19th Hole Blog - September 21


Wednesday – September 21, 2011

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Show Highlights:
-D.A. Points says he'd rather win the FedExCup than the PGA Championship, but would take a Masters, U.S. Open or Open Championship over the $10 million.
-Jeff Rude, John Hawkins and D.A. Points all agree THE TOUR Championship and FedExCup should be decided in match play.
-Jeff Rude likes Webb Simpson to win the FedExCup, D.A. Points like Matt Kuchar and John Hawkins takes Luke Donald.
-Jeff Rude says Michael Whan should have been standing on the 18th green of the Navistar LPGA Classic with a trophy, hug and tour card for Lexi Thompson.
-John Hawkins thinks that more important than who wins the Solheim Cup is that it's a close finish.
-John Hawkins says that Bill Haas will be considered as a Presidents Cup captain's pick because Fred Couples has always had a 'crush' on his father Jay.
-D.A. Points says if he were the U.S. Presidents Cup captain, he'd take Keegan Bradley with his last pick.

Viewer Comments and Questions:
Terry Grubb:
'I've always been told rules are rules, but I can see that you the media seem to be pushing for the powers that be to now forget the rules and allow admission for Lexi Thompson. What are the rules? If the rules state you must be 18, then she should abide by the rules like everyone else. Period.'

Alan Zwicker:
'Hawk, you are the man.  Your opinions are right on 90% of the time.  I agree with the Lexi Thompson deal that she should get her card, and your 'people ruin people' comment was spot on.'

Kevin McDonald:
'Love the show! Just wanted to say I met Lexi back when I caddied on the Nationwide Tour and knew her brother Nick. She was 10 and she grabbed my attention even at that age, and I thought that she was going to be something big. She had amazing golf talent, smarts and was almost too mature for a girl at 10. Do you think she could end up like Michelle Wie did after she got all the coverage for being such a young star?'

Response from GolfChannel.com Editorial Director Jay Coffin to Kevin McDonald:
'It's certainly possible for Lexi to go the way of Wie but I don't see it in this case. Lexi has had the reigns pulled back on her more than Wie at this age. Remember, Wie put it all on herself when she wanted to compete against the men and play in PGA TOUR events. That got the hype spinning out of control. Lexi has had a very limited schedule and even if she plays the LPGA full-time next year, she won't play more than 14-15 events, which is just the right balance of golf vs. life. I'm not saying she's the savior of the LPGA and I'm not saying that she'll win five times a year and 10 career majors but it would be a surprise if she doesn't win once or twice each year for the next decade.'

Last Calls:
Watch the Last Calls
-D.A. Points on Chicago deserving to have a yearly PGA TOUR event
-Jeff Rude on Justin Rose winning by keeping it simple
-John Hawkins on the PGA TOUR Player of the Year Race
-Todd Lewis on Jason Dufner returning to Atlanta after his PGA Championship defeat 

Links of Interest:
Grey Goose 19th Hole Internet Extra
Articles by John Hawkins
Articles by Win McMurry

Show Photos:
Win McMurry welcomes PGA TOUR winner D.A. Points back to the studio 
Grey Goose 19th Hole

Next Week:
Grey Goose 19th Hole
Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 & 10:30PM ET

Guest Panelist: Alex Miceli (Golf Channel Contributor)
Guest Panelist: Rex Hoggard (Senior Writer, GolfChannel.com) 
Panelist: John Hawkins (Golf Channel Contributor)
Host: Whit Watson (Grey Goose 19th Hole)
Win McMurry (Grey Goose 19th Hole, Winsday)