ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Trey Mullinax was in a mad rush to get to Scotland in time for the 150th Open Championship and was struggling with bent golf clubs from the trip, but he still managed to make the cut and score a 6- under-round to card .
Mullinax didn’t have high expectations for last weekend’s Barbasol Championship. In fact, they were so low for the Kentucky competition that he didn’t take his passport with him. But the unexpected triumph – winning by a shot over Kevin Streelman – meant he had secured a spot at The Open at St Andrews and then was in a rush to get by in time to finish the course ahead of his first round on Thursday to see .
What followed was a hectic journey for Mullinax.
“So I had to go home [to Birmingham, Alabama]get my passport, go to JFK Monday morning, fly JFK to Dublin, Dublin to Edinburgh, Edinburgh here,” Mullinax said here at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, and then tee off at about 1:30 a.m. for 18 holes.”
He said he slept about three hours on Sunday, then “about zero to zero on Monday.” But he managed to make the cut and survived the first two days at eye level.
This result was made even more remarkable by the realization that he had played the first two rounds with a putter that had been bent 2 degrees during transit from the US
“I had to bend my stuff back because all my clubs were out of my bag when I got here,” Mullinax said. “A lot of racquets were bent so we had to adjust and stuff like that.”
His caddy — Julien Trudeau — and Mullinax didn’t realize the putter was misaligned until Friday night.
“I actually found out last night that my putter was 2 degrees off,” Mullinax said. “I knew it looked weird.
“I had to tell my caddy, man, I gotta push that forward a lot. I was like, man, I don’t know what’s going on. The ball didn’t roll like it did in Kentucky. Certainly I haven’t lost it in two days. I found out today that it was 2 degrees off. I played much better today.
This was Mullinax’s first trip to the UK since 2014 when he played in the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath.
“It’s so much fun. Hitting shots I’ve never hit before,” he said. “My caddy Jules prepared very well for the shots we need to hit and the bump and runs you need to hit here. I feel very well prepared and I have the feeling that my game is good.”
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