Gary Williams - October 18, 2011


The second time caddying for Rory McIlroy was just as much fun as the first time at the Memorial Tournament earlier this year. In the Monday Pro-Am, Rory played 17 holes after a long flight from China and made 8 birdies at Port Royal. Having won a Major Championship, Rory’s life has changed radically as the expectations are higher and the space in which to execute those expectations is narrower. At the Memorial, he learned that Rory was an exceptional listener and this week, he learned just how many things are expected from Rory now that he has won the U.S. Open and Rory really feels those new expectations and obligations. Rory is definitely comfortable living in the spotlight as evidenced by the fact that he is willing to talk about his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. Gary then brought in Kerry Haigh who is the Managing Director of Tournaments and Business Development for the PGA of America. The preparation that the PGA of America does for the Grand Slam of Golf is exactly what it is for the PGA Championship. Technology has moved forward very quickly in the world of golf but Port Royal is still playing only around 6,800 yards for the four Major Champions of 2011. The course is a great test of golf especially when the wind is blowing and is proof that you can have a stern test of golf and not be a really long course. The Atlanta Athletic Club was in unbelievable condition for the PGA Championship and Keegan Bradley proved himself to be a worthy champion that week on a very difficult course. The work that the Atlanta Athletic Club did in changing the grasses on its fairways and greens in order to better adjust to the heat was very successful and he can see future host courses implementing those policies.