I've been here for 24 hours and have had lots of firsts already. Although I'm not a huge golfer, I have to say that the course (Whisting Straits) is just beautiful. I've seen a lot of courses over the past few years and this is definitely one of the pretties. Lots of hills and right on the lake - yesterday the sky and the lake were so blue that it was hard to tell where they met.
1-I have never been to a pro-golf tournament and now I have. I'm totally impressed by the inner-workings of it all. Fascinated is probably a better word - it's like seeing thousands of little worker ants all scurrying around-everyone has a purpose and knows what they need to do and they do it.
2-I've never seen a pro-golfer and now I have. Chuck and I were standing on the tee box where hole 3 and 7 meet. We were just chit chatting and I started fanning myself with my course map (BTW, did I mention that it was 102 degrees out there?) and John Daly opened their cooler to get a refreshment - he pulled out a gatorade for himself and then handed me a water. What a guy! He was one of 3 golfers that I'd actually be able to recognize simply because of his "Loud Mouth" apparel. In case you don't know, Loud Mouth is the company that John Daly owns - they sell golf apparel but it's very unique. I learned about this from one of my favorite clients! :) About 20 minutes later, at the same spot, Tiger Woods came walking down and sat on the bench right next to me to have his afternoon granola treat. Chuck patted him on the back and said "Hey Tiger" and he smiled and said thanks.
3-I've never, no not ever, used a port-a-potty and now I have. I held it all afternoon until I thought that there was a very good chance that my bladder was going blow up. If it wasn't for the fact that I've had 7 kidney infections over the past 6 months I probably would have pushed it even more. Needless to say, after that point I was just ready to get to the hotel and hit the shower!
4-I've never parted with my cell phone for more than about 5 minutes and now I have ... and it sucked. You are not allowed to bring cell phones, data devices or cameras in to the tournament so NO, there are no photos of Tiger.
Today we're back at the hotel running the hospitality for group arrivals in the nice and cool air conditioning. Life is good...at least until tomorrow when we're back out there.