Caddie blog: Thankful for rain and rest
Greg Robertson is the associate head coach at Purdue and is caddying for Maria Hernandez at the U.S. Women’s Open. He played college golf at Oklahoma State.
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What a long day! I was up at 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning, at the golf course by 5:40, and the second round had resumed by 7:30.
After 36 holes and a bite to eat for dinner at Panera, I was back in the hotel around 9:45 p.m.! I’m just glad that it was a sunny day and I was able to use Maria’s small Ping bag. It turned out that my total experience with the tour bag lasted from the practice area to the first tee shot yesterday.
I felt we were pretty fortunate to have finished the third round this evening. Otherwise it would have been another very early morning. The horn sounded to suspend play for darkness just as we were getting ready to leave the golf course. Instead of getting started at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow like those who didn’t finish, we won’t go any earlier than 10:20. It’s going to be great to get some much-needed rest.
As for the golf course? What a difference the rain made!
The greens were definitely softer, which allowed for the players to be a little more aggressive. Approach shots were holding that would have never done so during the first day and a half of play. And the rain definitely slowed the speed of the greens. To give you an idea of how firm the fairways were before the rain compared to after, Maria was 80-100 yards in front of her playing partners Saturday morning on the first hole they played. Keep in mind that Maria teed off yesterday before the rain, and the other two players in the group teed off this morning. It was the difference between a long iron and a 52 degree wedge.
Something happened yesterday that I thought was pretty interesting. I grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, and my sister (Jo Jo Robertson, head women’s golf coach at Texas Tech) and I played quite a bit of junior golf with a person from Alamogordo, N.M., by the name of Diane Overstreet. It had been years since I last saw her. Until yesterday, that is. Guess who showed up on the tee to be our walking rules official?
Talk about a small world!