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On 3/20/2020 at 8:52 AM, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather...? #24: Win the US Open, Win the Open Championship, Win the PGA Championship or Win the Masters?

I would really like to win any of the four.  The Masters, however, seems to have more continuing benefits.  There is the annual Champions dinner (which I believe is being copied by the other events).  One can play in the following years indefinitely(?).  You have playing privileges at ANGC (although I have been told it is far from free). 

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On 3/20/2020 at 5:52 AM, ChetlovesMer said:

 

Would You Rather...? #24: Win the US Open, Win the Open Championship, Win the PGA Championship or Win the Masters?

 

I'd pick the U.S. Open due it's percieved difficulty.

I think the last time this question was aked I probably chose the Masters for a different reason. 

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Use your imagination on this one. It is Sunday at the US Open; You are in the final pairing. You are tied for the lead with another player who's in the clubhouse. You are the only other player with a chance to win. You are about to play the final hole and you realize that it can be played one of two ways. The first way all but guarantees you a par and will put you in the play-off. The second way to play the hole gives you a chance at making birdie, but also brings bogey into play. 

Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

Bonus question: Does it change your answer depending on who the player is with which you are tied? 

 

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2 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

The only real way to "all but guarantee a par" is to give yourself a birdie putt, and I'm a good putter, so I'm taking that… because it gives me the best chance of outright winning or tying.

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1 minute ago, iacas said:

The only real way to "all but guarantee a par" is to give yourself a birdie putt, and I'm a good putter, so I'm taking that… because it gives me the best chance of outright winning or tying.

@iacas  I always like your answers, but I hate it when you answer first.  🤪

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Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

I'd probably go the aggressive route and go for the out right win..

It's a major, and I have been playing well since I'm tied, and in the last group after 71 holes. A playoff is still one of the three possibilities. 

 

 

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13 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

I'd take the conservative approach but it would depend upon the hole layout.   It wouldn't matter who I was competing against

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7 hours ago, Patch said:

Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

Aggressive but I also don't believe really in a conservative approach.  There's a right way and a wrong way.  Aggressive is more likely to be the right play to get the lowest score possible.

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By nature I am a conservative player and likely would try to assure myself of a par with an outside chance of birdie rather than risk the hero shot.  Of course, there could be numerous other facts that would make me change my mind.

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13 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

Bonus question: Does it change your answer depending on who the player is with which you are tied? 

 

I think the answer @iacas gave is probably the "right" answer here. But knowing myself. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be taking the aggressive route and bringing bogey into play. 

I'm going to pick Aggressive. At least it will be memorable. Thinking back I can't remember who won the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, but I remember Phil Mickelson hitting his ball off the hospitality tent. 

I actually put the bonus question on there because like an idiot I thought the US open had an 18 hole play-off. So, it was kind of a would you like to play with this guy or that guy? kind of question. Anyhow, It wasn't until this morning that I remembered that the US Open now does a 2 hole aggregate play-off. … Eh, I'm old. I forget things. 

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18 minutes ago, bkuehn1952 said:

By nature I am a conservative player and likely would try to assure myself of a par with an outside chance of birdie rather than risk the hero shot.  Of course, there could be numerous other facts that would make me change my mind.

What would Arnie do?

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21 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Use your imagination on this one. It is Sunday at the US Open; You are in the final pairing. You are tied for the lead with another player who's in the clubhouse. You are the only other player with a chance to win. You are about to play the final hole and you realize that it can be played one of two ways. The first way all but guarantees you a par and will put you in the play-off. The second way to play the hole gives you a chance at making birdie, but also brings bogey into play. 

Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

Bonus question: Does it change your answer depending on who the player is with which you are tied? 

 

Depends on where we’re playing the U.S. Open, if it’s Winged Foot that 18th hole is brutal. (Not as hard as Phil made it look in 2006). One “bad” shot and you can make 6 in a heartbeat. That being said, I’m basically guaranteeing 4 by playing it for a “king” keeping my chance to win the championship in regulation. But almost guaranteeing a play-off.

Now Torrey Pines is a different animal because the 18th is a par-five. If you hit the fairway off the tee. You will probably be able to reach the green in two. Yes it brings 6 into play, but you can also make a 3 or 4 and win the championship.

That being said, it depends on where we’re playing the Open. And two holes in a playoff is dodgey. I would try to win the championship with a putt, if that makes sense.

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23 hours ago, iacas said:

The only real way to "all but guarantee a par" is to give yourself a birdie putt, and I'm a good putter, so I'm taking that… because it gives me the best chance of outright winning or tying.

Sounds right. But I think it might depend on where the pin is cut. And the wind. If it's a sucker pin where a miss puts you in jail, I might play it safe. But then, second place money on Tour these days is pretty doggone good! This is just my way of saying I DON'T KNOW!!

10 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

I think the answer @iacas gave is probably the "right" answer here. But knowing myself. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be taking the aggressive route and bringing bogey into play. 

I'm going to pick Aggressive. At least it will be memorable. Thinking back I can't remember who won the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, but I remember Phil Mickelson hitting his ball off the hospitality tent. 

I actually put the bonus question on there because like an idiot I thought the US open had an 18 hole play-off. So, it was kind of a would you like to play with this guy or that guy? kind of question. Anyhow, It wasn't until this morning that I remembered that the US Open now does a 2 hole aggregate play-off. … Eh, I'm old. I forget things. 

I've read more than one article about Mickelson at Winged Foot saying that when he pulled the Driver, Bones should have grabbed it off of him and snapped it over his knee! Dumbest damn decision Phil ever made! 

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11 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

I've read more than one article about Mickelson at Winged Foot saying that when he pulled the Driver, Bones should have grabbed it off of him and snapped it over his knee! Dumbest damn decision Phil ever made! 

He has said if he hit 5W he couldn't get around the corner to have a shot to the green.

So maybe not a bad decision, but bad execution.

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On 3/23/2020 at 8:40 PM, ChetlovesMer said:

Use your imagination on this one. It is Sunday at the US Open; You are in the final pairing. You are tied for the lead with another player who's in the clubhouse. You are the only other player with a chance to win. You are about to play the final hole and you realize that it can be played one of two ways. The first way all but guarantees you a par and will put you in the play-off. The second way to play the hole gives you a chance at making birdie, but also brings bogey into play. 

Would you Rather...? #25: Take the conservative approach and guarantee yourself a spot in the play-off? … Or … Be aggressive and give yourself a chance to win the tournament on the final hole, but also create the possibility of making bogey and missing the play-off? 

Bonus question: Does it change your answer depending on who the player is with which you are tied? 

 

I have been thinking on this and if I were in contention, I think the option to go for the "W" has to stay on the table.  In reality, I think the pleasure of snatching sure victory from the guy in the clubhouse and making them head back out on the course after chilling down, knowing their head has been dealing with what "if's" and my mind is fresh to keep going would be an advantage from my mindset.  Something about being in the playoff with a sure 2nd is pretty sweet.  

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Would You Rather...? #26: Shoot the lowest score of your life on a completely forgettable course or one of the worst scores of your life on any course of your choice?

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4 minutes ago, billchao said:

Would You Rather...? #26: Shoot the lowest score of your life on a completely forgettable course or one of the worst scores of your life on any course of your choice?

Lowest score on a forgettable course.

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