These days tend to be 9 hole days or more short game practice. In general a more relaxed atmosphere- yeah right! For who? Them maybe. We decided to do some work ourselves and headed out to the practice green (away from the now overflowing mob awaiting anyone going onto the range. Nicholas Fasth, Rich Beem, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were doing some fine tuning as well. after a few hundred putts (slight exaggeration) we headed over to sign some flags, balls etc. The irons seemed to be going in the right direction today as my back began to loosen up some a little earlier than yesterday. The woods were a little erratic but manageable. Lots of distractions out there like instructors, managers, swing gurus, Anthony Kim's girlfriend, spectators, girlfriends ya know just things you don't normally encounter when practicing. It's awkward enough in front of these huge grandstands and girlfriends I mean spectators...You could hit the worst shot of your life forty yards offline on the range and you would here the ooohs and ahhhhs! It's great! So back to the first tee and through the gauntlet.
I inquired with J.J. Henry about playing a few holes but he being the veteran had already played at 7:00 am so after a few minutes pretending to wait for another player (a.k.a. stalling) we decided to go it alone. I mean literally thousands of people come to a standstill because this pro in a bright orange shirt with wh/orange shoes and a pair of Oakley's to match, wants to hit off the first tee. Love to oblige. Bombed it right down the middle and I mean BOMBED. The hole is 436 yards long, slightly down hill and had the wind behind me. Our next shot was from 114 and five feet later an easy birdie. First time the crowd had seen a close shot on that hole all day. How did I know this you ask? They all told me! Awesome stuff. Another club pro had already caught up to me on the green (Brad Martin) so we decided to play in together. Some good shots and some not so good but the fans don't care because they are there to get an up close and personal look at the best of the best (and a few club pros). Time for some down time and thanks for all of the feedback cya soon! DL