Chat with Farrell Evans
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com golf writer Farrell Evans stops by to give you the latest from the links.
Evans grew up in Forsyth, Ga., 60 miles south of Atlanta, where he learned the game at the Forsyth Golf Club, an 18-hole public course. After high school, he played on the golf team at Florida A&M University and interned with the PGA Tour at the TPC at Sawgrass.
Before joining ESPN.com in August 2011, Evans was a golf writer for nine years at Sports Illustrated. He currently lives in Harlem.
Send your questions now and join Evans Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET!
FARRELL EVANS (3:00 PM)
Welcome to my Tuesday afternoon Chat at 3pm eastern. Fire away with questions. We only have an hour.
Woytek (Krakow, Poland)
There's been some minor backleash directed at Tiger, following his "steal" of DJ's caddie. What's your opinion on that? I think both sides (players and caddies) have the same right to end a working relationship, so nothing's wrong here.
FARRELL EVANS (3:03 PM)
Joe LaCava was not interested in working 30 weeks for a guy half his age. DJ needs a young, hungry guy that can help him become a better course manager. Joe is like the Phil Jackson of caddies. He's not interested in special projects. In his late 40s, he wants a guy mature enough to get around the golf course with just a little bit of help.
Does the fact that Joe wanted to move to Tiger's bag maybe say something about DJ?
FARRELL EVANS (3:04 PM)
Absolutely. Joe has told me that he doesn't want to caddie even 10 more years out on the tour. DJ has a long career ahead of him.
How surprised were you by the Lacava hire? Nice get by Tiger though
FARRELL EVANS (3:05 PM)
I wasn't surprised. Who wouldn't want to end their career working for one of the great players of all time.
Both events produced great endings, but which did you prefer Solheim or Fed Ex?
Any word on Stricker?
Farrell Evans (3:10 PM)
No word yet. He's trying to get well for the Presidents Cup.
Fun hypothetical: Say the Prez Cup ends in another tie. If you're Norman/Couples, who in the heck would you send out for the sudden death match? And on a tangent, who's the "alpha dog" of these teams? No one really stands out to me.
Farrell Evans (3:16 PM)
Andrew,Tiger Woods v. Adam Scott. You couldn't ask for more subplots with that matchup.
"The Phil Jackson of caddies?" He's been on the bag of 1 major title. Steve Williams is more like Phil Jackson then Lacava. I don't think the caddie will do much to help Tiger. He's just got to play better period!
Farrell Evans (3:19 PM)
Nick,Joe is the PHil Jackson of caddies in the coaching sense in that he wants to work with a really good and mature guy that doesn't need any remediation. Phil Jackson would never take a team of scrubs and try to make them into champions. He's never had to really build a team from scratch.
Haas or Bradley? Keegan has been occasionally spectacular but often crashes, Haas continues to underwhelm me under pressure (one great shot aside)
Farrell Evans (3:22 PM)
Shoshana,This is a good question. Haas is underwhelming under pressure. And Keegan has won twice including a major, but Haas has lost in two other playoffs this year. He's been the more consistent player of the two. But I think it's Bradley at the end of the day because of the major win and the solid finish at the Tour Championship.
Nick Rolando (Orlando)
Farrell, McIlroy is joining the PGA Tour next year, any idea if Kaymer, Quiros, etc will be joining them?
Farrell Evans (3:25 PM)
Both Martin Kaymer and Quiros are committed to playing on both tours. McIlroy is coming over because he prefers our golf courses to most of the ones they play in Europe. Plus, I think he wants more of the limelight that comes with playing the PGA Tour. He only needs to play about 15 events to be a full member of the tour. He'll gobble up eight of those in the majors and the WGC events and then fill out the rest with Jack and Arnie's tournaments and a few more like Charlotte, where he won.
Tommy (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
What ramifications, if any, will John Daly get for his recent outburst in Austria?
Farrell Evans (3:30 PM)
Tommy,Sadly, Big John will continue to get exemptions into tournaments because he is a big draw. Outside of Tiger no one moves the tape like he does.
Farrell Evans (3:32 PM)
Nick,Let me be clear about Kaymer and Quiros. They will continue to play both tours. That doesn't mean that they will try to become PGA Tour members and commit to 14 events. At least they haven't said as much.
Who do you think Norman takes? 2 Aussies? Or does Vijay get the legacy pick?
Farrell Evans (3:34 PM)
I like the legacy pick but two Aussies would obviously go over well in Melbourne and Sydney.
Do you think Jay Haas will have any influence of Freddie's decision today at 5 pm?
Farrell Evans (3:42 PM)
Jeff,Jay told us all on Sunday night that he wouldn't try to influence Freddie decision. But I think with him being Fred's assistant captain he'll be asked to lend his opinion. Otherwise what's the point of him being an adviser to the captain?
Other then Tiger playing the Frys and the guy on the 125 bubble, what can the PGA do to get the casual fan to watch the Fall Series?
Farrell Evans (3:51 PM)
Kevin,There are a lot of players trying to keep their cards for next year by getting into the top 125 on the money list. That's reason enough to watch. Seeing a guy sweat it out to keep his career going is something that the casual person knows a lot about, especially in these tough economic times.
Is it time for the Tour Championship format (top 30 play) to finally go? It's time for the tour to stop trying to fit the FedEx Cup format into the Tour Championship when they should be fitting a final tournament around whatever they want for the FedEx Cup.
Farrell Evans (3:55 PM)
Andrew,The Tour should at least consider expanding the Tour Championship to 50 players and make it a winner take all.
Any guess to who wins player of the year? It's hard to imagine any uproar since there isn't a clear cut favorite for the award.
Farrell Evans (3:56 PM)
Right now the favorites are Luke Donald, who has been the most consistent and biggest money earner, or Keegan Bradley with his major and win earlier in the year.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who is the Youngest & the Oldest Golfer on the PGA Tour?
Farrell Evans (3:58 PM)
Chris,The oldest two members are Kenny Perry and Fred Funk, although they play mostly on the Champions Tour. The youngest member might be Rickie Fowler.
Every found a weed at Augusta?
Farrell Evans (3:59 PM)
Clay,Augusta is perfect, even when it's cold and muddy.
Seems like Rickie Fowler will play some fall series, does he get that first W? Seems like he's regressed this year
Farrell Evans (4:00 PM)
Rickie has put maybe too much pressure on himself. He needs to go back to being a kid and enjoy the game. He didn't play well in the playoffs. So it's hard to say how he'll do in the Fall Series.
Any reason why they don't play any of the playoff events on the west coast? Wouldn't it make sense to play the Tour Championship out west to showcase it in prime time?
Farrell Evans (4:02 PM)
Sam,No reason why they wouldn't do it other than the fact that the PGA Tour likes East Lake as a venue that has a special appeal for its sponsor, Coca-Cola, which is based in Atlanta.
Farrell Evans (4:03 PM)
Folks it's time for me to check out. Same time, same place, next week.