Third-round observations from Open

October 16, 2010
Fred Albers, Special to

PGA TOUR Network correspondent Brett Wright will be offering observations this week from the Open. Listen to PGA TOUR Live coverage on XM 146/SIRIUS 209 or right here at PGATOUR.COM.

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Saturday had a somber start, and not because of the dense fog over the CordeValle golf course that limited visibility and delayed the start of play. Aaron Baddeley, one of Bubba Watson's good friends, had ribbons made for all the players available on the first and tenth tees in memory of Watson's father, who died earlier this week. The PGA TOUR is full of fiery competitors, yet when a tragedy strikes one of the players, family members or caddies, we are often reminded of the camaraderie that exists out here. It truly is a traveling extended family.

Alex Prugh always seems to be comfortable on the West Coast and he spoke to me about it today: "I am a West Coast guy, I love it here, I felt good on the West Coast swing earlier this season starting at the (Bob) Hope and I know these conditions the turf and greens and it is just so comfortable for me."

Rickie Fowler is one of the most popular young players in the game. He has personality and recent Ryder Cup fame. and Puma have teamed up to sell Rickie Fowler hats this week. Rickie has agreed to stay and sign the hats after each round. I have seen tons of these hats in the gallery this week.

Charlie Wi, a righthander, stays loose by swinging two clubs lefthanded to keep his muscles loose. Charlie does this whenever there is a long wait during play. Wie has seven international wins around the world, but is still searching for his first PGA TOUR win.

• A bumblebee flew onto Bo Van Pelt's ball 65 yards from the hole on the fairway at the 18th. The bee was determined to protect its newfound ivory egg, and would not be moved. Van Pelt, playing along with Rickie Fowler, called over a PGA TOUR rules official who was contemplating allowing Van Pelt to mark the ball, remove the bee and then replace the ball as the rules allow. Magically, young Sir Fowler waved his wand/wedge over the bee and it buzzed off noisily. Van Pelt went on to sting the 18th hole with a birdie.

• Despite John Daly being off the pace of the leaders here at the Open, he had one of the largest galleries of the week. You can always pick out a John Daly gallery from a distance as his fans increasingly wear the bright and flamboyant loudmouth golf apparel. A space alien not knowing this might think that all those people were colorblind and got dressed in the dark.