Golf Talk Live - Dottie Pepper Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2000, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
AND NOW LAST YEAR YOU NEEDED NO HELP GOING INTO THE WATER. AND THIS YEAR YOU GAVE KARRIE A LITTLE SHOVE.

WHERE DO YOU THINK SHE STACKS UP, AND I SAID TO HER, 'YOU KNOW, THE HALL OF FAME TOO EASY?' SHE DIDN'T KNOW - SHE WASN'T SURE IF I WAS SARCASTIC OR NOT WHEN I WAS ASKING THE QUESTION A FEW WEEKS AGO.

OF ALL THE PLAYERS THAT YOU'VE PLAYED AGAINST, YOU'VE PLAYED WITH AND AGAINST MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE HALL OF FAME ACTUALLY OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER, WHERE DOES SHE RANK?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I'VE NEVER SEEN A HARDER WORKER. I'LL ... HANDS DOWN. WHEN I CAME OUT ON TOUR, I THOUGHT BETSY KING WORKED HARD. KARRIE'S GOT BETSY BEAT. I THOUGHT I WORKED HARD. KARRIE'S GOT ME BEAT. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DOES SHE DO?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, SHE'S JUST VERY, VERY FOCUSED AND VERY DRIVEN WHEN SHE'S OUT THERE. THERE'S NO WASTE OF TIME. AND SHE GETS IN THERE AND GETS THE JOB DONE AND GETS OUT.

AND I THINK THAT'S SO KEY WHEN THERE'S SO MANY DISTRACTIONS BECAUSE AS YOU PLAYER BETTER, THE DISTRACTIONS INCREASE EXPONENTIALLY. AND SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO REALLY KEEP HERSELF CENTERED ON WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO.

PETER KESSLER
HOW ABOUT KARRIE AS A PLAYER RELATIVE TO PLAYERS THAT YOU'VE PLAYED AGAINST OVER THE LAST 10 OR 12 YEARS.

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I THINK SHE'S A BLEND OF ... OF A POWER AND A FINESSE PLAYER. AND I THINK SHE'S ... SHE'S A POLISHED, A MORE POLISHED LOPEZ FROM 1979.

I THINK SHE'S JUST THAT MUCH BETTER. BUT SHE'S MAKING US RAISE THE LEVEL OF OUR PLAY THE WAY LOPEZ DID IN THE LATE 70'S, YOU KNOW, 20 YEARS EARLIER.

PETER KESSLER
YOU SEE THAT AS BEING GOOD FOR THE GAME, DON'T YOU?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I THINK IT'S GREAT FOR THE GAME. I THINK ... I MEAN, I WOULD COMPARE IT TO WHAT TIGER HAS DONE FOR THE GUYS. UM, IT'S ... IT CAN'T - CERTAINLY CAN'T HURT THE GAME.

PETER KESSLER
YOU WERE RECENTLY QUOTED AS SAYING THAT YOU THOUGHT THAT ANNIKA APPEARED TO BE SOMEWHAT UNHAPPY. WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I DID AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL KONIK FROM DELTA SKY MAGAZINE IN, I THINK, IT WAS THE FEBRUARY ISSUE. AND HE GAVE ME - WE DID WORD ASSOCIATION OR WHATEVER, AND HE GAVE ME PLAYERS NAMES, INCLUDING MYSELF SO I GOT TO BEAT UP ON MYSELF.

BUT I ... I JUST THOUGHT THAT, UH MUCH LIKE MYSELF, I THINK ANNIKA IS MISUNDERSTOOD BECAUSE PEOPLE PERCEIVE HER AS BEING UNHAPPY AND UNEMOTIONAL AND WHATEVER. AND I THINK SHE'S VERY MISUNDERSTOOD.

PETER KESSLER
IN WHAT WAY? BECAUSE SHE'S SHY AND ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
BECAUSE SHE'S QUIET, ABSOLUTELY. I HAPPEN TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD BECAUSE I HAPPEN TO VOCALIZE. (LAUGH) SHE, ON THE HAND, IS THE OTHER WAY.

PETER KESSLER
IS THAT YOU'RE ALWAYS HAVING TO APOLOGIZE AND SHE'S ALWAYS HAVING TO SAY, 'NO, I REALLY DO HAVE AN OPINION ON THIS SUBJECT.'

DOTTIE PEPPER
EXACTLY ... EXACTLY, EXACTLY.

PETER KESSLER
NOW LET'S SWITCH GEARS A SECOND AND TALK ABOUT YOUR FRIEND, JULIE INKSTER.

AS GREAT AS PLAYER AS SHE'S BEEN, YOU KNOW, WAY BEFORE TIGER DID IT, SHE WON 3 U.S. AM'S (AMATEURS) IN A ROW ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH ...

PETER KESSLER
BUT LAST YEAR, EVEN FOR HER, WAS A - JUST A BIG STEP UP, WHAT SHE WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH TO GET HERSELF IN THE HALL AT THE AGE THAT SHE IS AND BEING THE MOM AND THE WIFE THAT SHE IS.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ACCOUNTED FOR HER BRINGING IT UP A NOTCH LAST YEAR WHEN THERE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AN INDICATION THAT IT WAS COMING?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, ME PERSONALLY, YOU COULD SEE IT COMING BECAUSE WE PLAYED SO MANY PRACTICE ROUNDS TOGETHER AND I KNEW THE SWING CHANGES SHE WAS MAKING,

HOW SHE WAS COMING TO TERMS WITH BEING A MOM, WHEN TO LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME, WHEN TO HAVE THEM OUT ON THE ROAD, THE SUPPORT SHE HAS FROM HER FAMILY, AND JUST BEING COMFORTABLE WITH SAYING,

'I'M A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE. I NEED TO BE SELFISH SOMETIMES. AND I NEED TO FIND THAT BALANCE', LIKE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER.

AND IT ALL CAME TOGETHER. AND YOU COULD ... YOU COULD SEE IT COMING. IT WAS NO SURPRISE. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN WITH THE 4TH MAJOR IF THE DU MAURIER GETS LOST. A LOT OF THE PLAYERS ON TOUR SAY THAT JUST BECAUSE THE WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN HAS THAT NAME OF THE WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN,

THAT MOST OF THE PLAYERS DON'T GO AND THAT THERE'S A SENSE ON TOUR THAT MAYBE THAT MAY NOT BE THE 4TH MAJOR. DO WE NEED ONE AND IF SO, WHAT IS IT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I DON'T NECESSARILY THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE 4 JUST BECAUSE THE MEN HAVE 4. I THINK IF YOU HAVE 4, YOU HAVE TO HAVE 4 QUALITY (TOURNAMENTS).

AND I ... I BELIEVE THAT WITH EVERY TOURNAMENT. I THINK YOU'RE BETTER OFF NOT HAVING A TOURNAMENT IF IT'S GONNA BE A 'B' CLASS TOURNAMENT. I THINK YOU WAIT UNTIL AN 'A' CLASS TOURNAMENT COMES ALONG.

UM, IN THE SITUATION OF THE BRITISH OPEN, I'VE BEEN FAIRLY VOCAL ABOUT IT BECAUSE I THINK IT BELONGS BEING A MAJOR IF WOBURN IS OUT OF THE CIRCUIT. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SUCH GREAT GOLF COURSES THAT THEY'VE STARTED TO PUT IN THE ROTATION FOR OUR WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN,

BUT YOU'RE ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR WEAKEST LINK. AND I BELIEVE THAT WOBURN'S A BIT OF A WEAK LINK IN COMPARISON TO THE OTHER GOLF COURSES THAT THEY HAVE NOW AVAILABLE FOR US TO PLAY.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S BIRKDALE THIS YEAR, SUNNINGDALE'S ON THE ROTATION, SOME PRETTY IMPRESSIVE STUFF AND YOU JUST CAN'T PUT A WEAK LINK IN THERE.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT KIND OF MARKETING THINGS, WHICH YOU MENTIONED VERY EARLY ON IN THE SHOW, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE LPGA DO TO ENHANCE ITS PROFITABILITY, TO SPREAD ITS MESSAGE FURTHER, TO BE ABLE TO ATTRACT NEW FANS, NEW SPONSORS, NEW TOURNAMENTS?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I THINK THERE'S A NUMBER OF THINGS. BUT I THINK IN THIS E-WORLD, I THINK OUR WEB SITE HAS TO BE EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE AND EXTREMELY EASY TO GET AROUND. I THINK IT HAS TO BE ENTERTAINING. I THINK IT HAS TO BE INFORMATIONAL.

I THINK IT REALLY NEEDS TO HIT YOU THE WAY A LOT OF OTHER WEB SITES DO WHERE THERE'S ALL OF THIS STUFF INUNDATING YOU AND YOU'RE LIKE, 'WOW, WHERE CAN I GET MORE OF THIS!',

THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GO TO TOURNAMENTS, MAKE YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED ... PLUG THE CHARITIES, PLUG EVERYTHING THAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT THE LPGA TOUR. AND THERE'S SO MUCH OF IT.

BUT I THINK WE NEED TO PRESENT OURSELVES AS PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS PEOPLE, NOT JUST PEOPLE THAT ARE GONNA TAKE WHAT'S LEFTOVER BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH TO OFFER.

PETER KESSLER
THERE'S A FEW PLAYERS ON TOUR WHO SAY, 'HEY, I'M GONNA WEAR THIS T-SHIRT. I THINK I LOOK FINE. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU THINK I DON'T.' WHAT'S YOUR SENSE OF THAT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I THINK ... WELL ...

PETER KESSLER
THAT IT DOES MATTER.

DOTTIE PEPPER
IT MATTERS A LOT. UH, I HAD ONE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TEAM PICTURE THAT WAS TAKEN AND I HAD JEANS ON. MY DAD HIT THE ROOF. AND I WOULD - NEVER WENT TO THE GOLF COURSE WITH A PAIR OF JEANS ON AGAIN.

AND PART OF THE DEAL WAS I WENT TO THE GOLF COURSE WITH MY SHOES POLISHED. THERE WAS A PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE EVEN AS A 15 YEAR OLD THAT HAD TO BE MAINTAINED. AND SO MANY PEOPLE TAKE ...

TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR APPEARANCE AND THEY MAKE A JUDGEMENT ON THAT. WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S RIGHT IS FOR ANYONE TO SAY, BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS. YOU NEED TO BE PROFESSIONAL ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK.

AND THAT MEANS AN IRON. THAT MEANS DRY CLEANING. THAT MEANS WHITE SHOE POLISH, BROWN SHOE POLISH, WHATEVER IT NEEDS TO BE. YOU NEED TO BE PROFESSIONAL.

PETER KESSLER
HAVE YOU ALMOST GOT EVERYBODY ON BOARD WITH THAT NOW?

DOTTIE PEPPER

OH, I DON'T THINK THAT'S EVEN AN ISSUE. I THINK THE GIRLS ARE TAKING A LOOK AND SAYING, 'YEAH, WE NEED TO DO A LITTLE BETTER AND ...'. AND THEY ARE.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU PLEASED WITH THE PROGRESS THAT THE TOUR'S MADE IN THE KEY AREAS IN THE LAST 10 OR 12 YEARS?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I THINK SO. I THINK WE COULD ... ONE THING I'D REALLY LIKE TO ... LIKE TO SEE US DO IS GET OUR SCHEDULE OUT FASTER SO THAT WE'RE NOT PERCEIVED AS ALWAYS THROWING THINGS TOGETHER AT THE LAST MINUTE.

UM, YOU KNOW ... I DON'T WANT TO DRAW COMPARISONS, BUT THE PGA TOUR GETS THEIRS OUT PRIOR TO MEMORIAL DAY. I MEAN, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE COMFORT OF KNOWING THAT THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE GONNA BE THE FOLLOWING YEAR AT THAT TIME FRAME.

AND I THINK WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THAT. I THINK AS WE ARE GETTING MORE - MORE AND MORE TOURNAMENTS THAT ARE MORE SOLID AND HAVE AN EXTENDED LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LPGA, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING.

PETER KESSLER
AND THE EARLY SCHEDULE'S ALMOST AS IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD PLAY IN YOUR PRO-AMS.

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH ABSOLUTELY.

PETER KESSLER
YOU CAN SAY, YOU KNOW, 'I CAN DO THAT. I HAVE A SCHEDULE TOO.'

DOTTIE PEPPER
ABSOLUTELY, FOR TELEVISION PURPOSES AND EVERYTHING.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY.

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Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.


1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.