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Sports Illustrated 9th Annual Golf Players Survey

Mon, May 3 2010 12:16 PM (9 replies)
  • golfbum1
    18 Posts
    Sun, May 2 2010 8:01 AM

    SI recently polled 71 players to gauge their feelings on issues regarding Tiger Woods, politics, the Ryder Cup and other matters. Some players declined to answer certain questions (thus percentages are for respondents only), while others offered, under the cloak of anonymity, some choice one-liners, the most notable of which are included.


    Who will win this year's Ryder Cup?

    U.S.: 73%, - Europe: 27%


    Do you care who wins the World Cup?

    Yes: 35%, - No: 65%, - Loose Lips: "No, rednecks don't watch soccer."


    Do you think the health-care reform bill is good or bad for the U.S.?

    Good: 16%, - Bad: 84%


    How many pairs of jeans do you own?

    1-3: 25%, - 4-6: 31%, - 7-10: 23%, - More than 10: 21%


    Which would you rather have, Alvaro Quiros' length or Brad Faxon's putting stroke? Quiros' length: 45%, - Faxon's stroke: 55%


    Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing?

    Approve: 17%, - Disapprove: 83%, - Loose Lips: "I simply want to see him make a decision."


    Which PGA Tour player should have his own reality show?

    Tiger Woods: 30%, - John Daly: 21%, - No one: 20%, - Boo Weekley: 15%, - Rory Sabbatini: 5%, - Loose Lips: "Tiger two years ago would be interesting."


    Would you dress like Rickie Fowler for 1 million dollars a year?

    Yes: 77%, - No: 23%, - Loose Lips: "I'd dress like John Daly for a million dollars."


    How about 2 million dollars?

    Yes: 86%, - No: 14%, - Loose Lips: "I'd do it for 7 dollars."


    Tiger Woods has 14 major championships. Jack Nicklaus has 18. Will Tiger break Jack's record?

    Yes: 93%, - No: 7%, - Loose Lips: "If he doesn't win one or two this year, no."


    Had you heard about Tiger's infidelities before his car crash?

    Yes: 8%, - No: 92%


    Does Tiger's scandal change the way you view his legacy?

    Yes: 26%, - No: 74%


    Do you think Tiger used HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs?

    Yes: 24%, - No: 76%, - Loose Lips: "I don't know, but something's not right.”


    What percentage of married players are faithful to their wives?

    90-100 percent: 60%, - 80-89 percent: 12%, - 70-79 percent: 17%, - Under 70 percent: 12%, - Loose Lips: "I'd like to say 100%, but we know that's not true."


    Of this year's major championship venues, which is your favorite?

    Augusta National: 47%, - Pebble Beach: 29%, - St. Andrews: 24%, - Whistling Straits: 0%


    Who is the second-best player of the Tiger Woods era?

    Ernie Els or Phil Mickelson?   Els: 1%,         - Mickelson: 96%.


    Who will win a major first: Martin Kaymer, Anthony Kim, Rory McIlroy or Camilo Villegas?

    Kaymer: 9%, - Kim: 75%, - McIlroy: 12%, - Villegas: 4%


    Will Adam Scott win a major?   Yes: 49%, - No: 51%


    How about Lee Westwood?   Yes: 90%, - No: 10%


    Ian Poulter?   Yes: 44%, - No: 56% Loose Lips: "God, I hope not!"


    Will Sergio Garcia win a major? Yes: 60%, - No: 40%, - Loose Lips: "He can win if he gets his head out of his you-know-what."


    Who is the most overrated player on Tour?

    Sergio Garcia: 23%, - Ian Poulter: 17%, - Ricky Barnes: 13%, - Bubba Watson: 13%, - Other votes: Chris DiMarco, Ryo Ishikawa, Martin Kaymer, Camilo Villegas, - Loose Lips: "The same guy (Garcia) it has been for each of the last three years."


    The most underrated? Martin Kaymer: 10%, - Tiger Woods: 10%, - Hunter Mahan: 8%, - Other votes: Briny Baird, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas, Steve Marino, Phil Mickelson, Sean O'Hair, Ian Poulter, Heath Slocum, Kevin Sutherland, Nick Watney


    Who is the slowest player on Tour? Ben Crane: 39%, - Kevin Na: 31%, - Other votes: Glen Day, J.B. Holmes, Jeff Klauk, Chris Tidland, Omar Uresti, - Loose Lips: "Hate to say it's Ben Crane because he's trying really hard."

  • Skysong
    25 Posts
    Sun, May 2 2010 9:58 AM



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  • SweetiePie
    4,925 Posts
    Sun, May 2 2010 11:47 PM


    SI recently polled 71 players to gauge their feelings on issues regarding Tiger Woods, politics, the Ryder Cup and other matters. Some players declined to answer certain questions (thus percentages are for respondents only), while others offered, under the cloak of anonymity, some choice one-liners, the most notable of which are included.

    Pretty cool. We should have a matching poll here.

  • golfbum1
    18 Posts
    Mon, May 3 2010 5:48 AM

    Sounds good if it can be anonymous.

  • golfbum1
    18 Posts
    Mon, May 3 2010 5:53 AM

    Ryo Ishikawa closes with 58 to win Japan Tour title

    There are two numbers you're going to need to know in the next few paragraphs, so we might as well start now: 18 and 58.

    The first is the age of Ryo Ishikawa, Japanese superstar who has now won seven Japan Tour titles in his career. The second is the score Ishikawa closed with on Sunday at The Crowns, the lowest score ever recorded in a major tour event.

    How bananas was the 12-under 58? Ishikawa birdied nine of his first 11 holes, had three in a row on the back nine, and missed a 15-footer on the 18th for 57. 57!!

    "I always dreamed of getting a score like this but didn't think I would do it so fast," Ishikawa said. "It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I'm sure it will after a few days."

    Similar to David Duval's 59 back in 1999, Ishikawa's 58 came in the final round, when he actually needed to go low. Trailing Shigeki Maruyama by six shots heading into Sunday, Ryo tossed together the 12-birdie performance to actually leapfrog everyone for the win.

    It's interesting to note that Maruyama has one of the only recorded rounds of 58 ever, when he did it in a U.S. Open qualifier in 2000. Earlier this year, Phil Mickelson claimed he put together a 58 in Palm Springs, and the lowest round on the PGA Tour is still 59.

    The only difference between Ishikawa's 58 and Duval, Al Geiberger, and Chip Beck's 59s, is all of those were shot on a par-72, while Ishikawa did this on a par-70.

    Still, talk about insane. If you've ever seen a PGA Tour player approach this number in a round, and it usually happens once a year, they nearly always choke like it's you or me standing over a putt to win a few bucks from a buddy.

    For an 18-year-old to do this just shows exactly the kind of talent we are dealing with when speaking of young Ishikawa.

  • Skysong
    25 Posts
    Mon, May 3 2010 7:50 AM

    At Quail Hollow, Rory McIlroy becomes youngest player to win PGA


    Rory McIlroy, who turns 21 on Tuesday, blistered Quail Hollow with a course-record 10-under par 62, including a 30 on the back nine, to finish at 15-under 273 and become the youngest winner on the PGA Tour.


    The mop-topped Northern Irishman made the cut at the number with an eagle on his 34th hole - "the shot of the year," he said - then went 16-under over the weekend on one of the toughest golf courses on the PGA Tour. Consider that Billy Mayfair and Davis Love III, playing in the final group, each shot 76 Sunday, and that runner-up Phil Mickelson was four shots short after a 68.


    "Call it in the zone or call it whatever you want but I was just seeing my shots, I was hitting them," McIlroy said. "I put myself in tricky spots. I was getting it up and down, I was seeing putts go in. I was reading the lines. It's pretty cool when it happens because it doesn't happen often, but when it does, you sort of have to make the most of it."


    It hadn't been happening at all for McIlroy since he made the decision to play the PGA Tour instead of Europe this year. A teen phenom who had four top five finishes in addition to his one European Tour win at Dubai in 2009, he was, as fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington said, under "enormous" pressure to deliver back home, where his decision to play in the States was being questioned.

  • golfbum1
    18 Posts
    Mon, May 3 2010 8:44 AM

    Eger Edges The Field

    David Eger shot a 3-under 69 in tough conditions to pick up his first Champions Tour Win since 2005

    May 2, 2010

    SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) -- David Eger shot a 3-under 69 in rainy, windy conditions Sunday to win his first Champions Tour event since 2005 at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

    A 3-foot putt on the 16th hole gave Eger a two-shot lead shortly after Tommy Armour III had three-putted from 60 feet to bogey the par-3 17th hole. That allowed Eger, who finished at 11 under, to hold on for a one-shot victory despite a bogey on the par-4 18th.

    "It's been a long time coming," Eger said after accepting the $240,000 winner's check, his first in 118 events. "A year or two go by after your previous win, you don't know -- as the birthdays continue to fly by -- if you're ever going to do this again."