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Golfers, caddies contend with the cold

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

April 7, 2009

AUGUSTA---It's Masters Week in Augusta. The biggest story should be about golfers--but so far, it's been the cold weather. News 12 Sports caught up with some golfers and caddies to see how they're holding up.

Wind, wind, and more wind. Oh, and it's been pretty cold, too. So far at Augusta National, the players have been trying to perfect their game, but the brutal weather is making it tough.

"It's going to be very difficult this morning," Ernie Els told us. "You can't really take into account where the ball's going to go, you know? You just want to go check out the greens and just get familiar with the golf course."

"Yeah, this is about as tough as you'll see around here," said Robert Allenby. "Cold, windy...first I'll probably hit two woods into it and probably not even get there."

Keeping warm is a challenge for every one of the golfers. Jackets, hats and gloves were seen all throughout the day as golfers did whatever they could to stay warm. And it wasn't just the caddies--the cold affected the caddies as well.

"It's freezing!" said Ritchie Blair, caddie to Richard Sterne. "I'm from Scotland as well...yup, I'm freezing. You never get used to this, ever. This is cold!"

Unlike the players, the caddies get an extra layer of protection in the white coveralls.

"Yeah, it helps," Blair said. "But still, this cold goes right through you. So I'm looking forward to getting on the golf course, to get warmed up."

"(The coverall) is the 17th layer," joked Larry Mize's caddie, Tim Mork. "So it's really the key to my actually staying warm today, which you tend to appreciate on a day like this."

And after a day of chilly temperatures and crazy winds, golfers and caddies alike are staying optimistic that the weather will take a turn for the better by Thursday.

"How many layers do you have on under there?" we asked Blair.

"Three!" he said. "Just today. But I think the forecast is good for the end of the week, so I'll be taking this off, and I'll have some room."

The forecast does call for some warmer temperatures, which should be welcome news for golfers, caddies, and patrons.


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