This week is normally the spot for THE PLAYERS Championship. Do you like having the fifth major between the Masters and the U.S. Open or as a lead-in to the seasons first major?
Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
I was never really comfortable with THE PLAYERS Championship being two weeks ahead of the Masters. Too much of the media focus was (necessarily) on the upcoming Masters and the value of THE PLAYERS as a stand alone event was unfairly diminished. Plus, the grasses and the golf course at Sawgrass never seemed to synch up with what the players could expect at Augusta National. THE PLAYERS needed a move on the schedule. Now it has.
Mark Rolfing - Analyst, GOLF CHANNEL:
I like the new PLAYERS Championship May date because the Masters was always the topic of discussion at Bay Hill. Now with the new date, THE PLAYERS will become one of the five most important events on the PGA TOUR.
Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
I'm a fan of the move. The TOUR doesn't really lose anything by having the Doral event, now under the WGC umbrella, in its place. The move should keep things interesting when there is often a lull the two months in between the Masters and U.S. Open.
Should the PGA TOUR do more to make the WGC events contested on a more global level?
For starters, I find it a tad hypocritical for the 'International' players to complain that too many WGC events are in the U.S. when so many of them own homes in this country. That having been said, it wouldn't upset me to see more WGC events abroad, especially at some of the great old courses in the British Isles.
WGC events need to be contested in countries other than the United States.
Of course it would be nice; but TV, money and player malaise on traveling abroad are reasons it won't be happening for the next four years. The new schedule makes it tough to do as well. The TOUR risks a healthy amout of withdrawals if it moves the Accenture Match Play overseas. The new event at Doral isn't likely to chagne venues since it folded into an existing -- and very popular -- event. Really, the only current tournament that would be feasible to play overseas is the Bridgestone, but that is contested at Firestone, one of the more respected and well-like venues on TOUR. Translation: get used to seeing the same U.S. courses year-in and year-out in the WGC events.
Vijay Singh won this past week by using a belly putter. Should belly and/or long putters be made illegal?
Hogan said there was golf and there was putting. The two, he maintained, were different games. With that in mind, I have no problem allowing any kind of implement on the greens. Nor do I have a problem with different putting styles.
No, belly and/or long putters should not be made illegal.
I wouldn't mind seeing a ban, at least for professionals. You can say that this is just another form of technology that has made the game a bit easier for players, like titanium or solid core, multi-layered balls, but, with belly/long putters, you have fundementally changed the way the club is used. Drivers, irons, wedges and balls may be more advanced, but they are still used, in essence, just as they were long before we were born. That is not the case with belly/long putters.
Who are the best and worst dressed golfers, on any tour, today?
As my grandmother used to say, 'There's no accounting for taste.' I think Retief Goosen looks as comfortable, fit and sharp in golf clothes as any male player. Tiger is not far behind. And my wife, who pays much more attention to this sort of thing, agrees. Worst dressed? Asking a sportswriter to answer this question is a bit like asking a sinner to name his least favorite commandmant. I will say that Calc's Sunday outfit at Honda earlier this month wasn't exactly GQ. Not that he cares what I think. On the women's side, I think Natalie Gulbis dresses smartly. I'm not a big fan of Paula Creamer's look, particularly the occasional high socks. Would love to see Marty Hackel's best and worst dressed top 10 on the men's and women's side.
Best: Tiger Woods. Worst: Any golfer that wears a tight shirt.
Tiger is probably the best dressed on the men's side in a classic sense. Adam Scott has his moments. So, too, does Darren Clarke; though, he can go a bit overboard. Ian Poulter's among the worst; he's beyond daring with his fashion, taking it to a purely tacky level. Most of his clothes should be cast aside with every Tabasco shirt ever made. But Sergio Garcia, in his horrendous matching outfits, takes the cake in regards to awful attire. Ironically, the same company who outfits Garcia does so for Paula Creamer. She's the first female player that comes to mind when I think 'best dressed' (love the high socks, too).
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