BMW Notebook: Co-leader Wi strong in defense of 'Stack & Tilt' teachers

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Charlie Wi insists that he wouldn't even be on the PGA Tour if not for his coaches, Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.
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Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 | 7:58 p.m.

Charlie Wi said he wouldn't be on the PGA Tour -- and certainly not tied for the lead at the BMW Championship -- if not for his coaches, Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett. They are known as "Stack & Tilt" because of the geometrical method they teach, and while a couple of players have abandoned the teaching in recent years, Wi remains loyal.

He also became very defensive Friday, even to the point of being critical of two players who left Plummer and Bennett, along with the coach now teaching Tiger Woods.

Among those he singled out were Aaron Baddeley and Mike Weir.

"Aaron Baddeley was the worst ball-striker on the PGA Tour," Wi said. "He won three times with Andy and Mike, and they also took him to inside top 20 in the world. And if that's not good enough for Aaron, well, it is what it is.

"And also Mike Weir -- he was also one of the worst ball-strikers on tour, and he won two times with Andy and Mike and made $6 million in two seasons, and he thought that wasn't good enough. If you look at it, they're not here this week. So maybe they should be working with Andy and Mike. And they're friends of mine, too."

Wi refused to mention Sean Foley by name, only referring to him as "whoever Tiger is working with," when he said Foley has the DVD and instruction book written by Plummer and Bennett.

"And he always calls them asking questions," Wi said. "They definitely know what they're talking about."

Woods was asked two weeks ago if his work with Foley involved the "Stack & Tilt" teachings.

"There are some parts of it that do look like it," Woods said. "But there are other parts that are very, very different."

OVER IT: Paul Casey has gotten over his Ryder Cup snub.

Casey was passed over by Colin Montgomerie despite being No. 9 in the world when the European captain made his picks last month. The European team is weighted in favor of those who play the European tour -- only five of the 12 players on this year's team are PGA Tour members -- and Casey spends the majority of his time playing in the United States.

"I understand the European Tour wants to protect the European Tour, but we also want to get the best team possible," Casey said Friday at the BMW Championship, where he is tied for fourth.

"I don't know what the solution is," Casey added.

But he's not going to worry about it now.

Casey said a trip to Pine Valley after The Barclays with some of his buddies lifted his spirits. He's also booked a vacation for Ryder Cup week.

"I'm in neutral ground that week," Casey said. "I'm going to Canada."

FREE MONEY: The FedExCup title is golf's version of the lottery. Win it, and you're set for life.

Financially, at least, with the winner of golf's playoff series getting a $10 million bonus.

"I really haven't thought about it," Steve Stricker said. "It's a lot of money, though."



To date, I've had the utmost respect for Charlie Wi and have applauded his successes on the pga tour. Unfortunately, I now question his intelligence and judgement. To single out his tour colleagues for negative comments is not prudent. To refer to Mike Weir as 'one of the worst ball striker's on tour' is both ludicrous and simply stupid. When and if Mr. Wi ever achieves the success that Mike Weir has achieved to date (8 pga tour wins and a major championship) perhaps his comments (hopefully factual ) will be viewed with more credibility. I hope Mr. Wi reads or is informed of this comment .