April 22, 2024


Unforgettable trip

Trey Mullinax’s travel nightmare en route to St. Andrews

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Photograph this.

You have just won your initial PGA Tour title, taken care of all the media obligations and now have to rush over the pond to get ready to make your debut in the Open Championship. But you’re in Kentucky with the Barbasol Championship hardware and your passport is home in Alabama, so — courtesy of the PGA Tour, which sets up a non-public jet — you fly south.

You repack, get 3 hrs of sleep and then head for Scotland, the itinerary taking you via JFK and Dublin prior to touching down in Edinburgh. And that’s when you see the horrors at the fingers of baggage handlers.

We’ll allow Trey Mullinax choose it from in this article.

“All my golf equipment ended up out of my (golf) bag when I bought in this article,” Mullinax stated. “A ton of clubs were being bent, and so we experienced to alter and things like that. I guess heading as a result of TSA, whatsoever, they took the irons out (of the golf bag) and place them not again in my golf bag. They had been just lying in the journey circumstance.

“A few of irons ended up bent and stuff like that.”

But his journey nightmare has turned into a dream 7 days at the 150th Open up Championship played at the Dwelling of Golf. Soon after earning the slash on the variety, he and Kevin Kisner have been the very first two-ball out and Mullinax shot 6-under-par 66 Kisner shot 65. Mullinax will be in a position to rest in a bit for a longer period Sunday after going up extra than 50 spots on the leaderboard.

“A small little bit of a blur,” Mullinax, 30, described his existing point out. “I remaining my house at 5 a.m. Monday early morning, bought in this article at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and then teed off at like 1:30 for 18 holes. I was really Ok Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday I was definitely drained. I have not slowed down. I seriously have not experienced any time. I’m genuinely looking ahead to upcoming 7 days getting property to my family and hanging out with my little ones and celebrating the earn, looking at some good friends and things like that.”

2022 Barbasol Championship

Trey Mullinax lifts up his two-calendar year-previous son Jude on the 18th eco-friendly in the course of the ultimate spherical of the Barbasol Championship golf match. (Photograph: Jordan Prather-United states of america Nowadays Sports)

Participating in the Outdated System has surely woken him up.

“Getting to hit pictures I’ve under no circumstances hit before,” he reported of the highlights. “My caddie has been really organized for the pictures that we’re likely to have to hit and the bump and operates you have to strike close to here.

“I really feel extremely geared up, and I sense like my game’s excellent.”

And now his putter is back to typical, as well. On Friday night, Mullinax identified the lie of his putter was off by 2 levels.

“I understood it seemed amusing. I was obtaining to inform my caddie, person, I’m obtaining to forward press this a large amount. I was like, guy, I really don’t know what’s going on,” he reported. “The ball wasn’t rolling like it was in Kentucky. Absolutely I did not reduce it in two days.

I identified out today that it was 2 degrees off. I played a large amount greater nowadays.

“Shooting 66 out right here is in no way undesirable. I was just making an attempt to keep up with Kiz the full time. I signify, he was placing phenomenal. I started earning some putts. It turned variety of like who can make the most birdies? He manufactured the most birdies. I sniffed him on the last hole. May have caught a skin there with him.”