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5th Annual PGA Tour Player Survey

March 13, 2006
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March 13, 2006

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5th Annual PGA Tour Player Survey

SportsIllustrated recently polled 76 PGA Tour players--approximately the number whomake the cut in an average week--to gauge their feelings on issues involvingthe state of the sport and various other matters. Some of the players declinedto answer certain questions (so the percentages that follow are for respondentsonly), while others offered, under the cloak of anonymity, some choiceone-liners, the most notable of which are included.

This is an article from the March 13, 2006 issue

Who is thesecond-best player?

Vijay Singh ...... 68%
Ernie Els ...... 12%
Phil Mickelson ...... 8%
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Joe Durant, Sergio García, Retief Goosen, myself, AnnikaSorenstam

LOOSE LIPS
"So who's Number 1?"

Who will win moremajors over the next five years, Ernie Els or Phil Mickelson?

Els ......56%
Mickelson ...... 44%

Shaq or Kobe?

Shaq ......77%
Kobe ...... 23%

Would you ratherhave Tiger Woods's long game or his short game?

Long game ......16%
Short game ...... 84%

LOOSE LIPS
"His long game sucks."

Would you havevoted yea or nay to confirm Justice Samuel Alito for the U.S. SupremeCourt?

Yea ......91%
Nay ...... 9%

LOOSE LIPS
"Are you crazy? I don't watch the news."

Is the new 2007Tour schedule good or bad?

Good ......81%
Bad ...... 19%

Have you everGoogled an ex-girlfriend?

Yes ......8%
No ...... 92%

LOOSE LIPS
"What's Googled?"

Should players berequired to enter each Tour event once every few years?

Yes ......47%
No ...... 53%

With whom did yousympathize in the slow-play dustup, Ben Crane or Rory Sabbatini?

Crane ......33%
Sabbatini ...... 24%
Both ...... 22%
Neither ...... 21%

Jennifer Anistonor Angelina Jolie?

Aniston ......52%
Jolie ...... 48%

LOOSE LIPS
"Jennifer to have my babies, Angelina for one night."

Did the U.S. makea mistake by invading Iraq?

Yes ......12%
No ...... 88%

Should MichelleWie continue to play PGA Tour events?

Yes ......31%
No ...... 69%

Is havingearly-round coverage on the Golf Channel instead of ESPN good or bad?

Good ......56%
Bad ...... 44%

LOOSE LIPS
"[The Golf Channel] is going to have to get better."

Should the Tourhave a written policy expressly forbidding performance-enhancing drugs?

Yes ......73%
No ...... 27%

LOOSE LIPS
"Why not? Everybody else does."

Do you know anypro golfers who have used steroids?

Yes ......1%
No ...... 99%

How many cars doyou own?

One ......9%
Two ...... 38%
Three ...... 29%
Four ...... 13%
More ...... 11%

Which bestexplains why the Europeans have dominated the Ryder Cup: They care more; theyhave more camaraderie; they've played better?

Care more ......46%
More camaraderie ...... 35%
Played better ...... 19%

Do you have atattoo?

Yes ......5%
No ...... 95%

LOOSE LIPS
"You should have asked how many wives have one.''

Have you seenBrokeback Mountain?

Yes ......0%
No ...... 100%

Which job wouldyou rather have, PGA Tour commissioner or Tiger's caddie?

Tour commissioner...... 39%
Tiger's caddie ...... 61%

LOOSE LIPS
"Commissioner. I can't carry the bag.''

Do you favor arolled-back ball for tournament play?

Yes ......28%
No ...... 72%

TIGER'S ON A TEAR page 54
How many cars?
Know a steroid user?
Have a tattoo?
Seen Brokeback Mountain?
2007 Tour: Good or bad?
Aniston or Jolie?
Did the U.S. err in Iraq?

PLUS
Loren Roberts Is Suddenly a Star page G10 • David Toms Has Second Thoughts pageG19 • MY SHOT Hall of Fame Fiasco page G24

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