ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Picture this.
You’ve got just won your initial 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 components and your passport is dwelling in Alabama, so – courtesy of the PGA Tour, which sets up a non-public jet – you fly south.
You repack, get a few several hours of snooze and then head for Scotland, the itinerary getting you through JFK and Dublin in advance of touching down in Edinburgh. And which is when you see the horrors at the palms of baggage handlers.
We are going to enable Trey Mullinax take it from listed here.
“All my golf equipment were being out of my (golfing) bag when I received right here,” Mullinax explained. “A whole lot of clubs have been bent, and so we experienced to regulate and things like that. I guess likely by TSA, no matter what, they took the irons out (of the golfing bag) and put them not again in my golf bag. They had been just lying in the travel circumstance.
“A couple of irons had been bent and things like that.”
But his travel nightmare has turned into a desire week at the 150 th Open Championship performed at the Home of Golf. Soon after creating the reduce on the number, he and Kevin Kisner were the initial two-ball out and Mullinax shot 6-less than-par 66 Kisner shot 65. Mullinax will be able to slumber in a little bit longer Sunday right after shifting up extra than 50 spots on the leaderboard.
“A tiny bit of a blur,” Mullinax, 30, described his current state. “I left my dwelling at 5 a.m. Monday early morning, obtained listed 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 truly weary. I haven’t slowed down. I actually haven’t experienced any time. I’m definitely on the lookout forward to subsequent 7 days finding residence to my household and hanging out with my youngsters and celebrating the win, seeing some friends and stuff like that.”
Participating in the Previous System has unquestionably woken him up.
“Getting to strike shots I’ve never ever hit prior to,” he reported of the highlights. “My caddie has been really geared up for the photographs that we are heading to have to strike and the bump and operates you have to hit around right here.
“I truly feel really ready, and I truly feel like my game’s very good.”
And now his putter is back again to usual, also. On Friday night, Mullinax discovered the lie of his putter was off by 2 degrees.
“I realized it looked amusing. I was having to convey to my caddie, person, I’m acquiring to ahead push this a ton. I was like, guy, I do not know what’s likely on,” he stated. “The ball was not rolling like it was in Kentucky. Certainly I didn’t shed it in two times.
I observed out nowadays that it was 2 levels off. I performed a lot better nowadays.
“Taking pictures 66 out here is never ever bad. I was just seeking to hold up with Kiz the whole time. I suggest, he was putting phenomenal. I started producing some putts. It became sort of like who can make the most birdies? He created the most birdies. I sniffed him on the previous gap. Might have caught a pores and skin there with him.”