A bit of chatter happening from Curtis Strange about how he thinks players are too friendly to each other- especially when in a competitive situation.
Strange isn't the first to bring up the issue of too-friendly Tour pros. In fact, it's come up several times in the past years as Tiger Woods has struggled to stay healthy and a younger generation of pros — many of whom are friends on and off the links — have taken center stage.
But, according to a 2011 interview with GOLF, just because Strange doesn't agree with how players interact between the ropes doesn't mean he thinks this generation is softer than his.
"I think Dustin Johnson is a tough guy, an athlete," he said in the interview. "I think there are a lot of them. You know, I would never say that my generation was any different than the other generations. We're kind of made up of our environment. I think they're plenty tough out there."
And, to further punctuate Strange's thoughts about interacting with opponents, you might remember the 1988 U.S. Open, the first of Strange's two straight, in which he defeated Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Many of the younger players are very good mates off the courses, hanging out during Spring Break partying etc.
Does this take the competitive edge off them? Especially when they may end up on the line with a big event?