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  • Tiger Woods is the greatest putter in the history of golf. In preparing a feature story to air on GOLF CHANNEL Wednesday night before the Masters, I posed that statement to a number of players. Here are some of the following responses from TOUR players.
     
    Zach Johnson: True.
    Fred Couples: Ill agree with that.
    Daniel Chopra: Hes the greatest putter in the history of golf under pressure.
    Tom Lehman: I would never argue that statement.
    Paul Azinger: Hes the best pressure putter Ive ever seen but I didnt see Jack Nicklaus in his prime.
     
  • Are the tournaments and sponsors who keep calling on John Daly acting as enablers? The questions been raised and warrants some thought.
     
  • Good-hearted George Lopez tried his best, but found out that sunny Palm Springs, as pleasant as it appears, can be rather frosty.
     
  • Getting back to Azingers comment, NBCs Bob Murphy saw plenty of Jack in his prime and said when The Bear was playing well he made every putt under 10 feet, but Jack didnt make the putts from 20 to 30 feet like Tiger does.
     
  • Playing in an over-40 basketball league, I dont ask my teammates to get back on defense. Instead I tell them, Take your time, when you get there you get there, just be careful.
     
  • Losing Phil Mickelson hurt The Hope. Lopez skewering Lefty at his 07 concert for allegedly ignoring an autograph request from actor Anthony Anderson couldnt have helped. And its no secret that the change of venues wasnt well received across the TOUR either.
     
  • Players divorce their putters at a rate that would make Hollywood seem chaste. But the great rollers of the rock tend to show fidelity. Crenshaw was pure and ever-faithful with his heel-shafted Wilson 8802. Said Tiger: If you look at all the years Ive ever putted its been the same look. The Anser and Anser II were the putters I grew up with. Scotty Cameron later crafted the putter he uses today. Tiger added: The companies have changed but its always been the same look.
     
  • The idea at The Hope a few years ago was to get younger and fresher. They may have missed the boat by not locking down Justin Timberlake, now set to energize the flagging Vegas event.
     
  • Billy Andrade once asked Jack if hed ever 3-putted when it mattered. Jack replied, Yeah I did it one time in 1966 at The Bing Crosby Pro-Am. I 3-putted the last hole to lose and I never did it after that.
     
  • Over-40 basketballs a lot like over-40 golf. Its easy to embarrass yourself. In both sports, by the way, I always admired Bobby Jones, the Grand Slam golfer as well as the unselfish, back-door cutting, fast break finishing Tar Heel and 76er great.
     
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