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Okay Mr. David, this is my shot for this round. Let's say that Iron Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods were golfing, how many strokes would Tyson get? Now suppose that they are fighting for the Heavyweight belt (no matter that Tiger is so skinny he wears a kid's belt), Tyson smears him -- okay, so we arm Tiger with a chainsaw, how many rounds does the fight go? Who wins?
-- Jeff Woolf, Burke, VA

Nice to hear from you, and I hope there aren't any sharp corners or pointy objects in your room. In answer to your question, if Mikey can't get by on 400 million dollars, I doubt if a similar amount of strokes would get him into the win column against Tiger. Also, Tiger has better bodyguards, better taste in women, and perhaps most important, Tiger would win any footrace handily.

Do you think that Davis Love III gets the recognition or publicity that he deserves? I think that he is able to compete and win against any other golfer on Tour, including Tiger Woods, in any given event. Yet he does not seem to get selected for the one-on-one or two-on-two televised matches. Is it his personality? His journeyman approach to the game? They stopped covering him after the fourth hole in the final round of the British Open. He played amazingly on the fifth through the 16th and came within one or two putts of winning. The commentators finally woke up on the 15th hole. They gave more coverage to Woods, Garcia and Perry. I guess you have gathered that I am a Love fan.
-- George Farley, Hilton Head, SC

Never mind Davis, who is a great guy, what these made-for-television matches actually need is a couple of total A-Holes to liven things up. Dear God, the highlight of the Battle at the Bridges was Steve Williams' Stentorian fart on the 14th. It had to hurt, but at least it got a giggle out of Tiger. A real match would be Ernie and me against McCord and Tiger, and the rules of golf be damned. A nice friendly game of hammer maybe!

Two questions: 1. Your thoughts on the British Open (possibly the best I have seen on one of the best courses, I thought -- whining U.S. and Aussie pros should go practice their short games!) 2. What was Craig Stadler smoking at the B.C. Open the other weekend and can you get me a kilo?
-- Tom McQueen, Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia

I never saw a shot of the British Open, but I played a few tournaments at Royal St. George's, and it kicked my ass too. Fair play to Ben Curtis, I'm hoping I recognize him when we meet. Or maybe I already have, who knows? As for what Stadler is smoking, I haven't a clue, but I think it's fair to assume it's given him the munchies. You want a kilo? Who are you, Manuel Noriega?

How do you lose something you never had? The reviews and articles about Ben Curtis' win at The Open have been mostly about how Bjorn lost it or how others lost The Open, rather than what a sensational achievement it was for him to WIN it, fair and square. A few too many writers must have forgotten that it takes 72 holes to win an event (okay not including playoffs). Davis Love III was the leader after round one, did he lose it as well? If it was Tiger or Sergio at their first major, it would have been "Golf Prodigy" or something similar. Please give Ben the credit he deserves for being the best player over 72 holes of golf.
-- Dwight Johnson, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Dwight, sorry about the name, man, but you're quite right. Nobody gave Ben Curtis a damned thing. He hung a number on the board, the best players in the world couldn't match it, and that makes him a major champion. He also came out and shot 68 in his next competitive round, which was a big test. I think we're going to see a lot more of him.

I'm 48, been playing golf for 18 years now. Late starter, wish I had taken the game up earlier in life. My question? I'm an eight handicapper ... good tempo swing, short game, fair putter, and straight (most of the time) and long off the tee (average 275) with the occasional 300+. However, I can't seem to break below the eight handicap. I've shot even-par rounds a couple of times, but I just can't seem to improve beyond where I'm at now. I hate beating balls at the range. Any advice on what part of the game to focus on to break out and go lower?
-- John Barberio, Bridgeport, WV

John, I'm 45 next week, and I wish I'd taken the game up next year. It's a monumental pain in the ass. The reason you can't get any better is because you so desperately want to. Let it go man, let it go, and whatever you do, continue to hate beating balls at the range. If you have to practice, chip and putt. It's the only thing that makes a difference.

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