Father, son choose bikes over shuttle for PGA Championship transportation
KIAWAH ISLAND — Even in the morning air, the seven-mile or so bike ride to the Ocean Course was long and sweaty and hot. Dad took his time with his son Thursday as they pedaled cumbersome beach bikes beneath the live oak and palmetto trees.
Riding all the way from Bohicket Marina, Jack O’Brien figured, was better than waiting around for a shuttle. This is how you travel to opening day of the PGA Championship.
“We got our exercise. Those guys are sitting on the bus,” he said as he locked the bikes to the rack outside the tournament entrance. He and John O’Brien, his son, had pedaled casually along, their tickets dangling on neck bands down their backs.
Both from Indianapolis, they were staying at the marina — in a condo right above Tiger Woods’ yacht, as it turned out.
Sure the ride over was pleasant. But what about the ride back? In the day’s heat after trodding a spread-out dunes course for hours and maybe even downing a beer or two? Now, John isn’t a have-to-keep-an-eye-on-him kid; he’s 32 years old. But Jack is on the, er, lean side of his prime at 64 years old.
“This isn’t exactly an 18-gear (road) bike,” he said with a grin. But don’t worry, he’d take it easy on the kid.
“He’s in better shape than I am. He runs,” John said of his father.
“I told him I was going to get (back) straps for the bikes and run half of the way,” Jack said.
Besides, Mom was coming along later with the car.