Brandel Chamblee Chat Transcript
Brandel_C - Chamblee. Today's chat will begin at 3:00PM ET.
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Brandel_C - shared the first round lead at the 1999 Masters and eventually finished T-18. He is providing his daily analysis for Viewer's Forum and our new interactive show Masters Updates From Tee to Green.
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Brandel_C - Chamblee.
Brandel_C - Hi. Looking forward to your questions for the next hour. Feel free to talk about anything golf related or Augusta related.
Leo M- unfortunatly your longshot pick, Greg Norman had a bad day today but what you think the winning score will be this year?
Brandel_C - I think right around 11 or 12 under par, if the weather stays the way they have forecasted. The course and greens will firm up. I would like to be 10-under heading into Sunday.
Brandel_C - Unless of course Tiger is at 18-under. ;o)
#1Hacker - Do you think Duval Has a good chance to take the lead Come Sunday?
Brandel_C - Well based on his performances this year, I would have said no. Based on his performance the last couple of days, I would say yes. It looks like the wrist is okay and he has regained his form. I think it would be an exciting telecast if he was.
Shyers1 - Do you think that the proposed changes at Augusta will favor Tiger?
Brandel_C - I think any golf course, however it plays, favors Tiger. I think the proposed changes are necessary to stay true to it's intended charm, owing to the fact that the course was intended to cause problems with strategy and mental anquish, and when you're hitting a wedge into the 15th hole, you are not going through the necessary mental anguish.
scottie- Please ask Brandel what his plans re for this year - will he play in Vancouver, and what about The Open in England? Regards from Eric Grant in Vancouver.
Brandel_C - Yes, I plan to play at Vancouver. It is obviously a favorite stop of mine. I love the city, the golf course and the surrounding area.
Brandel_C - Yes, I do plan on playing the open at Royal Lytham. I played there in 1982 and look forward to returning.
Leo M- The leaderboard is shaping up for an excellant weekend of golf who are your picks to win?
Brandel_C - Hey Leo! My pick to win is Tiger. It is his tournament to lose and I do not think that he will. Do not eat all the barbecue at my house on Sunday! See you soon...
bunky- How is Driscoll doing today, Im at work?
Brandel_C - He is -3 through 15, 1-over for today's round. Under the circumstances, I would say he his representing himself very well. And who knows, with his talent, he could light it up this weekend and finish high. I am very impressed with this young fellow.
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Leo M- the wife and I are thinking the way the scoring is going it will take 15 under this year
Brandel_C - Ordinarily, I would not be inclined to disagree with you on subjects of computers or the stock market. But as it relates to golf, I am going to have to differ with you here. I think -12 will be the winning score, owing to the fact the course will play much harder this weekend, with the weather forecasat. ( Why aren't you working?
Shyers1 - Is the course today starting to get more difficult than yesterday?
Brandel_C - It looks like to me that the course is playing more difficult than yesterday. 8-under is leading, so they have not assaulted par to the extent that they did yesterday. No doubt the committee at Augusta was not pleased with yesterday's assault. I am sure it will only get tougher this weekend.
Malgolf - Should Scott McCarron be playing at Augusta this week?
Brandel_C - Well, I think that the qualifications for exemption into Augusta are appropriate. I think that by and large the people who have the best chance of winning the tournament are there. There will always be examples of players who might play well there who are not in the field. But you have to draw the line somewhere.
Brandel_C - Certainly Scott is playing very well, and if he continues, he will be in the field next year.
TGC_COM - We're just getting started with today's chat. Please post your questions for PGA Tour player Brandel Chamblee!
2golf - 9 handicap. lady golfer, I have problem with ball position, can hit ok any tips?
Brandel_C - When you practice, line up a club parallel to your intended line and lay another club at a 90 degree angle to that. Make sure that your ball position is off your left armpit, or just inside the instep of your foot closest to the target. But you are already a 9 handicapper. If you start beating your husband, he may not like it. Your ball position must pretty good already.
Playa - If an amateur wins the masters does he get the prize money?
Brandel_C - If an amateur wins the Masters, he does not get the prize money. However, shortly after the tournament, he will sign endorsement deals with lots of zeros and live happily ever!
Malgolf - How about Calc's move today? The Claw grip has helped energize his career!
Brandel_C - Great move for Calc today. He has played well all year. No surprise that he is playing well here. The course suits his game and he is certainly an accomplished contender but I don't think he can catch Tiger....even with the claw. Perhaps maybe with a hammer.
2golf - I already beat him. Thanks for tip. My best friend named her son after you.
Brandel_C - Congratulations on beating your husband, although I am sure he is not too happy about it. In regards to your best friend, tell her that although I certainly love my name, her son will be burdened with the pronunciation and spelling for his entire life, and I would love to meet him somewhere down the line.
ChAS - what kind of ball do u use
Brandel_C - I assume you are talking about golf, because I have every kind of ball in my house that any 4 year old would want. As for golf, the Titleist ProV1 is the hottest thing in golf ball technology since the rubber core replaced the gutta-percha.
Brandel_C - Sadly, these balls are rationed and you're more likely to win the lottery than get five dozen of them from your pro shop. Hope you get some!
TGC_COM - Just FYI
Brandel_C - Chamblee turned pro in 1985...he finished 99th on last year's PGA Tour money list. He led the '99 Masters after day one and went on to finish T-18.
Boodled - Do you think this is Arnie's last competitive round at the National?
Brandel_C - No. I think that Arnold can still play reasonably well and he is in excellent shape. I think he will continue to play there as long as he is able to walk 18 holes. It will be a sad day when he does not thrill the galleries with his presence.
fairway1 - It seems to me that the current stars of the Pga are trying to raise thier level of play to catch Tiger, if that happens Tiger will raise it again...What happens then
Brandel_C - The game of golf is growing at a quantum leap in Tiger Woods. The gap is very large between him and his contenders, so there is a lot of room to catch up. I think that Tiger will continue to get better as he matures, and this does not bode well for the other players on Tour. But, they will continue to work out and younger players will come along and eventually challenge Tiger.
axmax97 - What clubs do you use?
Brandel_C - I use an assortment and somehow manage to keep all the companies happy. I have Callaway irons, Cleveland wedge, Ping sand wedge, Callaway woods and a Ping putter.
Barb - Any plans to revisit Point 'O Woods G & CC, Benton Harbor, MI for the Western Am? I remember your visit from the 1980's.
Brandel_C - Point O' Woods is still one of the best golf courses I have every played, and I have many fond memories of the Western Amateur there. However, we do not play any tournaments close to that area, so unless I get there on a vacation, I don't see myself going back to Benton Harbor. It's a beautiful place and a beautiful course.
Leo M- As a sucessful tour player what would say the strengths of your golf game are?
Brandel_C - Well, I would say that they change daily, if not hourly. But I would like to think that when I am playing well, I am one of the best drivers on Tour and I manage my game to get the most out of it. However, when I am playing with you, I am too busy trying to figure out how your 50 yard slice ever finds its target, so I may not play to my standards.
axmax97 - I wonder if DiMarco can pull up a bigger lead before the round is over?
Brandel_C - I think that DiMarco has a chance to birdie the 15th hole, which he is on right now, and it appears as if the 18th pin placement is condusive to another birdie.
fairway1 - Didn't you play in the 1999 Masters..If true, why arent you there this year?
Brandel_C - Yes, I did play in the '99 Masters. I am not in the field this year, because I did not finish in the top-40 on the money list last year, and was not ranked in the top-50 on the world money list last year. Thanks for bringing up a sore point. I am much happier doing my taxes this week than playing at Augusta...NOT!
TGC_COM - FYI -
Brandel_C - finished T-18 (Tied with Tiger) in 1999 which unfortunetly was just shy of the Top 16 who get invited back the following year!
chAS - Do you know if you will be attending the Buick open in michigan this year
Brandel_C - I am undecided as to whether or not I will be playing at Warwick Hills. The last time I played there, I played well, and I have fond memories of the place. I will make up my mind soon. Hope to see you there.
Sedona - I went to the Masters in 1992 and I noticed how almost the entire course turns right to left. I also notice that the left fairway bunker on 18 catches more than it's share of balls. Is it hard, even for great pros, to move the ball left to right after being asked to do the opposite for most of the round?
Brandel_C - The reason you see such a large # of balls go left into the bunker on 18 is becuase if you overcut your tee shot,l you could very easily make bogie or worse. Because of this, players play at the bunkers and try to hit a small cut shot, but if they miss it, they still have a play from the bunker.
Brandel_C - A prime example is Sandy Lyle's birdie from the bunker in 1988 to beat Mark Calcavecchia by one shot. But your question is a good one. When you practice hitting draws leading up to the Masters and then are asked to hit a fade on the 18th hole, it is a more difficult shot.
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Brandel_C - ...so let's keep moving!
chAS - i have heard that the ladies precept is the longest ball is that true
Brandel_C - I have not hit the Lady Precept, but I do know quite a few players on Tour are suffering the embarassment of playing a 'lady' ball, so there must be something to the myth that this ball goes further. Otherwise, no self-respecting male professional would play a 'lady' ball, because they are generally of a lower compression, and would not perform well with a higher club speed.
TGCrules - I noticed your long shot pick to win was Greg Norman. Now that Norman ballooned and will most likely not even make the cut, who are you going with now?
Brandel_C - I am going to say Mark Calcavecchia, although you could not technically call him a long shot. As proven, he has the game to play well at Augusta, and if Tiger stumbles, he could certainly be there to take home the trophy on Sunday.
Sedona - Being from Arizona, I know a bit about Jonathon Kaye, an aspiring young pro who just barely made the top 40 this past year. What will his experience at the Master do for him as a player as he goes forward?
Brandel_C - Well, if you know Jonathan Kaye, then you know he is a unique individual, somewhat of a free spirit. However, I am certain that even free-spirit like Jonathan will leave Augusta with a certain feel for history and aspire to make some of his own.
Malgolf - Mickelson is making a move....one back of DiMarco now. What do you think is holding him back from winning at Augusta?
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Brandel_C - I think that in the past Phil Mickelson has made too many double bogies as a result of his instinctive aggressive play. Although Phil is marvelously talented, no player can win at Augusta taking bold risks all day long. I think he realized this and this year, prior to the tournament, stated he would play with more caution. So I am not surprised to see him playing well.
fairway1 - Is it healty for Tiger and the Tour that he wins so much..If Tiger gets bored, do you think he will leave the sport earlier than expected?
Brandel_C - I think that Tiger, from very early on in his life, had a sense of history, and he has an uncanny ability to make it. Tiger is a rare individual that is very goal oriented and very dedicated. I do not think he will tire of this sport in the next 20 years. So, pick your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy the show.
CoreyG - what do you think the chances are for Mike Weir to win the Masters?
Brandel_C - I think that Mike Weir has shown he can play world class golf in major championships. I think he is a long shot to win at Augusta, however I think his game would serve him very well at the other 3 majors, where there is more of a demand for ball striking.
TGC_COM - FYI - Mike Wier shot 69 today to move to -1 through 2 rounds. He is currently T-29.
axmax97 - Do you think you will play in any future Masters?
Brandel_C - I certainly hope to play in a future Masters. It is a treat to be included in the field. It is a goal of mine to play in next year's Masters and I am doing everything I can to achieve this goal.
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Sedona- What do you think about Phil's mind? He's always had the physical gifts. Does he have the mental toughness to win a major or is he destined to be without one?
Brandel_C - I think Phil has the mental toughness and all of the other necessary skills to win a major tournament or any other tournament he is in. He perhaps is playing with more caution at Augusta this year because he realizes he doesn't need to do anything special to be in the hunt on Sunday...he is that good.
Sedona- Shouldn't Augusta National stop focussing on making the course longer and just put in more bunkers and trees so there is more of a premium placed on driving accurately?
Brandel_C - The founder of the tournament, Bobby Jones, and the architect, Alistair Mackenzie, believe that a golf course's difficulty should lie in the character of the undulations. That a course should bring the greatest pleasure to the greatest number. Bunkers, it was their belief, only penalized the less skilled players. Keeping true to the intended design, I don't think the committee will ever put more bunkers on the golf course.
TGC_COM - Just enough time for one last question then we need to let Brandel go!
jchat- Bandel, as a tour player how difficult is it to win all 4 majors in the same year?
Brandel_C - I think the task is next to impossible. However, Tiger Woods has made me rethink my belief he is such a rare athlete and perahps he is up to the task. Still, I think it is unlikely he will ever do it. But it should make for some great television over the next 20 years.
TGC_COM - That's all we have time for...thanks for joining us today and thanks to Brandel for taking the time to join us!
Brandel_C - I've enjoyed the last hour answering your questions. Good luck with your golf and I hope you enjoy the last 2 days of the Masters. Thank you for your emails.
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'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team
“The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.
Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.
Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.
A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.
"Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."
Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."
He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.
Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.
“It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.
"The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.
In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).
“I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."
The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.
Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.
Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.
Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.
“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”
The problem was an expired visa.
Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.
No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.
Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.
His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.
One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.
His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.
“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”
He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.
“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”
'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.
Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.
“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”
Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.
The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.
“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”
Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.
“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”
Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.
“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”