Monday, July 14, 2008

The Caddie Beats His Pro

The week of the British Open has arrived, and Padraig Harrington will do his best to defend his title. Padraig is a great guy, and even though I'm also a big fan of Sergio Garcia, I was glad to see Harrington come out on top after last year's Open playoff. I created a scoresheet for Padraig to commemorate his major victory, and presented it to him at last year's TOUR Championship in Atlanta (see the photo on my home page at He was very appreciative, and later sent me a signed British Open pin flag and copy of his new book "Journey To The Open".

Back in February at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, I was talking to Padraig and his caddie Ronan Flood on the putting green at Spyglass Hill. Earlier in the week, Padraig, Ronan, and a couple of their Irish buddies were in San Francisco for some fun. The group decided to play a casual round at Harding Park Golf Course, and the weather that day turned out cold, wet and miserable.

Padraig revealed, "That's the first time my caddie has ever beaten me straight up."

"What?" I replied. "Ronan, are you that good? Why are you carrying the bag? If you're beating the defending Open Champion head-to-head, you might want to consider a career change."

"It was a fluke," Ronan admitted. "I'm a pretty good mudder, and I slopped it around in the rain to shoot even par. Padraig finished at 1-over. I need you to do a scoresheet for me to immortalize my win. I'll hang it up in my house, so everyone that visits will see..."

"I don't think so," Padraig interrupted. "The only guys that know about this are the four of us that were there, and now Casey."

And now everyone who reads my blog.

Good luck to Padraig and Ronan this week...I'd love to see another back-to-back champion at the Open. Tiger obviously did it in 2005-2006, but before him it has been over twenty years since Tom Watson won consecutive titles (1982-83).

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Anonymous Bob said...

Dude, you gotta make that score sheet for him...sure he'd get fired, but, I mean...seriously

July 15, 2008 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Zane said...

How about Padraig's cousin, Joey Harrington, having two hole-in-ones in the same week at Druid Hills? Someone may need to spend a little more time on the football feild and let the cousin do the golfing!

July 16, 2008 10:43 AM  
Blogger Amanda Strine said...

THAT is a GREAT story!

July 19, 2008 7:05 PM  

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