ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Saturday was supposed to bring the conclusion of the second round and the start of the third round. Instead, after a brief period of play, we have been in a wind delay all day. Play might resume at 6 p.m. local time, but we'll see.
So instead of grousing in the media centre (note British spelling), I took the opportunity to explore a bit of St. Andrews with my traveling companions.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- There's an expression about weather in Scotland that has proved handy this week.
"If you don't like Scottish weather, wait 30 minutes, and it is likely to change," is widely attributed to Raymond Bonner.
Bonner was right. Earlier this week, conditions that seemed a bit chilly turned quite favorable in the span of a few minutes.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Playing golf in Scotland has always been a bucket list item for me.
I've played three rounds so far this week, and so far so good. Not my game, but the experience has been wonderful. As columnist Scott Michaux says, he hasn't had a bad round of golf here yet. And he's played over here a bunch.
Fortunately, I've had incredible weather. Each round has started with me in a pullover and by the end of the round I'm wearing short sleeves. No rain and lots of sunshine.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- I have a confession to make: I have not always been a Tom Watson fan.
The main reason for that is that Jack Nicklaus has always been my favorite golfer, and no other golfer got the better of Jack more often in the majors than Watson.
My most vivid memory came at the U.S. Open in 1982. My dad and I had played a round of golf at Highland Park, and when we came in Mr. McNair informed us that Nicklaus had made five birdies in a row and was in the lead.
There has been much speculation about what I would eat during my trip to London and The Open at St. Andrews. I'm notorious for being a picky eater, a meat and potatoes guy from way back.
Fortunately for me, there are plenty of those staples in the UK. And the sweets are especially good, just don't tell my nutritionist!
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The Masters is my favorite golf tournament, and always will be.
But after experiencing my first day at St. Andrews, I can tell this will be a close second.
The Open -- not the British Open, as columnist Scott Michaux is always reminding me -- is the oldest golf tournament in the world. It dates back to 1860.
But a lot of its practices are downright modern, and the result is a fan-friendly experience.
What are the chances of a couple of former Westminster classmates getting paired together in the Valero Texas Open pro-am?
If you’re Charles Howell and Hudson Hooks, then the odds are pretty good.
The two were paired together earlier this week in San Antonio, and the team with Augusta ties won first place with a score of 16-under 56.
Howell, of course, is a veteran PGA Tour member. Hooks is now an apartment developer in Atlanta. The two grew up in Augusta and attended Westminster, where Hooks was two years ahead of Howell.
Remember the days when a United States victory was a foregone conclusion in the Ryder Cup? Yes, it’s been a while.
As the golf world turns its focus to Scotland this week for the 40th edition of the biennial matches pitting the United States vs. Europe, it’s easy to forget that the Americans lead the overall series 25-12-2. More recently, Europe has won five of six since the Americans made their famous rally to win in 1999 at Brookline.
It's hard to believe it's been five years since Tom Watson nearly won the British Open.
At age 59, it would have been the greatest feat in golf history. (Yes, that's right. It would have surpassed my favorite moment, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters.)
Watson is now 64, and he's still proving he has the game to contend on the links courses. He opened the tournament with 1-over-par 73 at Hoylake, and he was 1-over halfway through his second round.