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A Short—But Sweet—PGA Tour Pro-Am Experience

Alex Myers discusses the highs and lows of playing with Hideki Matsuyama in a pro-am that was rained out after only three holes.

Released on 8/29/2019

Transcript

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So, I was lucky enough to finally get to play
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in a PGA Tour Pro AM.
00:03
I was also unlucky enough to have it rained out
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after only three holes.
00:08
Thanks in advance for thoughts and prayers
00:10
you're sending my way during this tough time.
00:12
Anyway, here's how it all went down
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on the Wednesday before the Northern Trust.
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First off, instead of using media parking
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like my lowly colleagues,
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I drove right up to Liberty National's glitzy clubhouse
00:22
and had my car valet parked.
00:24
I was then whisked past green jacket winners
00:27
Patrick Reed and Danny Willett to my own locker.
00:29
'Sup, guys?
00:30
See you out there.
00:31
I didn't actually say that to them,
00:33
but I could have.
00:34
And that was cool enough.
00:36
On the range, I slid right next to Adam Hadwin.
00:39
Just me hitting balls next to a PGA Tour winner.
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No big deal.
00:43
The Canadian was discussing maintaining a certain angle
00:46
with his coach and his caddy.
00:48
I was just thinking, please don't hit a shank,
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please don't hit a shank.
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Then we met our tour pro partner, Hideki Matsuyama.
00:56
You may have heard of him,
00:57
he was only ranked number two in the world
00:59
a couple years ago.
01:00
And as you might imagine, seeing him hit shots up close
01:02
was mighty impressive.
01:04
Just a guess, but he probably didn't feel the same way
01:06
about seeing me hit shots up close.
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Fortunately, our group, which also included
01:11
Golf Digest's Ken DeLago and Nicole Rae,
01:13
began on the tentpole
01:14
located at the far end of the property,
01:17
there were essentially no fans out there.
01:19
So my worries of killing someone in the gallery went away.
01:22
Good thing, because I yanked the heck
01:24
out of my opening drive.
01:25
I settled down by our third hole, though,
01:27
just missing a 20-footer for birdie and tapping in for par.
01:30
Hideki still had a little work for his par
01:33
when the dreaded horn sounded.
01:35
We shared a good chuckle as he imitated
01:37
that horn a couple times,
01:38
but our group wasn't doing much laughing
01:40
as took golf carts back to the clubhouse.
01:42
Womp womp.
01:44
Then we waited
01:45
and waited.
01:46
Lucas Glover ate ice cream,
01:48
Tony Finau got a haircut,
01:49
Patrick Reed got a massage.
01:51
At least, I think the naked facedown dude
01:53
a few feet away from my locker was Patrick Reed.
01:56
What's the deal with that?
01:57
The weather isn't that bad.
01:59
[thunderclaps]
02:01
Whoops, never mind.
02:03
Play was canceled.
02:05
What a day.
02:06
No more golf.
02:07
No more Hideki.
02:08
I hadn't even asked him about his filthy curve ball yet,
02:11
or if he could teach me that cool pause
02:12
at the top of his backswing.
02:14
And I'd wasted a great outfit, too.
02:17
For three freakin' holes!
02:19
We said goodbye to Hideki
02:20
and I went to get my car to drive home.
02:23
You're the Subaru?
02:24
The valet exclaimed.
02:25
I nodded, but really wished he'd kept his voice down.
02:28
Mr. Ferrari, Ian Poulter, was standing right there.
02:31
How embarrassing.
02:33
Anyway, the experience had been short, but sweet.
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As far as Wednesdays go, I really can't complain.
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Too much.
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