him if he had seen any golfers. "Four," he said quickly. "Paul
Azinger, Chris DiMarco and John Daly. I like Daly. He likes to drink and I like
The fans engage
the players at Hilton Head, or try to. Davis Love III--0 for 17 at Augusta, 5
for 21 at Hilton Head--thanked fans for birthday wishes throughout his round,
on Thursday, when he turned 42 and shot 69. Billy Mayfair, who drove to Hilton
Head from Augusta in his Masters-issued white Cadillac courtesy car with XM
Satellite Radio, chatted with fans about his wild loss in a playoff at Hilton
Head in 2001. (This year he tied for third.) Baddeley was congratulated often
for his anniversary and his good-looking wife, but he was less easily engaged.
Baddeley's caddie for the week, Kenny Harms, filling in for the ill Pete
Bender, said his man was so focused on the course that Baddeley was not aware
of the nonstop cocktail party just behind the yellow fairway ropes.
It's not nearly
the raucous bash the Phoenix tournament is. "This is lay-low country,"
said another fan, Linda Berry, a Hilton Head native. "Very mellow."
Some churches, she said, had afternoon Easter services so that people could
stay out late, sleep in and then go to church--or not.
Corey Pavin was
in the latter group. While Berry talked to a reporter, Pavin played up the 18th
hole. Pavin, accustomed to celebrating Passover this time of year during his
Jewish childhood, has been a devout Christian for years and after signing his
scorecard, said he enjoyed playing on Easter "as a nice platform" to
show his appreciation to God. He's worked fairly often on Easter, either at
Augusta or at Hilton Head. But while Baddeley was delivering his early-morning
talk, Pavin was still asleep. He didn't make it to church this year on Easter.
Berry said she was planning to go when she left the tournament, but she was
making no promises. For a lot of people it was the best kind of Sunday
afternoon, lazy and slow, beer in hand.
But it wasn't
like that for Baddeley. In victory he cited 2 Timothy 1:7 ("For God hath
not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound
mind"); the "unbelievable" seven-iron he hit 200 yards and over the
18th green; his early-morning testimony; and how he saw the win as a
"stepping-stone in the big picture"--meaning, to winning majors.
In a golf cart on
his way from the 18th green to the press tent, the champion whizzed by an old
Gullah burial ground, reserved for the descendants of the black farming and
fishing families that once populated Hilton Head before it became a resort. The
burial ground is hemmed in by a six-story condo, a curbed lane and, last week,
a collection of portable toilets sold under the name Nature's Calling. Linda
Berry's ancestors are buried there, and someday she may be too. The gravestone
for one William Simmons, 1872-1916, reads ASLEEP IN JESUS. OH HOW SWEET. It
sounded like an epigraph for Aaron Baddeley's Easter Sunday win.