ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Image this.
You’ve just gained your initially PGA Tour title, dealt with all the media obligations and now have to rush in excess of the pond to get completely ready to make your debut in the Open up Championship. But you’re in Kentucky with the Barbasol Championship hardware and your passport is residence in Alabama, so — courtesy of the PGA Tour, which sets up a private jet — you fly south.
You repack, get three hours of slumber and then head for Scotland, the itinerary having you by way of JFK and Dublin ahead of touching down in Edinburgh. And which is when you see the horrors at the arms of baggage handlers.
We’ll permit Trey Mullinax take it from in this article.
“All my golf equipment had been out of my (golf) bag when I obtained right here,” Mullinax stated. “A lot of golf equipment had been bent, and so we had to alter and stuff like that. I guess likely through TSA, regardless of what, they took the irons out (of the golfing bag) and place them not again in my golfing bag. They were being just lying in the vacation case.
“A couple of irons were bent and stuff like that.”
But his journey nightmare has turned into a dream week at the 150th Open Championship performed at the Home of Golf. After creating the slash on the quantity, he and Kevin Kisner were the first two-ball out and Mullinax shot 6-below-par 66 Kisner shot 65. Mullinax will be equipped to sleep in a bit more time Sunday just after transferring up far more than 50 places on the leaderboard.
“A minimal bit of a blur,” Mullinax, 30, explained his current condition. “I left my home at 5 a.m. Monday morning, received here at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and then teed off at like 1:30 for 18 holes. I was really Okay Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday I was definitely weary. I haven’t slowed down. I genuinely haven’t experienced any time. I’m actually wanting ahead to subsequent week getting household to my family and hanging out with my little ones and celebrating the win, observing some friends and things like that.”
Actively playing the Old Class has undoubtedly woken him up.
“Getting to hit pictures I have never ever hit just before,” he claimed of the highlights. “My caddie has been incredibly prepared for the shots that we’re going to have to hit and the bump and operates you have to hit all-around below.
“I truly feel extremely geared up, and I really feel like my game’s great.”
And now his putter is again to normal, as well. On Friday night, Mullinax learned the lie of his putter was off by 2 degrees.
“I knew it seemed amusing. I was acquiring to notify my caddie, male, I’m having to ahead press this a ton. I was like, male, I don’t know what is going on,” he mentioned. “The ball wasn’t rolling like it was in Kentucky. Certainly I did not lose it in two times.
I found out now that it was 2 degrees off. I played a lot greater right now.
“Shooting 66 out listed here is in no way undesirable. I was just making an attempt to keep up with Kiz the complete time. I necessarily mean, he was placing phenomenal. I begun producing some putts. It grew to become type of like who can make the most birdies? He created the most birdies. I sniffed him on the very last gap. May have caught a skin there with him.”