BETHESDA, Md - D.A. Points had missed the cut at the AT&T National, but wanted to get in some early-morning practice on Saturday.
Points had been ready to go to nearby TPC Potomac at 7:30 a.m. to use their facility, one not beaten up by a PGA Tour field for the better part of a week. His caddie told him not to bother.
'My caddie told me just to turn around, it wasn't worth it,' Points said from the driving range at the equally storm-damaged Congressional CC.
Points went back to his hotel, changed from shorts to pants, and arrived at Congressional at 8 a.m. PGA Tour players can use tournament practice ground during the week, even if they miss the cut, but must appear in standard attire.
'I got here at 8 and thought they could play,' Points said.
He didn't see the 40-plus downed or damaged trees, including those laying in play at Nos. 14 and 18. Still, the front nine of the course - visible from the range - looked playable, even as cleanup was underway.
After his practice session ends, Points will head to West Virginia for the Greenbrier Classic. In this stifling heat, Points was glad to learn the hotel just got the air conditioning working again this morning.