pretty bad," Dan says. "Dillon and my dad were close. That's what is so
bittersweet about Augusta and the U.S. Amateur last year, and now the Open. My
dad would've been in absolute hog heaven to see Dillon accomplish all of
Tour veteran John
Cook shared the Open with his son, Jason, who caddied for him, and with his
father, Jim, a former PGA Tour tournament director who followed John in the
gallery. John faded after an exciting opening 71, but Jason got a taste of a
New York Open in the second round, when the boisterous fans began rooting for
the other players in Cook's threesome-- David Duval, who was four under par for
the round at one point, and Colin Montgomerie, who was near the lead all day.
"It was like a football game," says Jason, 20, who has caddied for his
father most of this year and looped in one other Open, at Pebble Beach in 2000.
"It's as if we were walking through a tunnel and people were yelling. It
was pretty cool."
On Wednesday, on
the far end of the range, Jason hit a few balls and tried out some woods that
John had scored from a Nike rep. Jason dropped out of Pepperdine after a year,
turned pro and won his first mini-tour title--and his first check, for $250--a
few weeks ago in Orlando with the first bogey-free round of his life, a 67. He
promptly text-messaged Dad. "The whole way back in the car," Jason
says, "I was in awe."
Next to the Cooks
on the range were Charles Howell and his dad, Charles G. Howell, a prominent
pediatric surgeon in Augusta. They've been an inseparable team for years, back
to the days when Dr. Howell made sure that his son got the best instruction by
visiting David Leadbetter in Orlando, even though that meant a seven-hour drive
down and a seven-hour drive back for one weekend every month. It's a rare
tournament that Dr. Howell isn't in his son's gallery. "My dad is my best
friend, and it's always been that way," Charles says.
Father's Day the way they wanted, with Charles playing (he finished 37th) and
Dad watching. No gifts were necessary. "As far as I'm concerned," Dr.
Howell says, "every Sunday we're out here together is like Father's