ST. ANDREWS (Scotland) Trey MullinaxIn a mad dash to reach Scotland in time for the Olympics, 150th Open ChampionshipHe was faced with bent golf club from the journey, but he still made the cut and shot a 6-under-par round Saturday.
Mullinax didn’t have high expectations for the Barbasol Championship. They were so low for Kentucky that Mullinax didn’t even take his passport. He won by one shot, an unexpected victory Kevin StreelmanHe had secured a spot at The Open at St. Andrews. Then he was in a rush to make it to the course in time for his first round on Thursday.
Mullinax was on a very hectic journey.
So I had no choice but to go home. [to Birmingham, Alabama]Mullinax said, I need to get my passport. I will fly from JFK to Dublin, Dublin and Edinburgh. From there, I will fly to JFK. I arrived at like – I left my home at 5:00 am Monday morning, arrived at 8:00 Tuesday and then teed off at 1:30 for 18 holes.
He stated that he had slept in the vicinity of three hours Sunday, and then about zero to none Monday. He managed to make it through the cut, finishing the first two days at level par.
This was made even more remarkable when he realized that he had been playing through the first round with a putter that had been bent by 2 degrees during transit from the U.S.
Mullinax stated, I had to get all my stuff bent back because all of my clubs were out my bag when I arrived here. Mullinax stated that a lot of clubs were bent and that they had to be adjusted.
His caddy — Julien TrudeauMullinax realized that the putter was not aligned on Friday evening.
Mullinax stated, I actually discovered last night that my putter wasnt 2 degrees off. I knew it looked funny.
I had to tell my caddie that I was having to forward press this a lot. I was like, Man, I dont understand whats happening. It wasnt as if the ball was rolling in Kentucky. It was not possible for me to lose it in just two days. It was actually 2 degrees off. I played much better today.
Mullinax was making his first trip to the U.K. in four years since 2014, when he participated in the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath.
This is such a lot of fun. He said, This is such fun. Jules, my caddie has been extremely prepared for the shots and bump-and-runs we will be hitting around here. I feel confident and that my game is strong.