Shane has played competitive golf, and even “went pro” a couple of summers ago on the Gateway Tour. He carded a 68 in his first round. (And he played all 18.) So, I think a little Shane worship is in order.
Yet last week was his first time inside the ropes looping for a tour pro. “I am not a professional caddie,” Shane wrote at Golf Fanhouse, “and that was apparent.”
His Caddie Tales are a great read. I especially liked his concluding remarks:
I’m a blogger. I write snippets because I’m asked to write them. They may or may not have a purpose and they are published so quickly you don't have time to pull them. The bottom line is, Michelle Wie is a 19-year-old girl that still smiles, and laughs and tries to make 10-footers just like we all do. She didn’t choose this life, talent did, and she is saddled with fans, expectations and a big, leather Sony bag.–The Armchair Golfer
Maybe I learned a simple thing this week that I haven’t ever grasped – they might be professionals, but they are just normal people doing a trade they were gifted enough to do. Being hard on them for no reason is ridiculous. It’s golf. Birdies, bogeys, pars and handshakes. Hopefully the knowledge I gained this week will remain with me as I spend the next few months writing about this lovely game.
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