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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Mulinex moves from Kentucky to Scotland, doesn’t miss a beat

scheduled tribe. ANDREWES, Scotland ( Associated Press) — Trey Mullynax was in Kentucky a week ago, sitting outside a rain delay at the Barbasol Championship and facing a long journey across the country for the next PGA Tour event hoping to turn his season around.

Seven days later, he crashed out of the Old Course at St Andrews with a 6-under 66 in his British Open debut.

Even for a slow-moving sport like golf, plans can change quickly.

“A little hazy,” said Mulinex with a smile on Saturday.

He was the last player to qualify for the 150th Open, reserving a spot for the leading player of the Barbasol Championship – given that no one on the field was eligible for the Open, whoever won had a chance to come to Scotland. was.

Mulinex, who lives in Birmingham, Alabama, didn’t even bother to bring his passport with him.

“I was in such good form that week,” he said with no small measure of sarcasm. He missed the cut seven times in his last 11 starts. He was 150th in the FedEx Cup, needed to go or lose his entire position.

And then he played 34 holes the next day, making a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win in Kentucky and heading to Scotland for his first British Open – his first Test at Lynx golf, his first Major in five years.

First, he had to go back home to Alabama to get his passport. He was with his father to New York, to Dublin, to Edinburgh, to Grey, to the old city, and on Tuesdays at lunch time tee.

One day he was taking envelope-shaped divots from the rain-soaked turf of Kentucky, and then he was on a link on some 600-year-old turf that he had never experienced.

“You get the ball in the air here, it’s great. So it was a completely different golf course,” said Mullynax. “But it’s so much fun, to hit a shot I’ve never hit before.”

One of them came on Saturday. That par-4 was slightly off the tee on the 17th, and the pin was to the left of the green. The nefarious road hole protects the front of Bunker Beach. The play was to aim 20 yards of the green to be safe, but not so far that it rolled into the burn in the firm links.

“Just hit it over there and hope for the best,” he said. “It was a good shot. I’ve never played 20 yards away from the green.”

It was his only bogey in seven birdie rounds, and it was not even the best round in his group. He played with Kevin Kisner, who was 7-under 11-hole and had to settle for 65.

Some players change equipment when they come to the links course, and Mullinex was no exception, but with a twist. They had to turn their backs as they were.

Airport personnel inspecting their luggage did not put all the clubs back in golf bags. Some were inside the travel case and they were folded.

“I actually found out last night that my putter was 2 degrees off,” he said. “I knew it sounded funny. I had to tell my caddy, ‘Man, I have to push this a lot.’ The ball wasn’t rolling like it was in Kentucky. I certainly didn’t lose it in two days.

“I played much better today.”

He was having a blast either way. Mulinex is looking forward to coming home to Alabama next week to celebrate his first PGA Tour win and reschedule the rest of his season. He now has two years off and that goes to the winners in Maui—just the start of the year, and the first ever PGA Championship.

And there were times when he was in no hurry to leave.

“Walking on my 18th hole yesterday was a really good moment,” he said. “It was getting dark. The sun was setting. Just to see that view walking across the bridge, just all those memories you’ve seen here. Just the sunset, perfect. My dad was out here. It’s really cool was. “

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