Saints coach Sean Payton already knows what it's like to win in the NFL, so this week he's going to try something a little different: winning on the PGA Tour. Payton will serve as Ryan Palmer's caddie this week at the Greenbrier Classic, which began on Thursday in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Payton's original plan was to spend a week relaxing at the Greenbrier Resort, but then an audible was called.
"This time of year for us in the NFL is very quiet," Payton said on Wednesday. "So what started as a plan of vacationing here at the Greenbrier for a week, after two days I've quickly realized, this isn't a vacation. It worked out and, James is someone -- James Edmondson, Ryan's caddie, is someone I'm good friends with as well, and we were just talking at dinner one night and it ended up working out. So the last two days have been good, but I take the opportunity very seriously in that this is how he makes a living."
Payton says he has known the 36-year-old Palmer "for quite a while."
"We met back in Dallas," Payton said. "Every year, we'll see each other in New Orleans at the Zurich [Classic], and he usually makes a game or two and we might play during the summer whenever he's got some time when we're off."
Just because Payton will be the caddie for a PGA Tour player doesn't mean he's a scratch golfer. He's actually closer to the opposite of that. "I'm not very good," Payton said. "I really enjoy playing and enjoy practicing, maybe the range just as much as playing just as a release that it provides."
Palmer sees the whole experience as a good thing for him and Edmondson. "It's going to be fun to get the advice from a hard-nosed football coach," Palmer said. "Gave James the week off to relax, so I'm looking forward to having a lot of fun and try to win this thing."
Palmer has four top-five finishes under his belt in 2013, including the Players Championship in May, during which he earned more than $345,000 after finishing in a tie for fifth.