October 25 2012
By Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR staff
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Bomoh (a local rain/witch doctor brought in to keep the daily rains at bay this week) did his job during the first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. The first round was played without rain on Thursday although it was extremely warm and humid. So hot that Tiger Woods told the media "I would love to hop in an ice tub right now."
Chad Reynolds, Nick Watney's caddie, was unable to finish the final two holes due to issues with the heat. When Reynolds was taken to a local hospital and given IVs, Watney's wife, Amber, stepped up to the call and carried the bag the rest of the way.
"I have a whole new outlook and respect for what caddies go through," Amber said. "It was fun, but not sure I'll be doing it again anytime soon. I feel terrible for Chad. It's never happened to him before and I know he wants to be out here."
Reynolds took the day off to recover on Friday. Watney got off to a good start with four birdies in his first eight holes and made the turn at 4 under on the day after a bogey on the ninth.
The Bomoh held the rain at bay for the competition. However, shortly after play ended the clear skies gave way to rain clouds and heavy thunderstorms rolled through The MINES Resort & Golf Club. An estimated three inches of rain drenched the course following the first round, forcing the rules staff to play Round 2 under preferred lies. As usual here in Kuala Lumpur, rains are again expected this afternoon. We'll see if the Bomoh can hold them off until play ends.