TOM LEHMAN: I won't mention their names. But those are the things I look at. What does a team need? Does it need more experience? Does it need less experience? I guess as it stands right now, the two picks I have would be benefitting our team would be leaning towards guys with more experience. The flipside of that coin is that the last experience we've had in the last ten years has not been great experience. So how much experience is good and is it necessary to go for that experience when it's always been somewhat on the negative side.
One other thing I have done had which has been very helpful for me, going back to the makeup of our tour being way or international, with 90 plus international players, the downfall is that all of points don't get given out. Some weeks there's three American players in the top ten, sometimes it's five or seven. No weeks are all in the top ten. So I've been keeping a list of the top ten Americans each week for the last two years now so I can kind of compare the lists, and I think it's been very much of an eye opener.
The top players, you could give points based upon any system you want to and the top players would be in the top, period. But you know from maybe 7 or so through 30, you know, there's a huge difference when you include the top ten Americans versus just top ten. So I may be leaning quite heavily on that secondary list because that list is giving guys points for finishing 11th or 13th or 17th. The top ten Americans each week are getting points, so you're giving out all the points every week, so it's like talking about where every start does count.
So there's some I'll give you an example of that. Stewart Cink a couple weeks ago was 27th on the official Ryder Cup points list and he would be 7th if you were giving points to Americans each week. He's had a bunch of great finishes, 13th, 14th, ties for 10th in the Masters; where he's played pretty good golf, but not spectacular golf. But his bad golf has still been awfully good. But yet he's not accumulating any points. To me it helps to kind of see where you would be in another system and he's up there pretty high.
Q. Does the qualifying system suit you?
TOM LEHMAN: Yeah, we actually talked about that last year. I think the whole idea was to waive the point system so the guys who were playing the best in 2006 get on the team. But going forward you need to look and see, well, what can you do to make it even better yet, and that may be a better system even still.
GORDON SIMPSON: Tom, thank you very much for joining us today. Have a good week and enjoy the Ryder Cup when it happens.
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