What should be the average field size and cut line for a regular PGA TOUR event?
Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
Part of this depends on the time of year. Certain west coast events, early in the year, have less daylight and, therefore, less time to get all rounds completed, especially if there are weather issues. I've got no problem with low 70 and ties and fields of 144 except when daylight is a problem. Playing on the PGA TOUR should be a privilege, not a right. So when the fields are smaller, I'm OK with that, too.
Kraig Kann - Reporter, GOLF CHANNEL:
One Hundred and fifty for full-field events. 25 threesomes off each side on Thursday and Friday. Cut to 60 and ties, making it more of a premium to make the cut. My biggest issue is pace of play. Invites like the Memorial and Arnold Palmer Invitational should be 120.
Mark Rolfing - Analyst, GOLF CHANNEL:
One hundred and forty four with a cut to the low sixty and ties.
Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
This would probably get me lynched at a player meeting, but I think field size should be 144 max and closer to 120 at tournaments where daylight is an issue. Id really like to see 120 at most every event with a cut to low 60 and ties, but thats not likely to get approved anytime soon.
What is your most memorable moment on the par-3 17th during THE PLAYERS Championship?
Probably Len Mattiace's 8 in 1998. He was the home town boy. And he was in contention on that Sunday. It was the worst, most meaningful train wreck I can remember. It was also a great example of grace on the part of a player. Mattiace talked to reporters afterward for as long as there were reporters with questions. Too many other players would have been looking for a place to hide.
Len Mattiace hitting the ball in the water comes to mind immediately. Scott Gump as well. I also remember Brad Fabels golf ball being swooped up by the bird. It would be easy to say Tigers putt ' which was great, but even Couples par (hole-in-three) was more electric.
Without a doubt the most memorable moment was Tigers birdie putt at 17 from the back of the green to the front hole location in the 2001 PLAYERS Championship.
Len Mattiace in 98 comes to mind first. And, for some reason, I also have a good recall of Craig Perks birdie there in the final round in 02. He had just chipped in for eagle on 16 to take a one-stroke lead and followed up by hitting a nice shot safely onto the green at 17. He then made the long birdie putt to go up to by two, before chipping in for par on 18 to seal an improbable victory.
In regards to the 17th, what is the best spot at any event to watch live golf?
The best spot is probably behind the green on the seventh hole at Augusta National. Bobby Jones once wrote it was the best place on the golf course to see action on several different holes. Only problem is, a lot of people know it and it can get very crowded.
The 16th at the FBR Open or 11th/12th at Augusta. Im also a big fan of the 16th fairway at Hilton Head. Sneaky good for the gathering of folks who seem to congregate there.
The hillside left at 17 because you can watch the action at both 17 and 16 from that vantage point at the TPC Sawgrass.
On a couch. At home. Golf is much better to watch on TV than in person. But if you do go to an event, 17 at Sawgrass is a pretty good place to camp out. You can put down a blanket on the left, side hill, hang out and enjoy the show.
Should THE PLAYERS Championship winner receive a 5-year exemption on the PGA TOUR?
I think THE PLAYERS winner should get a 10-year exemption, the way it used to be before they shortened it to five years in 1998. This is a big stage and the reward ought to be commensurate with the achievement of winning on it.
No. Three years is good by me. Five is a bit strong.
No. Three years at the most. THE PLAYERS is not a major. I have no problem with a major winner getting a 5-year exemption on the PGA TOUR, but not the winner of THE PLAYERS. It should be between that of a regular event and a major ' which is exactly what THE PLAYERS is.