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August 15, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Farrell Evans

Farrell Evans
  (3:00 PM)

Welcome to my chat. It's a beautiful day here in Brookline, Mass at the Country Club. Many of our future stars are here for the U.S. Amateur.

Ethan (Chicago)

What was your opinion of the gallery shouting "Chewbacca, Mashed Potatoes, etc" this past weekend. If they say it after the shot has been made, and not during the shot , do you have an issue with it? Couple golfers, especially Furyk's reaction, didn't seem so happy with it.

Farrell Evans
  (3:01 PM)

It's silly. I wish fans wouldn't say "YOU Da Man" and all that kind of stuff. GOOD SHOT should be the limit of what a fan can say at a tournament.

Stephen (Pattaya, Thailand)

No bias here, but it seems awfully transparent that Michelle Wie being a Captain's pick for the Solheim Cup was in large part due to off course factors...visibility, corporate affiliations, etc. While I understand that the LPGA/women's professional golf is desperate for exposure, I believe this reflects poorly on the character of the LPGA. Your thoughts?

Farrell Evans
  (3:03 PM)

In a perfect world, you wouldn't pick a player who has struggled in every aspect of her game for a couple of years. Wie's putting is awful. The stroke is awful, the setup. I cringe when I see her over a putt. But she is a celebrity with big endorsement deals. It matters to the game.

Dan (MA)

Hey Farrell, how many playoff events will Tiger win and which ones? And, do you see him winning the FedEx Cup?

Farrell Evans
  (3:04 PM)

TW will win the BMW and Deutsche Bank. That should be enough to win the FedEx playoffs.

Joel (Niagara Falls) [via mobile]

Hello Mr. Evans, I consider Jack Nicklaus' 18 major titles, 18 second-place major finishes, and seventy-three tour wins. But when I also see these four "other" acheivements, in my opinion, Jack will, and must forever remain ahead of Tiger, regardless of whether or not Tiger reaches nineteen. Have a look at these: 1) As a sixteen year old amateur, Jack WON the Ohio open. 2) As an amateur in 1960, Jack finished T-13th at the Masters, and, 2nd at that legendary US Open at Cherry Hills. 3) As an amatuer in 1961, Jack finished T-7th at the Masters, and T-4th at the US Open. 4) Played in 154 consecutive Majors for which he was eligible. That's 38-1/2 years. Played in 142 consecutive Majors, period, without qualifiers. That's 35-1/2 years. Please tell us what you think ? And thank you for your time.

Farrell Evans
  (3:07 PM)

Jack played in a different era than Tiger. Let's stop comparing their achievements. They used a different ball and clubs. The courses today are generally in much better shape than they were in Jack's day. All these things contribute to why we shouldn't try to compare their careers.

Davis (Boston)

What do you think of the notion of Tiger would be better if he wasn't so jacked and let himself go a little like the past major winners?

Farrell Evans
  (3:08 PM)

Tiger knows one gear and that's to be intense. He's been wanting to beat jack's record for most of his life. It's all he knows.

NewportLefty (Upstate)

Did Phil earn his FIGJAM monikor this past week. Too much glowing about the British Open and concentrating on the task at hand. Forgets to register, lost going to first tee. Can't blame him, but he just really seemed distracted.

Farrell Evans
  (3:10 PM)

To be honest with you, I don't think Phil's heart was at Oak Hill. He got a major at Muirfield that he didn't have and never thought he would get. So he's still on that high. Hopefully, he'll be off it by the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs. It would be nice to see he and Tiger both playing well in a few tournaments.

Shannon T (Phoenix, AZ)

I had a chance to watch P. Rodgers and L. Guthrie a few years back at the Patriot Invitational here in AZ. Rodgers has one of the best swings I've ever seen, but he's definitely one of the slowest golfers I've seen. Have the PGA and USGA adopted similar rules for slow play penalties? I'm aware that he received one during stroke play.

Farrell Evans
  (3:13 PM)

All the bodies have got serious about slow play. But the game has become slower with the increased professionalism of the game at much younger ages. These kids nowadays are stepping into elementary school with pre shot routines that are a minute long and they read putts from five different angles and look for wind when there isn't any. And the increased amount of golf on TV has influenced how kids are learning on course etiquette and preparedness to hit golf shots.

Andrew (WI)

What's up with that rumor about the Euro Tour and PGA Tour? It would seem like it'd be good for the game to unify the tours somehow, make it easier for Euros to support European events and for the top Euro tour players to have the chance to come over more often to the US.

Farrell Evans
  (3:15 PM)

It's a great idea. I would love to see more synergy between the tours. I don't foresee a world tour that takes in both tours as one body. But bigger fish have merged in the corporate world and in pro sports. Remember the old ABA?

Shannon T (Phoenix, AZ)

Take out tradition, which one would you play TPC of Boston or The Country Club??

Farrell Evans
  (3:15 PM)

The Country Club. It's a beautiful, natural golf environment. Plush and rustic all at once.

NewportLefty (Upstate)

Tiger could win the first three Fedex playoffs and that would not guarantee him anything. If someone in the top five wins ths Tour Championship then they win the CUP.

Farrell Evans
  (3:17 PM)

NewportLefty,You're right. That's what I don't like about the new rules. The Tour has made the Tour Championship count, but a player who wins three of the four playoff events should be the champion.

Ed (Long Island)

Tiger can win the BMW and Deutsche Bank but going into the Tour Championship - any of the top 5 seeds win, they win the FedEx Cup, can no longer secure before the TC. Anyway, have the players taken to this whole FEDEX playoff system? Already hearing about guys not playing next week. With that much money on the line, figure they would want to accumulate as many points as possible.

Shoshana (30ft)

If TW wins DBC it will make for a very happy tournament staff

Farrell Evans
  (3:18 PM)

Especially after he dropped out of his event in the DC area with the elbow injury, which seemed to show up every time he hit a bad shot in Rochester.

Mari IL [via mobile]

Is Rory's game almost back or was it a fluke week

Farrell Evans
  (3:19 PM)

Rory is not back. He had a top 10 at Oak HIll off of pure talent. He should hit the reset button for the playoffs. Look for him to hire a mental coach in the next few months.

Shannon T (Phoenix, AZ)

Will Finchem start rotating the tour champinship again. A little tired of seeing East Lake. Is Champions in Houston still worthy or even choose a west coast venue?

Farrell Evans
  (3:20 PM)

The Tour Championship is sponsored by Coca Cola, which is based in Atlanta. Plus, East Lake is historic and the charities the tournament supports are very close to the tour's interests.

Trent King (Forsyth, GA)

Rodgers is looking good so far. Does he have what it takes to pull it off at the US AMs?

Farrell Evans
  (3:22 PM)

Trent,I wrote yesterday that i thought he was the favorite to win. But he's losing his match right now to Corey Conners, 2 down. He better get it in gear. That would be a big upset.

Ethan (Chicago)

Which future PGA Championship site most looking forward to? If you could pick one course to host , which would you choose?

Farrell Evans
  (3:23 PM)

Quail Hollow. Players love it. It's going to be interesting to see the PGA turn it into a major championship course.

Trent King (Forsyth, GA)

How do you think Augusta State Alum Patrick Reed will do this week? He's off to a quick start today.

Farrell Evans
  (3:23 PM)

Reed has been a lot of leader boards this year, but he hasn't been able to finish it on Sunday.

Andrew (WI)

Isn't the only reason the Top 5 can clinch the FedEx Cup with a win in the final event because of the one year when Vijay won 2 playoff events and clinched the title before that event? People will complain no matter the setup.

Farrell Evans
  (3:24 PM)

That's a part of the reason, but generally the Tour wants it's final tournament to bring excitement.

Riverwood (Washington, DC)

Don't tournaments like Waste Management in Phoenix encourage the display we see now in terms of fans acting like fools, yelling, etc.?

Farrell Evans
  (3:25 PM)

Yes. Fan participation is good in the right quantities. We don't need more than one Phoenix on the schedule.

Keith H (Seattle)

Maybe we should consider that Tiger's last major was at Torrey Pines in 2008. On a bad knee, with two microfractures in his leg and against an opponent who just wouldn't go away, that isn't a bad way to go out.

Farrell Evans
  (3:26 PM)

Good point. He's done enough but aren't we at the point where his career is considered incomplete without breaking jack's majors record?

Shoshana (30ft)

Two mid-ams are required to make the US Walker Cup team, bad policy or terrible policy?

Farrell Evans
  (3:28 PM)

Bad policy. So what if both teams are full of college players. The gentleman amateur, Buddy Maruccis or jay Sigels, that are good enough to beat these college kids are not in plentiful supply. But the game needs to move on.

Trent King (Forsyth, GA)

It was good to see Duf win last week. How do you think this will set him up for the playoff run?

Farrell Evans
  (3:29 PM)

Dufner will play well the remainder of the year. Remembere, up until Firestone, he had been very average this year. He's got his first bit of momentum all year.

Theo (Texas)

Bethpage Black for future PGA? Great course, but srsly, how long are they going to ignore the west coast? Not enough tricked up Dye courses? (PGA West must be unavailable)

Farrell Evans
  (3:30 PM)

The PGA of America visited Bethpage earlier this year. I was there playing when they came. It would be a good tournament.

JD (CT)

Why doesn't the Tour use the Western Open name any more? Is corporate $ that much more important than over 100 years of history?

Farrell Evans
  (3:31 PM)

This has happened to many of the old tournaments. The guys paying the bills determine the name on the check.

Jeff (Chicago)

Farrell, will the Tiger friendly Major venues next year help TW get back on track? Or are we simply at the point where he is going to struggle in Majors regardless of where they are played?

Farrell Evans
  (3:32 PM)

Jeff,This will be an important test. If Tiger can't win a major in '14 on courses where he's had success, you have to wonder can he ever win another major.

Chuck (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)

Ian Poulter recently tweeted that 99% of the golfers don't like Steve Elkington. I didn't realize he was univerally unliked or was Poulter joking?

Farrell Evans
  (3:34 PM)

In my few encounters with Elk, I find him to be a player bored by some of the political correctness on tour. Paul Azinger is the same way. I don't know that many players give Elk or Zinger that much consideration. The demands of tour life are too much to get bogged down with a couple of guys way past their playing primes.

Tom (L.A.)

Kind of to expand on Theo's question, why no PGA Championships on the West Coast? You know what we don't have here? Thunderstorm delays. (And Theo, PGA West is available, but it's sort of 118 degrees in Palm Springs in August ;-)

Farrell Evans
  (3:36 PM)

Take the PGA back to Riviera or Sahallee in Seattle.

Keith H (Seattle)

I had to do the work thing for a bit, Farrell. I don't think Tiger's career would be incomplete at 14 majors. He was a force of nature the likes of which was never seen. Now he's an old 37 who's capable of moments of brilliance. It's just that what Tiger did spoiled us with a level of play that can't be sustained.

Farrell Evans
  (3:37 PM)

I agree, Keith, but Tiger has a lot of unfinished business in his career in the majors. He's just 37!

Trent King (Forsyth, GA)

What's your prediction on the Solheim Cup?

Farrell Evans
  (3:38 PM)

Trent,You tell me? Many of the best players in the world aren't even in the solheim cup. The format should be expanded to include an Asian team.

Andrew (WI)

Speaking of twitter, any worries about Westwood? Seems like he went across a breaking point during the PGA given his reaction afterwards.

Farrell Evans
  (3:38 PM)

Westwood is frustrated. But he'll break through and win a major before he's done.

Ethan (Chicago)

Any opinion on Fox broadcasting the U.S Open starting in 2015?Don't know who the commentaters will be or what the coverage will be like, but I will miss nbc/espn televising it.

Farrell Evans
  (3:40 PM)

Fox spent the cash that others weren't willing to spend, essentially for one tournament, the U.S. Open. I just hope that Fox can bring the same level of professionalism and golf knowledge that characterized the coverage by ESPN and NBC.

Trent King (Forsyth, GA)

I agree with the needed expansion. With the Asians dominating like they are right now, that's a scary thought right now. I think USA "squeaks" out a win.

Stan (Oklahoma)

Why can't paying customers say things at tourneys? Definitely shouldn't say it during the swing and I'm sure there would be times it would be beyond silly, but fans should be able to yell for/against players based on how they play, preference, etc. Golf is still a game and I think this will eventually be a natural progression.

Farrell Evans
  (3:42 PM)

Do you really need to say MASH POTATOES to participate in the tournament. I think if the vendors pulled back on the beer we would have less of these guys. But beer seems to go well with walking around a golf course to watch others play.

Andrew (WI)

Why hasn't the LPGA figured out a team event for the South Koreans yet? They desperately need something, anything, that they can use to market their best golfers.

Farrell Evans
  (3:42 PM)

Andrew,It would help women's golf.

Shoshana (30ft)

The lpga is launching a new 32 player 8 country team event next year http://www.lpga.com/golf/news/2013/1/global-announcement.aspx

Farrell Evans
  (3:43 PM)

Great stuff. I hope it rivals the Solheim Cup.

Tom (Verona, WI)

Happy with the format of the Presidents Cup? Lack of Euros makes it lackluster.

Farrell Evans
  (3:44 PM)

I thought the World Cup took care of team competition for the rest of the world. I guess the PGA Tour needed an event that could compete with the Ryder Cup.

Andrew (WI)

Looking at the Presidents Cup standings for the Int'l team, holy schnikes. There's not a lot of depth there. It could get ugly.

Farrell Evans
  (3:46 PM)

That's unfortunate. The only thing that can make the Presidents Cup exciting is for the International Team to starting winning. US loses have done wonders for the Ryder Cup.

Farrell Evans
  (3:47 PM)

Walking around the Country Club brings back memories of the Ryder Cup.

Brint (Wichita)

What is you favorite course that you've ever played?

Farrell Evans
  (3:50 PM)

My home course is Bethpage Black. in the summers, i try to play it at least once a week. It's my favorite course because what it demands from your game. It's unforgiving.

Theo (Texas)

Tom, I was only kindof kidding. Just seems like the PGA wants either Ross/Tillinghast courses or tricked up Dye courses. Riveria would be awesome. Drooling at the thought of Cypress Point.

Farrell Evans
  (3:53 PM)

No chance for Cypress Point. We have to also remember that it's not just about the golf courses. To organize a big event like a major you need infrastructure like access roads, parking options, etc that help make tournaments run smoothly. Both Merion and Kiawah were logistical nightmares for everyone involved.

Andrew (WI)

Did you see where the PGA Tour is now banning caddy races? Sigh.

Farrell Evans
  (3:55 PM)

Yawn. It's already the hardest game in the world other than water polo. Let them have a little fun.

Doug (GA)

Cypress Point will never happen. PGA Tour policy of non-discrimination squashes that idea (CP is a male-only club).

Farrell Evans
  (3:55 PM)

Exactly. And CP is not budging on that and I don't blame them.

Doug (GA)

That's why it's no longer in the Pebble rotation.

Farrell Evans
  (3:57 PM)

All that happened back in '90 with Shoal Creek around that exclusionary policies. It's been good for golf.

Doug (GA)

Can you see the PGA of America taking their major to somewhere like Bandon Dunes? I know it's a pain to get to, but still...

Farrell Evans
  (3:59 PM)

Bandon Dunes is best left as a Bucket list destination.

Farrell Evans
  (4:00 PM)

My time is up. Stay with us through the weekend for a busy week of coverage on the Solheim Cup, the Wyndham Championship and the US Am.

Brint (Wichita)

Who is looking good at the US Am?

Farrell Evans
  (4:00 PM)

Look out for a young englishman named Matt Fitzpatrick.Take care.