It's the fastest hour in golf! PGA Championship talking about going global... how y'all feel about that? Tiger got called a cheater, I gotta get your take on THAT! And if Rory wins this week, what does that mean to you for him going forward? Gonna be a good one... BRING IT!!
Hello MC any word on Anthony Kim when he might return from his last surgery,thks
I haven't heard anything yet.
Which major is Tiger going to win this year?
I think he'll contend again at Augusta and have a chance to win on the back nine Sunday.
Hi Michael - Have you considered doing a podcast (possible with grantland). I love your videos from the tour but it would be awesome to hear more in depth conversations with the players and caddies out on tour. I promise to download every episode (and shop at your sponsors) if you can find a way to make it happen.
When my bosses read this, fingers crossed, it'll get the ball rolling. I'd love to do a weekly podcast, but it's a nit more complicated than you think... trust me when I tell ya.
What Up MC! What do you think about Chamblee's comments about Tiger cheating?
What do you think about Brandel Chamblee basically calling Tiger Woods a cheat? He's been critical of Tiger in the past (sometimes rightfully so), but I think he's gone too far.
Brandel Chamblee gives Tiger a F.... What is his problem with Tiger?
First I have to ask what you guys thought when you saw it and then after you read it.
Here's my thing. I don't rip other broadcasters for their opinions because they're just that, opinions. I will however say calling someone a cheater with no proof is very dangerous. Brandel is inferring that Tiger broke the rules purposefully, I wholeheartedly disagree with that. I believe Tiger was trying to break any of the rules.
Wait, was Tiger called a cheater or someone who doesn't know the rules very well? BIG difference.
Brandel recalled when he cheated on a test in 4th grade and how the teacher reacted. He then did the same thing to Tiger his fourth grade teacher did to him. He called him a cheater without writing it out.
Sometimes writers have such a grudge against a guy it just isn't worth reading what they write about him. Brandel & Tiger is one example. There are many others across all the sports. It goes the other way too, where some writers would never, ever criticize their guy.
I first thought that "Here we go again with Chamblee talking bad about Tiger like at the Masters" He thought he should have withdrew for signing the wrong scorecard. Tiger might be a cheater off the course, but he would never intentionally cheat on the course. He respects the game way too much
Chamblee is becoming the Colin Cowherd of Golf Channel looking to bring eyeballs to the channel and web by spouting out whatever. If that's what they are paying him to do, so be it I guess. But it brings down the overall quality of the product.
Like I said, everyone is entitled to their opinions, some just have a bigger platform than others. Doesn't mean anyone has to agree with the opinion.
Anyone who thinks Tiger should've WD'd the Masters needs to blame the rule that was invoked for being too vague for the situation.
PGA Championship going global, you mean like the Mountain or Pacific time zones?
I mean like Australia, Africa, and Asia time zones!
Brandel is going for shock value. In the end this says something about Brandel and nothing about Tiger.
He should contend at most of the Majors since he has done well on these tracks in the past. Masters is just the one you think he has the best chance of winning on?
Yes. The Open Championship is always weather determined... Vahalla he's got Ryder Cup experience, and Pinehurst No. 2 with the touch ups will be different then he's ever seen it.
Agreed Andrew. Those are the rules so there should have been no reason for Tiger to withdraw. Just following the rules
@cody - how do you know he would never cheat on the course, people thought he would never cheat on his wife and did.I think its funny how a golf commentator finally is brave enough to say something negative about Tiger and he gets called every name in the book.
Tiger was name player of the year, for his results. For that he should've been an A. Chamblee does'nt tell the whole truth regarding the ruling situations. In Abu Dhabi he discussed it with his playing partner and they agreed that he did the right thing. He did not cheat at the Masters, he did'nt get any advantage in making that mistake. The last episode is bit more questionable, but then again, we all just watched the video. We never saw what Tiger saw. Only he had that angle. Seems like Chamble has something against Tiger, it's not the first time he is after him. Something personally maybe?
That's a fair question
Brandel is usually an insightful analyst, and instead out of no where he's made it his goal to shove his hate for Tiger down everyone's throat. All this is going to do is make people hate HIM and side with Tiger...
As a former PGA club pro and competitive golfer, I'd be hard pressed to call Tiger a cheater. That implies intent to me and I just can't see Tiger's intent to cheat here. To take advantage of the rules as they are written (e g Phoenix in 2001(?)) is one thing; this is a whole 'nother ball of wax. Methinks Brandel brought a knife to a gun fight.
Chamblee needs to realize this one huge thing.... would a guy who is perceived to have cheated on purpose get voted Player of the Year by his peers over strong candidates?
Just got back from 5 days at Pinehurst. If the USGA gets it hard and fast, holy * boys, look out for some HIGH scores...
Would you prefer the PGA go global with the PGA Championship or simply change the format?
Would love to see them go global. Not crazy about match play for a professional major.
One way I think an international PGA Championship could work: Olympic years. Every 4 years, park the PGA Championship reasonably near the Olympic site. Easier travel for the top players, can schedule it close to the Games, helps alleviate the crowded schedule problem.
MC, seems some of the golfers from the Web.com finals are complaining becasue they haven't been able to get in these 1st 2 tournaments. Do you think they are legit? What changes should be made if any?
I don't know that there are any changes that can be made other than expanding the fields, but then daylight becomes an issue and if there are any weather delays (and we KNOW that's gonna happen) it just becomes a horror story. They do have a legit gripe though.
MC... any word on what formats might be played during the 2016 Olympics?... or is this public knowledge already and I haven't figured it out yet??
No word as of yet
MC, I'm loving the format of this particular chat. Just play the moderator and, in the immortal words of NASCAR's Brian France, "Have at it, boys..."
Somedays I just get to play "traffic cop"!
That's an interesting concept Andrew. I think that would be a good idea. Going to be interesting the first year of golf in the Olympics in 2016.
MC, don't these first few tournaments have smaller fields (about 132 players rather than 144-156) due to reduced daylight?
RE: the PGA Champ played in Oz, Africa or Asia. Do you really think major U.S. sponsors would be willing to put in big bucks for a golf event that would be broadcast after all the results where known? Oh, wait. That happens most every week it rains. Never mind.
And a global major would bring global sponsors. Maybe it makes more sense since all we hear is how the game is being grown globally.
Can you give an update on your United saga?
Still no word from them, but next week is when the clock starts ticking!
Who's next year's Jordan Spieth? Brooks Koepka, Peter Uihlein or someone else?
Hideki Matsuyama is gonna give Jordan a run for his money this year.
Kevin....... Hideki Matsuyana
Make the PGA a true people's tournament. Play it at public courses that aren't $500 a round (Pebble) or where you have to sleep in your car overnight for a tee time (Bethpage). Obviously there's logistical problems but who wouldn't love to see a tournament at a local track (or even...gasp, a muni!)
As great as it would be, what muni has the infrastructure to handle a major? And that's really the big thing that factor's into where they go. It's why the US Open will never go back to Merion.
Hey everyone... there's actually a golf tournament currently being played. Webb Simpson is your current leader at 15-under!!
64-63 and a FOUR shot lead!
MC, are you down with all these low scores? Seems there is a 59 watch every week.
I love it. I've played TPC Summerlin a few times and even with no wind (like yesterday) there is NO WAY I'm dropping a 60 or even a 68 for that matter! I wanna see guys do what I've never done... GO LOW!!
I'm with Gus. Let's have the PGA at a typical public course where the fairways are half burned out at the end of summer and the greens are a couple of weeks away from being aerated. Plus, the players gotta carry their own bags.
That is actually a tournament I would LOVE to see happen, just not a major.
When you look at the schedule for the year, which tournament do you look forward to the most?
You talk your way into a sweet trip yet?
Well they already said no to Hawaii (DANG!) but I'm working on something special for the west coast. Can't let the cat outta the bag yet though.
So wait, people are complaining that not enough top players are in these fall events, and that not enough web.com graduates are in them too? The PGA tour needs to go one way or the other on this, not both.
The guys complaining from the Web.com Tour series finale and regular season are the guys who got their cards and now realize they aren't getting in to events.
He's caddying for George Lopez at Pebble this year while wearing a hat cam...
I don't know if George is playing this year, he didn't play last year.
What did JJ Henry do to back up his 60 from yesterday?
He just teed off, 1 over after 1 hole
If they play PGA over in Asia, let's say... Either gonna have to watch it live overnight (1, 2 in the morning) or air it taped delay... then everybody will know who won. Big problem either way IMO
But that's already the case for the Open Championship, people still watch. Then if the PGA goes to Dubai it's like a 10 hour difference so it'd be primetime tv, or Australia would start a day early. There are ways to make it work.
Tell us some good groupie stories. What is the most interesting tactic you have seen from a groupie to gain access to a player?
Never seen anything crazy, but did see a couple guys get arrested for trying to use fake tickets they made. They actually made to the locker room door but then got busted. It was pretty bold. If they would have stayed on the course they'd have gotten away with it. Got greedy though.
Can someone please tell Marcellus and everyone else weighing in on LeBron v KG.....This is not the same situation. Allen left as a free agent. KG and Pierce were traded. Completely different scenario....and the only one who needs to apologize is LeBron for his ongoing cluelessness.
But the reason they got traded was because Boston didn't wanna pay them when they became free agents. WAIT.... this is a golf chat!! My bad. They still need to apologize to Ray.
Will Duval make a cut?
He -2 right now playing the par 5 9th. Needs a birdie cause the cut right now is -2 and it'll probably go to at LEAST -3
Personally, I LOVE watching golf from Australia, Asia, etc. Fun to watch live golf Wed-Sat night...
I'll get up at 6 a.m. on Sunday for the final round of the Open Championship, because it's the Open Champanionship. Don' think the PGA moves folks needles the same way. Maybe it is made up for with internaltional viewers and sponsors, but I'm not sure it works well in the U.S. Prime time? That would be great.
If there was a Tiger/Mickelson/Scott/McIlroy tie or they were all within a shot of one another... I'd get up at 3am to watch that one!
Will Faldo win on the Champions Tour?
Nah, he ain't hungry like he used to be. Loves the mic too much and he's good at it.
Which non-major winner is due to finally get the monkey of their back this season? Westwood, Garcia, Kuchar, Stricker, Donald??....
Can I chose none of the above?
"Tiger/Mickelson/Scott/McIlroy tie or they were all within a shot of one another... I'd get up at 3am to watch that one!" True that, but anyone else and I'd end up Duffnering after an hour.
Sorry Michael...thought I was in the Sportsnation chat. One more point on KG....He and Pierce had no choice in leaving. Ray Allen did. That's where the difference lies. I played 9 this morning....Western Mass foliage was spectacular!
Sweet! Hope you had a great round no matter what the score was. And Ray Allen won a title, isn't that why guys play? He made the right move.
Re: Global PGA. Quit whining about tape delays or watching in the middle of the night. That's what the rest of the world does now.
We ARE a bit spoiled he in the US.
My brother Peyton and I like to go golfing in February. I'm thinking of playing some rounds in in January to get a head start on him. How best to get ready for January golf?
Go to The Players Club in Paramus, NJ they have an indoor range where you can stay fresh. And hang out there ALOT the week you play the Eagles!! LOL
Need that cut to stay at -2! Think positive, eh?
There's a little breeze today unlike yesterday but yeah, think positive!!
Who is more likely to win a major this year: Simpson, McIlroy, or Stenson?
McIlroy, Simpson, then Stenson is how I'd rank them.
You mentioned touch-ups at Pinehurst earlier. How have they tweaked this course?
I hope ESPN has you going to the Tiger Challenge for Christmas
Doesn't look like it but I'm still begging! I think Harig will go regardless.
Who do you have winning the 4 majors?
Aw man it's too early for me to go there!! Ask me in January.
Harig gets to go everywhere. He was in Dubai giving me updates on Tiger this year. I'm getting tired of him haha
The dude is my yoda and he hustles as hard as any golf reporter I know, all while getting killed by people on both sides whenever he writes about Tiger. I am a little jealous of his travel until I hear the airport horror stories!! haha
Told y'all that would go fast!! I'm not doing a chat on Monday so stay tuned on Twitter (@ESPNCaddie) for my next one or email me if you're not on twitter. ESPNCaddie@gmail.comThanks again everyone and have a great weekend!! MC