Recap from The FedEx St. Jude Classic
- Started off the day by following David Toms for a few holes. Even though he didn’t have his “A” game he still threw some darts with his wedges. He has such great tempo, even on his off days his is still fun to watch.
- Next we dropped back one group and watched Lee Westwood, toonament leader Robert Karlsson, and Robert Garrigus for a few holes. Robert Garrigus’s putter is equal parts grip and shaft. The thing looks like a toy. It’s so small in fact, he keeps his putter in his umbrella pocket.
- After following that group for a while, we marched to the other end of the course to watch Geoff Oglivy and his group play. My initial observation was that, “damn, the dude has big feet” haha. Thanks to a couple wayward tee shots from the group ahead, there was time to kill on the 18th tee. It was interesting to hear him talk about the business end of golf with playing partner Jerry Kelly’s caddie. He noted that Titleist makes a $250million profit annually, but the parent company was worried about sending mixed signals to its shareholders, so they sold the company. (Fortune brands owns many liquor companies, including Jim Beam). I can’t imagine many other high profile athletes talking business mid competition. It was truly interesting. He mentioned one of the fringe benefits of Titleist’s previous owners was the access to free booze. No longer is this the case. After about a 5-10 min. wait he promptly puts his tee ball in the drink. So much for staying in the moment.
- We next followed the grouping of Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim, and Retief Goosen. Every novice golf fan recognizes those names, so naturally the crowd following them was rather large. While they were putting and all the other patrons were watching them putt, Hilary and I would sneak to the next tee shot and got some great front row action. Sergio hit some tee shots that were absolute bullets. On the twelfth hole specifically, he hit a 3-wood off the tee that never got above belt high…it was incredible the carry it managed to have. Talk about wind cheater, I was in awe.
-After watching one of the featured groupings we hung back and saw tour rookie and Bob Hope champion Jhonny Vegas tee off on 13. The guy murders the ball. He is built like a linebacker. He has been in a little bit of a slump lately but it was still incredible to witness.
- In the club department, the TaylorMade drivers were far and away the most played clubs out there. I was a little skeptical about the all white driver (a little gimmicky) but now I’m just plain curious.
- Hilary enjoyed checking out all the bling the players’ wives and girlfriends were wearing.
- Lastly, the quiet signs the volunteers used were pretty cool…