January 2018 – It has been a fantastic week in Maui even though the weather has been patches of rain on and off all day today. I guess it helps that I am in the media centre and didn’t walk around too much today so have not been wet.
I am watching soggy photographers come and go.
Yesterday after a couple hours writing, I headed out on the back 9. I was going to see my host for the week Michael, who was laser tracking on the 11th hole.
I watched Spieth and Rahm tee off the 10th before ducking behind the ropes and walking the path to the 12th (after ensuring with a volunteer I could access the 11th green).
I chatted with the lonely volunteer on the 12th tee (no spectators are allowed that way) until the 11th green was free then snuck up to the tower.
I met eagle-eyed Tom who was spotting things that I couldn’t see as Michael tracked them with the laser. It is one of the most beautiful spots on the course, overlooking the surfers and snorkelers in Honolua Bay.
It was very windy up there and Tom told me about the roof blowing off earlier in the week – hundreds of cable ties later it was reasonably secure.
After skirting the 11th hole, I stopped in the TV compound to check in with Kevin and Tracey in the PSSI truck as they wrangled golf data while keeping an eye on the football.
Then I was off up the hills like a mountain goat, along with hundreds of others. I ended up following Spieth and Rahm then Fowler and Kim as I headed further up the hill to the 17th.
I snapped lots of photos as I went marvelling at the view.
After near 4 hours walking, I went directly to have lunch before working a little in the media centre and left early for my last swim in Maui (for this year anyway).
As I had left my wet weather jacket at Ka’anapali golf earlier in the week my first point of call on Sunday was to meet Sutee (Head Professional at Ka’anapali) on the driving range. I also caught up with volunteers Tim and Les, who I met earlier in the week. We plan to catch up next week at the Sony Open.
The rain came and went while I was on the range watching the Champions warm up.
Perez wore his party pants today and I am sure with the continued rain that those who wore white pants regret their decision.
Once back to the media centre I introduced myself to Rex Hoggard, who David Havens from Spare for Change had told me to catch up with. I had a golf chat talking about Fairways and what we are doing for junior golf around the world and gave him one of my cards.
I watched more golf on the televisions in the media centre today only venturing out to watch DJ and Harman come through the 9th. DJ bogied the 11th then smoked his drive on the par 4 12th, driving the green for a tap in eagle.
A tap in eagle!!!!
The spotted showers have turned into heavy rain and I am pleased that I have not headed out into the hills today.
DJ missed an eagle putt on the 14th and settles for another birdie then continues his birdie run in on the 15th and 16th finishing on -24.
DJ easily wins the Sentry Tournament of Champions by 8 strokes.