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Anyone catch this short clip on golf channel during the Bayhill coverage? Saw it on TV but it's on their website.

So they are all sitting in a living room setting and the three golfers ware wearing their silly hats/visors. I caught that right away. Halfway thru the clip, Arnie asks them to remove the headwear. Snedeker acts embarrassed. Was this staged, or if they are just attuned to wearing logos in front of cameras, like a NASCAR driver being able to rattle thru 48 sponsors given 20 seconds of air time.

Also thought it interesting when Palmer talked about his initial six month PGA apprenticeship when he was not eligible for any purses whereas in his first seven months, Fowler has made a buck-twenty-five (PGA monetary units - multiply by a million).
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Arnie's a legend.Up front and honest, it's a breath of fresh air compared to the guarded, media-savvy robo-pro's we have now.That's why you have to like guys like Ian Poulter, even if he can be an ass at times.At least he speaks his mind.Camilo Villegas annoys me in this regard.I like him as a golfer but he never speaks about anything out of the ordinary, churns out the same old cliche's after every round.He never seems to do an interview without a red bull in hand, giving it the old - I'm pretending to scratch my face but really I'm holding this drink up so everyone can get a good look -.Find it all a bit cynical and patronising.
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I like Fowler's answer even better. "if I could go back and change anything it would be to hit the wedge shot that we wanted."

Good to see a young guy have some conviction and not fall to unfair criticism.

Also nice to have a round table of sorts without being subjected to the usual suspects or conversation centered around the one and only.
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That's why you have to like guys like Ian Poulter, even if he can be an ass at times.At least he speaks his mind.

Nah, you don't have to like him when "speaks his mind" is a big part of the reason why he's an ass. He was full of shit about the Ryder Cup last year with Faldo, he's one of the biggest jerks ON the golf course, and he's full of shit when he talks about things like "it'll be just me and Tiger."

I like people that aren't robots, but Poulter's just an ass. You can speak your mind and not be a complete tool.
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So they are all sitting in a living room setting and the three golfers ware wearing their silly hats/visors. I caught that right away. Halfway thru the clip, Arnie asks them to remove the headwear. Snedeker acts embarrassed. Was this staged, or if they are just attuned to wearing logos in front of cameras, like a NASCAR driver being able to rattle thru 48 sponsors given 20 seconds of air time.

I didn't see the clip, but Arnie is old-fasioned when it comes to hats indoors. He mentioned it in his book "My Life," and I paraphrase but he said something along the lines of wearing caps indoors was disrespectful and that he had learned that at an early age from his father.

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Nah, you don't have to like him when "speaks his mind" is a big part of the reason why he's an ass. He was full of shit about the Ryder Cup last year with Faldo, he's one of the biggest jerks ON the golf course, and he's full of shit when he talks about things like "it'll be just me and Tiger."

No more of a tool than a guy like Tiger. And I dont mean anything to do with his recent problems. But the man cant even give a straight answer about his game after winning or losing a tournament. I'll take Ian Poulters asshattery over Tigers half-assed style of interviewing. Im not one to think Tiger 'owes' his fans anything either, but that doesnt mean he couldnt be kind and courteous with them. The man barely achknowledges them. At least Poulter can take the time to smile for his fans.

And its not just Tiger, theres quite a few actually. I picked Tiger because its horrible that a guy who had so many fans could act like they dont exist after they'd cheered him on for 18 holes. I can only hope he learns to be a little more humble in the future.
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I like Fowler's answer even better. "if I could go back and change anything it would be to hit the wedge shot that we wanted."

I agree, I thought his answer was excellent. He is an outstanding wedge player and played that hole the way he wanted to his wedge game. Fowler has quickly become one of my favorites, seems to have a real good head on his shoulders and doesn't get rattled easy. Great with the fans also, he will be a force.

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Nah, you don't have to like him when "speaks his mind" is a big part of the reason why he's an ass. He was full of shit about the Ryder Cup last year with Faldo, he's one of the biggest jerks ON the golf course, and he's full of shit when he talks about things like "it'll be just me and Tiger."

No doubt he's a wally, and does speak a lot of rubbish.But I find the fact that he's usually completely wrong or got a bee in his bonnet about something insignificant very entertaining, which is why I don't mind him, until he steps over the line at least.What I

should have said is that at least he's not afraid to say something wrong, or not worried about how he comes across.I think a lot of the current Pro's are.They're so 'rehearsed'.Not a word out of place in an interview.Maybe that is better than Poulter's ravings, but hey, he's one player, and everyone knows what he's like at this stage.But I'd like to hear a lot more of the Tour guy's express their own personalities once in a while.
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Anyone catch this short clip on golf channel during the Bayhill coverage? Saw it on TV but it's on their website.

I find that its proper manners to remove your hat before entering a clubhouse or a house,Arnie and many probably feel the same.

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missed the part w them removing their hats....kinda funny

i agree w Fowler's comment on the wedge shot
everyone who says he should have went for it, is niaeve....

tell me for one second that if it was you, you wouldnt have done the same
Fowler averages 3ft, when inside 100 yds...thats sick
it was wet and he caught it a little fat...shit happens

i agree on the lay up though...was a good call AND he made some bank as well....nothing wrong w that in my books
as much as this sport is a "SPORT" its also a job that involves making business decisions - clearly a smart business decision that also put him 20th in the FEDEX points list
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i agree w Fowler's comment on the wedge shot

I would have gone for it, and I don't have Ricky Fowler's game. It's a hybrid for me to fly it to the flag - less to bounce it on or just land it on the front edge. He could have hit 5I and cleared the water...

Fowler averages 3ft, when inside 100 yds...thats sick

He doesn't. He likes to think he does, but Steve Stricker's one of the best and his average is still something like 12' or 15'.

We had this discussion already, though. Look it up... this one's not really about that single decision.
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Haha... 3 feet. One shot to 12-15 feet (which is what he did) would make that average almost impossible -- the next 9 shots you hit would have to average 2 feet. Anyways, yeah... pretty shocking decision for a pro. Probably 10% (maybe less) chance to actually hit in the water from there for him, since there was actually 15-20 yards of landing area in front of the green. He said he was 231 to the hole and would have hit a 4-iron or easy hybrid if he chose to go for it, but didn't think an up-and-down was a sure thing if he missed. But whatever, I still like him -- although the oversized Puma logos don't help.

Anyways, back on topic... I'll need to dig around online and see if they have this sit-down chat anywhere. Sounds interesting...

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missed the part w them removing their hats....kinda funny

Well, Arnie certainly seems to think he should have gone for it and disagreed with Ricky's choice to play the wedge shot over if he could have it back. Would you call him naive?

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They said they were not sure whether or not to remove their hats....

A good case of how sponsor "requirements" interfere with common sense and good manners. I didn't see it, but I certainly like the idea of Palmer making his point - especially when there is so much talk during this tournament about courtesy and tradition.

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