Originally Posted by Rick Martin
I can understand how players are focused during their practice and during tournaments. Everywhere they go there are people tugging at them for a picture, glove, autograph. Even saw grown men asking for autographs on their hats yesterday during practice rounds -they didn't even know the player's names or what they've done on the tour.
One of my favorite practice round stories.......I may have told it here long ago.
At the Masters for a practice round in 2006. We're sitting right on the tee box on 16, the short par 3 over the water. Fun place to sit because during practice rounds, it's traditional for the pros to move to the front of the box and try to hit the green by intentionally skipping the ball over the water. Lots of joking, laughing, and interaction with the pros.
Up walks a group with Tom Lehman. The group hits their shots and then moves to the front and skips a couple of balls, as usual. There's a dad and his 10 year old son right next to me. We're all having fun interacting with the players, when Lehman walks over and picks the kid up and over the railing. He takes him to the front of the box, drops down 2 balls and hands him a club and says, go for it! Lehman's caddie grabs dad's camera and starts snapping away. Kid promptly dunks both balls (who wouldn't?!) and Lehman high 5's him, gives him a signed ball, and lifts him back over the railing. Caddie gives the STUNNED dad his camera back and they move on. I guarantee, that's something the kid, and especially dad will never forget!
I had heard that Lehman could be a little standoffish prior to that, but that pretty much changed my mind. Very cool.....