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A New Season on the PGA Tour

John “The Caddy” Rathouz and Seamus Power on the famous 18th hole at Pebble Beach

I woke up at 7:15 this morning and upon sticking my half-awake head outside, my chipper roommate Pete asked, “Is the sun out? What’s the weather?” I quickly deadpanned, “It’s partly cloudy and Florida.” And I say that with full awareness that there’s freezing rain back home in Nebraska and I count my blessings to be caddying on the PGA Tour for Seamus Power in the Sunshine State.

It’s been awhile, so let me get you caught up… Last September, after barely missing out on keeping his full Tour card in his rookie season, Seamus regained status for the ’17-18 campaign and had a largely unmemorable fall other than a solid performance in Mississippi with a second chance to win there in as many years. After seven amazing weeks at home, we started this calendar year in Hawaii with some paddle boarding, a made cut, and an “Incoming Ballistic Missel” that fortunately didn’t strike (for a few minutes I was cussing at myself for actually being in Hawaii the day North Korea decided to lob a warhead our way!). We landed safely in California and Seamus chipped and putted his way to an 11th place finish in the old Bob Hope while we got to see Huey Lewis and the News and Goo Goo Dolls perform on the range!

“The tournament should be won or lost right here.” – Jack Nicklaus on “The Bear Trap”

The next week, in San Diego, with friends from Ireland and Omaha in the gallery, we got to see Tiger Woods perform on the range! A much-needed week at home and Super Bowl Sunday saw yours truly win a bet with the pro as the Eagles beat his beloved Patriots and I won a bottle of Redbreast whiskey (pay up now…) while able to keep the Omaha Steaks in my freezer instead of his. Which brought us to Pebble Beach… While the Monterey Peninsula is easily one of my favorite places on the face of this good earth (even if you don’t play Pebble Beach you have to go, it’s indescribable), it wasn’t kind to us for those three days.

The next week, we missed out again on my favorite course, Riviera in L.A., but instead I was very happy to be home to see my girlfriend on Valentine’s Day (I love you Lindsay!). Which brings us to this past Sunday and the chance of a lifetime as Seamus invited me to the Daytona 500, where we got to sit in the pits as guests of the #43 car, Bubba Wallace, who finished 2nd in his first ever Daytona 500! Having never been to a NASCAR race, it was so cool to see how a different “tour” goes about it’s business — and those dudes are athletes and those cars are fast! If you get the chance, watch Bubba’s “Behind the Wall” Facebook series, which upcoming will feature a round of golf with Seamus. Not only is he the first full-time African-American driver in over 40 years, but he’s a great person and a phenomenal driver. I think I’m going to rock the Click n’ Close #43 car hat this week so keep an eye out as we tackle the Bear Trap at the Honda Classic.

Things are looking up for ole Seamie as his swing is recently more dialed than ever and he is top-20 on Tour in putting and highly ranked in many scrambling categories. Time to fire up the engines and stay out of the way! Stay warm Nebraska! Or just grab your clubs and come to Florida!