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  1. Big C

    Kuchar Pays Caddie $3K, Says Tom Gillis

    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.
  2. 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.
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    How Much Alcohol Do You Drink?

    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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    Palm Springs in January

    Dave it's always a pleasure to tee it up with you and your group. Sorry to say it but my golf calendar is booked for January. I will be traveling to Central Oregon to play the 4 Bandon Dunes courses in mid-month, which will leave me with no flexibility on my golf calendar for other trip. Enjoy your trip - I look forward to seeing the pics and hearing the report back.
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    So, How Bad Do I Get Beat...?

    You need more strokes. If you play well (80 or better), you are probably looking at a coin flip. If you are not playing well, you have no chance. While it's possible the main bets could be over by the time you reach 17, those strokes might be helpful to swing a press or two and keep the damage to a minimum.
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    "Chapman" Competition Rules Question

    You won't find an answer in the rules of golf, so it really comes down to how the committee who organizes the tournament wants to handle that situation. My suggestion would be to phrase the rule such that each team gets two strokes at each ball (a "stroke" being defined as a swing/chip/putt but not a penalty) and then a decision must be made. So in the case you describe above, Player B would hit from the drop area. Then the team would get to choose whether to play that shot (lying 3) or the layup (lying 2).
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    Assigning Credit and Blame in the Cups

    I gave the players about 50% of the blame and the course set up somewhere close to 40%. My reasoning being that if the same 24 guys competed on a layout more favorable to the US strengths, the outcome could have easily been very different. Jim Furyk gets about 10% of the blame. I think he might have cost the US a couple of potential points with strategic errors. But in a 17.5 - 10.5 rout, there wasn't anything he could have done singlehandedly to change the result.
  8. @jamo, I agree with you but with one large caveat - Tiger Woods. At this point, it has gotten past the point where you can brush it off as the type of oddity that occurs in small sample sizes. To me, there is enough evidence to say that there is something about Tiger Woods that leads the guys he is partnered with to play worse than they should. Call it "reverse chemistry" or something, but it can't be overlooked as random chance anymore. I'm not going to speculate on the reasons why, but I will say this. As I looked back on my (limited) team match play experience, I remember getting partnered with one guy in particular in my men's club team matches. Unlike most of the guys on our team who pretty loose and fun regardless of how we were playing, this guy was serious. Not rude, not mean - just deadly serious. And if things weren't going well for us, if we went down in the match early, or if someone three putted to lose a hole, you could almost cut the tension with a knife. I didn't enjoy playing with this guy, nor did I ever play particularly well when we were partners. When the pairings came out and I saw that I was partnered with someone else, I was relieved. Not surprisingly, my scores were better in matches when we were not partners. I don't think it was a coincidence.
  9. I think you are way off with this comment. The Ryder Cup matters to these guys. A lot. Even the elite ones. To their credit, I don't think anyone on the USA is trying to downplay the significance, like you are doing with this post. But if they did, it would purely to save face/ego/whatever.
  10. I was critical of some of Furyk's decisions before they backfired. Primarily putting Phil out in foursomes vs. fourball - but also running back the Woods/Reed pairing for a second time on Saturday. I thought those were both terrible decisions before they went south. That said, captain decision making had no impact on this outcome. Europe outplayed the US in all facets and was a well deserving winner. Kudos to the European team.
  11. I didn't take issue with the original decision to pair Woods and Reed - actually I was a bit intrigued. But Furyk should have been prepared to call an audible when he saw it wasn't working. I suppose you could have said the same thing about Webb/Bubba, and look how well that turned out for the US. But I dis-liked the Reed/Woods double down more - for reasons that I have already articulated earlier in this thread. Well....sure. Obviously the Euros have played better golf than the US so far. But I think it's fair to hold the captain accountable for putting his guys in formats and partnerships that give them the best chance to succeed so far. And I think Furyk has missed the mark on a number of occasions this Ryder Cup.
  12. On a podcast prior to the final captain's pick, Brandel Chamblee was advocating hard for Kyle Stanley over Tony Finau. His rationale was that the US was woefully low on guys that could find the fairway off the tee consistently, and that it was going to cost them big time given the course setup. I'm not the biggest Brandel fan out there, but I think he was spot on with that assessment. When I heard today that the most accurate player on the US squad wasn't even top 50 in fairway accuracy, it was pretty eye opening in light of the US struggles. Other quick comments - Mickelson vs. Molinari is the best case scenario for the US. In the other 11 matches, it's possible to see a path to 8 wins, but a lot of guys are going to have to step up - Kudos to Webb and Bubba. Webb in particular was a whipping boy for a lot of people given how 2014 played out. But he was really solid today and I give him a fighter's chance tomorrow against Justin Rose - I was sorry to see my fears about the Tiger/Reed pairing confirmed again today. I don't know what Furyk was thinking with that one. In fairness, Tiger is clearly a tough guy to pair since - for reasons unknown to me - he always seems to get the worst out of his partners. But I think any number of other teammates would have been a better fit for Reed. It won't shock me one bit when we see Reed return to his old Ryder Cup form and beat Hatton tomorrow. - For any gamblers out there, it looks like you can get 10/1 odds on a USA victory. While I think it's very unlikely that the US gets 8 or more points tomorrow, I'm not sure it's far-fetched enough to be a 1 in 10 shot. We will see. Looking forward to another early wake up call tomorrow.
  13. @iacas, my take on Phil has been pretty consistent from the beginning of this discussion where I said this. I agree with the bolded part of what you posted below, which is why I would have had no objection with playing Phil in Friday or Saturday fourball, even if his form has been horrible of late. If you're gonna make Phil a captain's pick, you've got to be willing to at least give him a shot in the team events to see what he is capable of. I'm not convinced of the logic in your second bullet point. It may apply to some guys, but I don't think it applies to Phil, who is more erratic then most even when he plays well. In his current form, he is a disaster in foursomes. I think everything I posted above holds true for Bubba, to a lesser extent.
  14. Honestly, in thinking about it more, I think Furyk has botched this thing all the way around. It was clear he wanted to get everyone involved on day one, but to put Bubba and Phil out there in foursomes as opposed to fourball is borderline indefensible. Now with the Saturday fourball pairings announced, it seems like a certainty that both of those guys will be sitting out the entire day tomorrow, and will limp into Sunday singles with one poor showing under their belts. The other 10 guys are certainly talented enough to engineer a comeback, but I don't think you can say that Furyk put his team in the best possible position to win. Fine. My objection is primarily with the Reed/Woods pairing. Hopefully I'm proven wrong tomorrow.
  15. Ugh. Is Furyk like one of those NFL coaches that scripts the first 15 plays and then refuses to deviate? 3 lineups in and there is not a single player on the US team that has played with more than one partner. That has to be a first in Ryder Cup history.

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