8 PLANES, TRAINS
family's travel plans is almost a full-time job. This morning I go online, book
a car for our drive tomorrow night to an outing I'm doing on Monday in Akron,
then talk to Katie Lutchkus, the day-care staffer, to confirm a complicated
plan for our trip home. After the final round of the Farr tomorrow, we're
meeting Katie at the Toledo airport, where we'll rent a car and drive to Akron
while Katie drives our car to Detroit and then flies home to Fort Lauderdale.
Next month we'll fly to London, Ont., for the Canadian Women's Open. Katie will
pick up our car in Detroit and meet us in London.
My 4:40 p.m.
start gets pushed back an hour because of rain, so I have time to burn. Having
nothing to do feels weird. I'm on the 13th tee and even par for the day when
they blow the horn and call the round. Darn! There's an hour of daylight left,
and I want to finish so we can sleep in tomorrow. Oh, well. That'll happen in
my next life--maybe.
9 RUNNING HOT
SUNDAY, JULY 16,
It's 6:15 a.m.,
and lying in bed I think how different my life has become. I was married once
before, for four years in the late-'80s, but after the divorce it seemed as if
meeting Mr. Right would never happen. Then I met Mark at the 2000 Evian Masters
in France. A member of the New Zealand PGA, he was a rules official on the
Australian tour moonlighting as a caddie on the women's European tour. We got
engaged at the 2001 Women's British Open and were married that December. Mark
was against having kids, but I wanted them. He capitulated under the condition
that getting pregnant would have to happen naturally. We got lucky.
At 7:15 a.m. we
check out of the hotel and drop the twins at day care. I par the last six holes
of the third round, but on the 17th hole of the final round make a double-bogey
and finish 20th, 14 shots behind the winner, Mi Hyun Kim, earning $10,960. I'm
hot coming off the course--I should've done better than four under par--but my
anger melts at day care when the kids jump into my arms. We go straight to the
Toledo airport, meet Katie, rent a car and hit the road for Akron.
MONDAY, JULY 17,
AKRON/ CLEVELAND/ TAMPA.