Hawk & Purk

Episode 17: Take a hint, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

These exhibitions are supposed to be fun, and they’re being held for a good cause, Hawk & Purk point out, so liven things up, guys, and at least act as if you’re having a good time.

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If PGA Tour rivals Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson learned anything from the past weekend’s coronavirus- relief match at Seminole Golf Club, Mike Purkey hopes it’s this simple lesson: “Open your mouth. There’s no reason to have players mic’d up if they’re not going to say anything.” Are you listening, guys? “It’s supposed to be fun,” Purkey said. Co-host John Hawkins joins Purkey in exploring this weekend’s match with crossover appeal from the worlds of golf and football: Woods and Peyton Manning against Mickelson and Tom Brady at Woods’ home course, Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla. The undercard match last Sunday, with Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson edging Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, held Hawkins’ attention. “Seminole did not disappoint,” he said, adding that “Tommy Roy and his staff at NBC did a terrific job of producing a telecast that did not feature the greatest golf we’ve ever seen.” Purkey noted the “refreshing” element of four PGA Tour players wearing shorts, carrying their own clubs and using rangefinders. But, with nobody else on the course, Purkey said, why can’t they play in less than 4½ hours? “It’s sort of inherent to the PGA Tour,” Hawkins said, “that everything’s got to take forever.” Well, at least do it with a smile, fellas.

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