After I finished college back in my formative years, a friend and I packed up our bags, our golf clubs and our degrees and flew across the pond to St. Andrews to caddie. Little did we know our first loop would be at the home of golf, with our "test run" as caddies coming at the Old Course. One of the greatest joys of the job, besides the fact that the Old Course in St. Andrews was my office, was watching men, some 50 and 60 years of age, walking down the 18th fairway on their first trek across those famous links, and just seeing them soak in the history and the moment.
It was also so great because, despite all the history surrounding the turf that combines the first and 18th fairways, the last hole at the Old Course is pretty darn easy. Guys might make their first par or birdie of the day there if they hit a couple of good shots (and if they avoided the cars that routinely drive the road that dissects the fairway).
So to hit a ball out of bounds on the last hole is, well, not so good. Tell that to these lucky lads who pushed their drives on the last at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Friday toward the Rusacks Hotel on the trouble side of the out-of-bounds markers.
But these bounces are exactly why you come back and play the next day. Both balls were out of bounds, bounced a few times, and were back in play. Just how they planned it.