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A surprise guest and a 'Tiger-like' Kobe

Chubby Chandler
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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 15: Padraig Harrington of Ireland chauffers fellow players Henrik Stenson of Sweden, Adam Scott of Australia and Paul Casey of England the holder of the trophy prior to the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship held at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 15th, 2008 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)  - 

After a triumphant grand re-opening of the Grill Room last week, the Golf Guy welcomes all back inside. And to show our appreciation for the success of Week 1, we have gone out of our way to offer up a very special guest (with help from the 'Morning Drive' crew). And, of course, rum and Cokes are on the house!

Happy Hour Special Guest: Chubby Chandler!

Famed agent Chubby Chandler was kind enough to take a few moments to answer a few barroom-type questions – not hard-hitting questions, but certainly the kind we in the Grill Room want answered:

Favorite all-time movie? – 'Hitch'

Funniest player on tour? – Lee Westwood (Miguel Angel Jimenez second)

Favorite thing about golf? – The 19th Hole!

Last meal - what's on the menu? – Chicken curry

Favorite all-time band? – Earth, Wind and Fire


Gary Woodland had a drive measured in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at – get this – 450 yards! In my world, that would equal driver, then a driver off the deck, and then a pitching wedge. If I was a course designer, I would build every course on the side of a mountain and every tee shot would be downhill.

On a Scale of 1-10

(with 10 being totally awesome and 1 completely sucking)

Golfing in Hawaii – 10. Granted, a few things have to come into play – no crazy trade winds, no crazy South Pacific storms, no mainland bad attitude. If you can steer clear of those hazards, here is what ensues: the most relaxed, carefree, awe-inspiring, enjoyable, visually stunning, memorable, life-changing golf ever. And that sans hyperbole.

Blenders – 2. With the PGA Tour being on the Hawaiian Islands, the thought of blended drinks comes to mind – a Pina Colada; a Blue Hawaiian; and the best of the best, a Lava Flow. That said, my sad-ass blender couldn't stir a glass of water and a cup of yogurt. Not only are delicious frozen margaritas out of the mix, so too is my favorite chilly concoction, chocolate milkshakes. Damn those pathetic, non-industrial strength blenders.

Random Quote of the Week (from outside of golf)

'Yeah, not bad for the seventh-best player in the league.' – Kobe Bryant, after dropping 48 points against the Phoenix Suns, in a tongue-in-cheek, yet defiant answer to him recently being labeled as the seventh-best player in the league according to an poll.

I bring this up for two reasons: 1) Kobe is, in my opinion, the most talented player in basketball history; and 2) It sounds like the mindset of Tiger Woods. Extremely self-confident with an unforgiving memory of critics and criticisms that an elephant would be proud of.