FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – One assumes they’ll get this straightened out before Thursday’s first round, but the decision on which driver to put into play was a confounding one for Alvaro Quiros and his caddie, Dave McNeilly.
Having gone to Callaway to make adjustments with his FT-9 driver (“He has been hitting it a little left,” McNeilly said), Quiros – the long-hitting and ultra personable Spaniard – was given two options. Both had the same specs as his 9.5-degree club, except one had a shaft that had been tipped, the other was weighted in the toe.
“It’s tipped,” McNeilly told Quiros.
“This one,” Quiros asked, grabbing the wrong one.
“No, that is weighted, this is tipped,” McNeilly explained.
But engaged with an ice cream, Quiros admittedly didn’t pay close attention, so 10 minutes later as they got to the first tee for a practice round alongside Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer, the Spaniard grabbed one of the new drivers and asked, “weighted?”
McNeilly shook his head and laughed. Again, he pointed out that club Quiros had was the one with the shaft tipped, not the one that was weighted. Quiros shrugged and said to heck with it. “So, we go?” he said when the coast was clear to hit off of the elevated first tee.
“But you have the tipped, not the weighted,” McNeilly said, still laughing. No matter, Quiros thrilled the crowd at the first tee with a rocket that cleared the trees and cut the corner at the 430-yard dogleg right.
Tipped, weighted, it hardly matters. The man from Spain can move it.