Today was the practice round of the Desert Marlin and my dad and I didn't quite score as well as we would have hoped. Not a lot of putts dropped as we got used to the greens at Grayhawk and we didn't take care of the par-5s. We put up a best ball 70. But we did get to play with Ricky Barnes and his brother Andy, who is an assistant coach at Arizona. It's always a great experience to play with guys that have made it to the Tour and have had success. I picked his brain a bit about a few things, although most of the days conversation was just about tour life, family, and where he went on his honeymoon, haha. We did have one thing in common that we realized pretty early though…we both won the All-American event in El Paso. So we talked about that for a couple holes.
After the round was the Dry Heave, a 100 yard closest to the pin where everyone in the field gets one shot. The highlight of which was when it was Phil Mickelson's turn to hit and Gary McCord is announcing him and says, "And now the highest ranked player here will hit in the Dry Heave(which you think is Phil)… MARTIN KAYMER, GET UP HERE!!" And then, out of the crowd, to much laughter and applause, Martin Kaymer came out and hit a shot. Kaymer's not in the field this week, but he lives in Scottsdale and came out for the evening's festivities. Phil's playing with his brother Tim, who I was paired with in the final pairing at the Porter Cup one year.
I feel like I'm as prepared as I can be for tomorrow's first round, which is a 2-man scramble. We are playing with Tom Pernice Jr and partner. We tee it up at Grayhawk in the final group of the day at 1045 MST