Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Pinehurst's Mitchum "excited and nervous"

   When Pinehurst Resort teaching pro played the Ocean Course in the Carolinas PGA section championship last fall, he didn't have Adam Scott hitting practice balls beside him and Scott's caddie, Steve Williams, watching Mitchum hit tee shots on the seaside range like he did Tuesday morning.
   That's just one thing that makes Mitchum's appearance in the PGA Championship this week something different.
   In a normal week, Mitchum said he'd probably be working with a student instead of dodging rain showers to polish his game in advance of the Thursday start at the Ocean Course.
  "I'm excited and nervous. This is not my normal routine," Mitchum said. "It's a very difficult golf course but it's cool being out here with the best players in the world."
   Mitchell played a practice round Monday at the Ocean Course and when he got a look at where the tees are going to be set for the championship, he knew he wasn't playing the section championship anymore
   "We played it at 6,800 yards last fall and it was a wonderful course from there," Mitchum said. "But 7,600 is a little different.
   "Because it's rained so much, it's not playing firm and fast. I need firm and fast. I've used my hybrid more this week than I've used it in three years."
    Mitchum's goal?
   "Try not to get too wrapped up in what's going on and just have a good time," he said.