Yours truly decided to answer all of the questions Mike Purkey in an article on Morning Read this morning. Read his questions and my answers below and weigh in with your opinions…
Questions born of watching way too much golf:
David Duval said on television that we should not expect a threesome of the best players in the world to complete a round of golf in less than five hours at the U.S. Open? Does that bother you?
Until the USGA/R&A/PGA Tour get serious and starts fining players nothing will change except for the worse.
If you could buy stock in Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth or Rickie Fowler, whom would you choose?
Brooks Koepka. Golfers as athletes are the future of competitive golf.
Shouldn’t Johnny Miller just get over it?
Actually, no. Erin Hills is no Winged Foot and the Erin Hills set-up isn’t even close to the way the USGA used to set up courses. i.e. narrow fairways, punishing rough, no intermediate rough, and no shaved greenside aprons. Hit it straight or pack your bags on Friday afternoon and catch the next flight out of town. And may the most accurate golfer win.
Isn’t Spieth’s real problem that he’s not very good with his driver?
Yes. And it’s because of his weak grip and chicken-wing follow-through – most likely developed when he was a young junior golfer to counter a snap-hook. He’s a great athlete with a bad grip, a bad swing and a great mind.
Is Kevin Kisner the most underrated player in golf?
Perhaps. But he’s won twice and contended several times.
Phil Mickelson and Golf Digest’s “Anonymous Pro” have accused some PGA Tour players of cheating. Shouldn’t someone take that seriously?
Yes. But the PGA Tour is a fraternity that takes care of its own. The players know who cheats on the course, cheats on their wives and uses drugs (PED’s and otherwise). They all keep their mouths shut to avoid repercussions from the Tour and from their peers. As for cheating during a competitive round, the Tour brass should set up an anonymous reporting mechanism for players to report cheating violations.
It’s premature to say Lydia Ko is a burnout candidate, but shouldn’t we be concerned?
It sounds like a personal problem. What good would our concern do her? She’s a multi-millionaire.
What would you bet that this was the last U.S. Open at Erin Hills?
That’s a safe bet. The US Open at Erin Hills looked more like a cross between the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. WAY too easy. The records set for low rounds and under par 72 hole scores is the proof that it is not a good US Open course. Fairways were too wide, the intermediate rough of recent years is a joke, and shaved green surrounds have Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller shaking their heads, and Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson rolling over in their graves.
Don’t you think that if Mickelson made a nice donation to his daughter’s school, the graduation date could have been changed?
Mickelson should have quietly withdrawn from the US Open to attend his daughter’s graduation. Instead, he made it a media event. Disgusting…
Are Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson one-and-done major winners?
Scott, maybe…but we all love him. Stenson, no. Too much talent. The right course the right week and he runs the table.
Has anyone seen Keegan Bradley?
Does anyone care? They took the putter out of his belly button and now he can’t play.
Does anyone else think it’s hilarious that the USGA has a champion (Stewart Hagestad, U.S. Mid-Amateur) who uses a long putter?
Yes. It is hilarious and ironic. I hate the long putter and so do most, if not all, traditionalists. It is NOT golf. Never will be. Hello, USGA…ban the damn thing!
Has anyone seen Tim Clark?
No. He apparently can’t putt without anchoring his long putter to his chest. Maybe he’s preparing his lawsuit against the USGA citing pain and suffering, and loss of income.
Why doesn’t anyone copy (or teach) Brandt Snedeker’s putting stroke?
I don’t know. Because he makes too many putts??
Pink shirts are fine; Arnold Palmer wore them all the time. But shouldn’t there be an age and weight limit for pink pants?
Only Arnold Palmer looked good in a pink shirt…and pink pants should be banned except on the LPGA Tour.
Which would you rather watch: NCAA Championships or PGA Tour Champions?
It’s a tie…for neither.
Isn’t it time for Matt Kuchar to step up in a meaningful way?
We all love Matt Kuchar because he seems to be having such a good time competing in the cauldron of the PGA Tour. By the way, he DID win the US Amateur. That’s pretty meaningful to us amateurs.
Among the professionals, who has done the most with the least talent? (Jim Furyk?) Who has done the least with the most talent? (Michelle Wie?)
Jim Furyk has tremendous talent. He was a great athlete who chose golf as his profession. He just has a unique swing that he trusts. Brendan Steele at 13th on the FedEx list immediately comes to mind. He’s #1 in scrambling, I believe.
The least with the most talent? Hmmm…Michelle won the US Women’s Open. I’ll pick Charles Howell III. Great guy, great game. Not a lot of W’s. Should have won a major.
Has Stacy Lewis lost her game or her competitive edge?
Probably a combination of a temporary burnout and increased competition from the newcomers.
Besides the players, captains and some officials, does anyone really care about the Presidents Cup? (Maybe the players not so much.)
Dan Jenkins once said that if you finish in the top 10, it means that you had a chance to win – and didn’t. Is top 10 the most irrelevant statistic in the professional game?
No. that would be “Best Player to Never Have Won a Major”.
Has anyone seen Hunter Mahan?
No. But the question is why? That would be a great story to find out where he has gone and why. Could actually be burnout.
In this age of professional golf gym rats who work on their physique, doesn’t it make you feel better about yourself to watch Jason Dufner or Andrew “Beef” Johnston play?
Yes. We love those guys for all the right reasons. They love life, they love golf, they love competing, and they love people. What’s not to like?
When you and your buddies talk golf, how often does the FedEx Cup come up?
Never. Absolutely never. That would be because we don’t understand it. It’s one of the worst advertising, marketing and branding promotions of all time. Their commercials are idiotic too.
Do you think that Steve Elkington cares that Rory McIlroy cares that Elkington said that McIlroy doesn’t care?
Does anyone care about Steve Elkington?
What’s going to happen to Tiger Woods? Do you think he even knows?
Tiger Woods is yesterday’s news. His career is over. He knows it. His peers know it. The media know it. The fans know it. Game over. And it all started with that fire hydrant. He lost permission – from himself and millions of others – to be great any longer and it’s been a steady downhill slide ever since. Shame is a powerful human emotion. He looks in the mirror every single day and tells himself, “You blew it.”
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