On your Twitter bio you list that you love basketball, waterfalls and (your dog) Leroy Jenkins, but no mention of golf – what gives?
I feel bad – I love to play the game. Right now I'm not great at it but love trying. When I am playing I'm always asking myself "why am I not doing this more often?" When I get better at the game it'll be on there.
Our most popular sports - and sports programming - become louder, faster and more in-your-face all the time. Yet golf is a sport where etiquette is stressed, where course officials hold up "quiet" signs, and where broadcasters speak in hushed tones. Is that a problem for golf in the current sports and media environments?
I don't think so. That's what makes golf different and great. Yes, we're being inundated with noise – but it serves to spotlight the contrast that there is nothing better than a hushed crowd and hushed announcers in a close match.
What got you interested in playing golf and when?
When I was about 13 and went out with my Dad – I parred a hole. I thought, "hey, no big deal." My whole family played the game and as I spent more time at it I found it frustrating, somewhat.
With such a hectic schedule where do you find time to get out and play? How long does an average round take you?
An average round takes about 4 hours – I’ll usually play only with just another person. I always go to the range. Maybe once or twice a week. The clubs are always in the trunk and I try to get in an hour at the range – especially if the weather is nice. Hoping to get down to Tampa in November and play down there ... y’know, start the day with a Bloody Mary.
While SportsNation is very interactive are you able to limit use of the Blackberry and Twitter on the course? Would you play on a course that prohibits cellphone use?
At the range I try not to take the phone. On the course I may take it, but only to have if I'm expecting an important call. Yes, I'd play a course that prohibits cellphones. I can live without it.