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So many questions in game that needs answers

Questions born of watching way too much golf:

David Duval said on television that we should not expect a threesome of the best players in the world to complete a round of golf in less than five hours at the U.S. Open? Does that bother you?

If you could buy stock in Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth or Rickie Fowler, whom would you choose?

Shouldn’t Johnny Miller just get over it?

Isn’t Spieth’s real problem that he’s not very good with his driver?

Is Kevin Kisner the most underrated player in golf?

Phil Mickelson and Golf Digest’s “Anonymous Pro” have accused some PGA Tour players of cheating. Shouldn’t someone take that seriously?

It’s premature to say Lydia Ko is a burnout candidate, but shouldn’t we be concerned?

What would you bet that this was the last U.S. Open at Erin Hills?

Don’t you think that if Mickelson made a nice donation to his daughter’s school, the graduation date could have been changed?

Are Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson one-and-done major winners?

Has anyone seen Keegan Bradley?

Does anyone else think it’s hilarious that the USGA has a champion (Stewart Hagestad, U.S. Mid-Amateur) who uses a long putter?

Has anyone seen Tim Clark?

Why doesn’t anyone copy (or teach) Brandt Snedeker’s putting stroke?

Pink shirts are fine; Arnold Palmer wore them all the time. But shouldn’t there be an age and weight limit for pink pants?

Which would you rather watch: NCAA Championships or PGA Tour Champions?

Isn’t it time for Matt Kuchar to step up in a meaningful way?

Among the professionals, who has done the most with the least talent? (Jim Furyk?) Who has done the least with the most talent? (Michelle Wie?)

Has Stacy Lewis lost her game or her competitive edge?

Besides the players, captains and some officials, does anyone really care about the Presidents Cup? (Maybe the players not so much.)

Dan Jenkins once said that if you finish in the top 10, it means that you had a chance to win – and didn’t. Is top 10 the most irrelevant statistic in the professional game?

Has anyone seen Hunter Mahan?

In this age of professional golf gym rats who work on their physique, doesn’t it make you feel better about yourself to watch Jason Dufner or Andrew “Beef” Johnston play?

When you and your buddies talk golf, how often does the FedEx Cup come up?

Do you think that Steve Elkington cares that Rory McIlroy cares that Elkington said that McIlroy doesn’t care?

What’s going to happen to Tiger Woods? Do you think he even knows?

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