SI Golf+ Survey: Three-Tour Challenge

Saturday March 5th, 2011
81% of PGA Tour players polled think Tiger Woods will break Jack Nickalus's record of 18 majors.
Kamran Jebreili/AP

SI Golf+ surveyed more than 200 pros from the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours on everything from politics to policies to preferred ball flight. The results (and the players' candid comments) might surprise you.

GAMBLING
What's the most you've lost?
PGA
$0-$100................ 22%
$101-$200............ 29%
$201-$500............ 18%
$501-$1,000.......... 11%
$1,000-plus........... 9%
No comment......... 11%

LPGA
$0-$20................. 37%
$21-$50................. 24%
$51-$100................ 21%
$101-$200.............. 11%
$201-$500............. 5%
$500-plus.............. 2%

CHAMPIONS
$0-$100................. 18%
$101-$500............ 46%
$501-$2,000......... 15%
$2,000-plus.......... 8%
No comment........ 13%
Loose lips: "Let's just say there was a comma."

Do you play for money in practice rounds?
PGA
Yes...................... 64%
No....................... 36%

LPGA
Yes...................... 36%
No........................ 44%
Sometimes..... 20%
Loose lips: "We don't play for money—we play for things." (Like a $1,200 pair of Christian Louboutin heels)

CHAMPIONS
Yes...56%
No... 44%

LEADERSHIP
Who should be the next PGA Tour commissioner?
PGA
Joe Ogilvie..................... 20%
Peter Jacobsen............. 17%
Rick George..................... 4%
Paul Goydos................... 3%
Other.............. 14%
No clue......... 42%
Loose lips: "Don't know and don't care."

Who has done better in his job: Tim Finchem or Barack Obama?
PGA
Finchem.......................... 91%
Obama............................... 1%
Neither.............................. 8%

How would you rate Mike Whan's performance as LPGA commissioner?
LPGA
Excellent........................ 55%
Good............................... 35%
O.K...................................... 7%
Poor.................................... 3%

POLITICS
Obama or Palin in 2012?
PGA
Obama......... 20%
Palin.............. 49%
Neither.......... 31%
Loose lips: "That's scary."

CHAMPIONS
Obama......... 14%
Palin.............. 43%
Neither.......... 43%
Loose lips: "I will leave the U.S. if those two are the only candidates."

Democrat or Republican?
LPGA
Democrat...24%
Republican...36%
Independent...7%
No answer....33%

TRAVEL
Do you ever travel on private planes?
PGA
Yes.... 74% No.....26%

LPGA
Yes.... 19% No.....81%
Loose lips: "I fly private—as long as someone else is paying."

CHAMPIONS
Yes.... 71% No.....29%

On commercial flights, do you usually travel:
PGA
Coach............ 34% Business................. 16%
First class.... 33% Depends................. 17%

LPGA
Coach............ 82% Business................. 15%
First class..... 3%

CHAMPIONS
Coach............ 40% Business............ .....13%
First class.... 34% Depends................. 13%

OTHER
Can you tell the Molinari brothers apart?
PGA
Yes................................ 73%
No................................. 27%
Loose lips: "I couldn't pick them out of a lineup."

If the PGA Tour held a tournament in which the entire purse went to charity, would you play?
PGA
Yes............................................... 89%
No.................................................. 8%
Depends on location.............. 3%
Loose lips: "Why would we dilute our brand like that?"

TECHNOLOGY
What's the longest iron in your bag?
CHAMPIONS
One............................. 3%
Two............................ 3%
Three....................... 49%
Four.......................... 32%
Five............................. 9%
Six................................ 1%
Seven........................ 3%

If you were allowed only 13 clubs, which one would you toss out?
PGA
Three-iron............. 49%
Four-iron................... 7%
Hybrid........................ 7%
Two-iron................... 7%
Five-iron................... 6%
Five-wood............... 6%
Three-wood............ 3%
Lob wedge............... 3%
Putter......................... 3%
Other......................... 9%
Loose lips: "My putter—and I'd throw it 150 yards."

Are you longer off the tee now than you were at 25?
CHAMPIONS
Yes............................. 63%
No.............................. 29%
Same..........................8%
Loose lips: "By leaps and bounds."

Do you use a wedge that has 60 degrees or more of loft?
CHAMPIONS
Yes..............56%
No...............44%

OTHER
Should Laura Davies be in the LPGA
Hall of Fame?

LPGA
Yes......... 99%
No.............. 1%
Loose lips: "Should she be in the LPGA Hall of Fame? No. World Golf Hall of Fame? Yes."

Do you tweet?
PGA
Yes.......39%
No.......... 61%
Loose lips: "I'm a redneck. Rednecks don't tweet."

LPGA
Yes....... 46%
No........ 54%

CHAMPIONS
Yes......... 6%
No........ 94%
Loose lips: "What does that mean?"

Who is the greatest player of all time?
CHAMPIONS
Jack Nicklaus............ 78%
Tiger Woods.............. 12%
Ben Hogan................... 4%
Bobby Jones................ 3%
Other............................... 3%
Loose lips: "What year? There are too many to choose from."

Would you rather win a Champions tour major or a regular PGA Tour event?
CHAMPIONS
Champions Tour major........54%
Regular PGA Tour event.........41%
Either....................5%
Loose lips: "A PGA Tour event—it's five times the money."

TIGER
Does Tiger's personal life affect how you assess his legacy?
CHAMPIONS
Yes....... 47%
No........ 53%
Loose lips: "What he does on his time is his business, and I think most guys would agree."

Will Tiger win a major in 2011?
PGA
Yes...... 39%
No........ 54%
Maybe.. 7%
Loose lips: "It's a long shot."

Tiger has 14 career majors. Will he break Nicklaus's record of 18?
PGA
Yes........ 81%
No......... 19%
Loose lips "I always thought yes, but there are too many good players now."

With whom would you rather be paired, Tiger or Phil?
PGA
Tiger....49%
Phil....... 31%
Either...20%

With whom would you rather go to dinner?
PGA
Tiger.... 47%
Phil...... 44%
Either.....9%
Loose lips: "Tiger... with his entourage."

PERSONAL
Have you ever dated a caddie?
LPGA
Yes........ 36%
No..........64%
Loose lips: "I married him."

Does one or both of your parents regularly travel with you?
LPGA
Yes........................................ 17%
No......................................... 83%

Do you dye your hair?
CHAMPIONS
Yes........................................ 4%
No........................................95%
No comment......................1%
Loose lips: "Do highlights count?"

Do you own an iPod?
CHAMPIONS
Yes.......70%
No........30%
Loose lips: "What's an iPod?"

OTHER
Who will win a major first: Rory McIlroy or Dustin Johnson?
PGA
McIlroy...............14%
Johnson...........86%

In light of the controversy with Shi Hyun Ahn and Il Mi Chung, are you more suspicious of non-English-speaking players committing rules violations?
LPGA
Yes................... 55%
No.................... 45%
Loose lips: "I have always been suspicious."

Who is the most handsome player on the PGA Tour?
LPGA
Adam Scott......................... 57%
Rickie Fowler........................ 10%
Fred Couples........................ 10%

Do you think Annika Sorenstam will return to play the tour regularly?
LPGA
Yes...............8% No...........92%
Lorena Ochoa?
Yes..............31% No......... 69%

Do you worry about money?
LPGA
Yes....60%
No.....40%
Loose lips: "This is the wrong business to be in if you're worried about money."

In general, do you play a:
PGA
Draw................ 59%
Fade................ 28%
Both................... 7%
Straight ball... 6%
Loose lips: "I wish I knew."

LPGA
Draw................ 74%
Fade................ 25%
Straight ball..... 1%
Loose lips: "I play both—that's why I missed the cut this week."

CHAMPIONS
Draw................ 56%
Fade................ 30%
Both................... 9%
Straight ball....5%
Loose lips: "My body decided to make a fade."

Natalie Gulbis or the young Jan Stephenson?
CHAMPIONS
Natalie Gulbis....................31%
Young Jan Stephenson..52%
It's a tie....3%
Neither...14%
Loose lips: "Paula Creamer."

POLICIES
Should fans be allowed to alert PGA Tour officials about rules infractions?
PGA
Yes....................77%
No.....................23%

Should the Champions tour ban the use of carts?
CHAMPIONS
Yes.....................19%
No.......................81%
Loose lips: "We should ban the conversation."

Should non-PGA Tour members be allowed to play as many events as they can get into?
PGA
Yes......................41%
No.......................59%
Loose lips: "Yes. If they can get in, more power to them."

Should players under 18 be allowed to play the tour full time?
LPGA
Yes......................21%
No........................79%

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