SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – Some reward for winning a major.
Y.E. Yang slept on a pullout couch in the locker room. Lucas Glover read a book. Stewart Cink twittered. Angel Cabrera scowled.
The four major champions spent Monday dodging thunder and lightning that interrupted the pro-am for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course.
Yang, who took down Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship, spent several hours asleep on a hastily supplied bed after a journey that began in South Korea at 7 a.m. Sunday and didn’t end until 5:30 a.m. Monday. His slumber was captured by Cink on camera and immediately posted on Twitter. Cink has more than 1 million followers after his British Open victory.
“I thought this was just an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” Cink said. “When you only have four in the field, and one of them takes a nap, and there is a fold-out bed in the locker room, that’s pretty impressive. And he slept with all the commotion going on, as well. When the rain would come, we would all rush back into the locker room, and there would be lots of noise. And he never moved.
“It was pretty impressive, but he had a long night. I was intentionally vague about it being a long night. Most people will think that he was partying.”
The incident added some comic relief to a pro-am where the players were each able to finish just six holes due to weather Glover described as the “worst I have ever played in.”
Glover is opting to trust the yardage book to guide him around the rest of the course during the first round Tuesday, while Cabrera, the Masters champion, may look at the rest of the course in the morning.
“It was tough out there obviously,” said Glover, whose won his U.S. Open in five days of rain and muck at Bethpage Black. “I think that’s the worst conditions I’ve ever played golf in. I’m not going back out. There is probably a good chance that I’ll get even wetter. I think I’ll just go with the yardage book.”
The only one to brave the rain was Cink, who took a cart around the parts of the course he didn’t see. Yang sent his caddie.
“I got to play six entire holes,” Cink said. “And I don’t think you could say I played those holes, because the weather was absolutely atrocious. But it seems like a nice course, a good course for wind because it’s not that long. There are holes that will play very difficult in the wind. It looks to be a course that is in great shape.”
The quartet of major champions start the opening round Tuesday round at 9:30 a.m. EDT. All expect the wind to play a big part.
“The wind is going to play the biggest part, rain or not,” said Glover, who hammered one drive at No. 14 all of 215 yards into the wind. “The greens are still very firm, but the wind will be the big issue. It’ll be tough and it’ll be a good test, regardless. If it was dead calm, it would be a good test, because the course is so good. But the wind is going to be the main defense.”