Updated: Jul 18, 2018
Over the past month or so, we have been creating a plan to prepare for The Open that we thought would be a perfect fit for Lucas Herbert heading into his 1st Open Championship. Herby flew into Manchester last Tuesday to begin his Open preparation, with plans on playing some of the great links courses like Birkdale and Troon as he made his way towards Carnoustie. We forgot to factor in one slight element, the incompetence of British Airways to deliver both his luggage and golf clubs case on the same flight as he boarded. Still, 1 week after it was known to British Airways that his clubs have gone missing, they are none the wiser as to where the hell they are.
Mind boggling I know!!
If it wasn't for the amazing crew at Taylor Made Tour to make their way down to Carnoustie a day earlier to specifically build Herby another set as close to exact spec as possible, I don't know what we would have done this week. The passion and dedication they showed in making sure Herby's equipment was spot on were second to none!
We spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday playing the course and getting ourselves familiar with the playing conditions, which are extremely firm and fast fairways, with Herby hitting Driver over 430yds on multiple occasions. The contrast between the burnt out fairways and beautiful lush greens is something to be seen, with the wispy rough not being as penalising at it looks.
We got to the course Tuesday morning with plans to play 9 holes early afternoon, with a little light practise either side before heading home for an early night.
Herby met us on the putting green with a little smirk on his face, saying he had moved his tee time forward a little and playing with some random dude. I knew by that smirk that the player we were paired with wasn't going to be random! Herby had taken it upon himself to put his name down with Tiger Woods for Tuesday's practise round, which I absolutely love seeing him want to put himself in that environment and see what he can learn from one of the greatest, if not the greatest player this sport has ever seen.
Well for the next few hours we shared the fairways with Tiger and Bryson DeChambeau, picking their brains on their strategy for the course as well as a multitude of other aspects on being a professional golfer. We also enjoyed a bunch of banter as Tiger enjoys ribbing his playing partners any chance he can get while being completely fine with getting ribbed himself.
One of the great things I noticed out there with Tiger today was how genuine he was when we were asking him questions, taking all the time needed to explain his response and being fully engaged with you the entire time. He genuinely has a passion for helping young golfers and you can see he loves the banter and comradeship he has with his fellow Pro's and for this reason, I can see him being a fantastic Captain for the US Team in next years President Cup at Royal Melbourne.
Tomorrow we are planning a 9 hole practise round with Justin Rose before a light afternoon of practice, as Herby's game is in a really great place at the moment as well as having a little local secret weapon that will help him shoot the lowest number possible. Herby's has a local Carnoustie Caddie on his bag this week, with Graham being perfect for the team and I would think has the best course knowledge of any caddie in the field this week.
Even with everything going wrong re his luggage this week, I couldn't think of being in a better position a few days out from his 1st round tee time of 2.37pm on Thursday.
So far this week the weather has been very friendly, with warm and relatively still conditions and greens were running to 9.5-10 on the stimp. This might seem a little slow for a Major Championship, but Graham assures us they can't get the greens much quicker as if the winds were to pick up, the ball wouldn't sit still on the greens.
We are excited for the rest of the week to unfold and look forward to continuing our growth and development as a team.