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Big C last won the day on May 3 2016

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  1. Cheetos number 1 for me by a wide margin. Orange fingers notwithstanding, they are just so damn good. I haven't bought a bag in years, because my willpower goes out the window if they are anywhere in the house. My ranking is 1. Cheetos 2. Fritos (chili-cheese flavor especially) 3. Doritos 4. Lays - not really a fan.
  2. Isn't there a difference between a meaningful (20/25%+) chance of going to prison and very slight (5% or less) chance? I suppose it all comes down to your risk tolerance and how you value your time vs. the possibility of a nice financial upside. In that sense, who am I to question the sanity of someone who wants to take that bet (maybe that is the point you are trying to make)? Either way, it's not a bet that I would take.
  3. I would seriously question the sanity of anyone over the age of 25 who would answer "yes" to that question. At a certain point in your life, time becomes exponentially more valuable than money. Yes, $5 million would make my life a little bit better. But losing 5 years of my life would be absolutely devastating. Having a young family would make it moreso but even if I were a single dude, a forced 5 year hiatus in the middle of my life would put a serious dampener on almost any life goals or plans that I saw for myself. Based on the stats posted above, I'm guessing I would have between a 70-80% chance of success. At those odds, I wouldn't even consider it. Get me north of 95% and I might start to give it a real thought.
  4. There are stories of people picking up the game relatively late in life and going on to experience incredible success. But obviously those are extremely rare. Based on your trajectory and the fact that you have already shot even par, it's clear that your ceiling is fairly high. But if you are like most of us, you will struggle with consistency due to limited time and other commitments of work/family/life. Here in my neck of the woods, I play with a handful of guys that got fairly serious about golf later in life. Some of them are pretty good, but most cap out around a 4 index or so. All the low single digit guys in my club played seriously as juniors or in college. Heck, even Dan McLaughlin, who dedicated 5 years of his life to improving at golf couldn't get within a few shots of scratch before back injuries derailed him. My guess is that - despite your obvious talent - you will hit a wall around the 3/4 index range and find it incredibly difficult to break through that barrier. Hopefully you can prove me wrong.
  5. Man there are so many worthy candidates to choose from. I'm sure others will add to your list, but the one that jumps out to me was the flop shot at the Memorial a few years back. Playing out of thick rough towards a down-sloped green that ran towards water, Tiger literally had no margin for error. All he did was hit a perfect flop that landed softly on the green and ran slowly into the dead middle of the cup. It is probably the only time I have jumped off my couch and had my wife (who literally could not care less about golf) come into the room to watch a replay.
  6. I suspect the answer to your bolded query is that it will never happen. Even if C theoretically has something to lose by B backstopping A (let's say they are tied atop the leaderboard), it really won't matter because these guys don't want to ruffle feathers among their peers. Maybe someone like Patrick Reed, who doesn't care if he makes waves, would do it. But most never would. So this will continue unless the tour steps in, removes any mention of intent from the rules and starts unilaterally enforcing penalties for cases like these.
  7. Is it your contention that $2,000 was a fair bonus on his win? Or are you just playing devil's advocate?
  8. I do think it was wrong. If Kuchar had a handshake agreement to give a bonus for a tournament cash, then he set an expectation for some fair range of additional compensation. As I said above, reasonable minds can disagree about what is fair, but $2k of 1.2 million isn't even in the ballpark. Did Kuchar "screw him over?" Yeah, honestly I think he did. Fair point, but now we are just arguing the degree to which Kuchar was in the wrong. $1 clearly would have been a jerk move. What about $100? or $1,000? He didn't negotiate for flat rate caddie. He negotiated for $3,000 plus an unspecified percentage of his winnings. When the time came to determine the percentage, he cheaped out. I think the fact that he was willing to offer another $15k (over 7 times the original bonus amount!) when the caddie complained was telling.
  9. I disagree. If Kuchar said the pay would be $3k, plus a bonus for cashing, then proceeded to give the caddie and envelope with a 0.15% "bonus" on top, then that speaks to his character. Reasonable minds can disagree about whether $15k was fair vs. $50k in that scenario. But giving the guy an additional $2k is wrong by just about any measure. Essentially what you are arguing is that because the bonus agreement was not spelled out in black and white, Kuchar was free to do as he pleased as long as he gave the guy something. Question for you - would you be arguing for him if he added a $1 bonus, for a whopping total of $3,001?
  10. My original take on this story was neutral towards Kuchar because essentially all the details were unverified. But if the caddie's representation is accurate, then it looks pretty bad for him. You can fault the caddie for not reaching a firm agreement on what the "bonus" should look like. That leaves the door open for someone to screw you over. And in essence, that is exactly what Kuchar did - screw the guy over. Not a good look, Matt.
  11. Big C

    2019 Newport Cup

    I had a blast in the 2015 Newport Cup, and found it to be a great blend of competitive golf and camaraderie. Erik and Mike spent a lot of time and preparation to make sure it was really a first class event. I'd love to participate again at some point down the line, but I'm afraid 2019 may not be the year for me. I spent most of my "golf capital" (both financial and intangible) on a four day trip to Bandon Dunes, Oregon last month - which was amazing in it's own right. That said, you never know how things will shake out, so I'll keep an eye on this thread and may even toss in an application when the time comes for that.
  12. Agree. Why spend so much time and energy on a private transaction between two parties in which he has no vested interest? Maybe he thinks he is standing up for the "everyman" by making this public. To me (and I imagine, many others) he comes across as a complete loser. His obsession with this topic is a sad statement about his life and his priorities.
  13. Oatmeal 100% of the time. It's my go-to fuel for an early morning activity, whether it's gym, running or golf. For a really early round, I'll typically soak the oats in a mason jar with almond milk the night before. Maybe add a few berries, seeds or cinnamon for flavor. Then I just grab the jar out of the fridge on my way to the course, bring a plastic spoon and enjoy my breakfast during the front 9.
  14. Same here. I am surprised by the answers on a website dedicated to golf. Many of the guys I play golf with exceed other posters yearly totals in one or two rounds alone! As for myself, I probably drink a bit more than I should. My wife and I enjoy wine, so we go through 2-3 bottles a week. I'll typically enjoy a beer or two while golfing and at least one afterward. And since I have to entertain as part of my job, I will often consume a few additional drinks each month during various dinners or happy hours. Rough guess? 10 drinks per week - 520 per year. Seems like a lot when you type it out. But then I eat pretty clean otherwise and stay fairly active, so it hasn't punished my waistline quite yet. And since I never really drink enough to get hungover anymore, I don't have any compelling desire to cut back.
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