Lexi Thompson had a brand new caddie on her bag for the second spherical of the ladies’s golf event on the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday: Drew Hinesley.
Hinesley, who was in Tokyo working with NBC, took over as a result of Thompson’s common caddie, Jack Fulghum, suffered from warmth exhaustion and dehydration through the first spherical and needed to exit through the again 9 on the Kasumigaseki Nation Membership on Wednesday.
Hinesley has caddied on the PGA Tour, and he caddied for then-American novice Bryson DeChambeau through the 2016 Masters.
In the course of the first spherical, Fulghum stopped strolling on gap No. 15 and checked out Thompson, asking, “Do I look white to you?” Group USA’s Thompson mentioned she realized that one thing wasn’t proper.
“He simply did not look good,” she mentioned.
Thompson, who was three-over after 14 holes, advised Fulghum to take a seat.
“He like by no means quits,” Thompson mentioned. “He did not go down. I simply advised him to take a seat down… I used to be so nervous about him, and I imply, it is so scorching on the market.”
Not lengthy after, medics rushed over to Fulghum and began hydrating him and cooling him with ice. In the course of the first spherical, the temperature reached within the excessive 90s with minimal wind. It was reported to really feel like 105 levels.
Shortly after Fulghum exited Thompson’s bag, Donna Wilkins, the LPGA director of participant companies, changed him. On the final 4 holes, Thompson made three birdies and completed with a bogey, penciling a spherical 1 over par.
Regardless of her streak of birdies, Thompson mentioned she was utterly thrown off as a result of Fulghum does all the pieces for her, together with carrying her yardage guide and calculating her personal numbers out on the course.
“It ended up figuring out,” Thompson mentioned. “His well being is No. 1 in order that’s all that issues.”
Thompson mentioned after her first spherical she is unsure concerning the standing of Fulghum and whether or not he’ll have the ability to proceed on her bag all through the length of the occasion.
“I hope that he will get wholesome… his well being is the primary concern proper now. So, if he cannot, I will simply discover a native, work out the way to learn a yardage guide. I had no thought the previous couple of holes,” Thompson mentioned.