Saturday, January 20, 2007
If you've ever wanted to send David Feherty a question or comment, here's your chance! David is putting down his mike to answer your E-mails in his mailbag column for GOLFONLINE.

Click here to send him your question or comment (Note: Letters may be edited for length and clarity).


Imagine you were commissioner for one week. What changes would you make to the game of golf?
-- Michael Ludwig, Florissant, MO



I have thoroughly enjoyed your announcing, columns and books. Thank you for your invaluable contributions to my enjoyment of the game. Recently, my wife asked me what was up when I was laughing stupidly to myself. I tried to explain by rereading a passage to her. As I read aloud, I realized she wasn't hearing what I hear -- your voice. Have you given much thought to publishing your books on tape?

-- David Jansen, Santa Rosa, CA

Nasty bit of Rough A Beastly Turn of Events

What is the feeling among Tour players when a player withdraws after a poor first round? Obviously, his playing partners for the Friday round can't be too happy. For instance, Garrett Willis shot a 77 during the first round of the B.C. Open and then withdrew -- I happen to know that this is not the first time he has pulled this and any week you can see a few names do the same. Does the PGA Tour fine these guys or do they come up with some hang-nail injury excuse?
-- Matt Janes, Dallas



I think you wrote about this item once before, but I can't find it in any of the libraries of Feherty articles so here goes. Can you tell me why golf courses are designed with 18 holes? Why not 20 or 10 or 15? I have heard it had to do with the number of measured shots in a bottle of scotch: After 18 shots, the bottle would be empty and there would not be any reason to continue the match. I also heard that it had to do with the available land, 18 holes are all that would fit. I am sure you can clear up this bar trivia question. Please advise.

-- Ron Fraser, Hartville, OH



Is there a certain number of balls a pro golfer is allowed to carry during a tournament?
--Mike Colins, Palo Cedro, CA



Why in the world do most announcers use the ridiculous phrases "right to left" or "left to right"? If the ball is going to the left, it had to come from the right! David, you're one of the best out there in keeping this game in decent perspective -- ditch the silly golf lingo.
-- Robert Ferone, Raleigh, NC



I enjoyed your article on your hometown golf course in Bangor, Ireland. Just one question: What does "A dig in the bake" mean? We have a couple real trash talkers at our golf club, and it would be fun to use that term on them! Look forward to your response.
-- Eric Johnson, Bloomington, MN



I noticed that the 100th-ranked money maker is making about $700,000. What is the typical expense for this person during the year making this money playing golf -- i.e., how much profit is there in professional golf?
-- Randy Earl, Troy, OH

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