Hey, tiger. It's
Phil. You're not using caller ID, are you? Joking, joking. I'll bet you're in
the Jacuz after a long hard day on the slopes. Been there, man. Enjoy! I don't
know if you check your messages, but I'll leave you a short one, just in case.
� Anyway, Amy and I are really psyched for you guys and wanted to send you our
congrats on the baby and everything. I haven't seen you since, what, champions
dinner last year at Augusta? I'm not counting the Ryder Cup. That week was a
blur. Hey, I'll make sure there's a nice juicy steak for you at the dinner this
year, but there will be plenty of Italian, too. Love that tradition there.
Been watching old
Masters broadcasts on Golf Channel, Arnold and Jack trading off every year,
everybody looking as if they were having a ball. How come nobody throws their
visor anymore? Hold on a sec ... Amy sends her best to you, Elin and the baby.
Hey, Amy--don't get any crazy ideas.
We're just flying
home from Pebble. Golf course to wheels up in 23 minutes. New record for us,
and that's with the three kids. Nothing like flying along the California coast
in your own plane. You know about that, right?
I can see the 16th
at Cypress right now, waves crashing all around it. Gotta love golf in a sea
spray, right? Played there the other day with Chuck Schwab, our pre- AT&T
game. There's not a course I enjoy more. I just wish it were still in the
rotation. Can you imagine Arnold and Jack and Bing Crosby and Bob Hope playing
in the Clambake every year? They were icons. I was looking at the pictures.
I know you don't
like the Pebble greens for the AT&T, but they were the best they've been in
15 years. Yeah, they're a little bumpy and slow, but I actually like it. It
means you've got to win with your ball striking and driving.
to do this. I got another call coming in, and I gotta take it. There's
something I want to ask you. I'll call you right back.
Sorry about that.
It was my club guy at Callaway. This guy's the best. I mean, I'm sure your Nike
guy is very good, but this guy.... Don't want to go down that road again!
Anyway, he asks me if I want to tweak anything for this week in L.A. I'm like,
"I just had the best driving week of my life, but I love how you're
thinking." I don't know if I'm even gonna need the two drivers again this
year at Augusta. Driving it just feels so easy right now. I've got a sort of
stinger shot with my driver now. It's low, straight and pretty darn long. The
wind doesn't move it. It's gonna be perfect for Carnoustie. Hey, are you gonna
be able to make the British Open with the baby and everything? I'm treating
Riviera this week like it's Oakmont, U.S. Open week. I thought you might play
this week, too, but I know you've got a lot going on, painting the baby's room
and all that. Kids are a blast, though.
When's the Open
going back to Pebble, in 2010? We had so much fun at Pebble. Amy loves hanging
out at the Lodge. We had the kids with us as well as my parents. I actually
like playing in the weather. The pace is slow, but you're with great people,
you know? My playing partner was the sweetest guy. Harry You. David Feherty was
doing a bit, putting Harry You in a foursome with Michelle Wie, plus an Us and
a They. They gave my man 18 shots, and he needed 'em. I never had to check the
card and say, "You're stroking here." He was always stroking. Harry
helped me by 19 shots, which is something when you consider I shot 20 under.
Yeah--lift, clean and place. I know, I know.
Saw your friend
Jerry Chang was in the field, playing off scratch. That's tough, you gotta get
the shots. You used to play with him in it, a long while back now, right?
Watson was playing with his son, Michael, and they nearly beat us, which was
very cool. Watson still hits it so pure. He's like Fred that way. My guy flies
it about 180, but he's in play. I lost a ball on the 5th, and my man goes 3 net
2, making like a 40-footer for his par! Gotta love that. That was three shots
right there, and we won by four. I gotta see what would have happened if we had
tied with the Watsons, playoff, off a match of cards. Amy, can you call up the
pro-am scorecards on pgatour.com? It was so much fun. Michael Watson's
grandfather played in the old Crosby. My grandfather caddied at Pebble. How
does Elin like our country so far?
You gotta love the
writers. They had me on a suicide watch after Winged Foot, you know? And then
when I missed the cut at Phoenix? They're like, game over. I know you get it
much worse every time you make a swing change. But it's all good. Good for the
game. Hey, Palmer and Nicklaus had a field day with that rivalry stuff. Our
generation has never really had it.