Collins
  (3:41 PM)

You'll buy me a car if I have an extra Masters ticket.

barb (FL)

I don't know if Tiger will win this masters, but when he wins his first major since 2008 and gets over this major hurdle, they'll come easier for him and he could really win a bunch of them. I have him for this Masters though!

Chris (Chicago)

Have people stopped coming at you because you were unimpressed with Tiger? ;)

Michael Collins
  (3:43 PM)

Lol, only one person has that under their skin and won't let it go. Everyone else understood the context. I say good, let 'em steam in their own stink, doesn't affect my days.

Trevor (Oklahoma)

Hahahahahahahaha, worth a try!

Peachtree (Palm Beach)

MC - I disagree with you about Stricker. See Mike Weir and Zach Johnson. I believe that The Masters winner must be imaginative around the greens to win there

Michael Collins
  (3:44 PM)

Just remember, course was different when Weir won and it was freezing conditions when Zach won. Weather matters, so check the forecast for the week.

Rob (Baltimore)

Thanks for the tip...merchandise tent to start the day?

Michael Collins
  (3:46 PM)

yeah because once stuff is gone... that's it. Take a backpack and they have bag check too. Average for first timers is $2500 so make sure the credit card is ready to get WARM!! haha

Aaron (Wisco)

you ask bubba about his plans for the Champions Dinner?

Michael Collins
  (3:46 PM)

yeah but he's keeping it a secret.

DP (Co)

Can we get a over/under on dufnering for next week? If we could get Billy Payne and Nantz to do it I'm pretty sure something would freeze over....

Michael Collins
  (3:48 PM)

And if I do it in the media center I'm sure it would be my LAST trip to Augusta.Gotta try and get someone to do it in the locker room but can't "release" the pic til the next week anonymously!

Bill (FLA)

Can you give me a sleeper pick for the Masters?

Michael Collins
  (3:49 PM)

I gave Poulter on the down low already. The other two will post tomorrow on the golf page! ;)

tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]

Am I crazy to think Louis Oosthkldshjdh (I ain't trying to spell that off the top of my head) is going to win next weekend? Or I the handsome genius I think I am.

Michael Collins
  (3:50 PM)

Just reading the attempted spelling had me about falling out of may chair! No, you're not crazy. He's got the type of game that fits but after last year it's gonna be hard to get that magic back again.

Wally (Portland)

Sounds like they should stand for Masters Caddy then!

Michael Collins
  (3:51 PM)

from your lips to God's ear!

barb (FL)

Rob, we followed Tiger around for his 10 holes he played on a Monday, then sat at different greens and watched the players come up, watched players at the putting green, and than at the end just sat in the empty stands at 13...THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE !!!

Patrick (Philadelphia, PA)

Can Paddy Harrington be in the mix next week?

Michael Collins
  (3:52 PM)

Very slim chance. His putter will have to stay hot for four days and we haven't seen that in a while.

Condoleezza Rice (California)

You up for a putting contest at Augusta National? I can spot you some strokes.

Michael Collins
  (3:53 PM)

BRING IT! I am ALWAYS a go for a chipping or putting contest.

Chris (Chicago)

Is golf the #1 sport where young prodigies or superstars bust out the most? At least in other sports you have teammates to help you... here it is dog eat dog

Michael Collins
  (3:54 PM)

golf and tennis because they are such individual sports. But golf even more so.

Milan (Denver)

Got Tiger at 3/2 odds from Vegas. How should I be feeling right about now? Also took Scott at 25:1.

Michael Collins
  (3:55 PM)

You should be feeling confident

Michael Collins
  (3:55 PM)

in BOTH bets

Chad (Virginia)

Any reason BVP not playing well this year? He had been so consisitant and now this year not so much.

Michael Collins
  (3:56 PM)

Betcha he's feeling tired. He played a ton of golf last year and I bet he didn't have the downtime he needed to recover and be "up" for this season. Now he's trying to catch up.

Alex (OH)

MC, how about Phil next week???

Michael Collins
  (3:58 PM)

He's always gonna be a threat at Augusta, but it's nerve racking when he's playing poorly coming into the week. Just that with Phil and Augusta it doesn't matter how bad he was hitting it coming in.

will (colo)

is this lee westwoods year?

Michael Collins
  (3:58 PM)

nope

sean (columbus, ohio)

V-Jay....V-jay....V-Jay!!!!!

Michael Collins
  (3:59 PM)

I want him to be near the top just for the press conferences! They'd last 4 minutes TOPS! haha

Ed (Long Island)

Does someone who is not already in the Masters field win this week?

Michael Collins
  (3:59 PM)

I hope so, I like when a guy wins and gets into Augusta like that.

Chris (Chicago)

WOODS IS BETTER THAN JACK!

Michael Collins
  (4:01 PM)

I know, that was mean... starting a fight to say good bye! Can y'all see me smiling as I sign off? But at least we have a starting point for Monday!!!Same Time, same channel!! But I'll be in AUGUSTA!!!!!@ESPNCaddie on twitterESPNCaddie@gmail.comHave a great weekend y'all!PEACE!MC