It’s been a long while since I was able to warm up in Florida before the season started. Luckily we escaped the Midwest before the storm of the century hit and landed in Bonita Springs Monday night. Mom and Dad put up with me for the week, the Happy Valley pool was exactly what the doctor ordered to rehab the new hip plus the relaxing week gave me time to tie up all the loose ends before heading out on tour.
My Torrey Pines picks looked pretty good going into the weekend and not bad entering the last round but Haas floundered, Tiger was beat by a high-school kid, both letting one of my second foursome picks, Bubba Watson, the other lefty, sneak in for a win. He was in my fantasy league don’t know why I didn’t carry him along here. Anyway it wasn’t a bad week for Kaddy Korner, poor Tiger has a long way to go though.
While my quiche was finishing up in the oven, yes real old caddies eat quiche, I checked emails and received a quick note from Sandy, Tom Kite’s caddy. The Champions Tour just released the following statement:
Right now, Wendy is offering Mackinac Place special deals for the remainder of the winter and next year, kind of a Christmas special for those who don’t know what to get their loved ones. I thought I’d let my friends and family know ahead of time.
It’s not all about golf. These are the important folks in our lives. To often we idolize our sports heroes and don’t pay enough attention to the real heroes protecting our lives. Here’s to our troops and all they do for us.
Caddying Comes Full Circle
Next week I’m heading for TPC at Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, FL. Twenty-two years ago last March I was pulling into a parking lot ready for my first job on the PGA Tour with Phil Blackmar. There were no houses, no trees, and not many roads, nothing surrounding Eagle Trace except the Everglades to the west. I haven’t been there since 1991, I’m sure things have changed but thinking about that first week sure conjured up memories.
Constellation Energy Championship
Our last major, the Constellation Energy Championship at the TPC at Avenel in Potomoc, MD started out cold, rainy and miserable Monday. I was walking the Jim Hardy redesigned course, adding sprinkler heads to my yardage book because the course was playing long, wet, and difficult. My first thought was a few of the old boys may not finish this week, my second was would I? My last trip here was 1991 and I forgot how hilly the course was, it was going to be a long week.
A weekend off was kind of what I needed, it had been awhile since I worked five straight weeks. “Mighty” Misun Cho, all 5’ 2’’ and 110 pounds wanted me to meet her Monday morning before the pro-am for a little practice. I skirted the tornadoes and nasty weather driving from Chicago to Toledo Sunday evening and checked into the lovely Knight’s Inn about 20 minutes from Highland Meadows in Sylvania.
Sorry about last week folks, I was brain dead, out of touch with the Internet and stuck in Illinois for a couple of days. I was supposed to take off for New Jersey Sunday afternoon right after our round in Springfield but for reasons beyond my control my departure was postponed until late Tuesday afternoon. Luckily, Rachel understood. She was in the Tuesday pro-am and as long as I found her a caddy I could show up Wednesday noon. My buddy, George Assante, a Champions Tour caddy living in New Jersey filled in for a $100 and all was well.