Rob Labritz, the director of golf at Glen-Arbor in Bedford, is playing in his fourth PGA Championship. The 42-year-old Pound Ridge resident is writing daily diary entries for The Journal News about his experience this week.
I slept like a rock, woke up this morning and just relaxed since it was the first day I didn’t need to be anywhere early. I went to the course and met Van Silver, my caddie. We chipped and putted for a while and hit some balls on the driving range, and worked from the deep rough.
There was time for a leisurely lunch, and then I went out by myself and played the front nine. I hit a couple of balls each hole, signed a ton of autographs, chatted with the crowd and took pictures and tweeted a bunch of stuff.
I saw Rich Beem today and talked with him, and saw a bunch of Tour buddies I’ve met throughout the years.
Tonight we’re just chilling out. I’m going to kill a ton of pasta tonight and get ready to go rip it off the first tee in the morning. Right now there are seven of us in the house up here. I’ve got my mom here, my mother-in-law, Van and Todd Luigi, who caddies for me at home, my beautiful wife whose (pregnant) belly gets bigger by the minute. I’ve got my son, Matthias, who’s enjoying the heck out of the week. My father-in-law and sister-in-law and her fiancé are coming in tonight, as well. There’s a nice pool so we’ve been swimming a lot. We’ve been kicking back, having a good time. We’ve been watching a lot of the coverage on television, and there’s a ton of it up here.
I’ve been just trying to stay really, really positive in my thoughts and not think any negative stuff. I’m trying to feel myself hoisting that Wanamaker, and feel myself hitting great shots. I’m going to have a glass of wine tonight with dinner and just relax tonight.
Getting to hit the first official shot of the tournament is an honor. I’ve thought about it all week. It’s going to be really cool. I want to stripe it down the middle. On the first tee today I was pretending it was Thursday, and I ripped a shot down the middle. The spotter said it was the longest shot he’s seen all week. Hopefully, I didn’t waste it a day early.
(Photo: The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle).