Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kings unite...

Hey there everybody, this is Tim Baier making my inaugural post and I figured what better time to do it then live from the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. News 14 Carolina will be bringing you updates throughout the weekend from the tournament and beyond, keeping you up to date on all the good golf being played by the PGA Tour pros. If you've been watching us for the past couple weeks, then you probably have seen how the bad golf is played here at Sedgefield CC because I did plenty of it in my 18-hole-preview.

Anyway, thought I would share a memorable experience with you on this good ole' blog. The Wyndham pulled off a coup of sorts this afternoon getting two kings, Arnold Palmer and Richard Petty, together in the same room for the opening ceremony. I say room, even though it was supposed to be on the first tee... but mother nature intervened... and sent the press conference into the clubhouse. (you have to give the staff here at the Wyndham a thumbs up on pulling it all off flawlessly because they had about 30 minutes notice to make the change.)

Well back to the story at hand, I had an opportunity to interview both Arnold and Richard, I'm not pretending to be on the first name basis with these legends, but you all know them by their first names. Arnold was gracious and talked about the memories of playing here at Sedgefield CC and that he was happy to see the tournament moved back to its home. He remembered his best chance of capturing a championship here back in 1972 only to see it wash away on the par 3 16th hole. He also talked about the significance of both him and Richard Petty being here on this day. Richard grew up just south of here and rose to the top of his sport, while Arnold went to college at Wake Forest and we all know what he did for the game.

Richard took the time to remind everyone that he never really had time to take up the game of golf because he was too busy racing, so when Palmer gave him a commemorative putter he warned that Arnold might have to wear a racing helmet if they played together. The highlight of the press conference had to be when Petty gave Palmer one of his well known hats and in his jovial style Palmer put his finger over his mouth feigning a mustache. The King laughed, took off his sunglasses, and completed the outfit on Palmer. All in all it was a fun event and nice to see two icons of their respective sports together in one spot.

Back to the golf that tees off on Thursday, who do you pick to win. That's a tough call. Brandt Snedeker, the defending champ comes in here full of energy and confidence. He said today if he asked them to pick a new course for the tournament this would have been it, but he hasn't played that well since a good show at Augusta in the spring. Vijay Singh is probably the biggest name here, when I caught up with him after the pro-am he talked about the Donald Ross design course and how it has actually been changed so much that he doesn't know if it can still be called that. Many pros disagree. I better finish up to go get ready for SportsNight, but I say my pick is Bubba Watson... I can't really tell you how I came up with that, but let's mark it down and see if I have a future as a fortune teller.

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