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  1. On 4/14/2018 at 4:07 PM, iacas said:

    I didn't include an "I don't know" in the choices in the poll above because that's the only answer any of us should choose. Hell, even Tiger and Joe himself don't necessarily know if he's the best choice - Tiger just uses the available information to arrive at a decision.

    But I've been thinking for awhile now that LaCava may not be the best for him.

    Stevie Williams was, of course, Tiger's caddie for 13 of 14 majors. He split off from Tiger not too long after the Thanksgiving night stuff in 2009. One of Stevie's best qualities, IMO, was that he didn't take shit from Tiger, and he'd step up and let himself be heard when he had something to say. He made Tiger hit a 60° wedge instead of (IIRC) a 56° wedge on the 18th at Torrey Pines in 2008, going so far as to say something like "I know how much this means to you, and if you don't hit the shot you want, fire me on the spot, but I feel that strongly it's a 60 here."

    The recent Tiger Woods biography pointed out that LaCava stood by and did virtually nothing while Tiger was walking around and surveying his options and ultimately dropped in the wrong spot on the 13th hole at Augusta in 2013. In fact, I've almost never seen Joey LaCava step in and talk to Tiger when the situation may warrant it - to cool Tiger down when he's running hot, to get him to focus when he's getting sloppy, etc.

    Williams could be seen doing these things - and more - all the time. He'd engage. He'd put his opinion out there. He'd tell Tiger - again this is documented in the book - to get his head on straight and to pay attention, or whatever.

    Joe just seems to be a bag carrier.

    Maybe that's what Tiger wants. Maybe he has lost some of his drive and passion and just wants to be a happier, less focused guy on the course. Maybe he doesn't want to have a guy getting in his face demanding something during his rounds.

    I don't know. None of us do.

    But the poll intentionally only has "yes" or "no" as possible answers.

    So vote.

    I voted "no." I think Tiger needs a more forceful, direct, in-your-face type of caddie. I think he needs to be challenged more, I think he needs to be held in check more, and I think he needs someone who can slap him around a little bit when he starts to get off track.

    Do we know how many times Stevie gave Tiger the wrong stick?

  2. Why is it impolite to shake hands after finishing the 18th hole without removing your hat?  My hair doesn't look so great when I remove my hat and I'd rather leave it on.  Do any of you leave your hat on when shaking hands with other men after finishing your round?  Do the LPGA players remove their hat on 18? I have to check that out. I've never noticed one way or the other.  Bottom line: I see no need for men to remove their hats on 18.

  3. Speaking of clacking:  Remember when golf shoes had spikes? The greatest sound in the world for me was people walking on cart paths with their spike golf shoes. That sound was just heavenly to me.  I really miss those golf shoes and the sound they made.  My second favorite sound is the clacking and jangling of clubs in a golf bag, especially when you're carrying your bag and walking down the fairway.  Yes, I'm weird, I know.  

  4. Hitting the ball close to the bullseye, I mean hole, is very similar to darts.  Seeing a ball fly right to the hole is very exciting.  That's why the crowd screams and applauds such a shot.  I've watched countless tournaments on TV on the edge of my seat because it's so exciting.  But, then again, I'm far from impartial when it comes to this sport.  I also love watching Billiards.

  5. 1 hour ago, iacas said:

    Underrated or Overrated #1 - Reaching Par Fives in Two

    Underrated.  Isn't it kind of obvious that having three putts for par is much better than having two putts for par?  Or two putts for birdie is better than one putt for birdie?  

    However, it's not essential. When Zach Johnson won the Masters, he never reached any of the par fives in two.  (His wedge play was obviously phenomenal that week.) This, however, does not change the fact that reaching a par 5 in two strokes is nevertheless underrated.

  6. On 3/27/2008 at 12:30 PM, cmarkmyers said:

    Advil works wonders for me. It is the only over the counter medicine that helps my back, and I have frequent back pain.

    Advil is Ibuprofen, so I buy Ibuprofen.  I consider it to be a miracle drug.  Many times I would tweak my back or pull a muscle while I'm playing golf and if I take the ibuprofen it works like a miracle.  I always have a bottle of ibuprofen in my bag just in case. Luckily I haven't needed it in quite a while.

  7. A few things.  Feherty said "a player always knows when he hits it twice."  How could that be proved?  Feherty also thought that Tiger should have received a penalty.  Then Feherty thought that there was a 1-inch backswing and that he didn't just push the ball forward.  Later Tiger said that he did hit the ball twice.  But no penalty because it could only be seen in super slo-motion.  Then after all that, one of the announcers said that next year the rule will be no penalty for double hits.  Now that took me back a bit.  I can't figure out why that rule was changed.  I guess probably to speed things up and avoid trying to make this kind of determination.  Who remembers poor T C Chen?

    Question:  Do you think that if it had been another player then the "pushed, scraped, or spooned" rule would have been invoked and the player would have been penalized?

    The announcer said that Patrick Cantlay was only invited to this tournament around Thanksgiving.  It would have been nice if Cam Champ had also gotten an invitation, considering that he's the newest star on Tour right now.  Is this field only by invitation only?  Are the amount of players limited to a certain number?  Couldn't that number be expanded?  I guess there's only enough money for 18 players.  Well, I just wish Cam Champ had been invited.  And maybe he was and declined for all I know.  Is it Tiger's sole decision as to who plays?

  8. 13 hours ago, fburns said:

    I am trying to understand why I have absolutely no interest in this match. I am a golf addict, stay glued to The Golf Channel, watch all the tours but from the moment I heard about this I have had no interest. I like both Tiger and Phil. I thought as we got closer I would become more interested.  I used to watch the Shell Wonderful World of Golf as a child and enjoyed it.  I guess it seems to me we have seen this match-up 4 times a year for years in the major championships. I would like to get excited about it. Is there something I am missing?


    And my thoughts exactly as well.

  9. I wonder how many of you have regularly experienced the following: You're playing golf and someone playing ahead of you will drive up the fairway to you and ask, "Did you find a cell phone?"  I cannot believe how many people lose their cell phone on a golf course!  Is this just my experience?

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