Adam Shupak and Golf.com released their annual Anonymous Pro Survey results today and it does not disappoint. One player said “I shot 61 hungover”.
The survey runs the gambit from cheaters to Tiger to gambling to, for some reason, Donald Trump.
And while the results are interesting enough as a whole, the real joy is seeing the difference between essentially the same questions being asked different ways and getting totally different answers along with some of the anonymous “hot takes” made by some of the pros.
For example, when asked if they “have ever witnessed a fellow tour player cheat during a tournament round?”, 44% said they had. But when asked if they “have ever broken a rule and not reported it?”, 100% said no.
Jon Rahm drops his ball inbounds after driving his 18th tee shot out-of-bounds during the Fort Worth Invitational Golf Tournament at Colonial Country Club Saturday May 26, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
So either Golf.com just happened to find 59 pros that have never cheated in a tournament or some guys are lying. Spoiler: it’s far more likely it’s the former rather than the latter.
Another question that perfectly shows the disconnect between reality and perception is regarding pace of play.
When asked if their own “pace of play is acceptable?” 100% said yes.
And yet, when asked if “having a slow-playing partner ever hurt your on-course performance?” 78% said yes.
Golfer Parker McLachlin sneaks up on napping caddies as they wait for word on when first round play would begin in the Viking Classic at the Annandale Golf Club on October 30, 2009 in Madison,… Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
So it seems those that think their pace of play is acceptable may have a lack of self-awareness…at the very least.
There were a few surprises among the answers in the survey. First, apparently the pros respect the opinion of one Brandel Chamblee (64% vs 27%). With one pro commenting, “Say what you want, but the guy does his homework.” Although, some of the negative comments seem to be much more aligned with Golf Twitter. Someone however said “Every panel of talking heads needs a jackass.”
The other I found interesting was when the pros were asked who would will win more Majors when it’s all said and done, Spieth or JT. 68% said Justin would finish with more. It shows both how far Jordan has slipped and just how good Thomas has been this past year or two.
Tiger Woods watches play on the first hole during the weather-delayed final round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club on September 10, 2018 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Finally, Golf.com asked “will Tiger win another tour event?” 98% of pros say yes. And “will he win another Major?” 90% say absolutely.
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