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!
Based on his performance last week, have your thoughts on Tiger making the PC team changed?(My thoughts, you ask? Sit him until 2014. For the last two years he's either been on a self imposed hiatus from the game, injured, or on the course playing like a weekend duffer (swearing and tossing clubs) because he decides to go through yet another swing change. But I guess this is somehow the recipe to represent the US in the biennial President's Cup instead of chosing a more qualified, deserving golfer. Let TW get his act together and play two years from now in the next PC event).Sorry - I guess I'm just another TW hater....
Farrell Evans (3:02 PM)
Good Afternoon. Let's get started.Jefe, I'm over his Presidents Cup selection. I didn't think it was the right choice, all things being equal, but Freddie can do whatever he wants to do with his pick. But I don't you should call yourself a Tiger hater for asking questions about his readiness and willingness to play. Right now Tiger's game is middle of the roads by tour standards. He confirmed that last week at the Frys.
Chris Fiegler (Latham.NY)
What is the Coldest PGA Tour Event that you have been to?
Farrell Evans (3:05 PM)
It can get pretty cold in December at Q-school in both Florida and Georgia. In California during the West Coast swing it can also get pretty cold. The British has the worst weather. The old March date for the Players could get cold and windy.
Better story at Disney #125 or Webb vs Luke?
Farrell Evans (3:06 PM)
Webb vs Luke for the fans. The 125 story should always be a subplot. We're in trouble if that dominates the news.
What can the average golfer do on the weekends to speed up the pace of play? It seems to have gotten slower over the years.
Farrell Evans (3:09 PM)
For one, you can speed up by playing by having a very simple and consistent pre-shot routine. Too many players take a million practice swings for no rhyme or reason. Also you can speed up things by picking up your ball after you have made four shots over par on any given hole.
Craig G. (Fairfield, CA)
Hey Farrell, do you know how my favorite golfer Mike Weir is doing currently? Thanks and I look forward to reading more of your work.
Farrell Evans (3:10 PM)
Craig,I'm pretty sure that Weir has a bad elbow and isn't playing much.
Should more top Amateurs go the Bud Cauley route and turn pro right after the school year (as opposed to in the fall)? And do you think they will?
Farrell Evans (3:13 PM)
Shoshana,Players should do whatever they think will help them get better as players. You have to play golf full time to get on the tour and be successful. Cauley's game is obviously tour ready. But I wouldn't say that all kids should try his plan. He's a special player.
Best golfer in the world right now is Yani, chances that she gets a serious challenger on the lpga tour?
Farrell Evans (3:15 PM)
Yani is way ahead of Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie and anybody else you could name. Every time she plays she's only up against herself and the course. Nobody can beat her out there when she's at her best.
sorry confusing question: it seems like in the past most of the top amateurs have waited till after the US Amateur to turn pro and start playing the tour full time. There aren't many events for them though at that point in the season. Cauley on the other hand turned pro in June, rather than waiting, and got a bunch of starts that way. Seems like if your goal is to avoid q-school it might be the smarter route
Farrell Evans (3:19 PM)
Only five players out of college since 1980 have made it to the tour without going to Q-school. So the odds are against any one making it this way. Incidentally, Cauley actually turned pro in March.
What do you think happened with Phil? Guy can't hit the ball straight anymore and his putting has become atrocious. Any chance he resurrects his game or have we seen the best of him?
Farrell Evans (3:24 PM)
Jefe,Phil has a wonderful mental coach in Julie Elion, who sees past her pupil's stress on putter as the cause of his woes in 2011. If he listens to her and focuses more on the mental side, he'll get his game back into order. But remember "order" for him my be just winning a couple majors in a year. I think we're pass seeing him obsess over the Farmer's Insurance or the Memorial or any other non-major event.
When did Phil ever hit it straight? But I agree his putting has declined dramatically.
Farrell Evans (3:26 PM)
Tiger and Phil have never been straight hitters off the tee. They've done a lot of other stuff better than anybody else. A lot of us took for granted that the strongest part of Tiger's game was his putting.
Was Fowler's win in Korea a big deal? or does it not count till he beats a fuller field?
Farrell Evans (3:27 PM)
I wrote on Sunday night that it was a nice win for him, but that you can't ignore the weakness of the field or that he hasn't done better than a 48th in his last three starts on the PGA Tour.
Do you agree with Tiger that putting was his major problem last week or was it more the driver and bunker play that let him down?
Farrell Evans (3:29 PM)
It's shortsighted to point to one aspect of his game. He's got to put it all together and right now he's not capable of doing that for four rounds. Tiger is still in that experimental phase, when he should be in the scoring phase.
Chris Ericksen (San Jose, CA)
Did you see the performance of Erick Justesen at the Frys Open?
Farrell Evans (3:30 PM)
No, tell me about it.
Obviously Phil has been through a lot the last couple years, but he hit his peak under Randy Smith, he's never performed as well under Harmon (and yes I'm aware that violates the Butch is infallible/greatest golf coach ever narrative)
Farrell Evans (3:33 PM)
Thanks for raising this question. Rick Smith took it to the chin on that split. He's practically disappeared from the PGA Tour. I know from many conversations with Rick that he was always trying to get Phil to do many of the things that Butch later told him to do. Harmon isn't the only person in the world who could see that Phil's driver swing was too long. That's just one thing. But it's not rocket science from the waist down to impact.
Chris Ericksen (San Jose, CA)
He is a young upcoming star...he use to caddy at Pebble Beach and now plays on the Hooters Tour out of FL. He qualified for the Frys Open on Monday and was in top 10 going into the weekend. He will be the longest hitter on tour soon, he had long drive Sunday at 344 yds.
Farrell Evans (3:35 PM)
Do you think he's longer than JB Holmes or Bubba Watson? Better yet, can he putt and chip to tour standards?
Chris Ericksen (San Jose, CA)
He is right up there, if not ahead. He was hittin 3 iron into a 250 yard par 3. Have you heard about him?
Farrell Evans (3:38 PM)
I saw his name on the leader board. Do you know how many players fit his bill nowadays?
Your thoughts on Rickie going and playing in Asia rather than Fry's (glad to see him playing McGladry)?
Farrell Evans (3:40 PM)
Shoshana,Going to Asia is an easy payday. Rickie was most certainly paid to play in Asia and he didn't have to spend a dime to get there. You can't blame him for doing that. Plus, he's played his share of PGA Tour events.
Michael C. (Westport, CT)
Ever see Barkley's swing in person? How can such a great athlete not be able to get it together?
Farrell Evans (3:44 PM)
Sir Charles has that hitch to try to try to make sure he's coming into impact on the right plane. But it never happens even with the hitch. He'd be better off just finishing his swing.
Farrell Evans (3:54 PM)
Who will win the money title? Luke Donald or Webb Simpson.
Donald if his wife gives him the all clear to play Disney (but that would be pretty nice of her)
Farrell Evans (4:01 PM)
It might make a great statement about his family values if he doesn't play. Thanks for joining me in the chat. Don't be so brief next week. Help us keep it going for the hour. Take care.