B having spoken at several functions and done
television commercials for the tournament, never
missing the springtime event.
For Molder, it was the second president he
has met on the golf course, having talked with
fellow Arkansas native Bill Clinton in the past.
“I was thinking about that today. It just
shows you how great they are to come out and
see us,” Molder said.
For his 2012 visit, Bush even wore yellow
and gold Shell Oil Co. argyle socks, which he
proudly showed off to the Tour golfers and
fans who took photos and lined up to shake his
hand as he drove over to the first tee to watch
Couples tee off.
Despite being in Texas, Holmes said he
could count on plenty of support and score updates from the Shell Houston Open crowds.
“There are Wildcat fans everywhere,” Holmes
said. “We went to Puerto Rico, there were ’Cat
fans there. There are ’Cat fans everywhere.”
Holmes said couldn’t find any Louisville
players to wage a Final Four bet with and
wasn’t sure if there were any on the Tour.
“If you’re a true Kentucky native, you’re
not for Louisville. There aren’t many of those
About the only person not too happy with his
second-round 67, which lifted J.B. Holmes into
one of the final rounds Saturday, was Holmes
himself. He found out his late tee time Saturday
would cause him to miss most of the Final Four
semifinal game at which his beloved Kentucky
Wildcats beat in-state rivals Louisville Cardinals.
The hottest driving range topic between
players and caddies this week was the release
of Hank Haney’s long-awaited book, The Big
Miss, on his teaching relationship with Woods.
Like most subjects regarding Woods, it
divided the players between those interested
and those wanting to totally avoid the topic, like
Keegan Bradley and Lucas Glover.
“I’ve heard some talk about it on the range
this week,” Ben Curtis admitted.
While no player would admit purchasing the
book yet, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty
of interest from them and others.
“Probably only 1 percent of the pros out here
will read it cover to cover,” said Shaun Micheel.
“Now, I’d say 99 percent of the wives here will
read it to see who else is in the book. My wife
is the 1 percent who won’t because she is a
divorce lawyer who has heard all of that stuff.
“I think it’s fascinating to see what he
(Haney) and Tiger were working on. What he
was doing working with Hank. I think we’d
all like to know what made him so good, but I
doubt that is in the book.” Harrison Frazar A
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