Caddie blog: Eric Chun vs. Luke Donald
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Editor’s note: Steve Bailey, Northwestern assistant coach, is writing a daily blog from The Open Championship, where he is caddying for Northwestern junior Eric Chun.
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It was a blustery and wet Wednesday at St. Andrews! With winds gusting up to 40 mph and a steady rain all day, the R&A was forced to cancel the Champions Challenge. The event was set to feature 28 former British Open champions in a four-hole match.
While many players chose to take the day off, Eric didn’t want to turn down a chance to play with fellow Northwestern golfer and World No. 7, Luke Donald. The Wildcats were joined by the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion Ben An, the youngest to ever take home the title at the age of 17.
On the second hole, Chun piped a drive up the left side of the fairway, about five yards past Luke.
“See Pat,” Eric joked to NU Head Coach Pat Goss. “I told you I could hit it further than Luke.”
“Hey Eric…..that’s great, what is your world ranking again?”
Ouuuccchhhhh! Goss 1, Eric 0.
We had some good fun, considering the weather, but unfortunately we called it a day after six holes.
We were fortunate enough to witness Thomas Bjorn card the first hole-in-one of the tournament, unfortunately it wasn’t in a golf hole. The Denmark native let his drive slip right on the famous Road Hole and into a window at the St. Andrews Hotel. Fore Right!
With the practice round cut short, we decided to venture to the arena where I really excel ... the player dining area. I guarantee I lead all British Open participants in Crème Brules eaten this week. I don’t have an exact count, but I’m pretty sure it’s closing in on 20. Eric rivaled me with his talents to indulge, making three trips to the buffet line.
See you soon for the update on Eric Chun’s first round at the 150th British Open at St. Andrews.