Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Pete Brown.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Shirley Englehorn.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Richard Zokol.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Tammie Green.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Rocco Mediate, last seen as the celebrated everyman who lost the U.S. Open playoff to Tiger “Wounded Knee” Woods, is tied for the lead with Graeme McDowell and Robert Allenby at -1, 69. Phil Mickelson got off to a great start with 79 and Ernie Els, a tournament favorite, shot 35-45 for an opening 80.
Mr. Fairway’s buddy Mark K. of Minneapolis is running a pool. Mr. Fairway’s lineup includes: Garcia (+2); Westwood (+5); Els (+10); Furyk (+1); Rose (+4); Leonard (+7); Romero (+7); and Goosen (+1). Mr. Fairway did not have Mickelson in his lineup.
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Brian Watts.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Jim Benepe.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Bob Bruno.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Overall, it was a good experience. Golf fans in Washington are knowledgeable and except for a few of Steve Marino’s old high school buddies, very well behaved. As for marshalling, the best places are at the green and on the tee, especially if you get to use the blaze orange paddle to indicate the direction of the drive. The worst place to be stationed is at the crosswalk where fans can cross the fairway from the tournament entrance. People at the crosswalk are often in a hurry to get somewhere else and hate being kept behind a rope until the players, caddies and officials pass them by. (Mr. Fairway sympathizes with them.)
Being stationed at the landing areas presents special challenges. If a player drives into the rough, you have to find the ball and stand near it so the PGA Tour’s shotlink device can measure the distance. With a high sky, it can be challenging to see the ball from the tee 300 yards away, hence the orange paddle. If a player misses the fairway and lands on the cart path or other area outside the gallery ropes, the marshal must “protect” the ball, clear fans away, take down ropes, etc. Mr. Fairway was a ball magnet at the landing area on Saturday with no fewer than five stray tee shots raining down on the gallery. No injuries reported.
The number of spectators at the tournament was down, due to the absence of Tiger Woods and a weak field (only five of the top 20 players in the world rankings). Anthony Kim won the event – his second of the year. Mr. Fairway may report for duty next year, but that decision won’t be made until he takes some time off.
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Sam Randolph.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
At the green, most players putted to the hole and then to various spots around the green that their caddies had marked as likely hole locations during the tournament. A few players like Tommy Armour III hit several shots from the greenside bunker. Several players also hit shots from a deep, shaved collection area behind the green. Mark Wilson hit several with his putter and a few with a sand wedge or a lob wedge. Most impressive, however, were the shots he rolled up the steep embankment with his 5-wood. Mr. Fairway made a note to try that on his home course.
Most players were talkative with the exception of Ryuji Imada and Shigeki Maruyama, who only interacted with their caddies and other friends. The All-Midwest group of Steve Stricker and J.P. Hayes (Wisconsin) and Tim Herron and Cameron Beckman (Minnesota) appeared relaxed and having fun on a sunny, cool morning.
After our morning shift, we drifted over to the putting green and watched Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker roll putts. After watching Fluff Cowan crouch down and retrieve Furyk’s putts and roll his golf balls back to him, Marshal Mike asked Mr. Fairway if he would do the same for him. “Sure – dollar a ball.” Dozens of fans congregated around the putting green and Furyk and Matt Kuchar signed autographs while equipment company reps displayed their wares trying to entice players into trying new magic wands. We wandered down to the range and watched some pros hit balls before calling it a day.
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Spike McRoy.