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What PGA Tour Pros Really Think

Two golf writers I know fairly well, John Huggin and Dave Shedloski, did a survey for Golf Digest asking 46 PGA Tour pros a series of questions.  No names were used—just percentages of answers and some anonymous comments. Fair enough.

But some of this is interesting stuff. Let’s dive in.

You get to choose one tour pro to be on your side in a bar fight. Who are you picking?

Ernie Els: 27.5 percent
Jason Kokrak: 10 percent
Scott Stallings: 7.5 percent
Gary Woodland: 7.5 percent
Ricky Barnes: 5 percent

Tony Finau: 5 percent
Brooks Koepka: 5 percent

I have no beef with any of those answers. But speaking of beef, I would have included Andrew “Meat” Johnston in my list. Big fella. Might be useful in a bar fight.

Will Tiger Woods win a major in 2020?

Yes: 60 percent
No: 40 percent

I’m in the “no” camp.  Surprise me.

Will Tiger be competitive in the Masters until he’s 60?

Yes: 46 percent
No: 26 percent
Don’t know: 28 percent

You’ve got to be kidding, right? Tiger is a great player, one of the best ever. He’s also barely hanging on, with some duct tape, AAA batteries and the finest pharmaceuticals money can buy, to his physical capabilities to play golf at the highest levels. No, he won’t be a factor at the Masters or anywhere else when he’s 60. Or 50.

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Is patrick reed a cheater?

It’s official. Patrick Reed is the most hated man in golf. The Boogeyman. A Russian implant.

Does he deserve this reputation? Good question.

Reed’s troubles began at the University of Georgia. As a freshman member of the Bulldogs’ golf team, there was an incident at a qualifying event for a collegiate tournament. Reed reportedly hit a drive into some deep rough. There was apparently another ball in the same area of rough, closer to the fairway and in a better lie.

The story goes that Reed prepared to hit that second ball when his teammates confronted him, telling him that wasn’t his ball. He is said to have pleaded ignorance, saying it was an honest mistake. He has strongly denied any intent to cheat, then and now.

Then, apparently some items went missing from the UGeorgia locker room: $400 in cash and some other things. Reed’s teammates allegedly blamed Reed for the theft. Again, he has vehemently denied any involvement. And no proof has ever surfaced indicating that Reed was the culprit.

Finally, Reed ran afoul of alcohol and the law: twice he was arrested in Athens, Georgia for public intoxication. The second time he was busted, he tried to keep it secret from his coaches. They found out. Reed left Georgia, enrolled at Augusta State and helped them win Division I titles in 2010 and 2011.

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