ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Image this.
You have just gained your first PGA Tour title, taken care of all the media obligations and now have to rush over the pond to get prepared to make your debut in the Open Championship. But you’re in Kentucky with the Barbasol Championship hardware and your passport is dwelling in Alabama, so — courtesy of the PGA Tour, which sets up a private jet — you fly south.
You repack, get 3 several hours of sleep and then head for Scotland, the itinerary taking you via JFK and Dublin in advance of touching down in Edinburgh. And that’s when you see the horrors at the palms of luggage handlers.
We’ll permit Trey Mullinax acquire it from below.
“All my golf equipment ended up out of my (golfing) bag when I acquired right here,” Mullinax said. “A lot of golf equipment have been bent, and so we experienced to regulate and stuff like that. I guess likely through TSA, regardless of what, they took the irons out (of the golf bag) and put them not again in my golf bag. They have been just lying in the travel circumstance.
“A pair of irons ended up bent and stuff like that.”
But his travel nightmare has turned into a aspiration 7 days at the 150th Open Championship performed at the Dwelling of Golf. Just after producing the slash on the amount, he and Kevin Kisner had been the initially two-ball out and Mullinax shot 6-underneath-par 66 Kisner shot 65. Mullinax will be able to sleep in a little bit lengthier Sunday immediately after moving up extra than 50 places on the leaderboard.
“A little little bit of a blur,” Mullinax, 30, explained his current point out. “I remaining my dwelling at 5 a.m. Monday morning, got here at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and then teed off at like 1:30 for 18 holes. I was really Alright Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday I was actually drained. I haven’t slowed down. I seriously haven’t experienced any time. I’m actually on the lookout forward to upcoming 7 days acquiring property to my spouse and children and hanging out with my little ones and celebrating the gain, looking at some mates and things like that.”
Taking part in the Previous Course has absolutely woken him up.
“Getting to hit pictures I’ve by no means hit in advance of,” he claimed of the highlights. “My caddie has been extremely prepared for the pictures that we’re heading to have to strike and the bump and runs you have to hit close to below.
“I sense incredibly organized, and I really feel like my game’s excellent.”
And now his putter is back again to normal, as well. On Friday night time, Mullinax identified the lie of his putter was off by 2 degrees.
“I realized it looked humorous. I was getting to inform my caddie, male, I’m getting to forward push this a good deal. I was like, man, I don’t know what’s likely on,” he reported. “The ball was not rolling like it was in Kentucky. Definitely I did not drop it in two days.
I discovered out these days that it was 2 levels off. I played a lot superior currently.
“Shooting 66 out in this article is never ever bad. I was just striving to hold up with Kiz the full time. I suggest, he was putting phenomenal. I commenced building some putts. It turned sort of like who can make the most birdies? He designed the most birdies. I sniffed him on the very last gap. May well have caught a pores and skin there with him.”