July 19, 2012
WASHINGTON - As many golf fans awoke Thursday morning to watch the opening round of the British Open at Royal Lytham in St. Annes, England, there's a chance some would catch a glimpse of former Georgetown men's golfer Patrick Sherry (C'10), who is caddying for PGA player Troy Matteson.
While in England for the Open, Sherry was able to tell a little bit about his experience so far...
"It is really great to be over here at Royal Lytham and St Annes. According to the members, the course is probably the toughest of all the courses in The British Open rotation. There are over 200 pot bunkers and they are extremely penal. The fairways are tight with thick rough everywhere.
"We got in Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. and played all 18 holes despite pretty heavy rains. Today (Wednesday), the weather was pretty rough in the morning, but the sun came out this afternoon for our practice round which was great.
"The course is really green and wet, which is not typically how it plays. Shots that normally you would have to play 10-20 yards short of the green to let run up to the pin, you now have to fly most of the way there. This has made the transition to true links golf a little smoother for us as the course is playing more similarly to courses in the US than we expect. Obviously if the rain stops and the winds blows, the course will dry out and play much firmer and faster.
"As in most Open Championships, the weather you get during your time on the course could provide a huge advantage, or huge disadvantage depending on your draw. We go at 10:37 local time (today). Patience will be essential as good shots you hit could take a bad bounce and roll into a pot bunker or in the thick rough. On the other hand, some loose shots could take a bounce and end up tight. Without a doubt, a little luck will be required to hoist the Claret Jug.
"All in all, it is really cool to be caddying in a major, especially the oldest championship in all of golf. We also have some great momentum coming off our playoff second place finish last week at the John Deere where Troy shot 61 on Thursday, and led wire to wire. There is no better preparation for a major than playing great the week before a major."