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I can't (nor can you) speak to how players prepare for this sort of match but having a good partner is vitally important. It's obvious that Spieth and Reed were a great team and being young had a lot of energy. Yet Watson benched them Friday afternoon, instead playing 40+ year old Phil and Keegan Bradley, wiping out Phil for a t least the Saturday AM matches. Watson also said he would play the hot hand and by benching those two he went back on his word.  There's a lot more...
My take exactly. I love Tom Watson as a player but I agree he did a terrible job Captaining this team. It all started when he benched Spieth and Reed on Friday afternoon. What was he thinking? He seemed detached and over his head. I understand that players have to hit shots but building team chemistry is all important in this kind of competition and it seemed the US had little of this.  As far as Phil's remarks, he answered the question presented to him and surely he was...
Fabulous! It's a difficult place to get to but I might just strap my clubs on my back and walk there just to play this beautiful course and the Links.
I think for tour pros a good caddy has to make few mistakes, protect their employer, be a bit of a psychologist and stay out of the way.  
The key is the Western Golf Association. This is the group that is behind Evans Scholars and are huge proponents of caddy programs. There should be no doubt that Williams is a great caddy, whatever that means but Tiger and Scott don't choose caddies unless they are really good in many ways. Although Tiger's first 2 caddies tended to have large egos which later bit them in the rear end.
A few comments. I've heard that many pro golfers don't actually have a lot of fun playing the game and see it as their job not just Tiger. It takes a lot of work to be at their level be it practice, mental therapy or fitness. Second, Woods always seems to get along well with those he's partnered with on the course. You always see him joking with his partners on the tee. Of course we know he's been close with Mark O'Meara. How many PGA pro's actually hang out together?
I see. Thanks for the clarification. 
I'm not sure what you mean by the stadium golf era. To me, stadium golf refers to courses specifically built to hold pro tournaments like TPC Sawgrass and most other TPC courses. Not the typical classic major courses like Oakland Hills, Pebble Beach or Oakmont to name 3. I guess you mean courses that can accommodate a lot of fans in general. In reference to Merion, the size of the crowds back then were smaller. The other issue with Merion is the length of the course. They...
If there was a problem it was because Merion is built on a very small piece of land and that could create logistical issues.
Great thread. I walk with a pull cart as much as possible. Golf is not just about getting to your ball and hitting the shot. I echo all that has been said, light weight bag, not too much stuff in it, pull or push cart if needed (I carried until about 7 years ago), comfortable shoes (I wear True Links) and drink a lot of water. You get to enjoy the course a lot more when you have the time to savor the setting and architecture.
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