Originally Posted by Chilli Dipper
I would discount his chances at contending because he's taking a red-eye cross-country flight to catch a 7:11 tee time for the first round. Not smart, Phil.
Well, I don't think he's making an uneducated or unassuming flight. I think he knows exactly what he's doing in terms of sleep, jet lag, endurance, practice and preparation, etc.
It's not like he's a regular flyer that is coming in on a Southwest flight, sitting coach and being uncomfortable and deprived of sleep or luxury. He will be on his private jet with his staff and he will be pampered and cared for before, during and immediately after his flight.
On the eve of a major, he is definitely not going to do something that he thinks will drastically decrease his chances of winning. Regardless of being there for his family, I do have to believe he wouldn't go if he thought it would be detrimental to his odds of adding another major to his record.