The 9th Annual Players Survey

The 9th Annual Players Survey

The Americans are the defending Ryder Cup champs.
Robert Beck/SI

SI recently polled 71 players to gauge their feelings on issues regarding Tiger Woods, politics, the Ryder Cup and other matters. Some players declined to answer certain questions (thus percentages are for respondents only), while others offered, under the cloak of anonymity, some choice one-liners, the most notable of which are included.

Who will win this year’s Ryder Cup?
U.S.: 73%
Europe: 27%

Do you care who wins the World Cup?
Yes: 35%
No: 65%

Loose Lips: “No, rednecks don’t watch soccer.”

Do you think the health-care reform bill is good or bad for the U.S.?
Good: 16%
Bad: 84%

How many pairs of jeans do you own?
1-3: 25%
4-6: 31%
7-10: 23%
More than 10: 21%

Which would you rather have, Alvaro Quiros’ length or Brad Faxon’s putting stroke?
Quiros’ length: 45%
Faxon’s stroke: 55%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing?
Approve: 17%
Disapprove: 83%

Loose Lips: “I simply want to see him make a decision.”

Which PGA Tour player should have his own reality show?
Tiger Woods: 30%
John Daly: 21%
No one: 20%
Boo Weekley: 15%
Rory Sabbatini: 5%
Loose Lips: “Tiger two years ago would be interesting.”

Would you dress like Rickie Fowler for 1 million dollars a year?
Yes: 77%
No: 23%
Loose Lips: “I’d dress like John Daly for a million dollars.”

How about 2 million dollars?
Yes: 86%
No: 14%

Loose Lips: “I’d do it for 7 dollars.”

Tiger Woods has 14 major championships. Jack Nicklaus has 18. Will Tiger break Jack’s record?
Yes: 93%
No: 7%
Loose Lips: “If he doesn’t win one or two this year, no.”

Had you heard about Tiger’s infidelities before his car crash?
Yes: 8%
No: 92%

Does Tiger’s scandal change the way you view his legacy?
Yes: 26%
No: 74%

Do you think Tiger used HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs?
Yes: 24%
No: 76%
Loose Lips: “I don’t know, but something’s not right.”

What percentage of married players are faithful to their wives?
90-100 percent: 60%
80-89 percent: 12%
70-79 percent: 17%
Under 70 percent: 12%
Loose Lips: “I’d like to say 100%, but we know that’s not true.”

Of this year’s major championship venues, which is your favorite?
Augusta National: 47%
Pebble Beach: 29%
St. Andrews: 24%
Whistling Straits: 0%

Who is the second-best player of the Tiger Woods era? Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson or Vijay Singh?
Els: 1%
Mickelson: 96%
Singh: 3%

Who will win a major first: Martin Kaymer, Anthony Kim, Rory McIlroy or Camilo Villegas?
Kaymer: 9%
Kim: 75%
McIlroy: 12%
Villegas: 4%

Will Adam Scott win a major?
Yes: 49%
No: 51%

How about Lee Westwood?
Yes: 90%
No: 10%

Ian Poulter?
Yes: 44%
No: 56%
Loose Lips: “God, I hope not!”

Will Sergio Garcia win a major?
Yes: 60%
No: 40%
Loose Lips: “He can win if he gets his head out of his you-know-what.”

Who is the most overrated player on Tour?
Sergio Garcia: 23%
Ian Poulter: 17%
Ricky Barnes: 13%
Bubba Watson: 13%
Other votes: Chris DiMarco, Ryo Ishikawa, Martin Kaymer, Camilo Villegas

Loose Lips: “The same guy (Garcia) it has been for each of the last three years.”

The most underrated?
Martin Kaymer: 10%
Tiger Woods: 10%
Hunter Mahan: 8%
Other votes: Briny Baird, Angel Cabrera, Chad Campbell, K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas, Steve Marino, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Ian Poulter, Heath Slocum, Kevin Sutherland, Nick Watney

Who is the slowest player on Tour?
Ben Crane: 39%
Kevin Na: 31%
Other votes: Glen Day, J.B. Holmes, Jeff Klauk, Chris Tidland, Omar Uresti
Loose Lips: “Hate to say it’s Ben Crane because he’s trying really hard.”

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