Sunday was a great day for Kenny Perry, who won the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship for his long-awaited first major championship at any level.
And about the same time as Perry was wrapping up his come-from-behind victory over Fred Couples and Duffy Waldorf, his son Justin was putting the finishing touches on a big victory of his own – the club championship at the Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky.
''Wow, what an awesome weekend! Club Champ at #oldestone and it feels great!! Daily Double for Team Perry!,'' Justin tweeted after his victory.
Justin, who's a Realtor in Bowling Green these days, played college golf at Western Kentucky just like his father, and has caddied for his father on multiple occasions. In fact, Justin also tweeted on Sunday that he ''can't wait to caddy'' at the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour, where Perry is scheduled to play this week.
No doubt the upcoming reunion of the First Family of Kentucky Golf at the Greenbrier will be an extra-happy one.
One final note: Kenny's victory earns hm a spot in the 2014 Players Championship next May, while Justin's earns him a spot in the Kentucky Open in August.
This is simply outstanding.
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy is known to be a good sport with a strong sense of humor. He's also a mega-talented golfer.
But how can that compete with a perfect swing robot who also talks a very mean game? ("Tiger Woods would have been home with his feet up by now.")
You can follow John Kim on twitter at @johnkim_10
Caddies get hired and fired on a regular basis in professional golf, but the transaction usually doesn’t happen in the middle of a round in a major.
It did on Saturday, though, when Jessica Korda got so fed up with caddie Jason Gilroyed in the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open that she fired him on the 10th hole. Fortunately for her, her boyfriend Johnny DePrete was following her, and she drafted him to finish out the tournament.
Here’s the full story from Rachel Cohen of the Associated Press:
Jessica Korda turned to her boyfriend and said, "Johnny, grab the bag, let's go."
The 20-year-old American fired her caddie midway through the third round of the U.S. Women's Open, and Johnny DelPrete instantaneously went from spectator to participant.
Korda said she and Jason Gilroyed had several disagreements over the first nine holes Saturday.
"It's a U.S. Open. It's a big week for me," she said after the round. "It's one of the most important weeks for me of the year. I was just not in the right state of mind."
The switch seemed to work: After shooting 5 over on the front nine, Korda was 1 under the rest of the way. She finished with a 76 and was tied for sixth at 1 over, 11 strokes behind leader Inbee Park.
"The first few holes I was very shaky, but my boyfriend/caddie kept me very calm out there and kept it very light," Korda said. "And it was kind of funny seeing him fumble over yardage."
DelPrete is a professional golfer, playing on the Web.com Tour in 2012, but had never caddied for Korda before. He'll be back on the bag for Sunday's final round.
Her father, 1998 Australian Open tennis champ Petr Korda, is the caddie for Jessica's 14-year-old sister Nelly this week. He caddied for Jessica when she was an amateur, but she said she wouldn't even consider asking him to switch from one child to the other Sunday. Nelly, the youngest player in the tournament at 14, was tied for 61st at 13 over.
Gilroyed has caddied for Korda for about a year. Asked if they had issues before Saturday, she said, "I think everybody has problems every week."
She's not sure what will happen after Sunday, but DelPrete isn't a long-term option.
Korda had never fired a caddie mid-round before, or seen a playing partner do it -- though she'd heard stories of it happening.
"I care about Jason a lot. He is a great guy," she said. "That's just how it happens sometimes in life. That was one of those things today that it just unfolded. It was very hard for me to do. I'm not that type of person to take these things really easily."
Without a doubt, the highlight of the week has to be PGA Professional Rob Labritz canning a 95-yard wedge shot in sudden death at the PGA Professional National Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Championship. Heck, it was even No. 1 on ESPN's top plays.
As happy as Labritz was with his fantastic feat, someone else pretty satisfied, too – Bob Vokey, the namesake of Titleist's Vokey Wedges and the man who designed the wedge that Labritz used to hit what he called ''the shot of my life.''
On Friday, the Vokey Wedges Twitter account tweeted out a photo from April, showing Vokey and Labritz working on the bounce of Labritz's wedges. ''How'd those wedges work out Rob?,'' Vokey asked in the tweet, and I think we all know the answer.
In case you missed it, you can click here to see Labritz's walkoff wedge as well as his joyous reaction to it. And you can click here to relive all the action from the PGA Professional National Championship.
Two years ago at the AT&T National, Titleist gave its staff players their first real look at some of its 712 Series of irons. Last year at the AT&T National, Titleist gave its staff players their first real look at the 913 drivers and fairway clubs.
And earlier this week at the AT&T National, Titleist showed its staff players the forthcoming 714 collection of irons, as a couple dozen sets were shipped to Congressional for some early testing.
Bringing the prototypes for the Titleist CB, MB, AP1 and AP2 irons that will make up the 714 Series is a big part of the development process. “All Titleist golf clubs go through this critical step to validate their performance before being launched to market,” the company says.
Of the four models, the CB and MB underwent the least change. In fact, Vice President of Golf Club Marketing Chris McGinley told PGATour.com that "the one thing we kept hearing from tour players was, 'Don't screw them up. '"
So Titleist didn't – instead, the club designers chose to keep the makeover minor, focusing mostly on touch-ups to the sole and overall shape of these classic forged blades.
By contrast, the AP1 and AP2 irons received more of a renovation to enhance their forgiveness, starting with making their heads more progressive down through the set to keep the feel more consistent from club to club. Also, Titleist added more camber to the soles and cleaned up the way the hosel blends into the clubhead.
"We made some significant changes to [the AP] irons," McGinley told PGATour.com. "How significant? I'd say this was the largest amount of change we've made since the franchise began."
The new clubs won't be formally introduced until the fall at the earliest, and the final versions will make up Titleist's 2014 iron offerings.