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Burning questions for cooler days ahead

Solheim Cup 2019
American sisters Nelly Korda (left) and Jessica Korda team to win 2 foursomes matches in the recent Solheim Cup and rank 9th and 19th, respectively, in the world. Who is the better of the siblings? It could be a tossup.

As golf enters its so-called offseason, some issues loom larger than others

Questions while waiting 6½ months for the next major:

Who would have received your vote for the PGA Tour’s player of the year? Because you like him or because of his record?

How much of the Solheim Cup did you watch? How many of the players can you name?

Do you stop watching golf when football season starts?

Anyone seen Cameron Champ?

Is Rory McIlroy mentally tough enough – in all four rounds? Is that what prevents him from dominating the game?

Who gets his next tournament victory first: Tiger Woods or Jordan Spieth?

Wonder what the Asian LPGA tour players think when they watch the Solheim Cup?

Jessica or Nelly Korda?

If you’re Ernie Els, do you pick Joaquin Niemann for the International Presidents Cup team? Over Jason Day?

How do you think Paul Azinger performed in his first year with NBC? Do you prefer him over Johnny Miller?

Were you bothered by the new scoring format at the Tour Championship? Or did you even think about it after play started on Thursday?

How much should McIlroy have paid his caddie out of the $15 million he won from the FedEx Cup?

Scottie Scheffler or Robby Shelton?

How would you rate the job performance of the commissioner of the PGA Tour? Do you even know his name?

Who wins his next major first: Justin Rose or Justin Thomas?

Will Woods choose himself as a Presidents Cup captain’s pick? Over Spieth? Or Gary Woodland? Or Tony Finau? Or, better yet, over Phil Mickelson?

Is the BMW PGA Championship the sixth-best tournament in the world?

Do you think the PGA Tour’s major-championship season (including the Players Championship) is too condensed, as McIlroy and Rose suggest? Are the tournaments between the majors being shortchanged because the top players compete only once – or even not at all – between majors?

Who will get his first PGA Tour victory sooner: Finau or Viktor Hovland?

Seventeen-year-old Akshay Bhatia, the former No. 5 amateur in the world, skipped college to turn pro. Did he make a mistake?

Nancy Lopez and Juli Inkster were successful LPGA tour players after having children. Can you name five others?

Would you rather drive it like Rory or putt it like Rickie?

Anyone seen William McGirt?

Has there ever been a bigger waste of talent than Anthony Kim?

Do you think Brooks Koepka and Day have their golf shirts tailored so they will fit tight around their biceps?

Is Jon Rahm overrated?

Do you watch “Morning Drive” on Golf Channel?

Have you played 235 rounds of golf since January 2017?

Mike Purkey has written about golf for more than 30 years for a number of publications, including Golf Magazine and Global Golf Post. He lives in Charlotte, N.C. Email:; Twitter: @mikepurkeygolf