I heard one of the most thoughtful PGA Tour stars refer to his peers as being “precious” during a US Open interview. That is probably accurate. Golf as a solitary sport shapes many of the stars to be more insular and reserved. Over the years there are multiple examples of champions who do not fit this generalization.
I had the good fortune last week to meet and spend 15 minutes chatting with
Gary Sheppard, one of PerryGolf’s Golf Travel Specialists plays to a one handicap, but beyond that he has famous golf connections. His maternal grandfather is the highly respected caddie Willie Aitchison, who saw Lee Trevino home for back to back Open Championship victories in 1971 & 1972 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club and Muirfield respectively.
I recently came across this video (click here to view) while doing some research on the three Royal courses in North West England.
My Granddad, Willie Aitchison, can be seen caddying for Roberto Di Vicenzo in the 1967 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. I recall him telling me the story about this being the last time the Open was won without the use of yardages and all distances were measured by eye. These were the days when good caddies were worth their weight in gold! This was Di Vicenzo’s first and only Major Championship victory, but the first of 3 which my Granddad won as a caddie. The other 2 victories were with Lee Trevino at Royal Birkdale in 1971 and at Muirfield in 1972.