Mailbag: Playing with generic gear, Ryder Cup picks, best soccer golfer
Tons of questions answered in this week's golf mailbag including addressing the Michelle Wie playing with the men thing.
It's a US World Cup day which means it's definitely mailbag day here at Eye on Golf. Thanks to everyone for reading the blog and for all of your terrific questions on Twitter.
Think we'll see another woman tee it up in men's event? Big Wiesy's solid form would seem to make her a candidate again. -Dan D'Onofrio
She said on Dan Patrick last week she doesn't intend to do that again but she also said earlier this year she didn't regret it.
I hope nobody tries it. Mostly because the women's game is more interesting than the men's right now -- we don't need the excitement of the LPGA Tour sullied by how boring the PGA Tour has been all year.
But really, I just don't think there's a lot to gain. What did Michelle Wie gain from doing it? Maybe some recognition, I guess? But did that help her or hurt her in the end?
The reality is that the women's game hasn't been this good in a long time and I think everyone is bought in to making it even better. The women playing in a men's tournament somehow feels more hokey now than it did back in the early 2000s when Wie tried it.
So no, I don't think it happens anytime soon.
Current Ryder Cup wildcards? -Jamie Kennedy
Ooooh, great question. Each squad gets three captain's picks so as of right now with the teams set up like this and this as they are, this is who each captain should take.
US: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, and Keegan Bradley. Yes, that means no Tiger Woods but I don't want missed-cut Tiger Woods on my team at the moment. Might that change by the end of August? It might, but as of right now, he's out.
Mickelson is a must-have veteran, the leader of this squad and Johnson isn't far behind. Bradley is just insane, potentially our version of Ian Poulter. Plus, we might get more of this:
Europe: Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, and Francesco Molinari. McDowell is a killer, Poulter is an obvious choice, and I'd go with Molinari over the more popular Miguel Angel Jimenez. Molinari has been playing really well of late (T6 at the Players, top 25 at the US Open) and he's been on two straight Ryder Cup-winning squads.
Is Patrick Reed still top five? -Jason Hines
I think I actually laughed out loud at this.
No, the answer is no, in case it was a serious question.
Thoughts on how improving technology has changed the game? How to handle in the future? -John Franke
Here's my hot sports take on this. I think the breadth of technology in golf has given guys more confidence than in the past.
What I mean by that is this -- it would be fascinating if for one tournament everyone had to play generic clubs. Like, guys came to the course and were handed a set of clubs with no branding on them. Average, old, generic stuff.
I want to see who wins that tournament.
The number of putters or drivers or wedges you can put in your bag affects you mentally, I think. If one isn't working just go with another one. I don't know that that has always been an option -- have their always been 9 million club manufacturers? -- and I think it helps guys mentally more than anything.
Which golfer would make the best soccer player? -Pyle Korter
Okay, I made that up. But really, let's talk about this.
With the US-Belgium game happening later on Tuesday, which golfer could we put on a plane over to Brazil who would look the least like a complete imbecile?
Not Brandt Snedeker:
It can't be somebody too tall (Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson) or somebody too old (Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson) or somebody too hefty (Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed).
I think it has to be Rickie Fowler, doesn't it? He rode bikes and goes cliff diving and at least gives the appearance that he's athletic. Maybe that's all Jurgen Klinsmann needs to turn him into the next Kyle Beckerman.
He'll have to grow out the hair again, though.
Speaking of Fowler...
Has Rickie turned the corner? A contender now? -Austin Meier
I'm fascinated by the fact that somebody with one tour win (Fowler) is so focused on winning majors. That's not a bad thing, mind you, just interesting.
It really does feel like he's turning a corner with his first two performances of the season (T5 at Augusta and T2 at Pinehurst). His swing is less timing-based and his putting has been immense.
I actually think the first major he wins (if he wins one) will come at the British Open. That Claret Jug hoisting could be a few weeks away.
July 4th just a few days away... so, what's your favourite holiday to play golf on? -Adam Stanley
Most holidays are too crowded to mess with -- July 4th, Memorial Day, etc. -- so I think Valentine's Day might take it for me.
I openly detest Valentine's Day which is great because 1. My wife does, too and 2. Nobody is on the course on Valentine's Day because it's cold and they're taking care of their significant others.
Side note: I kind of like playing when its cold and nasty weather. I just pretend like I'm in the middle of the British Open even though I just paid $17.50 for a full round (plus cart) and I get a free beer at the turn.
That seems like a good place to stop.
I believe that we will win and that an American will win the British Open.
Chappell held off Brooks Koepka, Kevin Tway and Tony Finau in San Antonio on Sunday
You might be seeing less of everybody's favorite Englishman in the near future
The new Masters champ took a tour of the soccer world in his new threads
Another Alabama alum is playing some great golf in San Antonio
Steven Fox had a bit of a struggle coming out of this bunker during a practice session
The defending champ is still in the hunt after a club mishap