So finding the small gap between two big limbs with the ball two or three feet above his feet was no big deal. His caddie Ted Scott has witnessed Watson perform magic from more dastardly spots (10th hole at Augusta anyone?) but … it never gets old watching your boss flicking a wedge barely covering a bunker and rolling his ball to the back of the green.
After the round he and his loyal sidekick caddie Ken Comboy commandeered fellow pro Cameron Smith’s Trackman and de-lofted McDowell’s driver setting as low as it could go. He settled on 9 degrees loft a change of more than 2 degrees and while the lack of spin took getting used to his ball speed returned and he estimated that he found an extra 15-25 yards.
“There was always the Tigermania the electricity the buzz that no one else could generate” Maltbie said. “But there is a level of adoration and love out there now. They truly miss this guy. It is more like an Arnold Palmer crowd if you know what I’m saying. It is a change in the atmosphere but still plenty of excitement. If you are a golfer it is fun to watch.”